Category Archives: TV

John Oliver explains “the most influential media company that you’ve never heard of”

The largest owner of local news stations in the country, Sinclair is finalizing a deal to acquire Tribune Media, making it an even larger force in local media.

WATCH: Star Trek Discovery – first look trailer

We’re finally seeing the first footage from the new Star Trek series, Discovery. The first episode will premiere on CBS this fall, with the rest of the episodes appearing exclusively on CBS’ streaming service, All Access.

CBS has also announced that the original 13-episode order is being expanded to 15, and a companion show, Talking Trek, will launch at the same time.

The Simpsons troll Trump

It’s not the first time. I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last.

You may be cool…

You may be cool, but you’ll never be Captain Kirk learning his lines while riding a motorcycle cool.

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(And I think this answers any complaints about Kirk riding a motorcycle in the Abrams reboots.)

WATCH: Black Mirror season 3 trailer

“Black Mirror” is an import from across the pond, and not many knew of it a couple of years ago except for a few lucky individuals. When it made its way to Netflix, I gobbled up the first six episodes (only three per season), and eagerly awaited the special “Christmas” installment with Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.

It’s an anthology show the likes of which we haven’t seen before. Critics have dubbed it “the Twilight Zone of the digital age,” but that doesn’t do it justice. You have to see it for yourself to understand why people are raving about it.

“Black Mirror” is in the hands of Netflix now, and the streaming network is unveiling six new episodes soon. Watch the official season 3 trailer below.

Happy 50th, Star Trek!

I discovered Star Trek during its first renaissance in syndication in the early 70s, and the first episode I remember seeing is “The Corbomite Maneuver.” From that moment, I was hooked.

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I was just a kid, but that sparked a lifelong love affair with Trek and with science fiction. I devoured every book I could find about Trek – Stephen Whitfield’s The Making of Star Trek, David Gerrold’s The World of Star Trek and his book about the writing of the Tribbles episode, and the adaptations of James Blish. And just a few years after that, NBC gave us the Saturday morning cartoon, which I loved in all its cheaply animated glory.

From there I began reading all the sci-fi classics I could get my hands on – Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and more. Years later I fell in love with Star Trek The Next Generation and the cast became my TV “family.” In later life, moving to L.A., I met and became good friends with the aforementioned Mr. Gerrold, and got to hear stories from the Holy of Holies itself. Happy 50th anniversary, Trek!