Have an Abortion, Sip Some Wine, No Regrets: TV’s Nonsensical Scandal
The first scene of the first episode of the hit ABC political drama Scandal goes something like this: “Blahblahblahblahblahblahblahblahblahblah you’re hired.” Two Aaron Sorkin wannabes on speed meet at a bar for a job interview and spend a couple …
No, John Oliver, France Is Not in a ‘Pastry Fight’ with Jihadists
It feels odd to take space in a serious political outlet to rebut the argument of a comedian, but when the comedian is John Oliver — and the modern Left is the modern Left — it is sometimes necessary. We live in …
The Star Trek TV Revival: Boldly Going Where Countless Movies and Series Have Gone Before
And there was great rejoicing amongst the Tribes of Nerdia: a new Star Trek show has been announced for 2017. Two things are certain.
#*#It will be unfavorably compared to the original series, which was awesome and perfect, except for that …
What Supergirl’s Feminist Cheerleaders Get Wrong about Female Strength
Feminists have largely praised CBS’s Supergirl, which premiered Monday, for portraying a woman who can throw punches as powerfully as Superman. They have been eager to see a female superhero in a TV lead. Superheroes are archetypes, and Supergirl (…
In the Zombie World, Only the Conservative Survive
The Obama era is the era of the zombie. It is a strange irony that the politician of “hope and change” has presided over a pop-culture world dominated by shuffling, moaning, undead cannibals who mindlessly rule a post-government apocalyptic landscape. …
One Flu Over The Zombie’s Nest
David, A few quick points.
1. Yes, you started this round, but I’ve been writing about zombies around here for a long time.
2. I guess I gotta go back and watch the first couple shows again, because that flu outbreak scenario …
Fear the Walking Dead: The Military Wouldn’t Crumble
David, I see things a little differently. Here’s the problem The Walking Dead’s writers had to deal with: The military could easily put down a zombie outbreak (absent some other contributors to societal breakdown, more on that below). …
It’s Time to Pull the Plug on The View
You would think that a groundbreaking TV show for women hosted by women would do its best every day to respect and uplift women.
Instead, ABC’s The View — originally created by veteran journalist Barbara Walters to represent women “…
Bear with me for a second. You may have heard that Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy broke up. This news came not long after Miss Piggy came out in favor of abortion rights, causing some — okay, me — …
The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Episode One of Fear the Walking Dead
Episode One is in the history books, and — overall — I’m satisfied. As a fan of zombie movies/TV shows, I was looking forward to seeing the origin of the “Walking Dead” universe (fans of the original show will …
Colbert Mocks Conservatives, and His Ratings Decline
It looks like the liberal cocoon comedy of late-night political satire doesn’t play quite as well to a broader audience. Via Instapundit, I discovered this:
For Stephen Colbert, the late-night honeymoon appears to be over . . . according to a Hollywood Reporter …
Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Salary Went Up 70 Percent Last Year
Al Sharpton got a 70 percent raise from his nonprofit last year, bringing his compensation above $412,000, according to new tax records filed last week.
The leading nonprofit watchdog, Charity Navigator, says $150,000 is the median compensation for the top executive at comparable …
To Boldly Go Where CBS Has Already Been Before
CBS is launching a new Star Trek franchise. Of course I’ll watch it, at least for a while, because I have to. But I’m pretty ambivalent about CBS’s take on “exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature …
Fear the Walking Dead — The Apocalypse Arrives
Caution, spoilers ahead.
Remember how the characters (all but one, anyway) were slow to understand the world was ending? Remember how some of them were reluctant to embrace violence? Remember how they felt like they were part of a community, …
Taking in (and on?) The View
I was just reading about Rick Santorum and his appearance on The View. I simply want to say how much I admire people such as Rick and Carly who do this. Long ago, I was pretty good at talking with …
In a Zombie Apocalypse the Military Would Be Toast
Jonah, I’m afraid you have a bit too much confidence in our boys in digital-print camouflage. As I understand the dynamics of the Walking Dead universe (at least as illustrated in Fear the Walking Dead), the apocalypse starts when a …
Fear the Walking Dead: The Military Starts to Crumble
Several years ago, during one of The Walking Dead’s early seasons, I had a lively, late-night conversation with my friends from Iraq about the fate of the military in a true zombie apocalypse. On the show, the survivors come across …
#BlackLivesMatter Activists Are Angry at Fear the Walking Dead, but They’re Angry at the Wrong Thing
Thanks to one of my favorite sites in the whole entire internet, “Everything’s A Problem” (it mocks one politically correct outrage a day, and it never runs out of material), I came across the tempest over the racism inherent in …
John Oliver Presumes to Separate the Chaff from the Wheat
If John Oliver has a reputation for destroying his opponents, perhaps it’s because he picks such easy targets.
Last Sunday, on his popular HBO show Last Week Tonight, Oliver devoted 20 minutes to the “prosperity gospel,” a greasy theology that …
NEW VIDEO: Amy Schumer and the Creepy Politically Correct Police
Comedian Amy Schumer recently came under fire for some of her more incendiary jokes, but as we’ve noted here at National Review, those criticizing her aren’t just taking issue with a couple things she said. They actually have a problem …