Archive For The “Television” Category

Programming drops as Netflix hikes fees

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Programming drops as Netflix hikes fees

Programming drops as Netflix hikes fees Netflix raised fees, again. But if they want to keep me as a loyal subscriber, they need to be loyal to me and produce some kickass programing. Dropping Kevin Spacey from “House of Cards” is a major blow, and the garbage they are offering the wake of another favorite,…

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New TV Sitcom “The Mayor” gives politics a funny edge

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New TV Sitcom “The Mayor” gives politics a funny edge

New TV Sitcom “The Mayor” gives politics a funny edge Bernard David Jones brings his comedic acting chops – perfected during his time spent at CollegeHumor – to primetime TV in one of Fall TV’s new comedy series The Mayor (TUESDAYs (9:30|8:30c) on ABC). The new ABC comedy revolves around young rapper ‘Courtney Rose’ (Brandon Michael…

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Waiting for my favorite TV programs between seasons

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Waiting for my favorite TV programs between seasons

Waiting for my favorite TV programs between seasons The latest trend as cable TV programs rise in popularity and quality is that their seasons are shortened to only a few episodes. For those of us used to 25 to 30 episode seasons, it’s disappointing that we’re seeing fewer episodes for originally programming on HBO, Showtime…

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Getting ripped off by cable and subscription TV

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Getting ripped off by cable and subscription TV

Getting ripped off by cable and subscription TV We pay a lot for subscriptions to Hulu, Netflix and cable TV providers like Xfinity and DirecTV, so why can’t we get what we were promised? Access to great  basic programming and a commercial free experience? By Ray Hanania One of the appeals of subscription television is…

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Archive: A very special Oscar Night

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Archive: A very special Oscar Night

Archive: A very special Oscar Night One of my personal favorite topics is the movie industry and the racism and bias that the industry allows based on politics. This incident involving Vanessa Redgrave back in 1978 impacted my life and characterized the injustices of the American media on so many levels By Ray Hanania (Originally…

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Kirstie Alley deserves better, under appreciated

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Kirstie Alley deserves better, under appreciated

Kirstie Alley deserves better, under appreciated Actress Kirstie Alley has had fame and controversy, but the one thing she isn’t without is talent. Jettisoned to fame with a great character performance in the TV Sitcom “Cheers,” she has meandered through acting opportunities since. But one of her best efforts, Fat Actress, deserves a second chance….

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Al-Jazeera abandoned commitment to fairness, coddles extremists

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Al-Jazeera abandoned commitment to fairness, coddles extremists

Al-Jazeera abandoned commitment to fairness, coddles extremists In their confrontation with Qatar, the Gulf Cooperation Council has demanded that Al-Jazeera close its doors. That may sound tough and extreme to some given its many years of battling racism and discrimination in America. But in recent years, Al-Jazeera’s has made a steady downward slide away from…

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Mainstream news media does not run America

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Mainstream news media does not run America

Mainstream news media does not run America The mainstream news media is an industry driven by hypocrisy, power and greed, but it does not and should not be the force that defines America. It is the symbol of the American foundation of free speech, but in recent years has become a driving force behind political…

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Why is my TV clogged with election Ads?

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Why is my TV clogged with election Ads?

Why is my TV clogged with election Ads? Nauseating political commercials have already started to clog our Spring season television viewing, and it has a lot to do with the fact that the three candidates for governor in Illinois are among the richest people around. Republican Bruce Rauner, one of the most incompetent governor’s Illinois has…

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Trump’s war on the mainstream news media should be our war, too

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Trump’s war on the mainstream news media should be our war, too

Trump’s war on the mainstream news media should be our war, too SW Newspaper Group March 2, 2017 By Ray Hanania I’m not a big fan of the mainstream news media, which I define as the national press, (excluding the local community media). President Trump’s attacks on the mainstream news media are justified and we…

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