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Uh Oh SpaghettiOs, Pearl Harbor Day Edition

Uh Oh SpaghettiOs, Pearl Harbor Day Edition

Advertising, Funny Stuff
You'd think that by now companies would have learned how to effectively manage their social media presence. You'd be wrong. The latest corporate gaffe comes courtesy everybody's favorite canned, sauce-drenched, pasta-like product, SpaghettiOs. OK, so let's talk about this for a second. While I'm all for remembering the Pearl Harbor attack of December 7, 1941, the jovial nature of this image doesn't really fit the solemn tone of the day. Really, SpaghettiOs, if you can't be bothered to alter your mascot so it doesn't have its tongue sticking out and a goofy smile, maybe just stick with a text message? Anyway, here's a few more tragedies that we might expect SpaghettiOs to commemorate in the future. First is the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln: And for a more cont...
Get the Lead Out — A History of Series Debuts After the Super Bowl

Get the Lead Out — A History of Series Debuts After the Super Bowl

TV & Radio
I still have pretty vivid memories of watching television on the evening of Super Bowl XXII. Not just because it was the day that the hated Denver Broncos got pummeled by the Redskins, but it was also the premiere of The Wonder Years on ABC. It instantly became one of my favorite shows, and I watched it faithfully for most if its entire run. As it turns out, The Wonder Years was also one of the more successful shows to launch right after the Super Bowl. Let's take a look at the history of TV series to debut after the big game and see how many we can remember. 1979: Brothers and Sisters (NBC), Super Bowl XIII It wasn't until the thirteenth Super Bowl that a network struck on the idea of capitalizing on a huge built-in audience to roll out a new series. You can't blame them if they had
Pee-wee Herman and Andy Samberg do shots

Pee-wee Herman and Andy Samberg do shots

TV & Radio
I was all set to love this latest SNL Digital Short, "Andy and Pee-wee's Night Out", featuring Andy Samberg and Pee-wee Herman.  Sadly, I didn't.  It was mildly amusing, but fell pretty flat.  Tell me if I'm crazy here: Now look, I loved Pee-wee's Playhouse as a kid, and loved the first Pee-wee movie.  But other than the warm nostalgia of seeing Paul Reubens in character again, this just didn't connect with me.  Yeah it was neat that they did the "Tequila" dance, but I think I've been ruined for obligatory pop culture references by watching one too many crappy Family Guy episodes. Chairry yelling "get the f*** off of me!" to Anderson Cooper was excellent, though.
Venture Bros. wrapup: “Any Which Way But Zeus”

Venture Bros. wrapup: “Any Which Way But Zeus”

TV & Radio
One of the ways you can gauge the strength of a show's is not how well they produce original plots and storylines, but how they rework old tropes into an entertaining package.  It's sort of like how Led Zeppelin made the blues into something you didn't have to force yourself to enjoy.  The Venture Brothers did much the same in its first season by repackaging a litany of hackneyed cartoon plots from the '60s and '70s into a wholly fresh enterprise.  Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer migrated away from that more obtuse approach as the series progressed, preferring instead to develop a more intricate, original mythology. Every once in awhile, however, Doc and Jackson kick it old school and produce a self-contained story that feels more like a fun one-off than a very important episode.  "A
Andrea Friedman FTW

Andrea Friedman FTW

People, TV & Radio
Andrea Friedman is an actress.  Notably, but not more importantly, Andrea Friedman also has Down Syndrome.  Nevertheless, she's still managed to carve out a decent acting career for herself, with her most recent appearance being in an episode of Family Guy.  Long story short, in the recent Valentine's Day episode Friedman's character (who also has Down Syndrome) joked about being Palin's daughter.  So naturally, the self-appointed defender of the downtrodden opened her piehole to garner some sympathy. Well Friedman was having none of that.  Here's her response to Palin: My name is Andrea Fay Friedman. I was born with Down syndrome. I played the role of Ellen on the "Extra Large Medium" episode of Family Guy that was broadcast on Valentine's day. Although they gave me red hair on the sh
Listening Booth – Randy Newman, “Marie”

Listening Booth – Randy Newman, “Marie”

Listening Booth, Music
That's right, Randy Newman.  The guy from that Family Guy episode singing about apples.  Trust me on this one people - put that out of your mind for a few minutes, and forget about how weird Newman looks when he sings.  Just clear your head and enjoy one of the most beautiful ballads ever written -- "Marie".  This is a live performance from 1979, although the song first appeared on Newman's classic 1974 album, Good Old Boys.
Tube talk: 2008-09 TV season report card

Tube talk: 2008-09 TV season report card

TV & Radio
Television.  Love it or hate it, it sure beats reading or taking out the garbage.  I don't post all that frequently about TV on this site, but man do I spend a truckload of time watching it.  So here's a breakdown of the shows I watched over this past television season, and what I thought of them.  Overall it was a pretty good year, and the spectre of the writers' strike is already a distant memory. American Dad! - I can only guess that more of Seth MacFarlane's attention has been directed towards this show than Family Guy, which is the reason it has consistently been the funnier of the two.  Or maybe he isn't overseeing it, and that's why it's funnier.  Either way, this season saw a drop in quality from the previous few but was still pretty good.  Any bit with a Roger/Steve pairing was
Note to John Kricfalusi: Enough already

Note to John Kricfalusi: Enough already

People, Rants
There was a time when I saw the name John K. and knew I was about to witness high-quality entertainment. For those who don't know him (or have forgotten), John K. introduced the world to the world of The Ren & Stimpy Show in August 1991. The first season of R&S is still revered by many animation fans as one of the finest ever for any cartoon. When it debuted it was seen by fans (if not by critics) as imaginative, frenetic, and the perfect antidote to a world of bland, predictable animation. But that magic didn't last long. By the time the decent (albeit uneven) second season started there were already huge delays (as long as one month between new episodes) and reports of friction between John K. and his bosses at Nickelodeon. Prior to the start of the third season in 1993, Kricf...
Whole Lotta Landon!

Whole Lotta Landon!

TV & Radio
It's really easy to be cynical about the world these days. Believe me, I am all the time. And this cynicism is found in abundance in popular entertainment. Everything from music to movies to TV is super-slick and EXTREME! Hell, even most commercials are a lot more cynical than they used to be. Sometimes this bothers me, but I must admit that most of my favorite TV shows are very cynical - Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and Family Guy to name a few. These shows are not only not wholesome, they are Anti-Wholesome. To me, wholesome was always associated with boring. Wonder Bread is wholesome (and nasty). Leave It To Beaver is wholesome. Few shows in television history are more wholesome than Little House on the Prairie. I mean, c'mon, it's Michael Landon. I was a bit young to have seen the...