March 27, 2011 |
The news that some of this year's SATs included an essay question about the merits of reality television recently led to an Internet-encouraged exchange of intellectual huffing and puffing the likes of which we haven't seen since William F. Buckley took on Gore Vidal. The question was either prejudiced ? Smart kids can't be expected to know anything about reality TV! ? dangerous ? Are we encouraging the youth of America to watch junk? ? or simply pandering, proof that the SATs are dumbing down along with the rest of the culture.
June 3, 2011
SERIES Flashpoint: A delusional man (Aaron Poole) takes hostages at a restaurant because he believes the owner (Patrick Sabongui) is a terrorist planning an attack in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). Friday Night Lights: Vince's (Michael B. Jordan) arrogance alienates his teammates and Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) fears that he's starting to lose control of the team, while Tami (Connie Britton) worries about one of her students, who shows signs of being neglected in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC)
February 26, 2011 |
Jamie Oliver presses a "happy cow" veggie burger on me with the fervor of a believer handing out religious pamphlets. He asks me whether I love it, but his smile is pure certainty that I will -- and even love him for making it. He's stepped out from the kitchen at Patra's, a Glassell Park drive-through where his crew is taping footage for "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," a TV show that's not just about healthy food but also about converting skeptics and...
February 4, 2011 |
British chef Jamie Oliver's food revolution is giving LAUSD officials a case of indigestion. The Los Angeles Unified School District has suspended all filming of reality TV shows in district schools after a standoff with the celebrity chef, who had been filming his ABC show "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" at West Adams Preparatory High School in central Los Angeles for the last two weeks. This week the district denied Oliver's license to film at Manual Arts Senior High School in South L.A., which, like West Adams, is operated by MLA Partner Schools under a contract with LAUSD.