January 6, 2011
SERIES The Big Bang Theory: Leonard has an idea for a smartphone application, but it causes friction in his friendship with Sheldon in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). Wipeout: Contestants tackle an extreme obstacle course in the "winterized" edition of the competition series (8 p.m. ABC). 30 Rock: Jack (Alec Baldwin) tries to influence a congressional election to help a candidate (John Slattery) whose victory would benefit the network in this new episode (8:30 p.m. NBC)
November 6, 2012
Re "Where the shore used to be," Nov. 4 The decade from 2001 to 2010 holds the record for the most Category 5 Atlantic hurricanes: eight. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans and severely damaged other cities on the Gulf Coast. Now we have Sandy, which has caused tens of billions of dollars in damage in New York and New Jersey. Will this decade break the previous record? How many more hurricanes and tornadoes must occur before the governments of the world admit that "we have met the enemy, and he is us," as Pogo famously proclaimed?
August 4, 2011 |
Poor New Jersey. Long the butt of jokes and a source of nationwide scorn, the Garden State's reputation has taken countless beatings over the years. And thank you, "Jersey Shore," for doing nothing to elevate the maligned state's image. So it came as no surprise to see the reactions of fellow Angelenos when I stated our plans last August: a vacation in the seaside hamlet of Cape May, the southernmost town on the Jersey coast and America's first seashore resort. The responses ranged from pity to bewilderment to smirking, with only a few registering as enthusiastic understanding.
September 30, 2011 |
How can a home television set cost $85,000? It's big. Bang & Olufsen's new BeoVision 4-85 plasma TV has an 85-inch screen, measured diagonally, which conveniently comes out to $1,000 an inch. But there is at least one other plasma TV of that size, and it costs far less. Panasonic's 85-inch model goes for about $40,000. B&O, known mainly for its high-end audio equipment, boasts other attributes for its BeoVision set, including a triangular speaker system that jets out from under the screen, 3-D capability and proprietary enhancements to picture quality.
January 10, 2014 |
He has berated questioners at campaign events from California to New Hampshire, called a former Navy SEAL an idiot for criticizing his education policies and, wielding an ice cream cone, dressed down a passerby in a widely broadcast confrontation along the Jersey Shore. Chris Christie's success owes largely to his image as the unvarnished, let-the-chips-fall antithesis of the buttoned-down politician who can barely breathe without first polling the response. "I am not a focus-group-tested, blow-dried candidate, or governor," Christie said at Thursday's operatic news conference, in which he abjectly and repeatedly apologized for the action of staffers who tied up the George Washington Bridge, apparently to punish a small-town mayor.
April 10, 2013 |
A week after the death of "Buckwild"reality-TV star Shain Gandee, MTV has decided to cancel the series. Production on the show's second season was suspended after news broke last week that the 21-year-old had been found dead in his truck, along with his uncle and a friend, after going "mudding" (off-roading), near Sissonville, W.Va. The network ultimately decided not to move forward with the series, and episodes that had already been shot will not be aired. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The network issued the following statement: "After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with season two of "BUCKWILD" in West Virginia.
July 31, 2011
SUNDAY Cue the cello: It's a "Great White Invasion" and then "Jaws Comes Home" as Discovery Channel launches its annual "Shark Week. " And watch for "SNL's" Andy Samberg when he visits a "Shark City" off the coast of the Bahamas. (9 and 10 p.m.; 9 p.m. Thu.) We already miss the sadly canceled series "The Chicago Code. " But maybe we can make do with "Against the Wall," a new police drama that also takes place in the Windy City. Rachael Carpani, Treat Williams and Kathy Baker star.
January 9, 2014 |
Thanks to a brewing scandal centering on the closure of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge, it might seem like Fort Lee, N.J., with its massively snarled traffic, has something in common with Los Angeles. But blood-boiling gridlock is hardly the only similarity between the two places: The site of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's Bridgegate scandal was, in fact, once a cradle of the American film industry. The city that sits across the Hudson River from Northern Manhattan was a precursor of sorts to Hollywood when it came to film activity.
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.