February 28, 2004
It's odd that the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' board of directors would add an Emmy category for reality/competitive programming (Quick Takes, Feb. 21). Recognizing achievement on so-called reality shows is a contradiction in terms. Christopher Joyce Burbank
January 6, 2010
The ultimate objective of terrorism is to sow fear. In that sense, the Christmas Day plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight succeeded, even though the bomb that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab carried in his underwear failed to explode. The near-miss understandably revived American anxieties, which then were whipped into a frenzy by President Obama's opponents. The challenge now, as the administration seeks to address the lapses that allowed Abdulmutallab to board the plane, is to do so without handing Al Qaeda another opportunity to portray the U.S. as an enemy of Islam.
December 30, 2009 |
The third edition of MTV's "The Real World" to premiere in 2009 begins tonight. It is set in Washington, D.C., a city not yet featured in any of the show's 23 seasons (over an astonishing 18 years), in spite of its only being the capital of the whole entire United States of America. But this is a show that goes where the buzz is, and Bill Clinton's saxophone notwithstanding, the current president, who was 20 when MTV went on the air and the first chief executive to have conceivably watched it for fun, is a new kind of cool.
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July 7, 2013 |
Two Los Angeles law schools are launching programs designed to give their students real-world legal experience by writing briefs on behalf of nonprofit groups or other causes that professors deem worthy. Unlike better-known programs in which law students take on longer-term pro bono work that focuses on single cases, students at UCLA and Southwestern law schools will write amicus briefs, often known as "friend of the court" documents. "I have not heard of law schools doing anything quite like this," said Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor who will head the university's First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic this fall.
February 14, 2010 |
On last month's premiere episode of MTV's "My Life as Liz" (10:30 p.m. Mondays), Liz Lee, the show's misfit protagonist, is assigned by her Burleson High School broadcast journalism teacher to complete a profile of golden girl Taylor Terry, an anchor of the school's news program. Eyes are rolled. At one point while filming Taylor, Liz threatens to vomit. Détente is eventually reached, with Taylor opening up to Liz about her inner life, and Liz taking Taylor shopping for vintage clothes.
August 9, 2013 |
Sean Sasser, who became an unlikely pioneer of gay marriage during the 1994 telecast of MTV's "Real World: San Francisco," has died. Sasser, who was 44, suffered from a rare form of lung cancer, according to UPI. "We will miss u so much," Judd Winick, one of Sasser's "Real World" costars, tweeted earlier this week. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Sasser gained prominence when he joined boyfriend Pedro Zamora in a commitment ceremony telecast on Nov. 3, 1994. Held at the "Real World" house, the event included the pair exchanging vows and wedding rings.