Happy Ken Screven Day today!!

It started out as a good-natured joke comment between two bowlers, but it has today morphed into a one-day celebration of one of the most iconic local television news reporters. I shall explain. For many decades, Ken Screven was a top reporter for WRGB, Channel 6 in the area. He would cover national and local…

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I need this game show in America. Someone make it so.

Game shows can be fun. They can be challenging, like Jeopardy! or Millionaire. They can be exciting, like Press Your Luck or The Price is RIght. And they can be downright hilarious, like Match Game or The Gong Show. Then there are the game shows that are just straight up silly. This Japanese game show…

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Jon Taffer is a blowhard. Pass it on.

I used to enjoy watching Bar Rescue, the reality TV series in which bar consultant Jon Taffer visits various failing taverns and bars across the country and converts them into successful eateries. Notice that I said “used to enjoy.” Because here’s the thing. Most of the episodes featured Taffer yelling at bar owners about the…

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HBO Max’s upcoming “Jellystone!” TV series – excuse me while I go throw up.

Okay. We need to talk. Seriously, we need to talk. In the 1960’s, Hanna-Barbera created several seminal cartoon characters. You know them. Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, Quick Draw McGraw, Magilla Gorilla, all of them. And they appeared on network and syndicated TV broadcasts for ages. In 1971, the Hanna-Barbera characters appeared in a special…

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Peter Puck: The Pokecheck Professor

Originally published in Animato! in 1997, updated in 2007 The Atlanta Flames hockey game just entered its first intermission period, and the television commentators discussed the early action. Most viewers took that cue to head for the fridge, the bathroom, the wrestling match on another station. A few moments later, the next picture the home…

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“Soap” is on Tubi. Oh, man, what a flashback.

Once upon a time, there was a sitcom on network television that was so scandalous, so polarizing, so completely over the top, that it caused morality groups to clutch their pearls in shock. It forced local television stations to replace the program with their own local shows, so as to not offend their local audience.…

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The Powerpuff Girls reboot wasn’t needed.

There was a time when Cartoon Network had some great original animation programs that were eye-catching and fun to watch. You know, Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack and Johnny Bravo and The Powerpuff Girls. I liked The Powerpuff Girls, it was a mixture of pop culture and bright-colored fun, with three super-powered heroines righting wrongs…

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