• Get a life

    In his ode to celebrity worship, Ray Davies wrote, “Everybody’s in movies, everybody’s a star, everybody’s in showbiz. … It doesn’t matter who you are.” What a harbinger of things to come! Now, through the distorted lens of reality television shows, people with no discernible talents are constantly anointed with undeserving fame.

  • Truth and consequences

    Try telling the truth ... it's easier to remember.

  • Time to lawyer up

    In the interest of journalistic integrity, I must self-report that the following article is biased. The new show “Better Call Saul,” the prequel to AMC’s seminal series “Breaking Bad,” has now been loosed on the public. Being a self-proclaimed “addict” of “Breaking Bad,” I went into the first two episodes of “Better Call Saul” predisposed to not just like the show but to be entranced by it.

  • Getting back to nature

    I’m not sure what is worse, the fact that there are more than 25 shows on television that have Alaska as their principle back drop, or the fact that I have seen portions of just about every one of them. I am either an astute observer of demographic and ratings trends in the television industry, or somebody who needs to find a hobby. 

  • Gatekeeping

    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “watching three to four hours of non-educational TV per day, children will have seen about 8,000 murders on TV by the time they finish elementary school.”

  • And the winner is...

    It has begun. Like the turning of the leaves in the fall, the beginning of the new year brings the awards season. Ironically, the Academy Awards, accolades reserved exclusively for the motion picture industry, are relentlessly shaped, driven and molded by the super-hyped televised presentation of the Oscars.

     

     

  • Lost in space

    The History Channel has fallen hard from the esteem it held when they ran countless documentaries about World War II and the rise and thankful fall of Nazism. Now, they put just about anything up on their schedule and any similarity between this programming and history is strictly accidental.

  • The feast of the vainglorious

    America’s new High Holy Day is fast approaching. The National Football League’s playoffs will culminate with the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 in Phoenix.

  • All I want from television in 2015

    It’s that time of year when people make New Year’s resolutions they have neither the willpower nor inclination to keep. 

  • A Christmas tradition

    Television is the land where old movies go to live forever. This is especially true during Christmas when the airways are virtually flooded with old movies, new movies, made for TV movies and animated specials run on a seemingly endless loop. Most of the fare is imminently forgettable, but then there are the “classics.” 

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Voices

The courageous witness of Blessed Oscar Romero

Tony Magliano

Who would have imagined on Feb. 23, 1977, the day of his appointment as Archbishop of San Salvador, that the highly conservative Oscar Romero — who was suspicious of the Catholic Church’s involvement in political activism — would die a martyr’s death for courageously defending his people against the murderous assaults of the Salvadoran government, military and right-wing death squads?

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