CMI on TV

by: Haley Halverson | Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:16am

Be careful who you friend on the internet.

This is the serious message that anyone watching MTV’s Catfish should take away. The term “catfish” is slang defined on Urban Dictionary as “someone who pretends to be someone they're not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.” The TV show that borrows the name of this recent phenomenon seeks to unite couples in online relationships who have never met in person. Obviously, sometimes this turns into a cute romantic story. And other times it gets downright eerie.

Thursday night’s episode followed the host Yaniv “Nev” Schulman, and Alex Shaffer, as they met Chitara. Chitara was a bisexual mother of two who was devastated after her online 22...

by: Jordan Ecarma | Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 10:48am

Turns out that life as a swinger means a lot of work for a "cringe-worthy" payoff, according to Entertainment Weekly's review of new A&E show Neighbors with Benefits.

“They should have just called it Awkward Encounters. Make that, incredibly awkward,” Entertainment Weekly described the new reality show, which portrays the intimately intersecting lives of couples in an unnamed suburban Ohio neighborhood.

“While the idea of swinging is supposed to be titillating … Neighbors with Benefits proves it’s kind of anything but.”

Lest audiences get the impression that media types have...

by: Haley Halverson | Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 9:37am

Pregnancy, family dysfunction, and juvenile drama: MTV is at it again.

The four young women who made up the old cast of ‘16 And Pregnant’—giving birth as teenagers on national television—are back nearly six years later on Monday night’s premier of Teen Mom OG. Maci Bookout, Amber Portwood, Catelynn Lowell and Farrah Abraham are now older and, allegedly, wiser parents.

A lot has changed since high school. Maci has a new boyfriend living with her and her son, as she deals with the absentee biological father. Amber is back from a year and a half in prison for substance abuse. Catelynn is pregnant again and engaged, and Farrah remains at the center of controversy due to her past sex tapes, although she admits that she “regrets things.”

It’s quite a Rockwell painting.

In interviews with...

by: Katie Yoder | Monday, March 23, 2015 - 3:35pm

It a surprise from the pro-choice entrainment world, but CBS’ The Good Wife recently dared to present pro-life arguments in a rational, respectful way.

A side plot to the March 22 episode of CBS’ The Good Wife featured two characters, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) and R.D. (Oliver Platt) arguing over abortion. R.D., the pro-lifer, demanded to know why a five-month-old fetus is “not a baby?” 

While on a hunting retreat in Wyoming, Diane, the law-firm boss of main character Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), met a man named R.D. Unlike the other conservative gun-lovers (including her husband) on the trip, Diane identifies herself as Democrat. Intrigued...

by: Haley Halverson | Friday, March 20, 2015 - 2:10pm

Ok, ok, we get it. Lena Dunham likes sex.

After creating the hit TV show Girls (HBO), Dunham has become something of a poster child for sex without consequences and abortion-on-demand in popular media. So it’s no surprise that her guest appearance on Scandal (ABC) came with a heavy side of sexual adventure and condemnation for anyone who would dare not affirm those choices.

On Thursday night’s Scandal episode, Sue Thomas (Lena Dunham) is an author of a soon-to-be-published book detailing her erotic confessions of kinky affairs with the elite of Washington, D.C. Sue is confronted by Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) who is concerned not only about the political ramifications of these explicit memoirs, but also about the well-being of Sue. Olivia warns her that the press will be eager to shame her publicly. “I’m trying...

by: Haley Halverson | Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 2:53pm

Whether you look at the social effects of The Cosby Show or Will & Grace, it is clear that television can influence public opinion for better or for worse. The question, then, is why does Empire (FOX) choose to shape it for the worse?

Empire has the opportunity to teach about racial tolerance through its portrayal of a black family, and culture, but instead it settles for political allegiances and casual racism against whites. The series tells the story of a music label’s CEO, Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), who is given a fatal diagnosis of ALS. Lucious must then choose between his three competitive sons for his successor, all while dealing with the reappearance of his ex-wife Cookie (Taraji Henson), who just spent 17 years in jail.

The dialogue on race has been one...

by: Haley Halverson | Friday, March 13, 2015 - 10:27am

Music has always been a big part of television. But, let’s face it, some shows do it better. While many sitcoms and dramas rely on beats to merely fill in the background, these four shows represent musically distinct TV shows that allow the tunes to occasionally steal the spotlight.

FOX’s new series, Empire, is about power hungry family dynamics and the music industry. This show features musical styles of rap, R&B, and hip hop. If you want to listen to artists that embody this show’s music genre, look no further than the Empire cast (as produced by Timbaland), Lil’ Kim, and Estelle.

Nashville (ABC) is another current show that covers the music industry and the rise to fame. As may be inferred from the title of the series, this drama is all about...

by: Haley Halverson | Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 10:56am

Looking back on the latest season of The Bachelor, which had its finale Monday night, a surprising storyline about women’s virginity has emerged throughout the season.

The first discussion of this topic was begun by Ashley Iaconetti, who felt like she needed to tell the Bachelor, Chris Soules, in order for him to better understand who she was as a person. She first attempted to tell him in coded language, hinting at her intact virtue, but Chris wasn’t able to put together what she was trying to say. Eventually she straight up stated: “I’m a virgin.”

Credit to Chris Soules: while he was clearly shocked, he responded kindly and respectfully.

But Ashley was left shaken, crying in the bathroom, worried she had “freaked him out.” Another girl attempted to console her saying she should be proud of it since “in our generation it’s so...

by: Haley Halverson | Friday, March 6, 2015 - 9:53am

The Thursday night series premier of Dig (USA) delivers on its promise of murder, conspiracy, and religion.

Dig wastes no time in making its religious undertones as blatant as possible. The show opens quoting a verse from Numbers 6 about bringing a red heifer to sacrifice, and then shows the red cow in Norway with one character stating cryptically: “It has started.”  Another announces: “The prophecy has begun.”

The show stars Jason Isaacs, as Peter Connelly, an American FBI agent who has transferred to Israel after a tragedy at home. At one point in the first episode Connelly follows a woman with red hair, named Emma Wilson (Alison Sudol) into the midst of a large crowd with chanting people holding crosses. The two begin talking and Emma leads him to an excavation site where she is working as an archeologist...

by: Haley Halverson | Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 2:27pm

Pro-life messages are not often mentioned on prime time entertainment networks.

Nevertheless, Anna Duggar’s pregnancy announcement made the cut on E! News Wednesday night, along with her tweet against abortion. Anna, wife of Josh Duggar from TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” sent out an ultrasound picture of her daughter to her fans Tuesday. E! also shared her accompanying tweet: “But thousands of little girls suffer the pain of abortion each day. Help protect these children.”

This is not the first time a member of the Duggar family has used their pregnancy to highlight the pro-life cause. This past summer, Jill Duggar announced her pregnancy within the first...