CMI on TV

by: Dylan Gwinn | Monday, August 31, 2015 - 12:58am

Whether jokingly implied or painfully obvious, the 2015 MTV VMAs did not hide their support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement by providing some cop hate to go along with the movement’s mantra of violence and hatred towards police. All this while they sat safely inside the LAPD-guarded Microsoft Theater having their fun. I’m sure all of the celebrities arrived and left unguarded, especially Miss Miley Cyrus.

Actress Rebel Wilson made a show of saying “F*ck the Police Strippers” here.

**WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE**

     

Which might have been excusable as a not-funny joke (though even the “BlackLivesMatter crowd was not laughing) if it were not for the other cop-hate examples of the evening....

by: Dylan Gwinn | Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 9:04pm

 

Taylor Swift's video "Wildest Dreams" debuted at the 2015 VMA's on MTV. This message is what followed the video.

by: Dylan Gwinn | Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:50am

USA’s 'Mr. Robot' did not air its season finale Wednesday night. Citing a need to be sensitive to the shooting that killed two journalists in Roanoke, the network aired a previous episode along with this statement to explain their decision:

Though I applaud USA’s sensitivity to airing that scene in such close proximity to the Virginia shooting, I’ve got a better way for them to handle the situation which would be even more meaningful, and just might save lives.

Delete the scene.

Don’t delay it a week. Don’t simply try to bury it in next week’s news/entertainment rotation when it will trampled underfoot by the relentless forward grind of the American news cycle. Delete it, scrap it, get rid of it.

Because here’s the thing: we now know that the Virginia shooter (whose name I will not mention...

by: Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 3:21am

The Carmichael Show continues to pleasantly surprise (read about the pilot here) with its second episode, "Protest." It opens with the news that there is a protest going on because an unarmed teenager was shot by police in the city. This excites Maxine (Amber Stevens West) who bemoans the fact that she "tried to go to Occupy Wall Street but my flight landed when the protest ended, so I just saw 'Book of Mormon' twice and went home.”

She dons a "Black Lives Matter" t-shirt and starts talking about how exciting it is, prompting Joe (David Alan Grier) to ask, "Do you always get this giddy when somebody gets shot?" He has reason to be skeptical:

-Cynthia: You know, Maxine is right--...

by: Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 1:32am

For all conservatives sick and tired of being trashed and talked down to by network television, boy, do I have a show for you!

Last night The Carmichael Show premiered on NBC, a sitcom starring Jerrod Carmichael, Amber Stevens West, David Alan Grier, and Loretta Devine, about a very opinionated black family in Charlotte. The show gets very political, but not only does it tackle relevant issues like voter registration, why blacks support Obama, and religious liberties - it does so in a very fair way that is friendly to conservatives while actually being funny!

In fact, you may be surprised by the conservative values espoused by several of the characters.

For example, after lead actor Jerrod gives a stirring patriotic monologue about Obama's inspriring story, he questions why Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize:

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by: Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 10:44pm

File this under Words I Never Expected to Hear on Network Television: "Yes, Father, it's called a 'throuple.'"

And so began Karen's explanation to her priest of her threesome polyamorous relationship with a husband and wife that led to her getting pregnant, in Mistresses season 3's 10th episode "What Could Have Been."

Priest: ...The husband, the wife, and you?
Karen: Yes, father. It's called a throuple.
-Well, that's a kitschy little term. Karen, you know that I'm open-minded about a good many things, but in a situation like this, there is only one thing to do.
-What's that?
-Carry the child to term, then give it up for adoption.
-I've never seen that as an option.
-Well, it's the only one you have if...

by: Dylan Gwinn | Monday, August 24, 2015 - 9:51pm

If Adam Baldwin gets all the cool one-liners on TNT’s “The Last Ship” (and he does), then the Command Master Chief Jeter (Charles Parnell) gets all the great speeches. On Sunday night’s episode, “Valkyrie,” Jeter addresses the crew after four of their fellow crewmen were killed in a sabotaged oil rig explosion.

It’s an incredible speech about those who sacrifice and risk all for our country, which could apply to any generation of soldiers at any time. Yet, one that I found exceptionally moving as France celebrates American servicemen saving their bacon...again.

Enjoy.

     

>> We’ve taken out share of hits these past few weeks... Suffered painful losses. Sometimes, it feels like more than we can bear. Yet, here we gather, united. Shipmates. Every time we're called, we answer...

by: Dylan Gwinn | Monday, August 24, 2015 - 7:57am

I Am Cait” is nothing but a study in massive contradiction. On Sunday’s episode, “Take Pride,” Bruce Jenner’s weekly journey into the absurd continued as he took on two new and fearsome opponents: the pronouns “they” and “them.”

In this scene, Jenner lunches with two other trans people who appear borderline-offended that Jenner continues describing the trans community as “they” and “them”:

       

>> Chandi: So are you starting to feel as if you are a part of this community?

>> Caitlyn: Yes. Um, I have learned-- because of you guys...

>> Chandi: Mm-hmm.

>> Caitlyn: ...So much.

>> Candis: But sometimes, when you do say "Them" and "They," it's like you're not including yourself...

by: Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 11:21pm

On Christmas Eve 1968, after successfully becoming the first men to orbit the moon, the crew of Apollo 8 read from the book of Genesis. According to Wikipedia, at the time, it was the most-watched tv broadcast ever.

American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O'Hair sued NASA over the reading and it was because of this lawsuit (which ultimately failed before the Supreme Court) that Buzz Aldrin was asked not to recite Scripture on the air when he received Communion after stepping on the moon.

So imagine my surprise when ABC aired a beautiful recreation of the Apollo 8 Genesis reading in the episode titled "The Dark Side" of the tv show The Astronaut Wives Club:

...back on Earth,...

by: Dylan Gwinn | Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 7:56am

This week’s episode of USA’s Mr. Robot saw the computer-hacker, techno-geek drama finally get over its mid-season identity crisis, and get back to its obvious intended purpose: glorifying cyber revolution for the purpose of mass income redistribution.

In an episode called “eps1.7wh1ter0se.m4v” (it’s a cyber-geek computer hacking show. What do you expect?) “Darlene” (Carly Chaikin) gets the liberal crazy-train back on the rails by doing what liberals love to do most: preaching about revolution and saving the world from the 87th floor of luxury high rise apartment buildings in Manhattan:

**WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE**

        

>>What if this all went away? The city. The money. All of it.

>>What, like a zombie apocalypse or something...