CMI on TV Blog Post http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/23081/all en Five Not So Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Themed Episodes http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/five-not-so-family-friendly-thanksgiving-themed-episodes <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/tianna-dimartino">Tianna DiMartino</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Terrorism, sex, and dysfunctional families, oh my! Throw in some parades and football and you have your Thanksgiving 2014 television line-up.&nbsp; </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/five-not-so-family-friendly-thanksgiving-themed-episodes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CMI on TV Blog Post MRC Culture Art & Entertainment Faith Family Thanksgiving tv Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:22:42 +0000 mike.ciandella 47724 at http://www.mrc.org Forever: A Well-done Reboot of an Old Idea http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/forever-well-done-reboot-old-idea <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/mike-ciandella">Mike Ciandella</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img height="160" width="250" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Forever%202.JPG" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; float: right;" />ABC's pilot episode about a man who can't seem to die brings new life to a plot that ended up dying on Fox in 2008 after just 8 episodes. So far, ABC has managed to change some of the crucial plot flaws that hurt the original. Although not marketed as a reboot, the overarching storylines between both ABC's "Forever" and Fox's "New Amsterdam" are remarkably similar.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Mike Ciandella is MRC Business Senior Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@mikeciandella" target="_blank">Follow Mike Ciandella on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/forever-well-done-reboot-old-idea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CMI on TV Blog Post MRC Culture forever Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:55:53 +0000 mike.ciandella 47213 at http://www.mrc.org HBO’s ‘True Blood’ Mocks Ted Cruz, ‘Republic**ts’ http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/hbos-true-blood-mocks-ted-cruz-republicts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ‘Wars on women’ aren’t when the women are GOP. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kristine-marsh">Kristine Marsh</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><i>Editor’s note: this article contains objectionable language. </i></p> <p>The Democrat party is the pro-woman party right? Well on Sunday night’s episode of True Blood [HBO], the left-leaning characters inadvertently reveal their hateful attitudes towards women, all the while mocking conservatives. </p><div class='signature'><p>— Kristine Marsh is Staff Writer for MRC Culture at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kristine_writes" target="_blank">Follow Kristine Marsh on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/hbos-true-blood-mocks-ted-cruz-republicts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CMI on TV Blog Post MRC Culture Ted Cruz True Blood Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:32:02 +0000 mike.ciandella 46740 at http://www.mrc.org Jack Bauer: 'The United States Does Not Negotiate With Terrorists http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/jack-bauer-united-states-does-not-negotiate-terrorists <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/mike-ciandella">Mike Ciandella</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/24_%20Live%20Another%20Day%20-%20Day%209_%206_00%20P.M.-7_00%20P.M.%20-%2024%20negotiating%20with%20terrorists%20-%2009_00_17%20PM.jpg" width="200" height="120" style="border: 1px solid black; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 1px; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; float: right;" /></p><p>On this Monday's episode, Jack Bauer delivered a stern reminder to fictional President Heller that "as a matter of national policy, the United States does not negotiate with terrorists."</p><div class='signature'><p>— Mike Ciandella is MRC Business Senior Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@mikeciandella" target="_blank">Follow Mike Ciandella on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/jack-bauer-united-states-does-not-negotiate-terrorists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CMI on TV Blog Post MRC Culture 24 Jack Bauer Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:26:19 +0000 mike.ciandella 46492 at http://www.mrc.org Game of Thrones Kills Fathers on Father's Day http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/game-thrones-kills-fathers-fathers-day <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/tyler-oneil">Tyler O&#039;Neil</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://cdn.screenrant.com/wp-content/uploads/Game-of-Thrones-season-4-Tywin.jpg" style="float: right;" height="246" width="165" /><em>Warning: Spoilers</em></p><p>For Game of Thrones, nothing is sacred. The Season 4 finale - on Father's Day - is very aptly named "The Children," and its centerpeice is the downfall of parents. In this episode, one father dies, a mother stoops to imprisoning her children, and a father faces the final disgrace of his house. Sixty-six minutes of riveting television.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/game-thrones-kills-fathers-fathers-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CMI on TV Blog Post MRC Culture Art & Entertainment Family Fathers Day Game of Thrones Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:44:25 +0000 mike.ciandella 46485 at http://www.mrc.org Dancing With the Stars Mirror Ball Trophy Goes to New Season Champ http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/dancing-stars-mirror-ball-trophy-goes-new-season-champ <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/lauren-levy">Lauren Levy</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img height="300" width="300" src="http://cdn03.cdn.justjaredjr.com/wp-content/uploads/headlines/2014/05/meryl-maks-dwts-trophy-shot.jpg" style="float: right;" /></p><p><span style="font-size: small;">The season 18 finale of Dancing With the Stars concluded with a new reigning champion: Olympic figure skater Meryl Davis and her professional partner, Maksim Chmerkovsky.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/dancing-stars-mirror-ball-trophy-goes-new-season-champ" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CMI on TV Blog Post MRC Culture Art & Entertainment Dancing With the Stars maksim chmerkovsky meryl davis Wed, 21 May 2014 15:07:30 +0000 Lauren Levy 46314 at http://www.mrc.org Dancing With the Stars Contestant Talks Body Image Issues as Show Reaches Season 18 Finals http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/dancing-stars-contestant-talks-body-image-issues-show-reaches-season-18-finals-0 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/lauren-levy">Lauren Levy</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img height="350" width="620" src="http://www.accesshollywood.com/image/209045/width=620/height=350/209045.jpg" /></p><p>Last night began the season finale of Dancing With the Stars. Combined with the judges’ scores and &nbsp;viewers’ votes, the show will conclude tonight with when the Season 18 winner will be revealed.</p> <p>Last night, the four remaining couples danced two routines, one of which was a freestyle choreographed by the stars and their professional partners.&nbsp; </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/dancing-stars-contestant-talks-body-image-issues-show-reaches-season-18-finals-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CMI on TV Blog Post MRC Culture Art & Entertainment body image bulimia Candace Cameron Bure Dancing With the Stars Tue, 20 May 2014 18:38:08 +0000 Lauren Levy 46304 at http://www.mrc.org DWTS Contestant Dedicates Viennese Waltz to God http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/dwts-contestant-dedicates-viennese-waltz-god <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Candace Cameron Bure: &quot;I’m really performing for an audience of one&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/lauren-levy">Lauren Levy</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.zeibiz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Candace-Cameron-Bure-and-Mark-Ballas-DWTS-600x315.jpg" width="600" height="315" /></p><p>After 9 grueling weeks, the Dancing With the Stars competition is nearing its pinnacle. Beginning last night’s semifinals were actor and author, Candace Cameron Bure, and her professional dance partner, Mark Ballas. The duo danced a 34-point Viennese waltz, which Candace dedicated to God.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/dwts-contestant-dedicates-viennese-waltz-god" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CMI on TV Blog Post MRC Culture Art & Entertainment Candace Cameron Bure christian conservative Dancing With the Stars god moralitytraditionalvalues Viennese waltz Tue, 13 May 2014 19:44:17 +0000 Lauren Levy 46240 at http://www.mrc.org A Chip Off The Ol' Block http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/chip-ol-block <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/evan-mantel">Evan Mantel</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img height="214" width="171" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2013/revenge.jpg" style="float: right; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" />Call it a maxim; call it a proverb; heck, call it a kumquat for all I care, but this saying has never seemed truer to me: <i>like father like son</i>. Sometimes these words act as a laurel of honor around our heads; sometimes they act as the concrete flippers for our swimming lesson in the Hudson.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/chip-ol-block" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CMI on TV Blog Post MRC Culture conrad grayson David Clarke emily thorn like father like son Revenge victoria grayson Mon, 12 May 2014 22:57:00 +0000 emantel 46229 at http://www.mrc.org The Big Bang Theory Says "Check Your Privilege!" http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/big-bang-theory-says-check-your-privilege <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/evan-mantel">Evan Mantel</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img style="float: right; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2013/The%20Big%20Bang%20Theory%20-%20The%20Workplace%20Proximity%20-%2008_02_32%20PM.jpg" width="214" height="160" /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/big-bang-theory-says-check-your-privilege" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CMI on TV Blog Post MRC Culture Big Bang Theory caste system check your privilege english India indian sati Sheldon Cooper Fri, 09 May 2014 20:54:19 +0000 emantel 46216 at http://www.mrc.org More Marvel! http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/more-marvel <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/evan-mantel">Evan Mantel</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Good news, fellow Agents of SHIELD fans! We are getting a second season!</p> <p>This really isn't <i>that </i>surprising based on the ratings. I won't bore you with the details here, but suffice to say, it's kicking butt compared to the <i>Dancing With The Stars</i>. </p> <p>I must admit I'm curious how this will work since the latest Captain America movie, you know, eliminated the entire agency of SHIELD. Seems like a stretch to go a full season without an organization. At this point, Fitz is right – they are just vigilantes. Somethings gotta give here.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/more-marvel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CMI on TV Blog Post MRC Culture Agent Carter Agents of SHIELD Marvel Fri, 09 May 2014 04:47:01 +0000 emantel 46204 at http://www.mrc.org Marvel's Vigilantes of SHIELD http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/marvels-vigilantes-shield <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/evan-mantel">Evan Mantel</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img height="150" width="272" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2013/Marvel%27s%20Agents%20of%20S.H.I.E.L.D.%20-%20The%20Girl%20in%20the%20Flower%20Dress%20-%2008_04_39%20PM.jpg" style="float: right; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" />Last week, you might remember, <a target="_blank" href="http://mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/marvel-agents-arent-always-who-we-think-they-are">I predicted a Ward Redemption storyline</a>. And <i>oooohhhh</i>, I was so close to vindication. </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/marvels-vigilantes-shield" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CMI on TV Blog Post MRC Culture Agent Garrett Agent Ward Dog FitzSimmons Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. redemption shield Thu, 08 May 2014 03:13:42 +0000 emantel 46195 at http://www.mrc.org Marvel Agents Aren't Always Who We Think They Are http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/marvel-agents-arent-always-who-we-think-they-are <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/evan-mantel">Evan Mantel</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img style="float: right; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" src="http://static.east.abc.go.com/service/image/index/id/fc89c9f5-dbe7-48f7-86f9-629a7d6738f2/dim/822x.jpg" width="274" height="183" />I don't know about you, but I always find it strange to see someone I know as one thing to be another. It's like when Michael Jordan played with the Washington Wizards after winning six championships with the Chicago Bulls. It's just weird. </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/marvel-agents-arent-always-who-we-think-they-are" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CMI on TV Blog Post MRC Culture Agent Coulson Agent Ward Brent Dalton Cobie Smulders Maria Hill Robin Scherbatzky Tahiti Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:18:36 +0000 emantel 46135 at http://www.mrc.org Guns On The Blacklist http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/guns-blacklist <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/evan-mantel">Evan Mantel</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img height="225" width="275" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2013/blacklist%201.jpg" style="float: right; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; border: 1px solid black;" />I thought this most recent episode was gonna be a disappointment. The previews suggested that Red's world would crumble dramatically. This did not happen - in the least. Did I misunderstand the previews? Possibly, but most of this episode, while solid, was disappointing on the whole.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/guns-blacklist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CMI on TV Blog Post MRC Culture Agent Elizabeth Keane Alan Alda Euthanasia Gun Control Guns Raymond Red Reddington season 1 The Blacklist Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:42:02 +0000 emantel 46123 at http://www.mrc.org Parks and Recreation Gets the Clint Eastwood Treatment http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/parks-and-recreation-gets-clint-eastwood-treatment <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/evan-mantel">Evan Mantel</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><i><img style="float: right; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2013/Parks%20and%20Recreation%20-%20Moving%20Up%20-%2008_01_01%20PM.jpg" width="250" height="200" />Parks and Recreation</i> finished up season 6 in style last night. <a href="http://mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/parks-rec-and-flotus-oh-my" target="_blank">In case you missed it, I reviewed Michelle Obama's&nbsp; (FLOTUS!) performance in another post.</a> So <i>no</i>bama stuff here. (Teehee. I'm so clever, aren't I?)</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/cmi-tv-blog-post/parks-and-recreation-gets-clint-eastwood-treatment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CMI on TV Blog Post MRC Culture Cones of Dunshire Jon Hamm Leslie Knope Lil Sebastian Parks and Recreation season finale Fri, 25 Apr 2014 19:39:48 +0000 emantel 46095 at http://www.mrc.org