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The Simpsons’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ and when TV showrunners avoid creative challenges

The Simpsons’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ and when TV showrunners avoid creative challenges

May 16, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Fiction, Television

It's always surprising when you hear people behind successful TV shows confess they're out of ideas. I was thinking about this when the creators of HBO's "Silicon Valley" sheepishly admitted that issues of sexism and harassment in the tech world won't be incorporated into the show this season. "We ...

The serious side of ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Seinfeld’

The serious side of ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Seinfeld’

September 30, 2014


Filed under Television

By Robert Lloyd Los Angeles Times (MCT) Twenty-five years ago — in 1989, to save you the math — two situation comedies premiered, each destined to become American institutions, even as each regarded American institutions with a jaundiced and ironic eye. One was a cartoon, set in a midsized An...

Around the remote: Television picks for the week of Jan. 26-Feb.1

Around the remote: Television picks for the week of Jan. 26-Feb.1

January 23, 2014


Filed under Television

By Chuck Barney Contra Costa Times (MCT) DON’T MISS: THE 56TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS — Yes, Jay Z leads the pack with nine nominations, but this is the one awards show where we care more about the performances than the trophies. And what a list of stars we have this year, including Katy Perry, T...

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