10 Secrets You Don't Know About Peter Pan

This Thursday, December 4, NBC will attempt to duplicate the success of their 2013, live Sound of Music broadcast by airing a 21st Century version of a 20th century classic.  The live telecast of Peter Pan stars Allison Williams (Girls) and Christian Borle (Smash), with voice-over by Minnie Driver (About a Boy), and something we all need more of in our lives, a singing, dancing Christopher Walken. ...more
Very interesting! And I'm apprehensively looking forward to tonight.more

How the Geniuses of 'Scorpion' Insulted My Intelligence

Twenty minutes into the pilot episode of Scorpion (Mondays on CBS), the titular lead, Walter O’Brien a.k.a. Scorpion, played by actor Elyes Gabel, somberly tells a waitress mom (Katherine McPhee), “I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news – your son is a genius.”Cut to commercial. Image: CBS ...more
Scorpion speaks to the real experiences people in the gifted comunity deal with. I'm not talking ...more

What TV Gets Wrong About Smart Kids (and Adults)

My oldest son goes to an NYC high-school that only accepts the top 2% of its 30,000 applicants. My middle son taught himself computer programming and is trying to prove his contrary theory that light is, in fact, not both a particle and a wave. And my youngest daughter completed the local library's summer-long reading challenge in the first week and accidentally wiped them out of all their prizes. ...more
I was enjoying this until the author referenced a character's persistence in trying to kill his ...more

Looking for Multiracial TV Characters I Can Show My Biracial Kids

Recent media on media coverage of the upcoming Fall Television Season (does TV even still have seasons? Doesn't it feel like new shows are just constantly premiering?) has focused heavily on television becoming a lot less "whitewashed," mostly due to the multiple productions of Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy) and a few others, including upcoming pilots with Hispanic and Asian leads. ...more
Modern family is also on ABC.more

Celebrate TV's Top 10 Fabulous Female Bosses

This month, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg created attention for cultivating leadership qualities in women through the #banbossy campaign, saying, "When a little boy asserts himself, he's called a leader. Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded bossy." ...more
BlogHer Such a fun article! Some wonderful picks too. #TVWomen #FemaleBossesmore

Whom to Root For in Ladies' Figure Skating? History Says Look For the Best Story

Who is on track to win the ladies' Olympic figure skating competition scheduled for Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20? It's a tough call. There are, after all, so many elements in a winning program. Judges are looking at jumps, spins, footwork, spirals, connecting moves, musicality and artistic presentation. ...more
This is why I like objective sports. Crossed the finish line first? Great. You win. End of story.more

Top 10 Hilarious Sitcoms Created By Women

From its very beginning, television has been full of funny women (really; ignore all those studies that say otherwise).Who would you rather believe, anyway, some study or Lucille Ball? How about Carol Burnett? Mary Tyler Moore? Ellen DeGeneres? ...more

Chanukah Isn't Christmas: How TV Gets It Wrong (Almost) Every Time

Chanukah is not Christmas.I realize that, on the surface, that distinction should seem rather self-evident (what with the whole Jewish/Christian being entire different religions thing).But sadly, the difference has not been honored on television. ...more
Alina! This was such a great post! Loved going down memory lane with the poorly done Hanukkah ...more

Coming to America: Understanding My Immigrant Experience through TV

There’s no pretty way to say this: TV made me an American. When I first moved to the United States at the age of seven, I believed that everything I saw on screen was a documentary demonstrating how “real” Americans actually lived. (The fact that we didn’t have a gargantuan staircase like on The Brady Bunch proved that my family weren’t yet real Americans.) ...more

Why Is New TV Show "The Goldbergs" Exploiting Jewish Stereotypes?

So here’s something I’ve always wondered: If Jews control the media (and there are several conspiracy sites on the Internet that proclaim this, so it must be true), why are there so few good Jewish characters actually on television?...more
I think it's hard for any show not to have stereotypes (bratty kids, whiny girlfriends, clueless ...more