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Tim Allen hints at ‘Last Man Standing’ return

Tim Allen and his popular sitcom is nearing a return to television, according to Page Six. This would be a huge win for conservatives and fans of Allen’s humor and everyman persona.

The show was unexpectedly cancelled in 2016, despite decent ratings. Needless to say, at the time when the show was canned, conservatives cried liberal censorship.

For those unfamiliar with ‘Last Man Standing,’ Allen plays Mike Baxter, a wealthy owner of a chain of outdoor sporting goods stores, who routinely mocks liberal sacred cows of the day.  This despite him living in a house full of women, most of whom regularly espouse liberal views.

In addition, the family as a whole regularly attends church and they truly seem to love one another.

Allen hinted at the show’s return on Twitter:

In stead of ABC, the show would be on FOX for its 7th season and is slated for their 2018-2019 season.

This comes on the massive ratings success that has been Roseanne, another show that routinely mocks all things liberal.

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West Virginia GOP Senate candidate’s ad…is bad, really bad

It’s inevitable that campaign season will produce a number of bad campaign ads. Candidates have limited money, time and manpower. Sometimes you just have to go with what you have and just hope that the candidate’s message is strong enough for the voter’s to overlook the less than stellar ad.

The contentious Indiana GOP Senate primary campaign has produced a number of them, most of them negative and most of them courtesy of the Todd Rokita campaign.

For instance:

However, as bad as those ads may appear, they are nothing, absolutely nothing in comparison to this one produced by a West Virginia GOP Senate candidate.

Don Blankenship is looking to replace Democrat Joe Manchin, but this ad will probably not put him over the top.

The music, the monotone delivery, and the lack of any kind of personality aren’t going to help. But the icing on the cake has to be his creative nickname for Mitch McConnell.

Check it out for yourself:

Surprise, surprise: Maher defends Ingraham

Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. For instance, liberal Bill Maher defending conservative Laura Ingraham.

Over the weekend, the ‘Real Time’ host came out against the proposed advertising boycott Laura Ingraham’s television program.

Some quick background on the whole issue: Ingraham tweeted out a message essentially mocking Hogg after he said was rejected by several colleges. Hogg retaliated by calling for advertisers to drop the Ingraham show.

Of course, several companies capitulated to the 17-year-old. But Fox News put out a message saying they were staying with Ingraham despite the hullabaloo. 

Anyway, Maher essentially said Friday night that despite what Ingraham said, she still has the right to do so, with the First Amendment and all. He goes on to make the same argument that many have been making since the whole thing started. David Hogg has the right to be heard just as much as Laura Ingraham does just as much as Joe Scarborough or Rachel Maddow does.

Almost on cue and as expected the other three members of Maher’s panel vehemently disagree with the host.

Gotta wonder how they would feel if someone tried to silence them?

‘The Office’ reboot talks pick up steam

Sometimes you just have to take a break from politics, ignore Donald Trump’s typo-ridden tweets, shut off CNN or MSNBC (That last one is a joke, calm down) and indulge in mindless entertainment. Right? Sure, we all do.

Anyway, ‘The Office,” the U.S. version, is without any shadow of a doubt, one of the best series in television history. If you don’t believe me, if you are unsure or disagree with my previous statement in the slightest, I will fight you! (Not really, but you get the idea.)  Seriously, Steve Carell not winning an Emmy for his work as the iconic Michael Gary Scott is one of the biggest crimes of all time.

However, as much as I love watching Jim play hilarious pranks on the overly authoritative Dwight, Pam roll her eyes at the camera or Creed doing whatever it is exactly Creed does, it must stay in the past.

Recently, John Krasinksi (Jim) said he would love to come back and play the sardonic Jim again.

Krasinski’s willingness to revive his career-making character comes after Jenna Fischer (Pam) saying she was game as well. But, Pam and Jim, Dwight, Andy, Angela and Creed, you guys need to stay in the past or at least on Netflix.

The last two seasons – without Michael Scott – were not good. And it’s already been said that Carell wouldn’t be apart of any series reboot.

So knowing all of this, why would they bring it back? Yes, I understand Roseanne has been a massive hit and Will and Grace has been bringing in the ratings, but just leave The Office alone. The characters were given somewhat decent conclusions during the series finale.

The Office is a terrific, witty, hilarious show that only gets better with multiple viewings, but don’t bring it back, don’t ruin it. PLEASE!

-BZ

New Messer campaign ad is about ‘the forgotten men and women’

More and more political ads are starting populate the airwaves. And unfortunately, it’s only going to get worse before it gets better.

As the primary quickly approaches, the Luke Messer campaign has released yet another ad. But this one is slightly different.

While Messer still wants you to know he’s firmly “pro-Trump” and very much so, this one kind of brings his message home. He talks about his mother’s struggles as a single parent, trying to make ends meet working at factory while raising two boys.  He makes it personal and voters are likely to respond to such an ad.

In just 30 seconds, the ad helps to make Messer a much more likable and relatable figure. It’s easily the campaign’s best ad and it leaves you wondering why didn’t they lead off with this one?

-BZ

Barack and Michelle Obama coming to a TV near you?

Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, could be headed to the small screen. That’s right, the former President is reportedly in talks with Netflix to produce original programming for the streaming service.

According to the New York Times, Obama wouldn’t use the platform to directly respond to the Trump administration or those who aren’t fond of 44.

Apparently, nothing is final yet but show ideas for the former occupants of the White House have been mentioned. One being Barry moderating topics that came up during his administration. Seriously, anyone who thinks that wouldn’t devolve into Obama condescendingly lecturing those on the panel is simply kidding themselves.

Any who, those who aren’t fans of Obama have reacted as expected, with total and complete outrage.

Really, are we that surprised? Netflix really isn’t the most conservative of platforms.

They produced a film about the former president and have original programs like “Dear White People,” “Disjointed,” and “Orange is the New Black.” This move by Netflix isn’t coming out of nowhere. Besides that, last time I checked the user selects which movies/shows play on the television, iPhone or computer screen.

-BZ

TV: New and original programming…like Murphy Brown?

Last year wasn’t a good year for film studios, at least financially.  Summer 2017 was particularly terrible. Ticket sales during summer 2017 were down nearly 15 percent from summer 2016, not good anyway you slice it.

But what do you expect when you get another Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean, the unwatchable King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and the 40th Fast and Furious flick? The films weren’t good and audiences, thankfully, responded, accordingly.

Now, one of the reasons, that is constantly given for the decline in box office sales, is the inventive, original programming TV is producing. To be fair, there’s probably a fair amount of truth to that. Add Netflix and Hulu to the mix and put the shows coming from those streaming services up against a $200 million crappy Michael Bay flick and there’s no competition. People would much rather watch The Crown, House of Cards than the 12th Transformers.

But for all of the great programming coming from the tube, there is a disturbing trend that has developed recently and we all need to do our part to put an end to it: Reboots.

Listen, I get it. Everybody likes a little nostalgia, those characters mean something to us, they are a part of our past.

But do we really need to know what Roseanne is doing? Or Will and Grace? Or Murphy Brown? Or Scully and Mulder? Or the Tanner clan? (To be fair, I do enjoy that one. It’s just so incredibly bad, it’s good.)

Has the well of original ideas in Hollywood really run that dry that we’re going back to 20, 30-year-old series?

There’s even been rumors of The Office reboot. Really? That show has only been off for a couple of years. You likely won’t find a bigger The Office fan than me, but leave things alone, sometimes it’s better that way.

What’s next? Are we going to check in with the group at Bayside? Find out if Urkel really did do that? Learn if the Prince of Bel-Air is still fresh after all these year? Where does it end?

If we band together, if we stand up, we can stop them! We can do it! Make Television Great Again and stop reboots!

 

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