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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?

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‘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!

 

Hollywood, do get back to entertaining at some point

Last night Hollywood celebrated and recognized the best in television at their annual Emmy Awards. Stephen Colbert served as host to the yearly bash of millionaires giving other millionaires awards for doing their jobs. Anyway, anyone who thought the entire occasion wouldn’t devolve into a series of pretentious Hollywood celebrities espousing their highly sought after thoughts and feelings on Trump were only kidding themselves.

Right off the bat, host Stephen Colbert hits Trump about his pardoning of Joe Arpaio, the that fact the Trump never won an Emmy as the reason he ran for president, and even replayed a clip from a debate. He also had a crack about Emmys going to the winner of popular vote, unlike the presidency.

Did you get that witty and clever joke? It’s supposed to be funny because Trump won the Electoral College and not the popular vote. Then the entire room applauds the brave remark, apparently having never heard of the Electoral College.

What is this thing of which you speak?

But never fear, several others felt the need to let us know their highfalutin opinion about President Trump.

Kumail Nanjiani, while presenting some award for something, cracked that those who have the ability to run, jump and scale walls, the very people the president fears/doesn’t like.

Additionally, Alec Baldwin sarcastically thanked the president, saying he’s your Emmy Mr. President, which of course received a roomful of applause. Because of you know, groupthink.

Kate McKinnon, in her acceptance speech, thanked Hillary Clinton? Possibly because if she didn’t she would’ve been named in Clinton’s book as a reason she lost the election.

But the most galling, sickening and utterly disgusting display of Hollywood being Hollywood last night goes to Lilly Tomlin and Jane Fonda. The trio of actresses came together because they made a movie together three decades ago and for some reason they felt we needed to be reminded of that fact.

Anyway, Fonda and Tomlin go on to say that it’s 2017 and they will not be controlled “by a lying, egotistical bigot.” Yes, because the president is controlling you, keeping you from making millions playing make believe.

Hollywood is a place for entertainment, and the soon those who inhabit that town realize it, the better. No one, at least anyone I know, has sat back and thought, “Before I vote, I wonder how Alec Baldwin or Lilly Tomlin feels on this candidate? Would they approve of my choice?”

C’mon, asking Hollywood for political advice would be like asking Hollywood for guidance or direction on marriage or morality. They don’t exactly have the best track record in either of those areas. And one could make the case that they don’t exactly have the best record in the area of entertainment, a lot more shows are canceled than stay on and as far as movies are concerned, just look at this summer’s box office returns.

But once again, at the next award show, those who get paid handsomely to portray someone else will likely feel the need to tell us what they think about Trump or the hot topic of the day. And if you do feel the desire to tell jokes, bash Trump, at least make them somewhat funny or clever.

But, Hollywood, here’s a thought and stay with me on this one: How about just entertaining?

-BZ

CNN has seen better weeks

Anyone who has ever had CNN on for more than five minutes knows they like to call themselves “The most trusted name in news.” Whenever they come back from a commercial break, that extremely familiar audio clip rolls with James Earl Jones spouting CNN’s slogan.

However, after this week that trust level may not quite be what it used to be.

For months upon months Pres. Donald Trump has talked and tweeted about “fake news,” often singling out CNN.  And it was something that his most ardent supporters bought it hook, line and sinker from the beginning. Myself, not always being the biggest fan of the President, remained skeptical and always took it with a grain of salt. Thanks some to some glaringly obvious signs of stupidity this week from “the most trusted name in news,” I’m starting to come around.

CNN’s bad week got off to an early start Sunday when they were so offended and incredibly outraged by a meme President Trump tweeted out.

Now, why was CNN so, so upset about the President’s tweet? They claimed it threatened the lives of reporters and anchors. Ok, I think that’s a stretch, but fine. You have the right to be outraged, if you feel so inclined, but CNN took it one step further.

Instead of just leaving it there, a CNN reporter, Andrew Kaczynski, went after the maker of the meme. Kaczynski and his buddies at CNN reached out to the creator and then for whatever reason, decided to write about his interactions with the meme creator. And this is where things got really, really bad.

The article stated in part:

After posting his apology, “HanA**holeSolo” called CNN’s KFile and confirmed his identity. In the interview, “HanA**holeSolo” sounded nervous about his identity being revealed and asked to not be named out of fear for his personal safety and for the public embarrassment it would bring to him and his family.

CNN is not publishing “HanA**holeSolo’s” name because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again. In addition, he said his statement could serve as an example to others not to do the same.

And with the following line, it got even worse.

CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change

Blackmail? A billion dollar-company threatening a private citizen? Not good, but it got even worse. Kacznyski doubled down.

Then another reporter CNN made another inexplainable error online. It had with Chris Cillizza going all fan girl with a video purportedly showing the wife of the President of Poland refusing to shake hands with President Trump.

Problem is that didn’t happen. Instead, it was a video edited to show just that, but not what actually happened.

https://twitter.com/TEN_GOP/status/883076138112872449

But hey, why seek out the facts, right? Why tell the entire story? It’s not that a handshake is even that important, but when you fail to tell the whole story, especially when you continue to call yourself “the most trusted name in news,” there’s a problem.

This all comes after CNN had to retract a story, take it off their website and had three journalists who worked on the story “resign.”

There were also videos released of CNN employees saying some rather unflattering things.

For a news organization, I can’t imagine having a worse week or two than what CNN has experienced.

Maybe CNN should sit the next couple out. Um..here’s an idea for a story you could do: How many scoops of ice cream does Vice President Pence get? Is it one or two? Does he enjoy chocolate, vanilla, or he is really crazy, and prefers strawberry? Get on it!

– BZ

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