• Truth and consequences

    Try telling the truth ... it's easier to remember.

  • Time to lawyer up

    In the interest of journalistic integrity, I must self-report that the following article is biased. The new show “Better Call Saul,” the prequel to AMC’s seminal series “Breaking Bad,” has now been loosed on the public. Being a self-proclaimed “addict” of “Breaking Bad,” I went into the first two episodes of “Better Call Saul” predisposed to not just like the show but to be entranced by it.

  • Getting back to nature

    I’m not sure what is worse, the fact that there are more than 25 shows on television that have Alaska as their principle back drop, or the fact that I have seen portions of just about every one of them. I am either an astute observer of demographic and ratings trends in the television industry, or somebody who needs to find a hobby. 

  • Gatekeeping

    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “watching three to four hours of non-educational TV per day, children will have seen about 8,000 murders on TV by the time they finish elementary school.”

  • And the winner is...

    It has begun. Like the turning of the leaves in the fall, the beginning of the new year brings the awards season. Ironically, the Academy Awards, accolades reserved exclusively for the motion picture industry, are relentlessly shaped, driven and molded by the super-hyped televised presentation of the Oscars.

     

     

  • Lost in space

    The History Channel has fallen hard from the esteem it held when they ran countless documentaries about World War II and the rise and thankful fall of Nazism. Now, they put just about anything up on their schedule and any similarity between this programming and history is strictly accidental.

  • The feast of the vainglorious

    America’s new High Holy Day is fast approaching. The National Football League’s playoffs will culminate with the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 in Phoenix.

  • All I want from television in 2015

    It’s that time of year when people make New Year’s resolutions they have neither the willpower nor inclination to keep. 

  • A Christmas tradition

    Television is the land where old movies go to live forever. This is especially true during Christmas when the airways are virtually flooded with old movies, new movies, made for TV movies and animated specials run on a seemingly endless loop. Most of the fare is imminently forgettable, but then there are the “classics.” 

  • The reality of the Robertson clan

    Every now and then a show comes along that captures the culture’s attention, and produces epic ratings and generates a substantial bump in the pop culture line chart, setting itself apart from the rest. Such is the case of the show “Duck Dynasty.” To the uninitiated, the show revolves around a family business of duck call makers in a small town in Louisiana. There are extended family members and employees who are treated much more like family members than employees.

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In our time

Archbishop José H. Gomez

As I write, I’ve just read the sad news that 90 Christians have been kidnapped from two villages in Syria. Of course we were all shocked earlier this month by the news that 21 Coptic Christians were executed in Syria — killed, as Pope Francis said, “for the mere fact of being Christians.” 

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February 28, 2015

  • Saturday, February 28

    “Catholics and the Civil Rights Movement”: An African American Ministry Forum with Dr. Cecilia Moore, 9:30-11:30 a.m., University Hall, 1775 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Selma March, which led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a landmark achievement of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. With an eye towards the future, a weekend forum will be held to examine the role of American Catholicism in the Selma Campaign, its history and theology, and what it can teach us about confronting today’s social justice issues in the Church and greater American society. $40. (310) 338-2799.

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