Top 5: TV Nerds

All this talk about Urkel on Monday got me thinking: He’s arguably one of the most recognizable nerds that TV has ever produced. Jaleel White will always hear “Hey, Urkel!” when he’s walking down the street. That is, of course, if he’s not recognized as the sultry (can men be sultry?) Stefan Urquelle. But, is Urkel one of the best nerds on TV? Maybe. BUT is he one of my favorites? I don’t know. Let’s break it down.

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New Girl and 90’s TV: Did they do that?

I mentioned a frustration I encountered recently on my Twitter, but I wanted to delve in deeper. On a recent episode of New Girl (recent, if you’re me and only watch TV on Hulu and therefore have an eight-day delay on new episodes of FOX shows, silly FOX), a bunch of 23 year olds moved in across the hall from the gang. Read the rest of this entry »


Women, Weight and Television

1. EXT. NEW YORK TIMES OFFICES, DAY

2. INT. WRITER’S ROOM, DAY

New York Times Reporter ALESSANDRA STANLEY rushes into the room. It’s pitching time.

ALESSANDRA

I’ve got it. I’ve got THE story.

EDITOR

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“Earth-Shattering” Question

Okay, so it’s probably not actually earth-shattering, but I do have a big question for myself: Do I have a new favorite network? I’ve been trying to deny the fact that ABC and FOX have sidled their way into my viewing schedule and my heart, but after what NBC did to me the other night, it’s hard to ignore.

Oh, what’s that you say? You didn’t hear? NBC has delayed Community for an indeterminate amount of time. Yep. What was supposed to return on Oct. 19, will now return…sometime? It’s unfortunate for a number of reasons, but the one I keep coming back to is the delay of  one of the best parts of the show: the Halloween episode. When it airs, it will no longer make sense, and the show will, once again, disenfranchise new viewers. I would say that NBC has hurt me for the last time, but who am I kidding? I can’t stop watching 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and, clearly, Community. I can, however, do something that will actually not affect them at all, but it will at least make me feel better; I can claim a new favorite network. Read the rest of this entry »


Roller Food

When it comes to fast food restaurants, there are a few clear truths: McDonald’s has the best fries. Bojangles has the best chicken biscuit. Cookout is a gift from the heavens to residents of North Carolina (and ever-expanding surrounding areas). Burger King is the wackiest, giving us one of the creepiest mascots to ever grace the television screen and the subservient chicken. Taco Bell is best consumed late at night. But what do we know about Wendy’s? They have the squarest burgers? “Fresh, never frozen?” When I think of Wendy’s, I think of Dave Thomas, the benevolent grandfather of fast food. He focused on helping orphans find good homes as much as he focused on making reasonable fast food. (Honesty time: I’m not the biggest fan of Wendy’s food: the burgers aren’t mustard-y enough for me, and the only sandwich I ever loved, the Bacon Mushroom Melt, was doused in liquid cheese, mushrooms and bacon and was, thankfully for my arteries, only there for a limited time.) Regardless of how I feel about the quality of Dave’s food, one thing was sure … he had a heart for kids, and that was awesome. Read the rest of this entry »


TV and New York City

After a shift in my living and working situation, I’ve moved to Brooklyn, NY. In the past few weeks, I have been packing, networking, finding housing, buying airline tickets and saying goodbye to North Carolina. That leaves precious little time for blogging, Jonathan Foster.***

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