Black-ish Addressed the Spanking Debate in the Best Way Possible

Spanking was the topic of Wednesday night's episode of Black-ish, titled "Crime and Punishment." It's a debate that never really ends, and one that boiled over last month after disturbing news that Adrian Peterson beat and left bruises on his son and called it a "whooping." Instead of implying that there's a morally… » 10/23/14 11:45am Yesterday 11:45am

Botched Season 2 Trailer Promises More Awful Plastic Surgery Screw-Ups

"I'm literally dying for a nose job. Who wants to look natural?" says a person in the trailer for the second season of Botched. The E! show that spotlights society's obsession with cosmetic enhancement is returning in 2015, which means more crooked breasts, nose jobs and questionable out-of-country plastic surgery… » 10/21/14 1:50pm Tuesday 1:50pm

You'll Be Seeing a Lot More of Leslie Jones on SNL

Comedian Leslie Jones has earned a spot as a season regular on Saturday Night Live (or what they call a featured player). Jones was one of the black writers that SNL hired following heavy criticism over their lack of diversity. The gig started off rocky for her, though, after controversy over her Weekend Update bit… » 10/21/14 1:00pm Tuesday 1:00pm

What Would Jezebel Do: Surviving Walking Dead, Episode 2

I don't have kids, but I imagine that one of the scariest things in the world must be knowing that you can't always fully protect them. All you can do is lie or tell ugly truths about reality. That dilemma is even more of a palpable stress in zombie-America and especially for Walking Dead's Rick. Having abandoned most… » 10/20/14 12:45pm Monday 12:45pm

​An Appreciation for the Black Music in Black-ish

Wednesday night's episode of Black-ish opened with Trick Daddy's "I'm A Thug." This was a great and special thing. As Trick Daddy's street socio-political anthem plays in the background, Anthony Anderson's character Andre does a voiceover rant about the importance of Black ownership: "Credit hasn't always been the… » 10/16/14 3:50pm 10/16/14 3:50pm

The Real Is Winning, So Just Give It A Second

To use the friend analogy: The Real is that friend you'd rather ignore who ends up being sort of entertaining. You're more than likely to wince through a full episode. It's as "not great" as it is "not awful." And the majority of the reactions I've seen have been tepid or apathetic at best. Which is why it's so… » 10/15/14 9:30pm 10/15/14 9:30pm

Even Matt and Ben Know That Syfy Is the Most Important Cable Network

The Syfy Network is the most important channel on cable television, with or without the Sharknado franchise. It has Face Off and Defiance and Dominion. It has Ghost Hunters which has aired for approximately 37 years. Syfy is the greatest. American tastemakers Affleck and Damon recognize this, and now they want to get… » 10/13/14 6:10pm 10/13/14 6:10pm

​What Would Jezebel Do?: A Walking Dead Survival Guide

Everyone's descent into lunacy continues with Season Five of The Walking Dead, which premiered last night. Each character so far has transformed from a decent human being into a semi-moral survivalist or a remorseless assassin, even young Carl. All that's left in the way of faith is little baby Judith. Happy times are… » 10/13/14 1:10pm 10/13/14 1:10pm

How to Get Away With Murder and Black-ish Picked Up for Full Seasons

There will be enough Viola Davis, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross to go around at least until May sweeps, as both Black-ish and the Shonda Rhimes-produced How to Get Away with Murder have been been ordered for full seasons by ABC. Like Annalise Keating, I am glowering at an invisible camera in celebration. » 10/10/14 9:50am 10/10/14 9:50am