​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 Thursday 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 Wednesday 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