Posts filed under “Television”

Live, On Financial TV! Its the Jerry Springer Show!

On Friday, I was heading home from a long week on the road. Around lunchtime, I land at O’Hare where I went through U.S. customs (easy!) and then switch planes for the last leg home.

On the rail shuttle between terminals, I had a few minutes. I scroll through Twitter to see what was going on, and BAM! The Tweeps are ablaze with excitement, about the Best. Television. Ever.

This pissing match began on Bloomberg on Thursday, with Trish Regan interviewing Carl Icahn one-on-one (video, article). The next day, it moved to CNBC, where Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn had gotten into an even bigger pissing match, live on the air. The reaction was breathless: “Greatest Moment In Financial TV HistoryBusiness Insider declared.” HuffPo declared it an “Epic CNBC Brawl.”

And it wasn’t just the Content Farms pushing SEO driven headlines. Even the Christian Science Monitor wrote about “Bickering billionaires go public.”

Reading through the commentary was strangely disconnected. People seemed genuinely excited about things that were rather mundane (Cat fight!) and meaningless (Icahn said “Bullshit” on the air!). The excitement, odd though it might have been, was palpable. I thought, I must be missing something not seeing it on the tube. So the next day, I watched the full exchange online. (video, transcript) Three people having a conversation on TV — two of the three by telephone.

I was, to say the least, underwhelmed.
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Category: Financial Press, Really, really bad calls, Television, Web/Tech

Colbert: Platinum Debt Ceiling Solution

Minting trillion dollar platinum coins to pay off America’s debt is legal in that it is not technically illegal.

Monday January 7, 2013

Category: Humor, Television, Video

John Cleese – a lecture on Creativity

“Telling people how to be creative is easy – being creative is difficult.”   -John Marwood Cleese (/ˈkliːz/; born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, comedian, writer and film producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. In the late 1960s he became…Read More

Category: Television, Weekend

Here’s the Thing: SNL’s Paula Pell


Category: Humor, Television, Weekend

SNL: Christmas Time for the Jews

Category: Music, Television, Weekend

Louis C.K. at Paley Center for Media

Louis C.K., stand-up comic, writer, director, and actor, is interviewed by James Poniewozik, journalist and television critic best known for his Time Magazine Tuned In column and blog with the same name.

Part I, Poniewozik asks the iconic comedian about his work on the hit show Louie.
Part II he talks about bad dates, his mother’s view on God, and his baseball pitching approach to comedy writing.
Part III, about money, alcohol, and his unusual deal with FX
Part IV, about the unique freedom he has in his writing process and his love/hate relationship with social media and his critics.
Part V, Louis answers questions from the audience about cutting his teeth as an editor and videographer and the delicate balance of censorship versus irreverence
Part VI Louis discusses his early years with the Dana Carvey show and how much improv takes place on the Louis set.
Part VII Louis says there are no jobs in hollywood and that God gave him the middle finger.

Recorded at The Paley Center for Media in New York City on November 3, 2010 with an introduction by David Bushman, television curator at The Paley Center for Media.

Videos after the jump

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Category: Humor, Television, Weekend

ACME Corporation: 126 Coyote Endorsed Products

Rob Loukotka watched every Coyote & Road Runner episode, then hand drew all 126 gadgets, explosives, and items that appeared in the cartoons, pulling them into a giant poster.     click for giant poster Includes Tornado seeds, Giant magnets, Dynamite, Rocket powered roller skates, Anvils, Giant Rubber Bands, illustrated, designed and researched from all…Read More

Category: Television, Weekend

Apple’s Tim Cook Reimagines Television

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about the death of company founder Steve Jobs and navigating the future of the company. Cook discusses the company’s operations in China, bringing jobs back to the United States and hints at Apple’s role in re-imagining TV. Rock Center Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams reports.

Part I

Part II

Category: Technology, Television, Video

Mr. Burns Explains The Fiscal Cliff In ‘Simpsons’ PSA

Category: Humor, Television, Video

The War on Christmas: Friendly Fire Edition

For Fox News, the war on Christmas has become a rote observance devoid of all its original meaning. The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook December 3, 2012 (07:23)

Category: Television, Weekend