Are you Suffering From Series Fatigue?

During this age of prestige television there are a lot of great shows available. FoMO, fear of missing out, leads to Series Fatigue. This ailment is seen globally but cases are at epidemic rates in Europe and North America. Its symptoms include vitamin D deficiency from marathon viewing, sleep deprivation/insomnia, weight gain, poor job performance and neglected family and … Continue reading Are you Suffering From Series Fatigue?

After Lemonade: #Real Relationship Goals

When the reality television boom began in earnest, I did not flock to it. I automatically equated it to fool’s gold; glittery with little value much like soap operas and novellas. The genre’s ‘unscripted’ dating, relationship and competition shows troubled me: The Real World (1992), Making the Band (2002), Bachelor Franchise (2002) The Real Housewives … Continue reading After Lemonade: #Real Relationship Goals

Empire’s Dilemma

Are Empire's creators as lost and misguided as critics believe, or are they capitalizing on social media commentary  and hate viewing? Empire is many things simultaneously: prime-time soap opera, comedy, musical, mystery, family drama... Well into the second year and third season, the show has not quite gelled. It's ratings are declining. The thrill is gone. The show is becoming … Continue reading Empire’s Dilemma

Understanding Zola’s Empathy

Reading Anna Pulley's, "The Zola Show and Why It Was Hard to Look Away" I am not only baffled by her conclusion but also angered. Pulley explores many angles of Zola's twitter stripper-hoe narrative: social media responses, narrative style, sex-worker script, race, cultural desensitivity, story ownership and story veracity. She also acknowledges that, "we see depictions … Continue reading Understanding Zola’s Empathy

A Prayer for Viola, Regina, Uzo and Reg

Dear Lord (Goddess, Supreme Being, Allah), The 2015 Emmy Awards will be remembered fondly by many. Not for the hosts', Andy Samberg, acknowledgment of white privilege, Olive Kitteridge's wins or Jon Hamm's stage mount, but for the moment when we began to believe that tv excellence really mattered and would be acknowledged regardless of gender, … Continue reading A Prayer for Viola, Regina, Uzo and Reg