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Big was powerful because he had a lot of money and he seemed to have the upper hand in the relationship, but emotionally he was a wreck.

Actually, no: he was what he was. One of the things I tell people is that he never tried to pretend he was anything other than what he was. It was [Carrie] who tried to pretend he was something he wasn’t. He was always honest about himself — he never cheated on her. The relationship just didn’t work, and he went on to get married while she went on to … how many boyfriends did she have? She was such a whore! [laughs] There’s a misconception that Carrie was a victim of him, and that’s not the case — she was a strong, smart woman.

I am not by nature a fangirl. While there are TV shows that I’ll always love (and those that I love to hate), I rarely become passionate enough about shows to miss them during their off seasons, or pine for their return. But like comfortable shoes or the best friendships, some shows sort of insinuate themselves into our lives in the best way possible. Take A&E’s just canceled Longmire, a show that has been described as both a modern western and a crime drama. The scenery is spectacular, the characters complex, and the relationships twisty and unexpected. And if you’re interested in Native American culture, there’s a lesson to be learned nearly every episode. Yet despite Longmire‘s popularity (second in the network’s ratings only to Duck Dynasty),  the show was recently canceled. And I’m really bummed. And clearly, a lot of people on the internet would like the show to be uncanceled and are calling for a virtual revolution. In case you’ve never watched the show, or need to be reminded about what makes it worth watching and certainly worth saving, consider these 10 things.

 (via 10 Reasons to Save Longmire)

I am not by nature a fangirl. While there are TV shows that I’ll always love (and those that I love to hate), I rarely become passionate enough about shows to miss them during their off seasons, or pine for their return. But like comfortable shoes or the best friendships, some shows sort of insinuate themselves into our lives in the best way possible. Take A&E’s just canceled Longmire, a show that has been described as both a modern western and a crime drama. The scenery is spectacular, the characters complex, and the relationships twisty and unexpected. And if you’re interested in Native American culture, there’s a lesson to be learned nearly every episode. Yet despite Longmire‘s popularity (second in the network’s ratings only to Duck Dynasty),  the show was recently canceled. And I’m really bummed. And clearly, a lot of people on the internet would like the show to be uncanceled and are calling for a virtual revolution. In case you’ve never watched the show, or need to be reminded about what makes it worth watching and certainly worth saving, consider these 10 things.

Why, exactly, is all of late night still geared only to satisfy the tastes of my Uncle Jack?

Clearly, someone out there thinks that it’s just too risky to put a woman behind that desk, that we’re not ready yet. I’m not sure who that someone is, because I think the audience is there, so it must be someone powerful – an old-school executive, a nervous sponsor, a lazy senior makeup artist. Or maybe that someone just doesn’t want to pay to remodel the host’s bathroom.

But the more I think about it, the more I realize CBS is taking a big risk with Stephen Colbert. I know what my Uncle Jack will say when he hears the news: he’ll say, “Who?” And it will be tough for me to explain. The only reassuring thing I could tell him is, “He looks like someone you’re going to like. It’ll seem familiar.”

Here is the kicker: the only one cited article mentions Chelsea Handler.

Breaking: CBS announces Stephen Colbert host of The Late Show after David Letterman.

…because Chelsea Handler’s insert reference to a piece of anatomy here wasn’t big enough to host a late night TV show on a broadcast network….

Congress: Stop Comcast's mega-merger!

If you’re sick and tired of skyrocketing cable TV and Internet rates, and lousy customer service, then take a minute and join me in opposing Comcast’s takeover of Time Warner Cable.

If this mega-merger is allowed to go through, Comcast will dominate much of the nation’s TV and Internet marketplace, and be in 19 of the 20 largest cities. When one company has that much control, you can bet we’ll get hit with even higher prices and fewer program choices!

The Senate is holding its first hearing on this bad deal Wednesday. I just sent a message of opposition to my members of Congress you can do the same by going to Consumers Union’s website. It only takes a minute, and it’s important our elected officials know that we are fed up with giant conglomerates draining our wallets.

Considering Fallon’s propensity for apolitical humor and his generally fawning reception of guests, Republicans need not worry too much about appearing on his show, though he may not go quite as far as Leno in accommodating their desire to not ever be surprised by a line of questioning. Alas, there’s nothing they can do about the absurdly out-of-date Lewinsky joke-shaped hole in late night television named Jay.

It’s Fallon’s personality to not say anything that won’t get him invited back to high tone cocktail parties, that post-adolescent self-conciousness to make sure all of the other monkeys groom him back that makes him so bland.

Like bastilla is more flavorful and exotic than than macaroni and cheese, it doesn’t mean that I won’t enjoy Fallon.

…I obviously didn’t expect or want to be a focal point of the piece, and I really just appreciated the photo of me at the top of the article placed alongside my late night contemporaries that featured my new haircut — the feedback has been overwhelming. What bothered me was that when I was listed in a paragraph with the late-night hosts, I was the only name put in parentheses. Mr. Carter wrote, “(The only female host in late-night is Chelsea Handler, 38, on E!).”

I wanted to confirm what a parenthetical suggests, so I looked up the definition. The first few definitions that came up were: incidental, subordinate in significance, minor or casual.

The particular paragraph I was mentioned in was about the competition Jimmy faces for younger viewers. Depending upon whose research you look at, I share the distinction of having the youngest average viewership with Colbert, The Daily Show and Conan. So from a purely statistical standpoint how, in this paragraph, could I only be mentioned as an aside? Was it because I’m a woman?
In an already uncompetitive market with high prices that keep going up and up, a merger of the two biggest cable companies should be unthinkable.

This deal would be a disaster for consumers and must be stopped.

A legend of the small screen has passed. Sid Caesar was a performer who demonstrated how comedy and television go together like bread and butter. If you laugh at your television ever, if you watch The Disney Channel or Nickelodeon, you can thank Sid Caesar for that laugh.


Sid Caesar- Professor On Archeology (by Isabel Karp)