Topic: tv

Dear Slate: Why Wouldn’t You Be Able To Say “Vagina” On TV?

Dear Slate: Why Wouldnât You Be Able To Say âVaginaâ On TV?

Over at Slate’s Browbeat blog, this season’s crop of Whitney Cummings-penned pilots and their attendant vagina jokes have raised the question “since when can you say vagina on TV?” Wait a second. Why would you not be able to say vagina?

Of course you can say vagina on TV. It’s an anatomical term. You can say stomach. You can say spleen. Therefore, you can say vagina. It’s not a dirty word. Cunt is a dirty word. Pussy is a dirty word. Twat is a dirty word. Vagina is just a fact. Ladies have vaginas. It’s how it is. More »

Ladies Be Filmin’: ABC’s Suburgatory

Ladies Be Filminâ: ABC's Suburgatory

Is Mean Girls one of your favorite movies? If so, then Suburgatory just might be your new favorite TV show. The show, which follows Manhattan teen Tessa (Jane Levy, doing her best Emma Stone) after her father, George (Jeremy Sisto from Clueless, apparently now old enough to have a teenage daughter, which is information that makes me want to die), moves their two-person family from Manhattan to the suburbs. More »

Ladies Be Filmin’: Unforgettable

Ladies Be Filminâ: Unforgettable

The fall TV season is underway and, despite the ever-lower numbers of women in the writers’ rooms, it’s being hailed as the year of the women: 17 out of the 25 new scripted shows on the Big Five networks are female-centered and many were created by women. In this series, comedian Leila Cohan-Miccio watches the new female-centered shows and evaluates how realistic their portrayals of women actually are. Up now: Unforgettable. More »

Ladies Be Filmin’: Ringer

Ladies Be Filminâ: Ringer

The fall TV season is underway and, despite the ever-lower numbers of women in the writers’ rooms, it’s being hailed as the year of the women: 17 out of the 25 new scripted shows on the Big Five networks are female-centered and many were created by women. In this series, comedian Leila Cohan-Miccio watches the new female-centered shows and evaluates how realistic their portrayals of women actually are. First up, Sarah Michelle Gellar’s return to television: Ringer. More »

On the Merits of Revisiting Children’s Television Shows as an Adult

On the Merits of Revisiting Childrenâs Television Shows as an Adult

Sure, having Friends show up on Nick at Nite makes us feel old. But you know what doesn’t make us feel old, even though it probably should? Revisiting our favorite childhood television shows. Go ahead, you can say it: Why, with the great wealth of programming available, would we ever need to go back and re-watch things we’ve already seen, in many cases decades ago? But don’t knock it. Really. Bizarre though it may seem, there’s a lot to be gained from revisiting favorites from your kidhood. Don’t believe me? Try these reasons on for size: More »

Friends Being on Nick at Nite Makes Us Feel Horribly Old

Friends Being on Nick at Nite Makes Us Feel Horribly Old

Growing up, we watched Nick at Nite as a portal into the past: Block Party Summer featured such black-and-white classics as I Love Lucy and The Monkees. But do you know what the newest show to go into this weird retirement/syndication is? Friends! Yes, the sitcom that ended less than a decade ago, in 2004.

Nick at Nite has always been an indicator of age, so we’re pretty shaken up by the show we grew up with in high school and college suddenly being considered a golden oldie. More »

Nerd News: Stephen King’s Under the Dome Hits Showtime

Nerd News: Stephen King's Under the Dome Hits Showtime

No, I don’t mean that the book physically attacked Showtime, though given that we’re talking about Stephen King here, that wouldn’t actually strike me as terribly odd. What I DO mean, though, is that Under the Dome is set to become a television show on the network that brings us that other wonderful-yet-disturbing novel-to-TV adaptation Dexter. Even more exciting? Steven Spielberg will be helping make it happen. And Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull aside, Spielberg still usually knows what he’s doing (unlike George Lucas). Exciting news? Could be, could be! More »

Lady Gaga and 15 Other Musicians Who Have Guest Starred On ‘The Simpsons’

Lady Gaga and 15 Other Musicians Who Have Guest Starred On 'The Simpsons'

I suppose it was inevitable: Lady Gaga just finished recording her lines for an appearance she’ll be making on The Simpsons. Though apparently it was a little nerve-wracking for her– singing does not equal voiceovers, apparently– she seems pretty psyched about it; she told EW, “My dad’s probably going to do 80 backflips when the episode comes out.” Which, by the way, will be the spring of 2012 with the episode “Lisa Goes Gaga.” But as you may well know, The Simpsons has a long and storied history of rendering not just actors and comedians, but also musicians in animated form. Though tuest-his is by no means a comprehensive list, here’s a guide to some of the more entertaining choices of musicians who have guest-starred on The Simpsons. More »

12 New Fall TV Shows to Watch Out For

12 New Fall TV Shows to Watch Out For

It’s that time again: The time of preparation for new seasonal television shows! We had some good ones over the summer, many of which we either wrote about or recapped. But many of those are now winding down, and as it’s now September, it’s time to start gearing up for the new fall shows—and believe you me, there are MANY of them. We’ve already told you about Ringer and American Horror Story, so forgive us if we don’t repeat ourselves here; but! Do take a look at these 12 shows. We think they’re going to be worth checking out: More »

Pop Culture Events We’d Like to See Reenacted by the Muppets’ New Show

Pop Culture Events We'd Like to See Reenacted by the Muppets' New Show

Between the upcoming release of their first theatrical film in over 10 years and the raging debate about whether Bert and Ernie should get married, the Muppets have certainly been in the news a lot lately. And now there’s another reason they’ll be sticking around in the headlines for a while: They’ve got a new television show in the works! Naturally, this is awesome, because the Muppets are awesome. Even better is the show’s premise: Developed by Bunim/Murray and Henson Alternative– the adult branch of the Jim Henson Company– History Of will reenact famous pop culture moments. With Muppets. YES. More »

Exclusive: 10 Probable Reasons Why Nickelodeon Banned ‘Cry Baby Lane’

Exclusive: 10 Probable Reasons Why Nickelodeon Banned 'Cry Baby Lane'

On October 28, 2000, Nickelodeon aired an original movie as part of its seasonal Halloween SNICK line-up. Based on an old Ohio urban legend, the movie was called Cry Baby Lane. But after its initial airing, Nickelodeon was hit by an onslaught of parental complaints deeming the movie far too disturbing for a children’s network. The film was buried: It was never re-aired, and it was never released on video or DVD. But never fear! We here at Crushable managed to get our hands on a copy. As we sat down to watch it, we had only one question: Just what about it was so awful to result in Cry Baby Lane being banned? Sit back and make yourselves comfortable, because have we got some theories for you! (SPOILERS, of course.) More »