Television




The legendary TV series Cosmos is being rebooted with Neil deGrasse Tyson taking the reins from his famous predecessor Carl Sagan. The first episode in the new series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”…




Wondering about the mechanical intricacies of how televisions function? It likely will never be better explained than in this mysterious clip that looks to have been filmed circa-1990, in which everyone’s favorite Icelander deconstructs a TV set to reveal what is really occurring inside:


Want a glimpse of someone truly born far before their time? Circa 1989, the future-obsessed professor and consultant named FM-2030 (born Fereidoun M. Esfandiary) interviewed by Larry King, with befuddled call-ins from middle Americans. Author of a book titled Are You a Transhuman?: Monitoring and Stimulating Your Personal Rate of Growth in a Rapidly Changing World, FM-2030 told the public that they should be prepared and eager to evolve to “transhumans.” However, he emphasized a brand of super-optimistic futurism that was at its core not about technological advancement so much as becoming increasingly “humanity rich” – more open, empathetic, and compassionate. He died in 2000 and is currently cryogenically preserved, awaiting reanimation:


We all know that you don’t have to be a broadcaster to make great television anymore – just think of Orange is the New Black and House of Cards on Netflix. But…




The Kernel recalls a particularly strange episode in British broadcasting history: An evening when an “alien” named “Vrillon” took over the airwaves: Via The Kernel: As Andrew Gardner read out news of…


Some things just can’t be said on TV. The Age writes:

Australia’s commercial TV networks have banned an advertisement that criticises the anti-Labor coverage of Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers.

Channels Seven and Ten refused to air the ad commissioned by GetUp, while Nine screened it over four days in Brisbane – then cancelled it after blaming a “coding error”.

GetUp says it will report all three networks to the competition watchdog for alleged “misuse of market power”. The group has accused the broadcasters of censorship to avoid displeasing Murdoch and his company, News Corp. It intends to lodge a complaint with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, claiming the networks have breached rules by refusing to supply their services.



B-movies are back with a vengeance, thanks to social media sensation Sharknado, reports the Guardian: Sharknado, pundemic on Twitter, has restored the B-movie back to its rightful place in American life: cult…


There is a cable television network for seemingly every human interest, from motocross to knitting, so how about expanding the choices to include animal interests too? Variety reports that DogTV is coming…







In a New York Times article entitled “Oy Vey, Christian Soldiers,” Maud Newton describes the seemingly bizarre trend among certain Christians to give their kids Bar Mitzvahs and otherwise adopt Jewish religious…



In this media moment lost in the archives of history, Talking Heads front man and weirdo David Byrne organized an interview regarding his band, creative ambitions, and innermost desires. The idea was to adhere to a format “like 60 Minutes on acid”, with the questions being asked by female David Byrne, elderly David Byrne, lounge lizard David Byrne, and other disturbing characters:


Another bizarre segment from our TV series as we catch up with San Pedro, California’s most notorious resident: Rocket Boy, a self-proclaimed intergalactic warrior stranded on Earth after an accident in space. In short, Rocket Boy is an extremely disturbing and disturbed local super hero who dabbles in bizarre porn and cat killing, and has a foul-mouthed nemesis named Captain Art.

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