July 24th, 2006

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futon_critic: entertainment news

These days, American television is like one of the nonviable alien/Ripley clones in Alien: Resurrection -- on the one hand doomed and flailing toward some end-state that will blur the line between life and death-- but at the same time, it's as fat and sassy as ever.

Or, to use another metaphor, TV is like driving past an awful car accident-- you just have to look.

And to help you look into the 30fps horror of it all, here is futon_critic. It's news items about the TV biz. Some of it will be about your favorite shows being renewed, cancelled, awarded, etc., and some of it will be breathtakingly inane.

Some recent stories, as a sample:

Live at the San Diego Comic-Con: Sci Fi's 'Battlestar Galactica'

Kiefer Sutherland, Natalie Portman, Michael Imperioli, Joe Pantoliano, Joe Mantegna, The White Stripes, Dr. Phil Mcgraw, Fran Drescher, Richard Lewis, Jon Lovitz, Betty White, Harry Hamlin and Eric Idle are among guest voices next season on "The Simpsons"

John Walsh and "America's Most Wanted" to broadcast from the White House for signing of sex offender legislation that will change the landscape of victim protection, Saturday, July 29, on Fox

Tina Fey announces on The Tonight Show she will not return to Saturday Night Live's 'weekend Update' in the fall

'Grey's Anatomy' Goes to Lifetime Television

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"The Time Is Now" (new Air America Radio program)

I've created aar_time_is_now, which feeds from the blog for Air America Radio's new program, The Time Is Now. The program is hosted by the Rev. Dr. James Forbes, pastor of The Riverside Church in New York City, described in the show's notes as "an interdenominational, interracial, and international church, built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1927. Riverside has historically been a place where leaders take a stand, including: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Marian Wright-Edelman, Cornel West, the Dalai Lama, Arundhati Roy, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, among many others." The recently deceased Rev. William Sloane Coffin, who led the religious opposition to the Vietnam War, was a former senior pastor at the church.

The Time Is Now is a show where Rev. Forbes "discusses current news and talks with some of the most important voices in art, politics, activism, and faith." The first episode has an interview with White House Press Corps dean Helen Thomas. Next weekend will feature Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The show broadcasts on Saturdays and is a perfect companion to the Rev. Welton Gaddy's Sunday evening program, State of Belief (blog syndicated at state_of_belief). Forbes, who's 70, mixes his black Pentecostal heritage with a progressive populism inspired by Coffin, King, Tutu and others on the religious left.

And here's the link for the free podcast of The Time Is Now -- copy URL and paste into iTunes or any other podcast gathering program. (Or click here for the State of Belief podcast -- again, these shows are natural companions.)

(I'm also the creator of the steveearleradio feed, for the blog connected with The Steve Earle Show at Air America Radio, formerly called The Revolution Starts Now. It's their Sunday night music show, Steve Earle and a guest in the studio playing about six tracks each week and talking very little if at all about politics. You can find THAT show's podcast here...)