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Faith, family, and facial hair

Faith, family, and facial hair

How Duck Dynasty became a television and cultural sensation After years of celebrating little-watched cable television shows like The Sopranos (about the mafia and laced with profanity) and Breaking Bad (about a drug dealer and laced with profanity), the North American entertainment media took notice of the ratings success of Duck Dynasty, which attracts millions more viewers. In the February 2013 season three premier, it attracted 8.6 million viewers, the most watched show in A&E history. The ... (Continue reading)

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Another dreary Fall TV lineup

Another dreary Fall TV lineup

I didn’t watch television for nearly 20 years, roughly from when Knight Rider hit the air to when the first season of The Sopranos debuted. Only a few years after that I found myself – quite against my will – writing a daily TV column for a national newspaper, but as the one-time child who grew up with That Girl and Petticoat Junction in syndication and All In The ... (Continue reading)

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Girls is Sex and the City for millennials

Girls is Sex and the City for millennials

Lena Duham It’s a truism that every generation believes that the ones immediately following it will preside over the dismantling of every social, cultural and economic virtue that they took for granted, a rite of passage for senior generations that begins roughly when they realize that they’ve slipped out of the green vale of youth. There’s no objective way of proving this imminent decline, but since popular culture began to edge ... (Continue reading)

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Survivor producer brings Bible to the small screen

Survivor producer brings Bible to the small screen

Mark Burnett is one of the biggest names in television, creating and producing such reality television hits as Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice, Shark Tank, and The Voice. His next project, which begins airing on the History Channel on March 3, is The Bible Series, a ten-part, five-week presentation of the Bible from Genesis to Revelations. Burnett and wife Roma Downey, who is also a co-producer, were recently at Christian broadcaster CTS in ... (Continue reading)

The Bible, as interpreted by Hanna-Barbera

The Bible, as interpreted by Hanna-Barbera

The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible, TV Series: 13 Episodes, 1985-1993. Produced by Hanna-Barbera, distributed by Warner Bros (VHS and DVD, $18.70 each for select DVDs). Many animation companies have produced movies, TV specials and direct-to-video releases of Bible stories for children. Some well-known series include Superbook, Veggie Tales, and Animated Stories from the Bible. There have also been one-shot specials created by relatively unknown groups that always seem ... (Continue reading)

War on celluloid

Among most men of my acquaintance – and this probably says more about my friends than anything else – the most eagerly anticipated TV series this year is HBO’s The Pacific, which will started airing last month (after this column was submitted). It’s a companion piece to the critically-lauded Band of Brothers, the 2001 miniseries that followed a group of paratroopers from basic training to the end of World War Two, ... (Continue reading)

The family sitcom lives

There are two rituals at the onset of every fall television season; in the first, someone looks over the crop of failed shows from the last season and announces some venerable genre – the three-camera sitcom, the police procedural – as being creatively dead, followed by the unexpected success of a show that singlehandedly revives it. The cycle’s tedious regularity is just one of the reasons why some of us, ... (Continue reading)

Taking science fiction seriously

The Truth Is Out There: Christian Faith and the Classics of TV Science Fiction by Thomas Bertonneau and Kim Paffenroth (Brazos Press, $23.99 pb, 272 pages) Thomas Bertonneau and Kim Paffenroth are both well-respected American academics and committed Christians. Readers should not be put off by the 50s “flying saucer” image on the cover. ... (Continue reading)

Bits ‘n’ Pieces

Canada Justice Minister Irwin Cotler introduces Bill C-38, the government’s legislation to redefine marriage to include homosexual couples. International Trade Minister Jim Peterson co-sponsors the bill ... Conservative leader Stephen Harper puts forth a motion to amend C-38 to maintain the legal definition of ... (Continue reading)

Media conglomerate offends again

Tony Gosgnach The Interim The Bell Globemedia conglomerate took another kick at pro-life, pro-family Canadians recently with the airing of a made-for-TV movie lionizing Canada's most notorious abortionist, Henry Morgentaler. Broadcast by its CTV television component on Jan. 5, Choice purported to recount the "tumultuous ... (Continue reading)

Abortion issue on popular TV show

Controversy surrounded a decision by Viacom-owned cable channel N when it refused to air two episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation because of its plot about teen preganancy and abortion. The two-part show entitled Accidents Will Happen, revolved around Manny, a 14-year-old character played by Cassie Steele, as she finds out that she is preganant and is faced with the options of carrying the baby to full term ... (Continue reading)

What’s good for the goose …

In 2002, the head of the Pro-Choice Action Network, Joyce Arthur, sent a presentation to the head of the Charities Directorate at the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, attacking the Pro-Life Society of B.C. Among the many charges directed to B.C. Pro-Life were false statements in tax returns, unethical fundraising and the list went on. To say that Joyce doesn't like the pro-life movement is an understatement. Her recent essay on all ... (Continue reading)

Deception 101

It has all the trappings of a deliberate, calculated set-up. I'm talking, of course, about the recent CTV W-Five television program dealing with pro-life crisis pregnancy centres (CPCs). You know the program. W-Five are the slobs who, many years ago, televised a Henry Morgentaler abortion on Mother's Day. Brave buffoonery at its finest. W-Five used a hidden camera and went in on false pretenses, then turned around and accused CPCs of using distortion and false information to scare women out of having abortions. The ... (Continue reading)

Alliance for Life launches TV ad campaign

Caring Foundation ads designed to appeal to feelings and concerns of abortion-minded women By Mike Mastromatteo The Interim Alliance for Life Ontario is optimistic that its soon-to-conclude TV ad campaign will convince young women in crisis pregnancies that there are several readily available alternatives to abortion. The Alliance for Life Campaign 2000 featured pro-life television commercials broadcast on 19 TV stations, including the MuchMusic channel for young people. The five-week campaign, which aired between mid-October and December 18, is expected to reach up to ... (Continue reading)

Coren’s Lifesite webcasts on CD

The Best of Michael Coren on LifeSite in Real Audio (Interim Publishing, Toronto, $15). Review by Paul Tuns The Interim Interim readers will be familiar with journalist and broadcaster Michael Coren, not only from his column in this newspaper, but also from his writing in the Sun newspapers, his many books, and his Crossroads television show, Michael Coren Live. It's likely, however, that fewer readers are aware that Coren broadcasts special daily commentaries on the Internet at www.lifesite.net. Now some of those Internet broadcasts ... (Continue reading)

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