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‘Jersey Shore': Bad for Italian-Americans or Good Reality TV?

posted by Ellen Leventry

Italian-American groups are upset with MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore,’ claiming it reinforces negative stereotypes, but don’t all reality shows?

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MTV Video Music Awards: Back in Fighting Form

posted by Ellen Leventry

I bemoaned last year’s MTV Video Music Awards as lacking the usual raucousness usually associated with the water cooler-worthy awards show. But last night’s VMAs, hosted once again by British comedian Russell Brand, didn’t disappoint. Intended to be a fitting […]

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’16 and Pregnant’ is Important Television

posted by Ellen Leventry

When news that Jamie Lynn Spears was pregnant at 16 first broke back in December 2007, I suggested that Ms. Spears turn it into a teaching moment and film a reality spotlighting the hardships of being a teen mother. Well, […]

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‘College Life’ Spring Break: Christian Style

posted by Ellen Leventry

You may have never heard of “College Life,” MTV’s attempt at creating a real reality show by letting loose University of Wisconsin – Madison students with cameras, but it’s an interesting little gem tucked away at the 11:30 p.m. Monday […]

‘Pedro': AIDS as a ‘Real World’ Disease

posted by Ellen Leventry

Pedro Zamora, the HIV-positive, AIDS activist from MTV’s “The Real World: San Francisco,” broke new ground when he made the courageous decision to have his life televised and become the “face of AIDS” for a generation. Unfortunately, the new MTV […]

Returning to the ‘Real World’

posted by Ellen Leventry

When I heard that there would be a “cool” Mormon house on the newest incarnation of MTV’s “The Real World” — “The Real World: Brooklyn“– I thought that the network theat brought us so many reality show cliches had finally […]

Must See MTV and VH-1: ‘A Night for Vets’ and ‘Celebrity Rehab’

posted by Ellen Leventry

Several days ago, while watching coverage of the election, I began reminiscing about the days of Tabitha Soren. Remember when MTV’s coverage of Presidential elections was seen as innovative and important? When Soren asked probing questions of the candidates and […]

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A First Look at 'Saints and Strangers'
National Geographic will be releasing a four-hour epic television movie event this fall  that takes a historical look at what life was really like for the pilgrims, and the hardships they faced in the New World. Saints & Strangers will not ...

posted 3:26:22pm Aug. 03, 2015 | read full post »

The Arizona Cardinals Hire First Female NFL Coach
The National Football League appears to be making the same strides toward gender equality by hiring Jen Welter who is the first female NFL coach. The Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians hinted towards the hiring of a female coach back ...

posted 8:52:03am Jul. 29, 2015 | read full post »

Bobbi Kristina Brown Dies at 22
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n5A6ZCXuis[/youtube]Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late Whitney Houston, died Sunday at the age of 22. On June 24, the family announced that Bobbi Kristina would be moved to a hospice facility ...

posted 9:47:31am Jul. 27, 2015 | read full post »

“The Great” Hope Hits Theaters Today
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11tsR0kI1ZQ&feature=youtu.be Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Billy “The Great” Hope, a junior middleweight boxing champion in “Southpaw.” Hope had all the riches he could dream of--a solid family and a ...

posted 10:20:53am Jul. 24, 2015 | read full post »

Becky Hammon Makes History Again
Becky Hammon made history again on Monday by becoming the first female coach to win a NBA Summer League Title, as she led the San Antonio Spurs to a championship victory at the NBA Las Vegas Summer League Championship. The Spurs first game ...

posted 8:08:40am Jul. 22, 2015 | read full post »

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