Essays 

Turkey Day Entertainment

by Alan Rapp on November 24, 2016

in Essays 

Although not as numerous as Christmas themed programs, there quite a few Thanksgiving specials and movies worth a look. Aside from some NFL football, Thanksgiving always makes me pull out some old favorites to watch.  There are two things I make time to watch every Thanksgiving. The first is a very special episode of WKRP and the second is Home for the Holidays. Here’s a little about them and some other Thanksgiving themed fun you might enjoy.

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The Batista Bomb

by Alan Rapp on February 9, 2014

in Essays 

The Batista Bomb

It’s not uncommon for the WWE to call on a former wrestler to headline Wrestlemania. Nor is breaking with tradition to have someone unexpected return at the Royal Rumble and win the chance to face the champion at the WWE’s biggest night of the year. It’s also quite common for the company to take advantage of any current or former superstar’s success outside of the ring in an attempt to draw a bit of that spotlight on the sports entertainment company during it’s big night.

With all that said it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that Dave Batista returned to the WWE given both his upcoming role as Drax the Destroyer in Marvel Entertainment’s Guardians of the Galaxy this summer and his past associations with current heads of the company Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. What is surprising is how thoroughly the WWE has managed to botch every aspect of Batista’s return which leaves the company, only a few weeks removed from the Royal Rumble, in need of serious damage control.

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Chuck Versus the Top Ten

by Alan Rapp on September 16, 2010

in Essays , Top Tens & Lists

The nerd who became a spy. I’m talking of Charles Irving Bartowski. Chuck is set to begin it’s fourth season next week (not bad for a show that’s faced possible, even probable, cancellation every year!). So today we take a look back at the ten best Chuck episodes (at least so far).

Cutting down the list to ten left of several key moments and characters off the list including love interests Kristen Kruek and Rachel Bilson, the first performance of Jeffster, John Laroquette as the perfrect spy, the tango, the not-so-perfect spy couple of Fred Willard and Swoozie Kurtz, Captain Awesome’s night as a spy, Chuck’s red test, Casey’s daughter, Ellie and Awesome’s wedding, the giant jug of cheese puffs, and Chuck and Sarah finally getting together in Paris.

Okay, that takes care of what didn’t make the list. Now let’s take a gander at what did…

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Top Ten Returning TV-Shows

by Alan Rapp on September 17, 2009

in Essays , Nework & Cable TV News 

TV’s new Fall Season seems to be upon us. There are plenty of new shows. There are also more than a few who were dragged out back and unceremoniously capped in the back of the head and dumped in shallow graves. I’m still a bit bummed with the fact that both Life and Pushing Daisies got the chopping block, but there are still plenty (at least ten) which are returning and are worth watching (including a couple returning tonight). Is this a top ten you are sensing? I think it is.

Before we begin let me take a moment to give a shout out to NBC’s Chuck which only misses the cut because his return won’t happen until Spring of 2010. Damn you NBC!!!! (And you wonder why you didn’t get a single show on the list) Okay, having gotten that short rant out of the way, now on with the list…

10. Dollhouse

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Untempered Bond

by Alan Rapp on November 13, 2008

in Essays , Theme Week

The year was 2002 and the 20th Bond film Die Another Day was a hit at theaters 40 years after Bond first picked up his Walther PPK in Dr. No.

There was much discussion about where to take the character.  Many were in favor of bringing back Pierce Brosnan who had some early misgivings about returning for another Bond film, but instead the franchise decided to move in a new direction by allowing Die Another Day (which had paid homage to several of the previous films) to be the swan song of the old Bond flicks and reboot the entire franchise with a new rougher and less sophisticated Bond.

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