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“Whitney is taped in front of a live studio audience,” said Whitney Cummings at the start of Wednesday night’s second-season premiere of Whitney, apparently in an effort to prove that, yes, there really are human beings that laugh at Whitney.

Yeah, Ken Tucker still doesn’t like this show.

They must douse these things in Eau d’Oreo Corn de Sucre Candi — these suckers positively stink of candy corn.

Ken Tucker reviews Candy Corn Oreos, because it’s Friday and why not?

If you’re going to spend time on TV, Mr. President — and Mr. Romney — do us all a favor and skip Whoopi and The Daily Show and Jay and Dave and the Jimmys and all the celebrity news anchors on the networks. Just speak to us directly, or engage in debates that are real debates which will allow for considered thought and direct questioning of your opponent’s positions.

Ken Tucker thinks presidents (and candidates) should stop appearing on entertainment shows. Do you agree with his argument?

Wallowing in cliche, alas, is ‘Franklin & Bash,’ which among other things only emphasizes how much trouble TNT has with its programming flow. And by “other things” I mean: Boy, is this show stupid and insulting, to anyone watching and anyone on-camera having to act out its fantasies.

That was way harsh, Ken Tucker. (But warranted.)

Question Time! How would you rate this season of ‘SNL’?

Ken Tucker took the show’s off week as an opportunity to grade the season so far. Between this year’s high points and low points, he found that it averaged out to a B. Do you agree, or do you think that grade is way off?

While there were plenty of great moments in last night’s episode of Glee, one subplot fell curiously flat: Kathy Griffin’s appearance as a “Twitterer and former Tea Party candidate” who also happened to be a judge at Regionals. As Ken Tucker put it, “It’s hard to believe that Murphy couldn’t come up with any better lines than ‘I am not a witch’ (a snicker at Christine O’Donnell) and ‘Obama is a terrorist.’”

Did you like Griffin’s guest spot, or were you also left wanting more?

Ken Tucker wants you to start watching ‘Fringe.’ Here’s why.

Take it away, Ken:

People who are watching Fringe now know  it’s doing something rare: It’s a TV show working on all levels, characters with which anyone can identify, imaginative scripts, crackling dialogue, and a positive message (boiled-down: All you need is love). It’s the kind of show that, every time you finish watching the latest installment, you want to see its next episode right now.

A new episode of Fringe, titled “Os,” airs tonight, and as I explain and exhort in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on sale today, you’re making a mistake if you miss it.

But if you’re not watching Fringe – and in case you haven’t figured it out yet, this is a passionate please-save-Fringe plea to you and to the dear, intelligent, how-much-flattery-do-you-need folks at Fox — here’s what I suggest: Forget everything you’ve heard about Fringe. Banish the notion that you’ll be confused by the serialized nature of its storytelling, that it’s too deep into its mythology for you to catch up. It’s not.

Reblog if you want to help save this show!

(NOTE: By this, we mean that The Science Channel is showing Firefly reruns now; there aren’t any new episodes. But you might be able to change that…)

Sheen’s father, Martin, has had a long past with the Catholic Church and in particular a friendship with Dorothy Day, a self-proclaimed religious anarchist in the service of peace. We cannot know the pain that Charlie Sheen’s father and the rest of his family are going through right now with Charlie, who has chosen an anarchy of another sort: a radical alienation from the culture immediately around him.

My sense is that Charlie Sheen isn’t fully himself right now; to say he’s in denial is putting it in a way he’d object to, well, violently. But rather than reduce him to this week’s joke or demon, a decent alternative might be to try looking at him as someone who requires some compassion.

Ken Tucker thinks Charlie Sheen deserves some sympathy. Agree or disagree?

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