Michael Scott Resigns From Dunder Mifflin

Sunday, July 4, 2010 \AM\.\Sun\.

Michael Scott, the head sales manager of Dunder Mifflin is calling it quits at the end of the 2011 television season.

The Office is one of the few shows that I enjoy watching because the comedy and writing are top-notch and just as importantly, it isn’t as depraved as most shows on television.

Viewing The Office is like watching elementary school cliques try to behave as adults.  It’s entertaining and sometimes difficult to watch, especially when the Michael Scott character embarrasses himself to the point that I cringe at the tv set.

Regardless, the show will definitely be different without him if they choose to continue, which I hope they do.

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The Television Ethic

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 \PM\.\Wed\.

It seems to me that the shows on TV have gotten worse, much worse than they have ever been. Shows like “Cougar Town,” “Super Nanny,” “One Tree Hill” or “The Bachelorette” – basically any show on any of the major networks. These shows are either a shameless “sitcom” with bad and awkward sexual humor, a boring reality show that smug Americans watch so they can make themselves feel like they’re better than the narcissistic dweebs who end up on those shows, or an overwrought “drama” that lacks any sense of humanity instead substituting gratuitous sexual content.

I suppose what’s most striking is the total absence of anything sacred. If you watch TV, it’s clear there’s nothing special about human affairs and human relationships. Television teaches us that we’re all really only out for ourselves. Other people are a means to increase our “happiness” and to the extent they do that they are valuable. Traditional human virtues like love, gratitude, forbearance, patience, loyalty, faithfulness, and peace are mocked on television. No one on television takes any of these things seriously. In fact nothing on television takes anything seriously (maybe a few rare exceptions e.g. LOST). After all, persons who take things seriously are really just fooling themselves that who they are matters or what they do matters. It’s not who you are, it’s what you have, or who you have. Television teaches an ethic of exploitation for personal gain and I think it’s terrible.

But maybe it’s always been this way and I haven’t paid close enough attention.


Neal McDonough: Bravo!

Thursday, April 1, 2010 \AM\.\Thu\.

An actor, a faithful Catholic, willing to lose a role in a TV series because he won’t do sex scenes?  Surely not in this day and age?  Guess again!

Neal McDonough is a marvelous actor who elevates every role he plays, whether it’s in Band of Brothers or Desperate Housewives. So when he was suddenly replaced with David James Elliott 3 days into the filming on ABC’s new series Scoundrels earlier this week, there had to be a story behind the story. The move was officially explained as a casting change. But, in fact, McDonough was sacked because of his refusal to do some heated love scenes with babelicious star (and Botox pitchwoman) Virginia Madsen. The reason? He’s a family man and a Catholic, and he’s always made it clear that he won’t do sex scenes. And ABC knew that. Because he also didn’t get into action with Nicolette Sheridan on the network’s Desperate Housewives when he played her psycho husband during Season 5. And he also didn’t do love scenes with his on-air girlfriend in his previous series, NBC’s Boomtown, or that network’s Medical Investigation.

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The Middleman

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 \AM\.\Wed\.

One of the joys of life for me is stumbling upon an unexpected gem.  So it was on Saturday when my family and I were browsing in a Best Buy and came upon the DVD collection of the complete Middleman series.  I had never heard of the series, but it seemed to be some sort of comedy science fiction show and it was only $29.00.  Recalling the McClarey family shopping motto, “If we don’t like it we can sell it on e-bay.”, we purchased it. 

I wasn’t expecting much when I put it on, and I was shocked while watching the pilot.  It was startlingly good!  Funny, intelligent dialogue, vastly entertaining, the superlatives could go on at some length.  I will not give away too much of the series  for fear of spoiling it for anyone who has never heard of the series that was briefly on ABC.  Think of a funny X-files series that spoofs virtually every science fiction, horror and fantasy theme imaginable.  This summary of course does no justice to the series.  It is also a sharp satire on contemporary life.  Except for a few off-color references it is a clean series fit for family viewing.  It is also “adult” in the best sense of the word in scattering throughout the show references to books and movies that are a treat to pick up on.  I am surprised that the series survived on  ABC Family for 12 episodes.  It is far too bright a series for network TV where the base, the obvious and the banal tend to reign supreme.

Enough text, time for videos!

The wit and wisdom of The Middleman:

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New Catholic Media, New Evangelization Television, NET

Monday, March 1, 2010 \AM\.\Mon\.

I found this new Catholic media network online, it’s new to me, and it is professional and spiffy.  It’s called New Evangelization Television, or NET for short.


Tim Tebow Pro-life Superbowl Ad

Sunday, February 7, 2010 \PM\.\Sun\.

Hattip to commenter restrainedradical.  One of the two Tebow pro-life Superbowl ads has leaked.  I can see why the pro-aborts fought tooth and nail to keep it off the air.  In tandem with the other Tebow pro-life SuperBowl ad,  it is devastating to them.  For background to the ads go here.  For the rest of the pro-life Tebow story, go to Focus on the Family here.

And here is the second ad:

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.  The pro-aborts by their hysterical reaction made sure the Tebow story of how his Mom refused to abort him got broadcast over America for free.  Now these two anodyne ads featuring a loving Mom and son make the pro-aborts look like the intolerant bigots they truly are!


Res et Explicatio for AD 2-4-2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010 \AM\.\Thu\.

[Update at the bottom of this post]

Salvete TAC readers!

Here are my Top Picks in the Internet from the world of the Catholic Church and secular culture:

1. The USCCB scandal continues as the U.S. bishops continue to issue denials of wrongdoings.

Mary Ann of Les Femmes blog asks why does the USCCB continue to cooperate with evil.

An interesting twist to this story is how the Boston Globe and New York Times covered the homosexual pedophile abuse scandal in the Church quite vigorously yet not one peep when the USCCB is caught red-handed with direct links to anti-Catholic organizations.

2. A great discussion about the origins of the phrase, “The Dunce Cap“, provided for a clarification by Friar Roderic.  He provided a video that explains the steady progression as a Protestant insult, ie, to call Catholic dunces for being aggressive in their Catholic beliefs, to the more secularized version which has turned it into a catch phrase for idiocy.

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