CMI on TV

by: Dylan Gwinn | Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:50am

USA’s 'Mr. Robot' did not air its season finale Wednesday night. Citing a need to be sensitive to the shooting that killed two journalists in Roanoke, the network aired a previous episode along with this statement to explain their decision:

Though I applaud USA’s sensitivity to airing that scene in such close proximity to the Virginia shooting, I’ve got a better way for them to handle the situation which would be even more meaningful, and just might save lives.

Delete the scene.

Don’t delay it a week. Don’t simply try to bury it in next week’s news/entertainment rotation when it will trampled underfoot by the relentless forward grind of the American news cycle. Delete it, scrap it, get rid of it.

Because here’s the thing: we now know that the Virginia shooter (whose name I will not mention...

by: Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 3:21am

The Carmichael Show continues to pleasantly surprise (read about the pilot here) with its second episode, "Protest." It opens with the news that there is a protest going on because an unarmed teenager was shot by police in the city. This excites Maxine (Amber Stevens West) who bemoans the fact that she "tried to go to Occupy Wall Street but my flight landed when the protest ended, so I just saw 'Book of Mormon' twice and went home.”

She dons a "Black Lives Matter" t-shirt and starts talking about how exciting it is, prompting Joe (David Alan Grier) to ask, "Do you always get this giddy when somebody gets shot?" He has reason to be skeptical:

-Cynthia: You know, Maxine is right--...

by: Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 1:32am

For all conservatives sick and tired of being trashed and talked down to by network television, boy, do I have a show for you!

Last night The Carmichael Show premiered on NBC, a sitcom starring Jerrod Carmichael, Amber Stevens West, David Alan Grier, and Loretta Devine, about a very opinionated black family in Charlotte. The show gets very political, but not only does it tackle relevant issues like voter registration, why blacks support Obama, and religious liberties - it does so in a very fair way that is friendly to conservatives while actually being funny!

In fact, you may be surprised by the conservative values espoused by several of the characters.

For example, after lead actor Jerrod gives a stirring patriotic monologue about Obama's inspriring story, he questions why Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize:

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by: Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 10:44pm

File this under Words I Never Expected to Hear on Network Television: "Yes, Father, it's called a 'throuple.'"

And so began Karen's explanation to her priest of her threesome polyamorous relationship with a husband and wife that led to her getting pregnant, in Mistresses season 3's 10th episode "What Could Have Been."

Priest: ...The husband, the wife, and you?
Karen: Yes, father. It's called a throuple.
-Well, that's a kitschy little term. Karen, you know that I'm open-minded about a good many things, but in a situation like this, there is only one thing to do.
-What's that?
-Carry the child to term, then give it up for adoption.
-I've never seen that as an option.
-Well, it's the only one you have if...

by: Dylan Gwinn | Monday, August 24, 2015 - 9:51pm

If Adam Baldwin gets all the cool one-liners on TNT’s “The Last Ship” (and he does), then the Command Master Chief Jeter (Charles Parnell) gets all the great speeches. On Sunday night’s episode, “Valkyrie,” Jeter addresses the crew after four of their fellow crewmen were killed in a sabotaged oil rig explosion.

It’s an incredible speech about those who sacrifice and risk all for our country, which could apply to any generation of soldiers at any time. Yet, one that I found exceptionally moving as France celebrates American servicemen saving their bacon...again.

Enjoy.

     

>> We’ve taken out share of hits these past few weeks... Suffered painful losses. Sometimes, it feels like more than we can bear. Yet, here we gather, united. Shipmates. Every time we're called, we answer...

by: Dylan Gwinn | Monday, August 24, 2015 - 7:57am

I Am Cait” is nothing but a study in massive contradiction. On Sunday’s episode, “Take Pride,” Bruce Jenner’s weekly journey into the absurd continued as he took on two new and fearsome opponents: the pronouns “they” and “them.”

In this scene, Jenner lunches with two other trans people who appear borderline-offended that Jenner continues describing the trans community as “they” and “them”:

       

>> Chandi: So are you starting to feel as if you are a part of this community?

>> Caitlyn: Yes. Um, I have learned-- because of you guys...

>> Chandi: Mm-hmm.

>> Caitlyn: ...So much.

>> Candis: But sometimes, when you do say "Them" and "They," it's like you're not including yourself...

by: Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 11:21pm

On Christmas Eve 1968, after successfully becoming the first men to orbit the moon, the crew of Apollo 8 read from the book of Genesis. According to Wikipedia, at the time, it was the most-watched tv broadcast ever.

American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O'Hair sued NASA over the reading and it was because of this lawsuit (which ultimately failed before the Supreme Court) that Buzz Aldrin was asked not to recite Scripture on the air when he received Communion after stepping on the moon.

So imagine my surprise when ABC aired a beautiful recreation of the Apollo 8 Genesis reading in the episode titled "The Dark Side" of the tv show The Astronaut Wives Club:

...back on Earth,...

by: Dylan Gwinn | Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 7:56am

This week’s episode of USA’s Mr. Robot saw the computer-hacker, techno-geek drama finally get over its mid-season identity crisis, and get back to its obvious intended purpose: glorifying cyber revolution for the purpose of mass income redistribution.

In an episode called “eps1.7wh1ter0se.m4v” (it’s a cyber-geek computer hacking show. What do you expect?) “Darlene” (Carly Chaikin) gets the liberal crazy-train back on the rails by doing what liberals love to do most: preaching about revolution and saving the world from the 87th floor of luxury high rise apartment buildings in Manhattan:

**WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE**

        

>>What if this all went away? The city. The money. All of it.

>>What, like a zombie apocalypse or something...

by: Dylan Gwinn | Monday, August 10, 2015 - 8:58am

In this week’s episode of “I Am Cait,” Bruce Jenner decided to deliver a shot in the arm to his new show’s sagging ratings by talking about that most inspirational and up lifting of topics: Poverty rates and sex trafficking among transgenders!

In an episode titled “The Road Trip: Part 2,” Jenner spends the opening moments of the show in a meeting with a bunch of other transgenders, and a lawyer from the Human Rights Campaign named Amanda Gill. Yet, this is no ordinary meeting. Watch the clip carefully, specifically after Gill drops her line that trangenders have a poverty rate four times higher than the national average.

    

>> Angelica: A lot of people who want to be seen as heroes and want to,...

by: Dylan Gwinn | Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 1:27pm

It’s been kind of a rough couple millennia for Christians in the Middle East. Whether faced with persecution from Jews, Romans, Palestinians, Syrians, Egyptians, Iraqis, or ISIS, the common denominator has always been Christians remaining strong and showing unbelievable courage, but pretty much living in a world where everyone and everything tries to kill them.

Enter FX’s series, Tyrant. Tuesday night’s episode, titled Fathers and Sons, provided us with a pleasant departure from the historical Middle Eastern norm. In other words, this time the terrorists are the ones who get blown up.

In this scene “Khalid” aka Barry Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) leads of a band of fighters called The Red Hand, who oppose the terrorists. As he hides on a roof top with his soldier, waiting for the terrorists who are coming to kidnap Christian families to arrive so he can blow them up, Khalid and his soldier have a really cool heart-to-...