Wayward Pines: Time Will Tell (S 2 E 7)

Great Episodes is a series of blogs on my all-time favorite episodes of, well, everything.  Wayward Pines hasn’t been on television in two years. I know this because it was cancelled back in February, after being off the air for nearly 18 months. The fact that there was still need to officially pull the plug afterContinue reading “Wayward Pines: Time Will Tell (S 2 E 7)”

Ford Showed Up On ‘Westworld.’ Does Anyone Care Anymore?

Westworld, I’ve been patient. I’ve (largely) held my tongue while you churned out episode after episode of robot violence and stunning landscapes. But tonight was Episode 6, Westworld. You are halfway through the season, and nothing has happened. Nothing. Early on in tonight’s episode, I had high hopes. We got a momentary switcheroo with Delores seeminglyContinue reading “Ford Showed Up On ‘Westworld.’ Does Anyone Care Anymore?”

That ‘Colony’ Propaganda Flyer And The Political Underpinnings Of ‘The Wizard Of Oz’

On tonight’s episode of Colony, “Hospitium,” Amy comes across a large cube of propaganda flyers, that have been dropped, relief-supply style, in the middle of the woods. When she shows one to Broussard, he assumes it came from the occupation and slips it absently into the fire. They’re on their way to Seattle, the Bowman clan,Continue reading “That ‘Colony’ Propaganda Flyer And The Political Underpinnings Of ‘The Wizard Of Oz’”

Lessons From ‘Dragons’ Den’: Why It’s the Judges, Not the Entrepreneurs, That Make the Pitch

Shark Tank announced last week that Alex Rodriguez would be back on Season 10 as a guest shark. It’s not a shock; with the amount of time that ARod spent hanging out with cast members outside the Shark Tank studio it seemed he was either angling for a permanent spot on the program or trying toContinue reading “Lessons From ‘Dragons’ Den’: Why It’s the Judges, Not the Entrepreneurs, That Make the Pitch”

“Westworld’s” Most Interesting Storylines Probably Exist Outside the Park

I first heard of ‘Westworld’ back in 2015 when news broke that background performers (extras) were asked to sign a startling consent form that described potential acts they would have to perform on set. It got the attention of SAG-AFTRA, who issued a member alert telling actors about their rights to withdraw from the production.Continue reading ““Westworld’s” Most Interesting Storylines Probably Exist Outside the Park”

Why Nootrobox (aka HVMN) Has the Weirdest ‘Shark Tank’ Story Ever

“Do you mind if you tell us more about what’s in it before we eat them? I don’t wanna get roofied.” – Chris Sacca Back in 2016, Geoff Woo and Michael Brandt went on Shark Tank to pitch Nootrobox, a company that catered to “biohackers,” or people who see the human body as an organic computer programContinue reading “Why Nootrobox (aka HVMN) Has the Weirdest ‘Shark Tank’ Story Ever”

Snarky Tea Founder Jenni-Lyn Williams Never Thought She’d Be Allowed On ‘Shark Tank’

When Jenni-Lyn Williams pitched Shark Tank, she was eight months pregnant with her second child. She also was only weeks from having sent the show producers an email, expressing interest in appearing on the program. Unlike legions of Shark Tank entrepreneurs who apply year after year, attend casting calls and otherwise reach out in vain hope ofContinue reading “Snarky Tea Founder Jenni-Lyn Williams Never Thought She’d Be Allowed On ‘Shark Tank’”

Why Kevin O’Leary Says ‘Shark Tank’ Doesn’t Glamorize Entrepreneurship

Anyone who’s watched even a few episodes of Shark Tank notices there’s a pattern: some entrepreneurs get deals, set to uplifting music, while others don’t, and those who miss out on getting a shark partner sometimes express disappointment or regret. Those who don’t get a deal are rarely profiled on Shark Tank updates, and even those whoContinue reading “Why Kevin O’Leary Says ‘Shark Tank’ Doesn’t Glamorize Entrepreneurship”

Barbara Corcoran’s Serious Approach to ‘Shark Tank’ Investments

There is little doubt that the prospect of spending real money on a startup enterprise would give any investor pause. That’s no less true for the seasoned panelists on Shark Tank. As Barbara Corcoran told The Cut last month, she values the money she’s earned and won’t give it away on a tenuous or frivolous endeavor. “WhenContinue reading “Barbara Corcoran’s Serious Approach to ‘Shark Tank’ Investments”