August 26, 2008
Don't be fooled by a title that makes World's Funniest Commercials 2008 sound like a blooper reel of stupidity. This is one of the most insightful and thought-provoking shows of the TV year. And, oh, by the way, it does something American TV does less and less these days: Exposes viewers to other cultures around the world. But beyond being smart, the show with husband and wife Kevin Nealon and Susan Yeagley is also a smile-maker from the first ad for Wienershnitzel, "the world's most wanted wiener," to an Argentine commercial for a deodorant that has women tearing body parts off the young man who uses it. Note the British ad for a fat guy in a leotard doing gymnastics.
July 1, 2008
Do you know what happens to teen girls who become pregnant? They suddenly become the center of the universe, and everyone cares about them like never before. What a great way to instantly be popular and even loved: Get pregnant. That's one of the core messages in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, a new drama premiering tonight on the ABC Family channel. If you are looking for fictional precedents, think Juno, the critically acclaimed film about a 16-year-old offbeat teen, Juno MacGuff, and her pregnancy.
March 24, 2008
Critic's Pick -- Casey (Spencer Grammer) deals with big changes after a damaging article is published in the season premiere of Greek (8 p.m., ABC Family).