Soulful Idols: Religious Affirmation on American Idol
Music / Television

Soulful Idols: Religious Affirmation on American Idol

Though at times they’ve looked for laughs when contestants have claimed to hear the “voice of God,” FOX’s American Idol openly embraced the Spirit as it wrapped its season 12 time in Vegas and moved back to LA.  Demonstrating the power of song to move an audience and the potential for television to transcend itself, the success … Continue reading

This Isn’t ‘Six Flags Over Flushing’: Spielberg’s Animaniacs and Mocking the Devil
ReRuns / Television

This Isn’t ‘Six Flags Over Flushing’: Spielberg’s Animaniacs and Mocking the Devil

The Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister) did a good deal to chart what it means to be irreverently funny in television animation.  Before Comedy Central’s “South Park” and FOX’s “Family Guy” took the post-Al Bundy television cue of crudeness and sacrilege to new heights (er, depths?), the Animaniacs gave viewers a full helping of … Continue reading