Code Switch
7:17 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Is America Ready To Fall In Love With The Telenovela?

Ivonne Coll, Gina Rodriguez and Andrea Navedo star in Jane The Virgin from the CW.
Tyler Golden The CW

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 12:13 pm

Most reviews of the CW's Jane The Virgin mention that it was loosely adapted from a Venezuelan telenovela called Juana La Virgen. Then they predictably misrepresent a telenovela as a Latin American soap opera.

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Monkey See
2:04 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

The Keepers And Sleepers Of Fall TV, From Romances To Murder

Casey Wilson and Ken Marino in Marry Me.
Colleen Hayes NBC

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 10:13 am

The problem with being slow on the draw with your fall TV picks is that there aren't so many recommend-able new shows that you can make an entire B-team out of them. Yesterday's post from NPR's Eric Deggans named most of the shows I would have named on a list of watchable pilots, and now I find that there aren't all that many more I can wholeheartedly recommend.

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1:31 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

'The Simpsons' Provides Ratings Bonanza For FXX

The animated series "The Simpsons" debuted on December 17, 1989. (Fox)

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 1:25 pm

The one-year-old cable network FXX hit ratings gold by with its 12-day, around-the-clock marathon of “The Simpsons.”

The network played all 552 episodes, plus the 2007 movie, and came out as the highest rated cable network for the key 18- to 49-year-old demographic.

FXX plans to follow up the marathon with more “Simpsons” repeats and a “Simpson’s World” app that will let fans watch any episode and get behind-the-scenes information. But will the strategy bring viewers back for more?

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World Views
2:52 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

World Views: August 29, 2014

Suzette Grillot talks with University of Oklahoma junior Amanda Tomlinson about the speech in Arabic she gave at the United Nations General Assembly this summer and the importance of multilingualism.

Later in the program, an interview with Pakistani actor Iqbal Theba about his role on the TV show Glee, and the role of race in the entertainment industry.

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World Views
11:32 am
Fri August 29, 2014

'Glee' Actor And OU Alum Iqbal Theba On Diversity, Unexpected Career About-Face

Iqbal Theba addresses University of Oklahoma students in April 2014.
CISSnapshot Tumblr

When Iqbal Theba arrived at the University of Oklahoma from Pakistan in the early 1980s, he planned to become a construction manager. Instead, Theba became one of the most prominent South Asian actors in the United States.

Best known for his role as Principal Figgins on the hit series Glee, Theba has appeared in dozens of television shows, commercials, and movies, including Community and ER.

He discovered his love for acting when he went to see an OU friend perform in a play.

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Monkey See
2:22 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Lifetime Promises To Bring Out The 'Strong Black Woman' In White Women

Beauty pro Tracy Balan, fashion maven Tiffiny Dixon, home/sanctuary guru Nikki Chu and soul coach Tanisha Thomas host Girlfriend Intervention, which is a real show, believe it or not.
Richard Knapp Lifetime

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 1:56 pm

Lifetime's new show Girlfriend Intervention is not subtle about its message. Its premise is four black women giving a makeover to a white woman on the theory that, as they put it, "Trapped inside of every white girl is a strong black woman ready to bust out."

They don't even have to say "weak white girl" or "lame white girl" or "ugly white girl" or "unfashionable white girl" or "boring white girl," because all those things are, before long, implied.

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Arts and Entertainment
3:05 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Diversity In Top Hollywood Films Still Not Reflecting Population

A new study by the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism found that actors in 2013 lacked diversity. (palmasco/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 12:01 pm

A new study by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism found that actors in 2013 lacked diversity.

Although last year’s box office included films like “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “12 Years a Slave,” casts in other films did not share the same ethnic diversity.

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Arts and Entertainment
2:12 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Paul Reiser Tells Stories About Some Of Comedy's Greats

Actor Paul Reiser speaks onstage at the 'Married' panel during the FX Networks portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 2:10 pm

Actor Paul Reiser is best known for his hit 1990s TV show “Mad About You.” Since then, he has worked in film and returned to his roots in stand-up comedy.

But this week, he published a Kindle “single” called “How To Get To Carnegie Hall” that taps into memories of his time on “Mad About You,” and the lessons he’s learned from the comedic greats.


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Monkey See
3:46 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

At This Summer's TV Press Tour, A Resounding Sense Of 'Meh'

Executive producer Anne Heche (left) and actress Kate Walsh speak at the Bad Judge panel during the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 11:30 am

There's a widespread belief that critics hate everything, revel in hating everything, and cannot be pleased. It's widespread and wrong, though.

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The Two-Way
6:56 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Jimmy Fallon, 'Your Host ... For Now,' Takes Over 'Tonight'

Jimmy Fallon during his debut Monday as host of NBC's The Tonight Show.
Theo Wargo Getty Images for 'The Tonight Show'

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 9:42 am

The new guy's getting pretty good reviews.

Jimmy Fallon took over NBC's The Tonight Show on Monday night, saying he just wants "to do the best I can ... make you laugh and put a smile on your face."

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