Two Words Secretly Holding Us Back

I’ve never been a fan of Larry Wilmore Past 3 Minutes. I understand he believes this means I am part of the problem, part of why his show shuttered. According to Wilmore, the show was always going to fight an uphill battle because “white people don’t like to hear about race for too long.” Ignoring […]

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The Male Appeal of Gilmore Girls

Every relationship has certain certainties: it energizes you and enervates you; jokes and conversations take strange, strange turns down roads invisible to singledom; you defend and advocate the things you like with too much gravitas for something like entertainment; and you embrace new things that were outside your purview before—and that thing is most likely […]

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A Brief History of Opinions

Imagine the most inconsequential despair possible. Something more trivial than your perennial hometown contender losing in the playoffs and less life-altering than the HOV lane being closed. Such a moment happened to me on Hollywood Boulevard at 2:51 pm, one week ago. The offense? An FYC billboard had deigned to incorrectly use the word ‘masterpiece’. […]

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An Open Letter to TV Executives Regarding Abandonment

Dear ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS and Every Exec of Real Import (Sorry SyFy), Speaking as someone who has mostly unsubstantiated opinions and relies heavily on the Chinese for work (I just happen to live there, in this case), I believe I fit the bill for all target demographics. Gay, straight, old, fat, young, male, […]

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Explaining Meta-Culture

30 Rock recently completed its swan song in a season that matched Ray Lewis’s in every respect and overshadowed anything Daniel “Women Aren’t Funny Now Let’s Watch YouTube” Tosh will ever do one-hundredfold. True, we lost a lot as the lights dimmed on a great show and the trainwreck that featured the Fart Doctor, respectively. […]

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Addressing The Newsroom Criticism

Unlike the TV critics, I have not received screeners of the first four episodes; I have seen the first episode of The Newsroom only. So perhaps this denial of the common analysis will become completely nullified, perhaps not. The major issue that the critics have taken with The Newsroom is that Will McAvoy is presented […]

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The Chopped Drinking Game

I hate cooking. The process of driving to the store, finding the ingredients, waiting in line, waiting in the parking lot because the Ford Taurus is backing out come hell or high water, driving home, waiting for the stove to heat up, waiting for the food to cook, and waiting for the food to cool […]

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The Puffy Shirt

If there were any actual detractors to The Puffy Shirt being selected as Seinfeld’s representation in the Smithsonian Institute, I was among them. After nine seasons, I believed Seinfeld deserved better than a good sight gag; it deserved a shrine, a wing, a monument. However, when reviewing all those seasons, it was difficult to find […]

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About the Author

Chris O'Toole (Colorado State '12, Chapman '15) recently finished a Screenwriting MFA. He has written for Livestrong, CBS, and other publications. Love, hate, and job offers can be sent to: otool102@mail.chapman.edu