BURBANK, Calif. – I am an idiot. At least I was when it came to assessing the geniuses in “The Big Bang Theory,” the top-rated CBS comedy that will be signing off in May as the longest-running multicamera show in television history with 279 episodes over a 12-year run. I made a confession to friends in the critical fraternity during the semiannual meetings in Los Angeles in February. I believed I was the only TV critic who hated the pilot before its premiere on Sept. 24, 2007. Here are some of the now embarrassing things – slightly edited – I wrote in my review. “The sophomoric CBS comedy, 'The Big Bang Theory,' about two brilliant nerds whose lives changes after an unattainable beautiful neighbor moves next door, insults viewers' intelligence but has some cheap laughs. “From writer-producer Chuck Lorre (‘Two and a Half Men’), it is about super-bright friends who are experts on physics but don't have terrific chemistry with the … [Read more...] about Alan Pergament: I was never more wrong than I was about ‘The Big Bang Theory’
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Sonja Haller USA TODAY Published 3:08 PM EST Nov 6, 2018 Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on "The Big Bang Theory," wants you to know that her children aren't spoiled. She doesn't have a nanny or paid help. "Of course there are times when I'm driven mad by my kids," Bialik said. But she doesn't hit, spank or slap her two children. Citing scientific evidence in a YouTube video she recorded, the actress and real-life neuroscientist doesn't think other parents should either. It's psychologically damaging to children and often ineffective. She also quotes a section of the Bible as a reason some people give to justify corporal punishment. She refers to Proverbs 13:24: "He who spares the rod hates the child." "But have you never heard of hyperbole? Or historical context? In biblical times it was also totally a thing to throw stones at a disobedient son — so let's not use the Bible as our parenting guide for the 21st century," … [Read more...] about Big Bang’s Mayim Bialik argues against using Bible to justify spanking
By SAM ANDERSON OCT. 4, 2018 NBC gave Michael Schur total freedom. So the TV impresario made a sitcom that’s also a profound work of philosophy. NBC gave Michael Schur total freedom. So the TV impresario made a sitcom that’s also a profound work of philosophy. By SAM ANDERSON OCT. 4, 2018 How do hands move in heaven? Ted Danson knows. Watch him in “The Good Place,” NBC’s circle-squaring philosophical sitcom about life, death, good, evil, redemption and frozen yogurt. As Danson speaks, his hands flutter and hover in front of him like a pair of trained birds. They poke and swirl, pinch and twist. They snap suddenly ahead to accent a word as if they’re plucking a feather from a passing breeze. Danson is tall and slim — he was a basketball star growing up — and his hands are expressively large. He can move them, when he needs to, with the long-fingered languor of Michelangelo’s God reaching out to touch Adam. On the … [Read more...] about What Makes ‘The Good Place’ so Good?
Once upon a time in Mr. Hodge’s eighth-grade science class, I led my debate team to a victory that would have gladdened the heart of Mike Pence: My team of Creationists beat the team of Evolutionists. Mr. Hodge, my first male teacher and a champion of the scientific view of the world, was fond of refuting the “truths” that defined my parents’ world. “Mr. Hodge says that that there’s enough nicotine in one cigarette to kill two adult males,” said I to my mother as she lit another of the day’s many Chesterfields. “Well, it’s a good thing I’m a woman,” said my mother, who sometimes wondered why a young man as brilliant as “the wonderful Mr. Hodge” did not seek more profitable employment elsewhere. At age 13, I welcomed Mr. Hodge’s help in popping grown-up balloons. Yet there was a subject on which we disagreed: evolution. Mr. Hodge often talked about the slow, millions-of-years evolution of life from … [Read more...] about One man’s journey to reconcile reason and faith
In his first speech after nearly a year, he has called on the Islamic State to persevere, according to a statement posted on the group's media outlet.Baghdadi's purported audio message - the first to be released since last September - seems to be an attempt to boost the morale of the terrorists as Syrian government forces, backed by Iran and Russian Federation, are preparing for the liberation of Idlib, which is widely viewed as Syria's final battle against terror.The group first called on followers to attack Canada in 2014 in an audio recording by spokesman Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani."You have no choice"."It is not only about carrying weapons, but also ... do not accept anything but sharia law and die in order to achieve this", he added, in a 55-minute long message.He also attacked the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for supporting the fight against his armed group.Though the authenticity of the video and identities of the individuals have not been verified, the … [Read more...] about Islamic State chief urges militants to fight on