“Hey, Matt… Where’s Your Cable Box?”

July 6, 2008 MGP 10

It’s gone. Along with the cable. And the remote. And even the TiVo. As of Thursday, I have discontinued my cable television — in fact, all television — reception. After too many years of giving way too much money to Comcast for programming I almost never watched, I decided to end that parasitic relationship and bid adieu. So, it’s gone. And I couldn’t be happier. Of course, I realize the […]

We Are Not Men, We Are TiVo

January 16, 2008 MGP 0

Over the past few weeks, I’ve gone on a bit of a tech binge. In addition to setting up a wireless broadband network for all three of my machines in my place, and installing PCI cards in my tower Mac because I could never have too many USB 2.0 and Firewire plugs (which means I’ll probably stop at 30), I decided to heave ho the ol’ Comcast DVR service and […]

Hate, Responsibility… And Mr. Happy, Too!

March 31, 2006 MGP 0

This week’s issue of Seven Days (the local free paper here in Burlington, VT) did a cover story on “Mr. Happy” entitled, “The Hate Debate.” Also known by his given name (John Long), he is the producer of “How Do You Like Me Now?” on VCAM Channel 15 public access. In essence, his show serves as a vehicle for his views on, largely, race and politics — and he’s certainly […]

MGP on “Little House On The Prairie”

February 14, 2006 MGP 0

Let’s face it. I have odd tastes in television. Without trying to claim some lame rebel cred via some flaunted exploration of kitsch and vintage, I really do tend to prefer TV made before the 1980s. Could be a childhood thing, or that I think some of the better (or, on occasion, more creative) writing wasn’t quite exhausted at this time (All In The Family comes to mind). Or maybe […]

Rosemary’s Gone Wild!

December 27, 2005 MGP 0

For all of us obsessive Rosemary’s Baby fans, especially those who remember the most obscure and incidental details of the film, it seems that both Luther and Nobody Loves An Albatross were ACTUAL Broadway productions — though, disappointingly, no Guy Woodhouse shows up in the production rosters (and, yes, I’m being facetious). But, true to the movie dialogue, Albert Finney did indeed have a starring role in Luther. Though, according […]

The “Ranch House” Dilemma

February 4, 2005 MGP 0

Ever since I was little, I’ve been a Brady Bunch fan. Not in the casual sense, but a dyed-in-the-wool fanatic with an insane knowledge of each and every episode, what season they were in, one-shot character name knowledge, extensive trivia, and the list goes on (and, yes, I even read Growing Up Brady and own their CD). When I was in bands in the 1980s, a roadie of mine and […]

The Golden Age of Independent TV

August 25, 2004 MGP 0

Before the rise of The Little Three (UPN, WB, and FOX), there were once independently-owned television stations in the United States. If you were an American born in the 1980s or later, you probably either never saw them or never even heard of them, but they actually existed — no network, no affiliation — and they were wonderful! My favorite as an occasional resident of Massachusetts was WLVI-56. (They are […]