Medical Props for TV

For anyone who’s ever been fascinated by science fair projects or Hollywood prop departments (I fall into both categories), you’ll appreciate this video from the New York Times. Diann Duthie is the art director for “The Dr. Oz Show” — a daily talk show hosted by Dr. Mehmet Oz — that presents palatable high-level explanations for various medical phenomena. Duthie enhances the show by creating … Continue reading Medical Props for TV

Watching TV shortens your lifespan

Uh-oh. According to the LA Times, “Australian researchers find that each hour a day spent in front of television is linked with an 18% greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and an 11% greater risk of all causes of death.” No word yet about YouTube or Hulu. Get exercising! (And I’m just imagining the teaser for the local news: “Tonight! A special report! How … Continue reading Watching TV shortens your lifespan

Exercises in Inanity on TV

After doing a lot of research about TV shows and their content lately, I have new-found respect for some shows. “Modern Family,” for example, is great. You can watch all episodes on Hulu. But some shows are…well…reaching. Take “Smallville,” for example. I have to admit I’ve never watched to show. But after watching a clip recently, I couldn’t figure out what the episode was about. … Continue reading Exercises in Inanity on TV

Selling fame to kids

The LA Times has an article about an emerging trend in television programming for kids and teens: depicting teenagers who “get discovered” and become famous, usually as actors and/or singer. Nickelodeon’s “iCarly,” 2009’s most-watched TV show among kids 2-11, according to the Nielsen Co., is about a girl who has attained a certain level of celebrity by producing and starring in her own Web series. … Continue reading Selling fame to kids