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Did Mexico’s Decency Die With Chespirito?

Latin America’s “little Shakespeare,” or “Chespirito,” the most famous TV personality ever in the Spanish language world, died late last month. The only dispute surrounding his towering legacy is over …


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Is Fox News the Smartest Journalism Ever?

Lamenting the decline of journalism is a familiar trope of our media culture. Since a great wave of tabloid TV shows emerged in the late-1980s and cable news gained influence …


Jonathan Ames In the Green Room

Writer Jonathan Ames

Jonathan Ames is the author of the novels The Extra Man and Wake Up, Sir!, creator of the TV show Bored to Death, and the creator of and show runner for the …


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Your Edgy Billboard Is My Kid’s Nightmare

“Mommy?” I look in the rearview mirror at my 6-year-old daughter. Her brow is furrowed and her mouth turned down as she stares at something out the window. “I don’t …


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What the Heck Is an Asian-American?

During the “up fronts,” when TV networks give advertisers a sneak peek at their next season, ABC unveiled the trailer for the show Fresh Off the Boat, a sitcom told …