1. Homicide: Life On The Streets Shattering the mold for TV credits, Homicide kicked off each show—at least in the early seasons—with a surreal, impressionistic montage showing extreme angles of Baltimore row houses, police-station desks, and one metaphorically vicious dog, all set to a soundtrack of electronic shredding and high, rapid percussion. By the time the cast list comes around, the image totally breaks down, reduced to blurry streaks of light, before ending on a picture of a homicide-department door. Has the world gone topsy-turvy? Is life flashing before some victim's eyes? Or is it all just another day of mayhem in Balmer? Whatever the credits mean, they get viewers hyped-up and nervous before the story even gets underway. Advertisement 2. The Sopranos A3's growling blues tune "Woke Up This Morning" plays while we ride with Tony Soprano from Manhattan (where the NYPD wears blue and the criminal-justice system has two separate yet equally important parts), … [Read more...] about Inventory: 22 TV Opening-Credit Sequences That Fit Their Shows Perfectly
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Netflix has decided to go for a big name for its upcoming Archie Comics drama project, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, with Variety reporting that Mad Men star Kiernan Shipka will be taking on the role of the spell-slinging teen. Shipka—who recently co-starred on Ryan Murphy’s Feud, and who triumphed in an increasingly important role over the years on Mad Men (while so many would-be Bobby Drapers dropped around her like flies)—has long been rumored as a likely fit for the part of youthful sorceress Sabrina Spellman. Netflix—presumably inspired by the success of The CW’s similarly Archie-based Riverdale—announced that it was ordering the series for a two-season run late last year. The show will take as its inspiration the recent comic series Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina; in the words of Archie Comics CCO Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, “This is a darker, more macabre version of Sabrina, and we’re incredibly excited for people to see Kiernan make this … [Read more...] about Kiernan Shipka is your new Sabrina The Teenage Witch
This week’s question comes via contributor Caroline Siede, who also wrote the first entry: “What entertainment are you embarrassed to be scared of?” Caroline Siede I thought it only fitting that I pose this question because literally every fictional thing I’m scared of is embarrassing. I’m pretty chill about ax murders, ghosts, zombies, and even creepy possessed kids, but I’m absolutely terrified of monsters—specifically the kind that are played by men in rubber suits. This isn’t a hard and fast rule; I can get through an average episode of Star Trek okay. But there’s a certain kind of creature with a recognizably human build but off-kilter proportions and animalistic qualities that makes me totally lose it. For instance, most people laugh at what I’ll generously call the “Party City Yeti” employed in The Twilight Zone’s “Nightmare At 20,000 Feet,” but I can only watch that episode while peeking … [Read more...] about What entertainment are you ashamed to be scared of?
Hey, it’s Valentine’s Day! They actually banned candy from valentines at my kid’s school this year. I assume this is because at least one child in the class has a deadly LOVE allergy. Regardless, the candy ban instantly rendered Valentine’s Day meaningless to every student. They’re now as indifferent to the holiday as I am, which is highly amusing. Take away candy hearts and your kids turn into full-blown nihilists in five seconds flat. Okay, here are your letters: Derek: How many squares of toilet paper do you use on an average wipe? My brother and I got in an argument when I found out he used about 10 squares per wipe. I said 3-4 works fine. Advertisement Three to four? Is your toilet paper made out of beach towels? That’s way too low, especially for the first wipe. That first wipe could be a full Category 5 cleanup job, and you’re going in with just four squares of flimsy toilet paper? I’ve never heard of such recklessness. All … [Read more...] about How Many Squares Of TP Do You Use Per Wipe?
When Peloton began airing its commercial showing a woman who receives a cursed stationary bike for Christmas, we foolishly assumed that it was bizarre trash. Fortunately, the company has now come forward with a few statements meant to make clear that no, in fact, the advertisement showing the year-long, self-filmed diary of a husband- and Peloton-induced mental breakdown is actually quite inspirational and those who think otherwise have “misinterpreted” its work. In a handful of quotes sent to CNN by an unnamed Peloton spokesperson, the company says that its ad was meant to depict the “fitness and wellness journey” that it’s “constantly” hearing about from those forever changed (“often in ways that surprised them”) by “purchasing or being gifted a Peloton Bike or Tread.” Advertisement Refusing to let the naysayers get them down, the statement continues: “While we’re disappointed in how some have … [Read more...] about Peloton would like you to know at least 3 people really liked its “misinterpreted” commercial