NBA Playoff ratings were on fire opening weekend, but that’s not the only way to define the league’s success

Television ratings are one of the most archaic ways to measure what people care about. We’re more than 20 years into the new millennium. Who has time to be held to a live television schedule? I remember as a child watching an episode of Home Improvement when Tim “The Toolman” Taylor was trying to avoid […]


Staying quiet about Brittney Griner hasn’t worked

For the past two months, people around Brittney Griner and the WNBA have been low-key. The idea was that any loud calls to have the basketball star released from her Russian prison as Vladimir Putin launched an assault against Ukraine would only upset the authoritarian, and so the wise course was to work quietly and… […]


Didn’t know Jordan Mailata had those pipes, kinda knew Joe Buck didn’t

Jordan Mailata sang his ass off and probably shouldn’t have been revealed as Thingamabob on Wednesday night’s episode of FOX’s The Masked Singer. The Eagles’ offensive lineman made the transition from blocking defensive ends to singing “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi on national television. Read more…


Whew… we need to talk about the Russian gymnasts

This morning, I woke up to the sight of a river of people, from the elderly down to the babies carried in their parents’ arms, trying to escape Ukraine. I watched my TV in horror as they slipped and slid uphill, some of them falling, wondering if they were going to get back up again. […]


Alan Tudyk’s awkward alien is humanity’s only hope in Resident Alien S2 trailer

Alan Tudyk is back as an alien who crash-lands on Earth in the second season of SYFY’s Resident Alien. An alien (Alan Tudyk) disguised as a small-town doctor must figure out how to rescue his new human friends from an invading army of his fellow aliens in the trailer for the second season of Resident […]

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TV Technica 2021: Our favorite shows and binges helped us combat pandemic fatigue

Enlarge / Ars staffers picked their favorite must-watch TV shows of 2021. (credit: Aurich Lawson) Warning: Although we’ve done our best to avoid spoiling anything too major, please note this list includes a few specific references to You, Midnight Mass, Resident Alien, Post Mortem, Snowpiercer, Lupin, His Dark Materials, and Wellington Paranormal, among others. Months […]


You ever watch two teams try to lose?

It used to be, long ago, when things made slightly more sense and RC Cola was a thing, that Monday Night Football was the premier game of the week. Which made it a great mystery why ABC would subject the nation to Dan Dierdorf blabbering about something at best tangentially connected to what went on […]