With the All-Star Game and NBA season over, the dog days of summer are upon us. It’s hot, there is a bit over a month until football, and there’s not a lot of great new TV on. So this week’s Roundtable will provide some suggestions for how you can entertain yourself while sipping on your sweet tea and trying to stay cool.
Feel free to answer any or all of these three questions for the roundtable.
– Which TV show would you recommend people should “binge-watch”? Whether it’s on Netflix or not, which show should people spend a week or few catching up on in a short period of time?
– What’s your guilty pleasure TV show? Which show are you kind of ashamed of watching, but you know if more people actually gave it a try, they’d be hooked too?
– What’s your favorite movie that no one has ever heard of? Which movie is that you love so much, but you’re shocked that most people have probably never heard of it?
In the era of the internet, social media, and 24/7 cable news, we have more coverage about celebrities and quicker spins to burn celebrities at the stake after scandals. Also, though, as we’ve seen with some movie stars and some politicians, returns to redemption can happen a lot quicker than in the past.
Regardless, celebrity scandals have always been a part of American history and have become more prominent every year over the past decade.
So this week’s roundtable is a simple one. Paula Deen and Amanda Bynes are the most recent celebrities to fall from the public’s graces. This week, we ask you…
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Alex: Grappling with Greed – The Rise & Fall of the nWo
To the victors of war go the keys of history. To hear WWE talk about the Monday Night Wars today gives a somewhat warped view of why professional wrestling became a global phenomenon in the late 1990s. They’d like to have you believe it was their cleverly designed “Attitude Era” that was the primary cause of the boom.
And yet, that innovative period was actually in response to the great success their Southern-based rival, World Championship Wrestling, had enjoyed. With new WCW head Eric Bischoff in control, the company incorporated some interesting new tactics into its televised strategy, including live broadcasts every week.
The centerpiece of their skyrocketing ascension came in the form of the New World Order. The volatile group of black-and-white bad guys helped not only to bolster WCW to the top of the wrestling world, but also made Ted Turner’s once financially unstable organization a boatload of cash.
The Wise Guise prides itself on being patriotic and freedom-loving. Last year, we published an Independence Day Ode to American Pop Culture and a Freedom-Lovers Fourth of July Top 10 List. This year, we’ve had a fresh Ode to All Things America and now, our weekly roundtable discusses great Americans of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Topic: Who is the best American celebrity of all time? Which American famous person best represents all that makes America great? #LandoftheFree #HomeoftheBrave
You won’t want to miss who all our panel chose!
As summer officially begins, the SuperMoon arrives, the NBA Finals wrap up, summer movie season reaches its halfway point, the Supreme Court is out of session, and the dog days of summer approach, there’s really only one question we could have this week for The Wise Guise Roundtable. Read more
For whatever reason (most likely, because it’s nice to pull traffic-generating content out of thin air), the Internet has been abuzz for the past month or two with all manner of Mad Men conspiracy theories. Because, like, OMG, Megan wore the same t-shirt as Sharon Tate and this show is totally not nuanced or subtle ever* and so clearly the only explanation is that she is, in fact, a zombie–I mean, Mad Men and The Walking Dead are on the same channel…connect the dots, sheep!
*In all fairness to the conspiracy theorists, the show, even at its best, doesn’t always steer around on-the-nose symbolism. That said, the Sharon Tate t-shirt situation meaning that Megan would also be a pregnant actress murder victim seemed a bit too direct for a show that almost never tips its hand.
Anyway, in the spirit of all this rabid speculation, we present to you our top predictions for Sunday’s finale: