Media must avoid sensationalism

As news outlets started calling the election for President Barack Obama on Tuesday night, I couldn’t help feeling like we could have called it a long time ago. Even if Republican Mitt Romney hadn’t had such a clumsy campaign, it’s become increasingly rare for an incumbent president to lose, especially an unchallenged one. And Obama […]


CicLAvia Sunday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m – 3 p.m. Various locations Feeling restricted by the crowded Trousdale bike lanes? Head to Downtown this weekend for CicLAvia, a city-wide event that gives bike lovers room to roam. Now celebrating its fifth year, CicLAvia originated in Bogota, Colombia more than 30 years ago in order to […]

The Office season premiere brings new possibilities

Marking its ninth season on the air, NBC’s hit comedy The Office premiered to its lowest season-opener ratings ever on Thursday, a 46% drop from last year. More notably, the series’ last first episode began to breed speculation on how the mockumentary is going to end its successful run. But after nine years of used material, what […]

SNL finally gives us what we want in season premiere

Live from New York, it’s a show that we can actually relate to! Saturday Night Live’s 38th season premiered this weekend on NBC with a fancy new title sequence, a freshly plucked cast of supporting players and a bevy of hilarious and relevant sketches. While its formula is as tried and true as ever, Lorne Michaels […]


The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival Friday, Sept. 14-Sunday, Sept.16 · Ports O’ Call Village, San Pedro Cling to the end of summer at this three-day festival, which is essentially a massive lobster bake. Fans of the crustacean will surely have no issue filling their bellies with the $19 Maine lobster meal deal. And […]

Late-night is still America’s funniest pastime

In a world where everyone knows the name Honey Boo Boo Child and the final two couples on Bachelor Pad, it’s easy to overlook the authenticity of an established television genre that has been entertaining audiences for over 60 years: the late-night talk show. As of recently, it seems like many Americans take pleasure in […]

Life at a zoo

Actress and author Betty White discusses her new book Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo at the Los Angeles Times stage in front of Doheny Memorial Library on Sunday. White spoke about her new show Betty White’s Off their Rockers on NBC and her work with zoos and how they help prevent animal […]

Mad Men demonstrates television’s nostalgia for the past

It was the first cable show to take home the Emmy for outstanding drama series three years in a row and last September, Mad Men did it again. It sired a wave of nostalgia that one backward-facing period drama after another hoped to ride into the ratings’ promised land. The show’s ratings are by no […]

Modern TV lacks stability, certainty

Television has had many ups and downs in recent weeks with returns, delays and cancellations, giving way to the widespread instability in modern television programming. This holds particularly true as Tuesday falls squarely between the long-delayed midseason return of NBC’s gleefully eccentric gang comedy Community and the even longer delayed season five premiere of AMC’s […]