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TV Review: ‘Kosher Soul’

TV Review: ‘Kosher Soul’
African-Americans and Jews have weathered enough grief throughout their histories to survive “Kosher Soul,” a silly Lifetime reality sitcom about black comic O’Neal McKnight and his Jewish bride-to-be, Miriam Sternoff. Why TV viewers would want to is the better question, inasmuch as the show seemingly exists as a feeble excuse to showcase McKnight’s standup act, while trafficking in stereotypes about both groups under the guise of “But they love each other anyway.” After having already braved race relations with the questionable “Girlfriend Intervention,” the channel might be well advised to steer clear of this ebony-and-ivory niche for a while.

As dated as it sounds, “Kosher Soul” seemingly wants to be the unscripted version of “Bridget Loves Bernie,” the early 1970s comedy about a Wasp-y woman, her Jewish husband and their mismatched families. As the show begins, Miriam is busy planning their wedding (they’ve been together for years
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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: The Wasteland

The Wasteland:

Television is a gold goose that lays scrambled eggs;

and it is futile and probably fatal to beat it for not laying caviar.

Lee Loevinger

When people argue over the quality of television programming, both sides — it’s addictive crap v. underappreciated populist art — seem to forget one of the essentials about commercial TV. By definition, it is not a public service. It is not commercial TV’s job to enlighten, inform, educate, elevate, inspire, or offer insight. Frankly, it’s not even commercial TV’s job to entertain. Bottom line: its purpose is simply to deliver as many sets of eyes to advertisers as possible. As it happens, it tends to do this by offering various forms of entertainment, and occasionally by offering content that does enlighten, inform, etc., but a cynic would make the point that if TV could do the same job televising fish aimlessly swimming around an aquarium,
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Interviews: Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter in a ‘Family Ties’ Reunion

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – Steven and Elyse Keaton were the super-parents of a certain generation. “Family Ties” was the 1980s TV show featuring Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter as the Keatons. As TV parents, they raised Alex (Michael J. Fox), Mallory (Justine Bateman) and Jennifer (Tina Yothers).

The quintessential 1980s sitcom propelled Fox to stardom, and provided Red vs. Blue State discourse before it was cool, as Alex Keaton was a Reaganite conservative and his parents were liberal ex-hippies from the 1960s. Well-written, funny and warm without being sticky, the show was anchored by Gross and Baxter’s chemistry as Steven and Elyse.

Gross and Baxter had their reunion at the Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show in September of 2010. The show is a biannual event that brings celebrities to Chicago to meet, sign autographs and interact with their admirers. Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com was also there to capture the Family Ties reunion in photography.
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All-American TV Mom Meredith Baxter: I'm a Lesbian

  • The Wrap
All-American TV Mom Meredith Baxter: I'm a Lesbian
By the Advocate

One of America's all-time favorite TV moms, Meredith Baxter -- who played Elyse Keaton on "Family Ties" -- came out as a lesbian in an interview with Advocate.com.

Baxter, who also played an all-American girl in "Bridget Loves Bernie," opened up about her coming out process, her relationship with her partner Nancy Locke, coming out after sobriety and romping around with thousands of lesbians on the recent Sweet Caribbean Cruise in the exclusive interview.

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