Category Archives: television

National Geographic’s “The Story of God”: back for another season

As I’ve documented repeatedly, since Rupert Murdoch took over National Geographic, the magazine and its spinoffs have become increasingly oriented toward religion—and in a friendly way. Last summer Morgan Freeman hosted a National Geographic series called “The Story of God”; here are its six episodes.  Now, according to PuffHo, there’s a second season in the offing, with the first episode […]

Reza Aslan produces a t.v. series osculating Islam

The unctuous Reza Aslan, who is making a fine living whitewashing Islam while lying about his credentials and the nature of his faith (see at 2:10 in the video below), has made a video promoting a new television series of which he’s co-producer, “The Secret Life of Muslims”. The show was announced on the Vox Facebook Page like […]

The BBC’s comedy clip: “Real Housewives of ISIS”

The media has been criticized for going easy on Muslims, and even ISIS, but at least the BBC has a sense of humor about them. As The Independent and Metro report, on Tuesday the BBC 2 screened the clip below as part of the comedy show “Revolting”. But the clip has caused outrage among many people […]

America’s cultural divide as evidenced by television viewers

The New York Times gave graphic results of a survey (using Facebook and ZIP codes) of how popular an array of 50 U.S. television shows were in different areas of the U.S. The results are more or less as you expect, and display a cultural divide manifested largely by geography. For example, here’s the popularity of “Duck […]

PuffHo: No Muslims should be portrayed as terrorists on television

It would clearly be bigoted, on a TV show about terrorism, to portray only Islamic terrorists. But it would also be tendentious to neglect Muslims on a show about terrorism, pretending that Islamic terrorism simply doesn’t exist. Yet PuffHo (of course) is applauding such a show in its new article: “Here’s why you’ll never see a Muslim terrorist […]

Planet Earth II

Reader Tyler called my attention to the trailer (published yesterday) for BBC’s Planet Earth II, and it looks fantastic. Watch the 3-minutes trailer, as there are plenty of cool animals, with EXTRA FELID. It will be narrated by the legendary David Attenborough, and the Facebook page is here, though I’m not sure when the program […]

An ITV movie on apostate Muslims

I’ve arrived in Pittsburgh for the FFRF convention and, unlike Chicago, it’s sunny and warm. Reader Dom sent me this link along with a note that “it’s a ‘must watch’ for UK viewers.” Sadly, it won’t be viewable from outside Old Blighty. Mark your calendar for October 13 and lay in a few bottles of Sam […]

Philomena talks to Frank Skinner about her favorite BBC shows

We haven’t seen Philomena Cunk (aka Diane Morgan) in a while, but her recent conversation with English comedian Frank Skinner is enlightening—especially if you’re in love with the woman. In this 25-minute clip, she discusses her five best choices for BBC clips archived on the their  iPlayer, although they really only get to three of […]

Goodbye, Jon Stewart

As all liberal Americans know, last night was Jon Stewart’s last stint on The Daily Show, which has gone on for 16 years. I didn’t watch the show much, not because I don’t like it (I really do), but simply because I don’t watch much television and don’t get Comedy Central. (I’m in the 0.0001% of Americans […]

The Agenda: Science vs. religion

The Agenda television show broadcast yesterday on TVO is now archived at this site, but you can see the individual segments in order by clicking on the screenshots below. The theme of Steve Paikin’s show was “Science, Religion, and Atheism.” I went first, with the segment described like this: Since Galileo’s lifetime house arrest in 1632 for his […]