Joshua Alston

What Would Jesus Watch?

Back in March, David stood ready to slay Goliath, and almost no one was there to witness it. That was when NBC debuted Kings, a modern retelling of the biblical underdog story.

The 10 Most Shocking Emmy Snubs

  The ShieldBy far, 2009's most gobsmacking oversight. The final season of The Shield featured some of the most compelling performances we've seen all year, and the series finale was among the best ever.

Whose Cop Shows Rule: L.A.'s or N.Y.'s?

New York people, as a rule, are not Los Angeles people, or vice versa. For instance, no one in the history of L.A. has ever yelled "I'm walking here!" while navigating a busy intersection (because no one in L.A.

Jackson's Funeral: Touching or Over the Top?

I watched the Michael Jackson memorial service, and feel comfortable assuming that not only was it the kind of funeral Jackson would have wanted, it was also the kind of funeral anyone would want.

HBO's Penis Envy

In "Impossible to Tell," former poet laureate Robert Pinsky refers to "the rude, full-scale joke, impossible to tell in writing." Hung, a new HBO dramedy, is that kind of rude, full-scale joke.

'Do The Right Thing' Turns 20

Considering all the effort put into shrouding Barack Obama in swarthy otherness during the election, it's a wonder that one biographical factoid went without much scrutiny.

Edie Falco Plays Another TV Mom

Edie Falco doesn't mind that people still see her as Carmela Soprano, the matriarch of television's most influential family drama. She just doesn't want to be seen as one of those mothers.

In Defense of TV Cancellations

By Joshua AlstonBy day's end, we'll have a complete picture of what the broadcast television schedules will look like for fall. The CW, the final network to announce its fall slate, will likely confirm today what's been reported in the Hollywood trades for weeks—Privileged is out, and the Gossip Girl spinoff is probably not happening.

Television: Why We Love Spelling Bees

A time will come when May's most anticipated competition isn't the NBA playoffs, the Kentucky Derby or the American Idol finale. Instead, we'll be swept up in spelling-bee mania.

"4th and Long": Valor! Victory! Vomit!

"This is a football training camp. I don't wanna hear any of that s--t about a reality show." — Michael Irvin, three-time Super Bowl champ I hate to break it to him, but "this"—Irvin's new reality competition show 4th and Long—is a reality show.

Joshua Alston: FOX Series "Glee" Hits the Jackpot

They say there's no fool like an old fool, but to let pop culture tell the story, it's the singing fool who has the most egg on his face. There's Greg Gregson (Chris Lilley), the deluded high school drama teacher in Summer Heights High; his forebear Corky St.

'Making the Band': What Will Diddy Reveal?

By Joshua Alston Tonight is the live finale of MTV's "Making the Band 4," and if you haven't been watching this season, let me quickly catch you up. There's an R&B singing group called Day26, which was assembled by Sean "Diddy" Combs after a lengthy audition process.

The 'ER' Finale: ... And The Last Shall Be First

by Joshua Alston Everyone has their pop culture blind spots, and "ER" has always been one of mine. Prior to the two-hour finale, I'd never seen a single episode of NBCs epochal medical drama.

'Damages' Writers: May We Approach The Bench?

  So here we are again at the end of another season of "Damages," and I'm writing up a litany of suggestions. At the end of the first season of FX's sprawling puzzle of a legal thriller, I made a modest proposition: make it a limited series.

'Big Love' Gets Unwarranted Criticism From Mormon Church

HBO's Mormon polygamy drama, "Big Love," has long been one of those shows that seem to exist theoretically. It's the opposite of a show like "Mad Men" or "Gossip Girl," which are far more talked about than they are actually watched; "Big Love" is a show talked about so little that, until it returns from hiatus, it's easy to forget that people watch it.

In Which 'The Wire' Meets 'The Office,' and We are Only Mildly Amused

You have a friend who is evangelical about "The Wire," who asks you once every two weeks if you were a fan, browbeats you into watching if you weren't, commiserates with you if you were, about how the best television show ever was snuffed out too soon because people were too stupid to appreciate it.