Tom Shales Quotes

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Tom Shales Quotes

You know youre getting older when - well, first off, when you read almost any story that begins You know youre getting older when. But you also know it when you not only never heard of the musical guest on a given Saturday Night Live but never heard of the host, either.
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Perhaps Western civilization is in a post-decline phase, or maybe the decline is just taking a really long time, like the Roman Empire's did. The Romans had gladiators and Christian-hungry lions and that sort of thing. We have MTV.

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A fellow with the inventiveness of Albert Einstein but with the attention span of Daffy Duck.

— Tom Shales

'American Idol' is sometimes lumped with reality shows and it has that element - folks-next-door battling it out in a contest. But instead of fighting leeches, bugs, parasites and each other, as on CBS's 'Survivor' and other shows that imitate it, the 'American Idol' contestants, of course, sing.

— Tom Shales

Maybe Larry Kings cannot thrive or even survive in a world where the norms for discourse are rage, vehemence and character assassination. King wanted to be liked, not feared; admired, not loathed.

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Maybe it's the hair. Maybe it's the teeth. Maybe it's the intellect. No, it's the hair.

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Crime dramas will never go away as long as people turn to television for, among other things, reassurance and comfort.

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The perils of credit and debt, especially perilous in the computer age, have long been acknowledged in pop culture, but very infrequently by TV.

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ABC's intelligently hilarious sitcom 'Modern Family' depicts a gay-male marriage in which both partners are refreshingly dimensional, believable human beings. The writers dare to make them flawed and thus fully delineated, but they're not flawed in the silly, stereotypical ways that once dominated such portrayals.

— Tom Shales

Robert Osborne either has the best job in the world, or comes very close. As millions of viewers know, Osborne is the resident host of the great Turner Classic Movies (TCM) channel, the most reliable source of pure enchantment in the cable universe.

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'Dragnet' (the 1951 original, transferred nearly intact from radio) served as a veritable template for all cop shows to come.

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Somewhere around the turn of the century, it stopped being hip to say you never watched TV. Adults are much more likely to find something to engage them on television than they are at the local multiplex. Edges are being cut on television all the time, but at the movies only now and then.

— Tom Shales

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