Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 9:55PM EDT
Facebook mistakes a Kentucky woman for a Westworld bot
Facebook's social media team was supposed to direct Westworld fans to HBO's Westworld Messenger account. Instead, it directed fans to a random woman in Kentucky.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Why isn't The Bachelorette allowed to check out her contestants' social media profiles?
"If social media stalking is a normal part of dating in 2018, why shouldn’t it be allowed on the show?" asks Alyssa Bereznak in the wake of the Instagram controversy involving frontrunner Garrett Yrigoyen. She adds: "In any normal real-world scenario, this situation would’ve fixed itself. Elated after a nice first encounter with a handsome, eligible rando, Becca would’ve gone home and immediately Googled Yrigoyen, like any respectable millennial who has grown up stalking her crushes online." ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel picks Garrett to win The Bachelorette.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
How SpongeBob SquarePants became TV's most "meme-able" show
Why didn't other Nickelodeon classic shows become classic memes? "I’d venture to say that SpongeBob is better greased to circulate widely because of its spectacular realism," says Lauren Michele Jackson, adding: "Watching SpongeBob now... I see how the sea-dwelling characters play back adulthood with all the damning comedy it deserves. Life is endlessly mundane, if you’re lucky, and ideally endured with a sense of humor. That type of humor is the lifeblood of so many jokes propagated online, so it makes sense that the internet would latch onto a show that embraces this sensibility. It’s still not quite nostalgia — teens, who weren’t yet born or verbal when the show was at its peak, love the memes. But if it’s memory in part that makes SpongeBob a worthy candidate for memes, it’s the show’s PG appreciation for life’s hilarious humorlessness that makes it adaptable to any and every situation."
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Daytime Emmys will be livestreamed on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
The TV Academy will also stream the April 29 ceremony on its website.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:23PM EDT
Mark Zuckerberg looked a lot like Star Trek's Data while testifying before Congress
In fact, the Facebook CEO was photoshopped to look like the Star Trek: The Next Generation character.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
A U.S. senator once won an Emmy award for grilling witnesses in Congressional hearings
With all eyes on Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before Congress, The Washington Post has this factoid: Sen. Estes Kefauver, a Democrat from Tennessee, was so effective in his Senate committee's televised investigation into organized crime in the early 1950s that he was presented with a special achievement Emmy Award for "outstanding public service on television" in 1952.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
Conan shows how to live a Facebook-free life
Amid Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress, Conan O'Brien presented a PSA on leaving the social media network.
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Silicon Valley could last for many more years thanks to recent events
Mike Judge recently told The New York Times that recent changes and struggles in the tech world have led him to reassess his plan to end his HBO comedy after six seasons. “It’s taken on a second wind,” he said, adding that he could envision Silicon Valley lasting as long as Dallas (14 seasons!). Pointing to Judge's comments, Rachel Syme says recent scandals involving Facebook and Uber's self-driving cars could provide fodder for more seasons. "If anything, there has never been a better time to satirize the hubris and folly that pervades the world of tech," she says, adding: "As the real Silicon Valley gets tangled in ever more difficulties, Silicon Valley finds itself in the rare position to roast an industry just as everyone is primed for laughter and anger toward it. And with a new nimbleness in a new season, the show feels capable, perhaps for the first time, of skewering its characters, rather than being saved by d*ck jokes."
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 2:46PM EDT
Silicon Valley's new opening turns the Facebook logo into Russian
During the opening credits, Facebook's logo flips from English to Russian in a nod to the social media company's recent problems.
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
William Shatner calls out Facebook for labeling him dead on the day before his 87th birthday
The former Star Trek star blasted Facebook in a tweet after a user notified him of a Facebook ad saying that he had died.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 2:00PM EST
Facebook inks 25-game streaming deal with Major League Baseball
Weekly games will stream on the social network starting April 4.
Posted Thursday 3/01/18 at 10:28PM EST
Ryan Seacrest can't help but be a distraction in an important year on the Oscars red carpet
"The Oscars red carpet will be the culmination of an extraordinary season in Hollywood," Daniel D'Addario says of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. "Given the general tone of the conversation around workplace assault and the responsibilities Seacrest bears in general, the best thing, for Seacrest and for his audience, would be to step away from the spotlight," he says. "The problem is that he can’t." D'Addario adds: "In the most hospitable of years, Seacrest’s presence amidst a story like this would be odd and uncomfortable but surmountable. But this year, the topic on the red carpet has been sexual assault in Hollywood, a topic that Seacrest now cannot realistically broach without creating a situation that’s more than embarrassing. It’s one in which he, presently embroiled in a scandal, can’t be an impartial interviewer. It does him no good to be on the red carpet but it also does no good to stars who might have something to say about the biggest Hollywood story in a generation or more, or to viewers hoping to soak up what seems to be a new frankness that’s come over the red carpet."
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 6:58AM EST
Tom Brady's Facebook docuseries Tom vs. Time is on "pause" because he lost the Super Bowl
"The truth is we had a plan," director Gotham Chopra wrote on Facebook of the sixth and final episode, "but unconsciously, it was tied to the Pats winning the Super Bowl and, when that didn’t happen (congrats, Eagles!), I felt like we needed to pause and recalibrate."
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 3:08PM EST
Elizabeth Olsen to star in a half-hour dramedy on Facebook
The untitled 10-episode female-driven comedy has Olsen playing a widow, though no other details have been divulged. As Deadline notes, this series is “among the first high-end series ordered by Facebook as the social media juggernaut is making a push in premium original content.” Olsen will also serve as an executive producer.
Posted Monday 2/05/18 at 3:25PM EST
The Mayor's Brandon Michael Hall lands starring role on CBS pilot God Friended Me
Even though Hall’s ABC comedy hasn’t been canceled, he’s been released from his contract and allowed to join the Greg Berlanti-produced procedural drama pilot in which he plays an outspoken atheist who is “friended” by God on Facebook.