Latest Chuck Barney Stories

2008-10-09 21:00:27

By Chuck Barney As the presidential election nears, it has become almost a daily occurrence in workplaces everywhere: The latest campaign-related spoof or parody arrives via e-mail and touches off a minor frenzy.

2008-10-07 21:00:26

By Chuck Barney IF YOU THOUGHT all those gag-inducing ads for "Kath & Kim" that NBC ran during the Olympics were awful, wait until you check out the actual show. Better yet, don't bother.

2008-10-01 21:00:15

By Chuck Barney It's comforting to know that, in a television cooking-show world that has become jampacked with combative iron chefs, backstabbing wannabes, kitchen nightmares and gimmicks galore, there still is Jacques Pepin. No frills. No nonsense. Just culinary magic for your viewing pleasure.

2008-09-29 21:00:22

By Chuck Barney ABC is hitting the "reset" button with its entire Wednesday lineup, all the while hoping that absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

2008-09-24 21:00:21

By Chuck Barney In 1994, the year "ER" came racing down the hallway and bursting onto our television screens, Hillary Clinton was the first lady. Gas sold for just over a dollar a gallon. No one had an iPod wired to their ears. And George Clooney had yet to sprout that very weird beard.

2008-09-22 06:00:21

By Chuck Barney Remember when television was regarded as a mass medium? It sure didn't appear to be one during the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, where much of the love was showered upon basic-cable and network shows that have earned more critical praise than viewers.

2008-09-19 15:00:33

By Chuck Barney Dust off those remote controls. A new television season is upon us.

2008-09-19 15:00:32

By Chuck Barney The networks are still withholding some pilots from us (blame the strike, they say). But that doesn't mean we can't do a cursory slalom through the new shows and toss in some snap judgments along the way.

2008-09-19 15:00:27

By Chuck Barney It's another absurdly gorgeous day in Hawaii. The sunlit sky is a neon blue. A gentle breeze caresses the tops of the palm trees. And the turquoise ocean is calm and inviting. But just off the eastern shore of Oahu, in a cramped, two- person, rented kayak, a storm is brewing.

2008-09-17 06:00:00

By Chuck Barney It's Emmy time once again in Hollywood and this year the basic- cable runts get to leave behind the kids table and eat with the grown-ups.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.