Karen Townsend

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Liberals love nothing more than to trash the Fox News Channel as a propaganda network for President Trump. That narrative played out on the February 16 episode of Showtime’s Our Cartoon President in an episode titled “Fox News” that treats the president's relationship with Fox News like a dysfunctional marriage.



The Oscars, the highlight of the Hollywood awards season, aired February 9 on ABC. This year’s event proved to be much more political than last year, unfortunately. It’s an election year, you know.



An innocent game of good guy, bad guy between a young boy and a babysitter took a potentially deadly turn in the January 30 episode of ABC’s Station 19 titled “Indoor Fireworks”. The episode ended with a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on behalf of an activist group known for promoting gun-grabbing legislation in Washington, D.C.



It’s impeachment, impeachment, impeachment everywhere on news shows and even in some television programming that is supposed to be entertaining. Season three of Showtime’s Our Cartoon President by Stephen Colbert airing January 26 used the same theme with an episode titled “Impeachment.” How’s that for original thought?



Freeform’s Good Trouble timed a random pro-abortion criticism of conservative courts to air in an episode during the week of the March for Life. While hundreds of thousands of pro-life supporters are expected to gather in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life Friday, liberal social justice warrior Callie Adams Foster bashes the desire of pro-life supporters to overturn Roe v. Wade.



Instead of directly trolling President Trump by name, the red MAGA hat made famous by the Trump campaign was weaponized in the season premiere of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. In three scenes of the episode titled “Happy New Year” airing on January 19, a MAGA hat made an appearance and was met with scorn.



Every now and then some truth comes out during a network series that destroys a narrative long promoted by the left. Unborn babies are often referred to by the pro-abortion left as "clumps of cells," but this episode showed that ultrasounds reveal the humanity of the unborn child.



Like the Golden Globe awards last Sunday night, the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards served a plant-based meal during the ceremony. Airing on the CW, on January 12, one celebrity award-winner made a point of acknowledging the "amazing" gesture.



In Showtime’s Shameless, seedy storylines are not unusual. In fact, it’s the norm. In the episode airing January 5, titled "O Captain, My Captain", as part of a side hustle, bar owners Kevin Ball and Veronica Fisher decide to make medical abortions available to teenagers.



The first awards show of the busy season is now in the books. On Sunday night, The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards aired on NBC. Ricky Gervais was the show’s host and he did a great job. Unfortunately, his advice to the celebrities to skip the political speeches wasn’t heeded by all.



Kicking off Sunday's 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards on NBC, comedian and host Ricky Gervais, pulled no punches as he is known to do. He even voiced an opinion that must have had half of the viewing audience cheering. He told the stars and the others nominated for awards that if they should win, not to make a political speech because they know nothing about the real world.



Sometimes the host of a beauty pageant can provide as much entertainment as the contestants. Even a perfectly timed eye roll can leave a mark.



It was too good to be true. The November 26 episode of CBS’s FBI, titled “Salvation,” almost delivered a solid story about the agency’s bust-up of a vicious gang in New York City. Instead, the episode ended with a gratuitous sop to the open borders crowd.



Usually, political messages or social justice statements are delivered in speeches from award winners. In the 2019 American Music Awards, the messages were delivered through costumes and scenery. The show aired November 24 on ABC.



In the November 7 episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, titled “Papa Don’t’ Preach,” 25-year-old Cassidy Gardner (Hayley Chase) is brought to the emergency department of Pacific Northwest General Hospital after a fall on her basement stairs. Tests show that she is bleeding in her spleen and also that she is 8 – 10 weeks pregnant. Cassidy is disappointed to learn that the baby survived her fall.



A strong pro-life message was delivered by a pregnant woman who was facing potential life-threatening complications during a necessary surgery in the November 4 episode of ABC’s The Good Doctor titled “45-Degree Angle.” It is noteworthy when a television show sends a moving message that the life of the unborn is precious.



Aging acting coach Sandy Kominsky, once a successful actor, and his best friend, his longtime agent Norman Newlander, are back in Season Two of Netflix’s The Kominsky Method. Airing on October 25, the eight episodes, each one-half hour long, are an easy and enjoyable binge. The only problem is that Chuck Lorre, the Executive Producer, is an openly anti-Trump member of the Hollywood community so there are a few random anti-Republican, anti-Trump remarks.



Dr. Aaron Glassman recently married his girlfriend after a very short courtship. Much to his horror, as she went about putting her things away in his home, Glassman noticed she has a gun. Oh, the horror.



The third season of Big Mouth was released on October 4 on Netflix. The middle school kids are approaching graduation and anything and everything goes in the pursuit of understanding their maturing bodies as they go through puberty in this twisted adult-oriented series about horny kids.



It took a really convoluted story to give an opportunity for a Muslim FBI agent to accuse another Muslim agent of radicalizing young Muslim men to become terrorists but somehow the Season Two premiere of CBS’s FBI managed to do it. In the September 24 epsidoe “Little Egypt,” what began as a bombing at a Syrian restaurant in Queens and first assumed to be a hate crime by area white supremacists was quickly discovered by the FBI to be a false flag stunt by an angry Muslim man who had been attacked by three white punks and left in a coma.