Karen Townsend

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Descending down the rabbit hole of desperate shock vulgarity in prime time television, the episode named “And the Not Regular Down There” of CBS’ 2 Broke Girls answers the burning question – why does Max’s new boyfriend hesitate to have sex with her? – with sophomoric humor. 

Whether the talking points come from liberal politicians, like President Obama, or the usual suspects in Hollywood, you WILL be subjected to the drama of climate change extremists - even in primetime television shows like CBS’ Supergirl.

In Supergirl’s version of Planet Krypton’s destruction, we learn it fell victim to global warming and Aunt Astra returns to ask for Supergirl Kara’s help to stop the same thing from happening to Planet Earth.

In the latest episode of the CBS reality show Undercover Boss, “Shoppers World,” we meet Sam Dushey, President and CEO of Shoppers World, described as “one of the nation’s fastest growing retailers of discount apparel and merchandise.” A family-owned and operated discount retailer, Sam is the last family member in the business.

Viewers were met with an ugly sight in the opening scene of the latest episode of The Simpson's, "The Girl Code." Marge makes a surprise visit to the plant to deliver Homer’s lunch. In an attempt to make his office “a little more Marge-friendly,” Homer jumps up to hide a poster of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), putting it away with a kiss and saying, “See you soon, Liz-Liz.” BLEH!

The focus of NBC’s “Shots and Salsa” episode of the big-box-store comedy Superstore was racism. According to Amy (America Ferrera), the request from her boss, Glenn to pass out salsa samples is racist because she is a Latina. She refuses and the boss goes to another Latina, Carmen, who is willing to do the task. 

Leading up to tonight’s winter season finale of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, “The Opening Night Excitation,” the breathless anticipation of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayam Bialik) having sex was palpable. The mocking was crude and vulgar, to say the least. Spoiler alerts flew as entertainment writers couldn’t bear to keep the juicy secret. The show’s creator and executive producer, Chuck Lorre, says nothing is off the table for the next season.

In tonight’s episode of 2 Broke Girls, “And the Inside Outside Situation,” their take on a gay bakery boycott has an Obama swipe, a "gender fluid" customer, a Trump hair joke, and, to end it all, the bashing of a family values organization. A little something for everyone!

How typical. Tonight’s episode “Fallback” of NBC’s Chicago Med took a shot at capitalism, showing a greedy business owner calling another character "Bernie Sanders" for wanting to help people.

Singer/Songwriter Alicia Keys guest starred in “Sinned Against,” the latest episode of FOX’s Empire. Keys plays Skye Summers, a multi-platinum record selling “girl power pop” star. Teaming up with Jamal (Jussie Smollett), the two are collaborating on a record for Empire Music – the “Black and White” album. The song featured is taken directly from recent headlines in your local newspaper or your favorite news website’s homepage – the Black Lives Matter theme is strong - “I matter. You matter.”

Unable to resist a dig at traditional American history, FOX’s Grandfathered quickly tosses in a line describing Thanksgiving, the quintessential American holiday, as an unethical celebration. Thanks, Howard Zinn! 

Tonight’s NCIS: Los Angeles episode, “Defectors,” was supposed to run last week but was postponed because of the Paris terror attacks. The episode deals with recruitment of American teenage girls for ISIS, which, sadly, is actually happening, and it is especially relevant in light of the female terrorist involved in Paris.

With a nod to the terror attacks in Paris that cancelled last week’s live show and the attack on a Mali hotel, NBC’s Undateable’s newest live episode, “An Origin Story Walks Into A Bar,” began with a little shot of compassion mixed with a chaser of naivety. 

Out of respect for the victims of the very real terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday, television networks are making some last minute changes in programming. The originally scheduled episode of CBS’ Supergirl apparently featured terrorist bombings so it was pulled from running Monday night and replaced with a Thanksgiving episode that introduces a major new character instead.

In Friday night’s “Members Only” episode of Truth Be Told on NBC, Russell asks Mitch to negotiate for a new car he is hoping to purchase. The writers of this show promote the premise that being gay in America is commonplace; so commonplace that if two guys show up together to look into a purchase of a new car, the salesman will assume that those two men are gay. 

In CBS’ “Buen Arbol” episode of Code Black, a Hispanic mom in America illegally seeks medical help for her young son. Lucky for her, she’s in the sanctuary city of Los Angeles and this hospital won’t alert law enforcement. 

In “Chapter Twenty-Seven” of CW’s Jane the Virgin, Jane’s Abuela (Ivonne Coll) files the paperwork to get her green card, after many decades, to stay legally in America. You may remember that it was revealed in a previous episode that Abuela is an illegal immigrant who never bothered to become a legal citizen.

With memories of 2008 dancing in their heads, the writers of CBS’ The Good Wife have Gov. Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) going from having hopes of becoming Hillary Clinton’s vice president on the Democratic ticket to being the candidate for president himself. In the episode “Lies,” Peter becomes the latest challenger to Hillary from Illinois. Obama 2.0.

Only in Hollywood would writers come up with a story that uses a classroom chicken to prompt a discussion about religion. Yes, NBC’s Truth Be Told does just that in the episode “Psychic Chicken.” A dead chicken, to be precise. It goes downhill from there.

In the latest episode of Bones, the title hints to the viewer that the show’s about to get political and “The Senator in the Street Sweeper” does just that. But what is surprising is who is killed off and why.

In “A High Hope for a Low Heaven,” Fox’s Empire focuses on marketing both Jamal Lyons (Jussie Smollett) and an up-and-coming rapper named J. Poppa.  It’s all about the Benjamins, you see, and there’s money to be made from both the LGBT crowd and the religious folks, too.