The Plight of NCIS: TV’s Biggest Drama Gets No Respect
After an Olympics-related hiatus for much of February, most of TV’s biggest hits returned to the schedule with new episodes last week, accompanied by a tsunami of media hype. The Voice, Scandal, Modern Family and The Blacklist was among them, alongside major episodes of shows that had continued airing through the Olympics, including The Bachelor, The Walking Dead and American Idol. Yet as usual, one perpetually overlooked show topped them all last week, with an audience of more than 17 million: NCIS.
Now in its 11th season—its 250th episode airs Tuesday, Mar. 4—the CBS procedural, about a team of special agents (led by Mark Harmon) from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, quietly continues to be one of the biggest shows on TV (second only to The Big Bang Theory, which had 17.73 million viewers last week). Yet it receives only a fraction of the media attention (including magazine covers and talk show appearances) and respect paid to all of those other shows that it soundly trounces, week in and week out.
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Happy Birthday Johnny Cash
Hoje completaria 82 anos de idade.
Foto: Johnny Cash na prisão de San Quentin
(que dá nome a música: San Quentin)
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Today it seems the world in on the edge of some kind of precipice. Maybe it’s always like that. But today it seems closer than it has been in a while. That’s because Russia is sending more troops into the Crimea region of Ukraine, which is emerging (or trying) from a revolution. It’s true, Crimea is a semi-autonomous region with strong Russian ties and no love for the new Ukrainian government. According to one senior U.S. official, Russia is now in “complete operational control” of the Crimean peninsula. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calls it an “invasion.” G-7 leaders condemned the action and suspended participation in the G-8 summit in Sochi this coming June. Experts say it’s reminiscent of the Cold War.
While this is happening, North Korea launched two more short-range missiles into the sea off the country’s east coast. I interviewed Asia Expert Gordan Chang, for CBS Radio News, and he says this is bad news from all angles. North Korea is trying to get the attention of the international community for a yet undisclosed reason, and will continue to escalate. The reclusive regime is also perfecting its arsenal. Chang says North Korea is working hard to have a nuclear warhead and long range missile that could reach anywhere within the United States. That could happen within a few years, according to Chang.
And there’s Syria, which is still in the midst of a brutal civil war. Civilian areas are still under bombardment by the government. The United Nations says Syria is on track to become the world’s worst refugee crisis. At the moment, it has the world’s second-largest refugee population. Afghanistan is still number one, but barely. A striking photo from the Yarmouk Camp in Damascus shows a sea of people filling a canyon between bombed out buildings. Perhaps thousands of people are in line waiting for food. It’s a devastating picture.
I’m not sure where I’m going with this, but this feels like a pivotal moment in history. I know that I’m fortunate to live in the United States, and even more fortunate to be a witness, and sometimes scribe, to this history. But it’s sometimes hard to watch and be able to do nothing.
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Because of all the attention of this morning’s library post, I thought it’d only be fair to post the NYPL’s response. I’m quoting four points that they’ve asked me to clarify:
*The man says “I work at this Library.” Ends up, he doesn’t “work” for the library in the sense of being an employee….
And @HumansOfNY does it’s due diligence in getting the opposing side of the controversy. Great story!
"You want to photograph me eating chicken?"
"Well, if I let you, I need you to help me deliver a message."
"I work at this library. And before that, I was coming here for twenty years. It’s my favorite place in the world. As many people know, the main reading room of this library is supported by seven floors of books, which contain one of the greatest research collections in the world. Recently, the library administration has decided to rip out this collection, send the books to New Jersey, and use the space for a lending library. As part of the consolidation, they are going to close down the Mid-Manhattan Library Branch as well as the Science, Industry, and Business Library. When everything is finished, one of the greatest research libraries in the world will become a glorified internet cafe. Now read that back to me."
This man is amazing.