I read a lot of periodicals and check out a lot of websites on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. The Tennessean, the New York Times, The Nashville City Paper, the Week, Current, Esquire…you get the idea. It’s part of my job. Entertainment Weekly isn’t one of those mags. Not for any particular reason, it’s just not one I pick up often. But I was in the airport this weekend and picked up the new one with Johnny Depp on the cover. The issue’s “What to Watch” guide to TV includes some PBS offerings, with trademark EW-irreverent descriptions, some of which I really don’t get.
Tonight, Monday, May 14, 8-10 p.m. CDT: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: ALEXANDER HAMILTON - EW says “Actually, not an ex-prez. Hey, go use that on a fifth grader before they find out. Hurry! Who knows when those Children of the Corn will strike next?”
Can someone help me with that? Am I missing some Stephen King reference here? Or is this a reference to that “smarter than a fifth-grader show?”
Somewhat less dubious:
Tuesday, May 15 8-9 p.m. CDT: FRONTLINE: SPYING ON THE HOME FRONT - EW says: “PBS makes you feel all warm and fuzzy about the feds’ penchant for spying on you.”
Tuesday, May 15, 9-10 p.m. CDT: INDEPENDENT LENS: SENTENCED HOME – EW says “…but it’s still better than being shipped out. Meet the deported.”
Okay, I get the last one.