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Published: Wednesday, 1/14/2009

RIP Ricardo Montalban

"...as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience."

Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point.


GOODBYE TO A GROUNDBREAKER: Ricardo Montalban was more than just a stereotypical Latin lover, "soft Corinthian leather," Fantasy Island, and, of course, Khan on Star Trek. He was highly respected for his leadership in finding role for fellow Latins in the movie industry, something he likely paid for by being typecast throughout his career. And the guy really was a good actor when he had a good role, such as Khan on Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. Montalban died Wednesday at the age of 88." (RL)


BREAK OUT: As part of a move to focus on more comedies, Fox has announced that Prison Break will be canceled after four seasons. The show had run its course, what with the fact that the main characters are no longer in prison. Maumee-native Robert Knepper, who played T-Bag on the show, predicted this would happen." (RL)


CRITICS' DARLINGS: In the wake of its Golden Globes awards, 30 Rock is under the microscope because it's one of those shows that TV writers like a lot and the public, not much so. Here's a breakdown of how the TV intelligentsia (if there is such a thing) see the show that has stars like Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Aniston clamoring to get on." (RL)

ATOMIC TRAIN WRECK: That's what one of the posters on this blog called the appearance by Ann Coulter on The View. We at Thin Slices profess affection for neither Coulter nor the women of The View because both are, there is no nice way to say this, ANNOYING. See for yourself." (RL)


OUR EARS HURT: American Idol is back again tonight with more musical mediocrity. The contestants will bleat out tunelessly, the judges will look on bemusedly, and the bar for real talent will drop a little lower. New judge Kara DioGuardi promises to be a straight shooter." (RL)

GOLDEN MOMENTS: As awards shows go, the Golden Globes have to be the loosiest goosiest, what with all the swearing, bird flipping and parental nagging. Here's who got drunk." (RL)

Rod Lockwood


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