Megan Basham

Megan is a senior writer for WORLD Magazine based in Charlotte, N.C. She is the author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All.

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Passage to nowhere

Television | Fox’s new broadcast series fails where other drama adaptations have succeeded
by Megan Basham
Posted 1/17/19, 03:19 pm

A recent New York Times article titled “Why Traditional TV Is in Trouble” sifted through a variety of ratings data to figure out why the Big Four broadcast networks are losing ratings and becoming less culturally relevant. The authors might have saved themselves some trouble by simply analyzing Fox’s new drama The Passage.

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Maternal instinct

Movie | Sci-fi thriller Bird Box upholds motherhood and unborn life but suffers from R rating
by Megan Basham
Posted 1/03/19, 09:56 am

Netflix’s thriller Bird Box drew so many eyes over the Christmas holiday, the streaming giant took the unprecedented step of revealing how many people checked out one of its original films—45 million. The company says this marks its highest seven-day viewing total ever.

Along with Sandra Bullock’s charisma as a leading lady, the movie boasts a riveting premise that feels like a cross between Lost and M. Night Shyamalan’s better efforts.

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Bad beyond belief

Movie | In new film Vice, the effort to vilify Dick Cheney bends credulity to breaking point
by Megan Basham
Posted 1/03/19, 09:18 am

In one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes, a young, unfunny comedienne named Sally Weaver breaks into the big-time with an act called simply, “Jerry Seinfeld Is the Devil.” There aren’t any jokes in Sally’s cable special in the sense of setup and payoff: She just mocks Jerry with juvenile impersonations that have almost nothing to do with the way he actually speaks, acts, or thinks. And she ends her set by saying, “That’s why Jerry Seinfeld is the devil.”

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