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Michael Landweber
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Michael Landweber is the author of the novel, We.  His short stories have appeared in a variety of places, including Gargoyle, Fourteen Hills, Fugue, American Literary Review, Barrelhouse and Ardor.  He is an Associate Editor at the Potomac Review.  Landweber has also worked at The Japan Times and the Associated Press.  He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two children.  He can be contacted through his website at


Wednesday, August 17 2011

Here Comes Fall TV: 2011 Edition

This year's new shows include fewer straight up procedurals about cops, doctors, and lawyers than usual. And only a few comedies involving young people cohabitating in urban environments. We've got the video previews here along with what to watch and what to miss.


Tuesday, September 30 2014

'The Mysteries of Laura' Is Too Many Shows in One

Trapped in the hour-long drama structure, the half-hour sitcom that The Mysteries of Laura might long to be never finds its footing.

Tuesday, September 30 2014

'Selfie' Is Like 'Pygmalion' with Cell Phones

One of Selfie’s biggest sins is how tone-deaf it is about social media and those who use it successfully.

Thursday, September 25 2014

Shonda Rhimes Takes Over Thursday Nights in 'How to Get Away With Murder'

How to Get Away with Murder is aimed to capture the essence of both of the Shonda Rhimes shows that precede it, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.

Tuesday, September 23 2014

'Forever': Ioan Gruffudd Born Again and Again

In this show the doctor, Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), is immortal. However, t's not what you think: he doesn’t sleep in a coffin, drink blood, or have sparkly skin.

Monday, September 22 2014

'Madam Secretary': Téa Leoni Goes Global

Madam Secretary has more on its mind than entertainment, taking on intercultural conflicts and ethical dilemmas without obvious solutions.

'Chase': No Doubts [19.Sep.10]


Friday, October 8 2010

'The Event' Will Be Unrequited

I don’t know what The Event is – and I suspect I never will -- but not for lack of trying.

Tuesday, May 18 2010

It’s High Time to Party Down

What do you do when nobody watches your show? Throw an orgy.

Thursday, April 29 2010

United States of Tara and Its Equally Dysfunctional Cable Neighbors

The Gregsons. The Botwins. The Henriksons. Most of my recent favorite TV families live on cable. But do they all have to be so dysfunctional? Blame the Sopranos.

Thursday, April 15 2010

Development Season: Five Pilots That Sound Interesting (But I May Never Get to See)

It’s the annual crap shoot known as pilot season in Hollywood again. Here are a few concepts that caught my eye.

Thursday, April 8 2010

Alternate Realities on 'Fringe', 'Lost' and 'FlashForward'

All my serialized sci-fi shows seem to have turned into one-hour drama versions of choose-your-own-adventure books. I’m still trying to figure out if this is a cop-out or a stroke of genius. Maybe it’s both.

The Braces Come Off: The End of 'Ugly Betty' (Channel Surfing) [22.Mar.10]
24: Wish Fulfillment for Policy Wonks (Channel Surfing) [22.Feb.10]
All in the Modern Family (Channel Surfing) [5.Feb.10]
CliffsNotes: Lost (Channel Surfing) [27.Jan.10]
Memo to 'Scrubs': Spin Off Ted and Gooch (Channel Surfing) [16.Dec.09]
Is 'Glee' a Little Bit Racist? (Channel Surfing) [9.Dec.09]
Holding Out For 'Heroes' (Channel Surfing) [2.Dec.09]
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