Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Elizabeth Wiggins


Tuesday, September 21 2010

J.J. Abrams Unveils New Show 'Undercovers'

Stars Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw help make Undercovers a slick and entertaining hour of television.

Wednesday, September 15 2010

'The Apprentice': Oh, How the Mighty Fall

In its 10th season, The Apprentice engages in a difficult task: it asks us to root for unlikable, not yet famous people who feel wronged by the loss of their six-figure salaries.

Sunday, September 12 2010

'The 19th Wife': A Quasi-Feminist Awakening

Set in the world of Mormon polygamy, The 19th Wife is an entertaining, if somewhat predictable, murder mystery, a Lifetime movie done well.

Sunday, September 12 2010

Adventures in Parenting: Tourette’s Uncovered

Tourette’s Uncovered shows how families must adapt to the needs of children suffering from a constantly changing medical condition, as it also challenges stereotypes about Tourette’s Syndrome.


Tuesday, January 18 2011

To Sir, With Love?: ‘Glee’s’ Will Schuester Problem

In its second season, Glee finds itself facing its biggest challenge: what do do with Will Schuester? To solve the problem, the writers might need to do more than simply state that the adviser for New Directions is a good guy.

Tuesday, September 7 2010

How the Other Half Works: Why We Love Being Voyeurs with 'The Rachel Zoe Project' and 'Flipping Out'

Bravo's The Rachel Zoe Project and Flipping Out bring viewers behind the scenes of the high-profile service industry by accomplishing the amazing feat of making celebrities less important than the work that goes into making their lives fabulous.

Wednesday, September 1 2010

Melancholy and 'Louie’s' Infinite Sadness

FX's Louie finds comedy in the absurdity of sadness and invites viewers to laugh along with the struggle to find balance between happiness and defeat.

Friday, August 13 2010

Patience, Young Jedi: Appreciating the Art of the (Slow) Moment on 'Mad Men'

Paraphrasing Chekov, that gun in the first act has to go off by the third. Your patience while watching the stories in Mad Men unfold will pay off.

Monday, August 9 2010

Prophylactic Television: MTV’s '16 and Pregnant' and 'Teen Mom'

MTV’s Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant walk a fine line with their audience; both programs are honest and interested in telling a sympathetic story about what life is like as a teen mom while also telling viewers, “your life doesn’t have to end up like this.” The lesson is invaluable, but for the kids to really be all right, should MTV do more?

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