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Drawn Together: Cornell’s “Demon Knights” and the Ideal of Camelot

In Demon Knights Paul Cornell not only dramatizes the idea of Camelot, but exquisitely reenacts it at one of the oldest comicbook publishers.

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Constructing Community in ‘Catherine’

Is it cheating when the game wants you to seek outside help?

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TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011… Number 1

Several new series debuted in April 2011 to transform what had been a mediocre season into an exceptional one, including Game of Thrones. AMC, meanwhile, systematically abused three of its great series, calling into question whether the cable network is truly ready for the big time.

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TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011… Number 2

The 2010-2011 TV season saw an unprecedented number of major film directors work in TV, while Charlie Sheen's meltdown was an embarrassment both to him and to those who fixated on his demise.

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TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011… Number 10

Today, PopMatters kicks off a 10-day countdown of some of the high and lowpoints of the 2010 to 2011 television season beginning with the superlative Mad Men and the sad on-going strength of reality shows.

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Talking About My Generation, ‘Mad Men’ Style

Getting older during the '60s was a cruel fate: it was unfair; it was depressing. But, in some respects, it was a party compared to getting older these days.

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Reality, and Then Some, as Conveyed in ‘The Wire’ and ‘Oliver Twist’

The spoonful of sugar that The Wire employs in relating its harsh theme is all wrapped up in that medicine's themes of fatalism. The humor employed in Oliver Twist highlights the opposite: the needlessness of the system that allows orphans to starve to death.

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How Much Does an Accurate Location Matter When Watching TV?

Unlike other formats, the sitcom allows us to suspend disbelief because we know this is a set, we know there’s a reason we’ve never actually seen a New York street in Friends, or the fourth wall of an apartment in any show. And we’re okay with that.

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“It Will Change the Genre Forever”: An Interview with “The Walking Dead’s” Jeryl Prescott

"It seemed like an odd marriage: Frank Darabont and AMC ... and zombies." Jeryl Prescott talks about how her Southern roots prepared her for this story of zombie apocalypse in the South.

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Still Flying: An Interview with Tim Minear, Part I

Both an integral part of the Whedonverse and a major television creator in his own right, Tim Minear was the co-creator of Firefly in addition to working as a writer on both Angel and Dollhouse. He is currently the showrunner of the FOX series The Chicago Code.

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28 Feb 2011 // 5:15 AM

The Year in TV: August 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in August 2010.

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25 Feb 2011 // 5:15 AM

The Year in TV: July 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in July 2010.

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13 Feb 2011 // 9:57 PM

The City Champs: The Set-Up

Come for the Latin deconstruction of the "Mad Men" theme, stay for the sharp, playful jazz, R&B and soul from these Memphis jazzmen.

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‘John Coltrane and Black America’s Quest for Freedom’: Insider Perspectives

The better contributions in this edited volume navigate a course between the particular and the universal, granting Coltrane's music the freedom it demands.

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28 Jan 2011 // 8:30 AM

The Year In TV: May 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in May 2010.

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13 Jan 2011 // 10:00 PM

Gotta Be ‘In Treatment’

Loss is a necessary part of life, sure, but must it be a necessary part of TV?

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20 Dec 2010 // 6:45 AM

February 2010 in TV

It was a month of high ratings, a truly “super” bowl, and shocking tragedies for TV audiences.

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We Ought to See Them Now: An Interview with the 88

They recorded the theme song to "Community", recorded an entire song through an iPhone app, and even contemplated changing the band name at one point. Yet The 88 have preserved, and they speak to PopMatters about their latest album and why it's their freshest yet.

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The Mad Man and the Comedy Writer: Two Sides of the American Dream

If The Dick Van Dyke Show's Rob Petrie represents the ideals of American manhood, Mad Men's Don Draper represents a descent into the American nightmare.

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‘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.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Looks at the Scenic Vistas and Human Drama of 'Firewatch'

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"This week we consider the beautiful world that Campo Santo has built for us to explore and the way that the game explores human relationships through its protagonist's own explorations within that world.

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