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October 2014

Quick, Before It’s Gone: Should Networks Cancel Shows Early?

When broadcast networks rapidly cancel new shows, it undermines their own efforts to reach out to audiences and make quality programming.


“We’re in a Very Gray Area”: Looking Back on ‘House of Cards’, Chapter One

House of Cards might be gearing up for its third season, but the very first episode of the series is the most telling indication of how Netflix is helping television break new ground.


September 2014

Love, Divorce and Drama: Reality TV’s Short-Lived Loves

Relationships don't last and winners don't really matter on reality TV -- but, of course, that's not what we're in it for.


Why Do Sitcoms Fail (or Succeed)?

PopMatters shines a spotlight on some funny and not-so-funny shows that have failed.


The Class Conciousness of Judge Judy

Judge Judy has been on the air for almost 20 years now, a legacy that continues to be built on the exploitation of others.


August 2014

Supply and Demand Stokes the Fires of the Illicit Press

Tired of the Kardashians and their kind? Sorry, but they are keeping an industry alive.


PopMatters’ 2014 Fall TV Preview: Tuesdays

PopMatters takes a look at Fall 2014's new Tuesday shows that will be competing against TV’s highest-rated series.


July 2014

Every (Not So) Secret Thing: Post-Trauma Witness Interviews

Why is it that broader culture doesn't give victims of disaster and trauma the choice to say "No?"


‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Is a Spark in the Arid Texas Heat

The tech mecca of Dallas gets plenty hot, and as AMC's Halt and Catch Fire attests, the heat is equally matched by tech industry intrigue.


Reality TV’s Enduring Racism (and Other Proclivities)

Sometimes, reality TV lives up to its name and casts "by the numbers". Most of the time, however, it casts according to race and sexual orientation.


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