Channel Surfing

January 2013

Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episodes 1 and 2

While many critics argue that Americans are fascinated by Downton Abbey because of its fundamental Britishness, in other words because of how fundamentally different its sensibilities are from our own, I feel quite the opposite.


December 2012

The Bones in Every Procedural TV Show, Including ‘Bones’, Are the Characters Themselves

I hate procedurals, but I love Bones. The compelling characters keep the audience engaged despite the formulaic format, but some episodes fall flat.


What Happens When a ‘True Blood’ Vampire Goes Vegan?

True Blood's Amy Burley (Lizzy Caplan) lives a life of paradox: corrupt hipster and a conscious preacher of environmental sustainability -- for vampires.


Tis the Season… Ranking ‘Weeds’ Eight Seasons from Worst to Best

Contrary to what some of my friends think, a knowledge of or interest in smoking pot is simply not necessary for one to enjoy Weeds.


Talking ‘Homeland’: Backlash to the Backlash…

The backlash-to-the-backlash articles have followed suit, reminding readers that this is indeed a television show, one that has always been more interested in maintaining suspense and surprising viewers than in subtlety or in portraying the business of fighting terrorism with any degree of realism.


‘Once Upon a Time’: We All Love It, But Why?

While the popular show Once Upon a Time has some major shortcomings, we keep coming back for more. But why?


November 2012

Tis the Season: Ranking ‘Dexter’’s Seasons 1-6

As the seventh season of Dexter unfolds on Showtime, with an eighth and final season scheduled for late 2013, it seems like as good a time as any to look back at each season of the series.


‘Fringe’: It’s a No Brainer

At first I thought there were just too many episodes of Fringe that began with someone turning into a pile of slime.


Is ‘The Walking Dead’ Actually Any Good?

So far, the incredible ratings for the current season of The Walking Dead has been the talk of TV sites and blogs. Here we look at Season 3 coolly, with the use of a report card.


October 2012

‘Nostalgia for the Light’ on POV Starting 25 October

The search for the past, which is also inevitably the present, is profoundly disturbing. And yet, Nostalgia for the Light proposes, that search must go on.


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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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