Channel Surfing

June 2013

Judging the Judges of Reality TV

The arbitrarily inexact, and often overly coddling, science of judging on competitive reality show undercuts the very premise the competition itself, leaving competitors and audiences scratching their heads.

When News Equals Sex!

Rather than moving away from "lookism", we seem to be embracing it. Even in the most unlikely areas.

May 2013

‘Arrested Development’ Is Back… But I Am Still Thirsty

What was always subversive and exciting about Arrested Development was its ability to be so offbeat, so irreverent, and so clever within the confines of a 22-minute block of network TV.

Signs & Wonders: Television Ads As Pop Art

Every once in a great while, an ad will rise above the white noise and actually transcend the fetid swamp of commercial television.

Who Watches These Things?: An Examination of Daytime TV’s New Era

It's still nearly all talk all the time, but is daytime's audience changing?

April 2013

Is Nudity Really Necessary?

In light of Seth McFarlane's controversial performance at the Oscars, maybe it's time we rethink all the bare bodies.

Bad (Office) Romance: TV’s Most Enduring Trope

Mixing business with pleasure is now, as ever, the norm on TV... even if it shouldn't be.

Questions Reign in ‘Top of the Lake’

Writer-director Jane Campion brings her passion for moral complexity to the small screen with Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel's newest original series.

When It Comes to ‘Happy Endings’, Someone Up There Loves Us/Hates Us

ABC's new campaign to "Save Happy Endings" is a bold and contemptuous new parlay in the ongoing war between networks and audiences.

March 2013

Can the Living and the Dead Coexist? ‘In the Flesh’, They Must

The State must do no harm to its citizens -- even its undead citizens. Thus, members of this society must integrate.

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//Mixed media

Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Ooh La La"

// Sound Affects

"Lifestyle's penultimate track eases the pace and finds fresh nuance and depth in a rock classic, as Silkworm offer their take on the Faces' "Ooh La La".

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