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February 2012

‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’ Looks at Last Year’s KHL Plane Crash

Real Sports reports that KHL has recently been offering players huge contracts in order to rebuild Russia's reputation as a hockey powerhouse, but it has not looked after them.


‘Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons’ on Doc Channel, 2/21

Even as white Mormons have become increasingly visible in popular culture, thanks to Big Love, Mitt Romney, and Matt Stone and Trey Parker, black LDS members continue to grapple with a difficult history.


Spring Television: A Lush Flowering of the New and Old

This handy guide answers the question that I've been asked more than any other this TV season: When is Game of Thrones, HBO's swords-and-treachery epic, coming back?


January 2012

The Most Reluctant Spy: Sky One’s ‘Spy’

Spy is honestly a wonderful thing to watch. Basically, everything that's wrong with this show is technical, fixable stuff. What's right about it -- if nurtured properly -- has the opportunity to become one of the classic Britcoms of the new decade.


Beavis & Butt-head Revisited

Beavis & Butt-head are back and have aged rather well. These two idiots have conditioned viewers rather well since their '90s heyday, having made a lasting impact on how we watch TV.


Endeavour: An Almost Sequel

Endeavour gives the sense of conferring a privilege to viewers, a glimpse into a rarefied world running parallel to ours.


November 2011

Horrible Histories: Or, How Children’s TV Grew Up in a Hurry

Nominally a kiddie series, the TV adaptation of Horrible Histories has a sharp comic intelligence. It might just be one of the most successful original comedy shows to appear in years.


The Top 5 Mysteries of ‘American Horror Story’

In a new series already packed to the max with confounding conundrums, these are the top tricks in need of treats sooner rather than later.


October 2011

The 10 Most Spectacular Screwups in Television History

Come with us now (rattles chains, Marley-style) as we take a cautionary look back at the 10 most spectacular mistakes of TV executives past…


September 2011

WWE’s Heels—the Jerks, Cowards and Miscreants—vs. Corporate Hedonism

Mainstream culture's failure to examine professional wrestling seriously -- in this case, workplace safety issues -- lets the WWE get away with all kinds of ridiculous villainy that no other media organisation could. And pocket a tidy profit while doing it.


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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 12 - "Don't You Forget About Me"

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"In another stand-alone episode, there's a lot of teen drama and some surprises, but not much potential.

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