Channel Surfing

September 2010

‘Spartacus’: There Will Be Blood, Lots of It

With all the slicing and cutting and loss of bodily fluids, Spartacus would seem to be a prime candidate for criticism about its excessive violence, but its stylized approach to violence makes for unconventional, provocative programming.


Why I’m Not Watching Jersey Shore (Anymore)

The predictability of the cast is their Achilles' heel. Ronnie and Sammi’s weekly dysfunctional hour of make-up/break-up is as expected as Snooki’s alcohol soaked antics and the Situation’s Sunday dinner of sausage and peppers.


How the Other Half Works: Why We Love Being Voyeurs with ‘The Rachel Zoe Project’ and ‘Flipping Out’

Bravo's The Rachel Zoe Project and Flipping Out bring viewers behind the scenes of the high-profile service industry by accomplishing the amazing feat of making celebrities less important than the work that goes into making their lives fabulous.


Extreme Makeover: Hoarding Edition

The clean room at the end of the show is my visual cue that the hoarder is cured simply because order beat chaos. Any thoughts I might have about what it means to overcome a mental illness are overshadowed by the pleasure I feel at seeing the before and after ‘reveal’.


Melancholy and ‘Louie’s’ Infinite Sadness

FX's Louie finds comedy in the absurdity of sadness and invites viewers to laugh along with the struggle to find balance between happiness and defeat.


August 2010

Can Sam Beckett Survive a Quantum Leap to 2011?

Can Quantum Leap return without a massive overhaul? Would such an overhaul destroy the original concept? In many ways the original was a groundbreaking series about civil rights, gender equality, animal rights, and the belief than anyone can make a positive difference in the world.


Your Virtual Fall TV Preview: Weekends

This is the time of year when all the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and the CW) put out those cheap, cheesy “preview” specials.


Consumerism and the Fan: A LOST Case Study

Just as LOST established a new baseline for television creativity and found new ways equally to mesmerize and frustrate viewers, so did the LOST auction set a new standard for television-based consumerism.


LOST in Memorabilia

The LOST auction, August 21-22, may be the ultimate TV auction, and participating fans get a chance to make TV history as well as take a piece of it home.


Your Virtual Fall TV Preview: Fridays

If you want to know what's new on primetime TV this fall, stop right here.


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Getting Social with 'Dark Souls III'

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"If I invade and murder you, it’s for your own good. I swear.

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