Channel Surfing

October 2010

It’s Technology, My Dear Watson: Sherlock for the 21st Century

The famous detective now texts and surfs the net while Watson writes a blog. This is not your mother's Sherlock Holmes.


‘The Event’ Will Be Unrequited

I don’t know what The Event is – and I suspect I never will -- but not for lack of trying.


‘The Simpsons’ Gleeful Commentary on the Dark Side of the Arts

The Simpsons neatly bursts Glee’s bubbly premise that the arts are the lifeblood of society, and freedom to be oneself is a guaranteed human right.


‘Sesame Street’ Has More to Be Worried About Than Katy Perry’s Low-Cut Top

Unfortunately, all debates about breasts ever seem to do is draw attention away from the real points of concern.


Fall’s First Canceled Show: FOX’s ‘Lone Star’

Critics hailed it as one of the best new shows on television, but FOX’s Lone Star has been canceled due to poor ratings.


Let’s Get Physical: Casting Choices on ‘Nikita’

Actors often talk about bringing an emotional authenticity to the characters they play. A physical authenticity should also be required if the part involves a weekly round of fighting off scary Russian operatives or shady government spies who know jiu jitsu.


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’.


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Saul Williams Commands Attention at Summerstage (Photos + Video)

// Notes from the Road

"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.

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