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Friday, Jul 11, 2014
Sometimes, reality TV lives up to its name and casts "by the numbers". Most of the time, however, it casts according to race and sexual orientation.

Since their launch onto the American television landscape (c. 2000, with the debut of season one of Survivor), the great appeal of reality TV programs have been their promise of unpredictability. 


For various generations raised on television (which, at the moment, is almost everyone), so many fictional series had, by the time of reality TV’s arrival, become so predictable that it created a chasm large enough for reality to root itself and foster, offering up an unexpected type of TV where villains often triumphed (see: Richard Hatch in Survivor‘s first season), “good guys” had feet of clay, and “right” and “wrong” became irreparably muddled.


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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
Because female relationships are rarely depicted well on television, Orange Is the New Black stands out from the norm.
Above: Publicity still by Jill Greenberg © 2013


Much has already been written about the excellent female representation in Orange Is the New Black, and rightfully so. A great deal of that praise owes itself to the variety of relationships portrayed between the different kinds of women in the series. Because female relationships are rarely depicted in layered, multifaceted ways on television, Orange Is the New Black immediately stands out.


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Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014
We take a look at what new TV series the major networks are offering this fall, starting with the Monday night roster.

Mondays have increasingly become one of TV’s most popular nights. Each major network offers viewers something different, and the strategies these networks have adopted have been mostly successful. This fall sees the premiere of three new series.


Here are official video previews, series rundowns, time slots, and a little critical analysis on their odds of survival. Bookmark this page if you want to keep track of premiere dates and possible schedule changes, because updates will be posted in the comments section.


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Monday, Jun 23, 2014
Something has gone wrong if critics consider True Detective the best that contemporary television has to offer.
Above: Matthew McConaughey as Detective Rust Cohle in True Detective


When television critics deem HBO’s True Detective a masterpiece, one has to wonder if they’ve watched any other television shows in their lifetime. If they have, they’d surely understand that True Detective is inferior pretentious claptrap compared to past works of art like ABC’s Twin Peaks, HBO’s The Wire, and AMC’s Breaking Bad.


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Thursday, Jun 5, 2014
On TV and in the movies, there's no time after the "first time'".

Sex scenes in film and TV have become truncated clichés. They begin with a kiss and end seconds later with the couple, post-coital, and strategically wrapped in sheets—he exposing his chest, her covered up almost to the neck. It is a particular type of scene that has been played out so many times and so many places that it’s hard to even start remembering where the last one happened. More importantly, however, these scenes don’t really depict the passion or intimacy of sex these two characters supposedly just engaged in.


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