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by Robert Moore

25 Jul 2011


With the Emmy Nominations having been announced for the July 2010 to July 2011 television year, another season is officially concluded. Thanks to a sudden rush of outstanding end-of-the-year shows, what once looked like it was going to be a mediocre to average television season unexpectedly became strong.

Although the Emmys will announce the 2011 winners at its annual show on 18 September, I want to take some time to look back on some of the high and lowpoints of the past season. Beyond doubt this is not exhaustive although it’s certainly a personal list; these were some of the things that either most delighted or most upset me as a television viewer this year. 

For each day for the next two weeks I am going to reflect back on one major highpoint and one major lowpoint of the 2010-2011 television year. And since everyone loves a countdown, let’s start with Number 10:

by Michelle Eggers

7 Jul 2011


(Xomba.com)—In honor of Transformers: Dark of the Moon‘s release this past weekend, we tip our hats to all the amazing robots and robettes who’ve entertained us through the years. Whether they are adorable, hilarious, terrifying, sultry, humane or just straight-up bad ass, they offer us something that no human counterpart ever could: they can recharge our cell phones.

 
10. Teddy (A.I. Artificial Intelligence, film, 2001) Voiced by Jack Angel


Who was it that said robots can’t be cuddly? Truth be told, I’d put this character higher on the list, but then most of you would spit at me. In an attempt at objectivity, I’ll recognize that Teddy maybe didn’t have the deepest of roles or character development, but, you know what? He is so adorable he’s in the Top 3 list of Things That Make Me Melt, and he displays the kind of loyalty and simplistic wisdom most of us wish we had in our lives. Also, he’s the most perfect teddy bear I’ve ever seen outside of a teddy bear picnic, and look at that walk, guys! I tear up almost every time I see that lil guy stumble so preciously over his furry paws. OK, you can move on to the next robot. I’m just going to snuggle in a warm blanket with this one for a bit.

Memorable robot quote: “I am not a toy.”

by Jesse Fox

5 Jul 2011


For many, summer represents a respite from the year’s overly filled TV dance cards. High-quality June, July, and August programming like Louie and Breaking Bad is still the exception, not the rule. What does the savvy, obsessive or lonely TV fanatic do with this free time? Watch more TV, of course.

Since the medium’s first introduction on DVD, playing series catch up has become a fact of summer life. Arguably, no show represented this better than Lost. Nonsensical even to the dedicated, Lost was basically unwatchable to the uninitiated; cries of “Smoke-what?” – “Constant-who?” – “Island-where?” plagued those trying to bring new viewers into the fold. Plowing through seasons’ worth of its episodes became a summer staple, as suggested by the series’ huge DVD sales.

Lost might unfortunately (or thankfully, depending on who you ask) be over, but its legacy lives forever, especially as TV has grown increasingly serial.

If you’re inclined to watch TV on DVD this summer, I recommend these five:

by PopMatters Staff

27 Jun 2011


Game of Thrones

Yes, we just published a list of The Best Film, TV and DVDs for Summer, and yes, it was all-inclusive, brilliantly written (especially the Drive Angry and Green Lantern recommendations), and essentially informative. Yet there are still a few more TV shows that didn’t make the cut, but are deserving of your slightly glazed summer gaze. Let’s face it, summer television isn’t made up of merely reruns anymore. The following represents the incredibly entertaining programming now airing in the hot, sweaty summer months, even if it’s not (yet) good enough to make the fall schedule.

by Ben Travers

3 Jun 2011


All we have are hunches. There may be an educated guess or two out there as to who killed Rosie Larsen, but in this spread out game of Ten Little Indians, hard evidence linking a single suspect is as rare as a smile from Linden. So if guesses are all we have, let me offer up mine. Please feel free to disagree. After all, I can’t prove any of it.

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