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Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014
Get a taste of Fall 2014's new shows on Wednesday evenings, with a little analysis on their odds for renewal.

Wednesday nights will be tough for all of the the new series on the major networks this fall. The schedule is full of old favorites that viewers will have to be persuaded to stop watching in order to try something new. The key question here is obvious: are any of these new shows worthy of your time?


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Thursday, Aug 14, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
The one and only Joseph Arthur posted a tribute to comedy genius Robin Williams on his YouTube yesterday. Enjoy.


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Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014
From a career filled with amazing highs and several cinematic lows, the late Robin Williams will always be the benchmark between stand-up skill and dramatic depth.

Born in Chicago, he splashed onto the scene, suddenly, like a successfully launched Apollo space capsule, his rat-a-tat reflexes and verbal gymnastics taking more than one mid-‘70s TV viewer aback. No one had ever seen someone like Robin Williams before, a Julliard-trained shaggy haired hippie holdover in a cherry red alien outfit who acted like he was indeed from another planet.


He was part Chaplin, part Pryor, an ad-libbing maniac who tossed every imaginable idea, accent, social taboo, and current event talking point into a blender, mixing them up in his mind to then blather on non-stop, weaving his own Rumpelstiltskin like web of mischievous comedic gold. After being introduced on the popular sitcom Happy Days, Williams received his own spin-off shot at stardom, the surreal laugher about an extraterrestrial and his platonic bond with an Earth girl entitled Mork and Mindy. A huge hit, it wasn’t long afterwards that film came calling for the then 29-year-old “overnight sensation.”


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Friday, Aug 8, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Enter for your chance to win a copy of the voluminous The Wonder Years: Complete Series, which includes the classic coming-of-age dramedy in its entirety, along with a whole host of extras.

If you’re feeling nostalgic—and, if you’re a fan of The Wonder Years, you probably are—then now is the perfect time to dive back in to the classic late ‘80’s dramedy, which is now being given a deluxe box set edition. The DVD comes with a true embarrassment of riches, spanning two notebooks, each featuring detailed episode information and production photos, as well as a replica yearbook embellished with signatures from cast members, behind-the-scenes photos and classic show memorabilia, and liner notes penned by Fred Savage, series creators Neal Marlens and Carol Black, and executive producer Bob Brush.


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Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014
PopMatters takes a look back on the music of the all-too-soon departed Michael Johns, an Idol in the truest sense of the word.

Michael Johns only made it to eighth place in Season 7 of American Idol, but he was adored by countless TV viewers and music fans. During his time on what was then the most-watched show on television, he was one of the few contestants who managed to capture the nation’s attention, all the while still being well liked and uncontroversial.


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