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Wednesday, November 20 2013

In Defense Of ... Keith Olbermann and His 12-Round Boxing Match with Politics, Sports and Viewers

In light of his recent feud with WFAN radio personalities, it's time to realize why Keith Olbermann works so well in the sports-broadcasting world.


Wednesday, November 6 2013

In Defense Of ... ‘Saturday Night Live’s 2013-14 Season Casting

Do you think NBC's flagship, iconic series is racist for not having any African-American women in its cast this season? Think again.


Monday, October 28 2013

The Once, Current and (Maybe) Future Arsenioooooooooo Hall!

Can a pioneering late-night talk show host catch lightning in a bottle 20 years later? Hmmm...


Wednesday, October 9 2013

‘The Great British Bake-Off’ and 21st Century Britishness

An unusually cheerful new cooking show is dominating the primetime conversation in the UK, but is patriotism the answer to successful TV?


Thursday, October 3 2013

Back Away Slowly, Walter White, Sgt. Suzanne ‘Pepper’ Anderson’s Got Her Own Big Gun

Unassuming high school chemistry teacher faced with insurmountable medical expenses turns to manufacturing illegal drugs to make ends meet? Sorry Bryan Cranston, Angie Dickinson and William Shatner got there first.


Wednesday, September 25 2013

In Defense Of ... Saving the VMAs

A month removed from this year's debacle, it's time to understand that the Video Music Awards are worth reviving, worth enjoying like we did decades ago.


Wednesday, September 18 2013

In Defense Of ... The Influence of ‘Difficult Men’

Brett Martin's latest book serves as a reminder of how enlightening dealing with darkness in television can be.


Monday, September 9 2013

What Is It About TV These Days?

Can it still be called television if there's no network? Or even no actual, physical television?


Friday, September 6 2013

Family Guy’s Sunday Services

Whereas The Simpsons makes an effort to balance its religious satire with pro-spiritual representations, Family Guy largely regards organized faith as wholly corrupt and its believers as dupes and dopes.


Tuesday, August 27 2013

In Defense Of ... Fox Sports 1

After months of hype and expectation, Fox Sports' latest go at giving ESPN legitimate competition got off to a respectful start. As for the network's timing, well, it was perfect.


Sunday, August 25 2013

What Happens When Hollywood Film Production Meets Social Media?

For the first time in cinema history, Hollywood has enabled social media users to contribute to the artistic properties of films, thereby earning them co-authorship… of sorts.


Tuesday, August 20 2013

‘The Big Bang Theory’ and the Rise of the Pathologically Nerdy in Sitcom TV

In The Big Bang Theory, men of the knowledge economy find themselves at the top of a power ladder, which in no way represents the old torments of the schoolyard.


Wednesday, July 31 2013

In Defense Of ... Netflix Being the Future of Television

After landing a gang of Emmy nominations, The Little Red Envelope That Could has established itself as a go-to place for quality original programming. The next step? World domination.


Tuesday, June 25 2013

Introducing a Man Who Needs No Introduction: Count Arthur Strong

Never has a grumpy, bumbling, miserly, forgetful, and formerly marginally famous variety star been so lovably hilarious.


Sunday, June 23 2013

Is ‘The Simpsons’ TV’s Most Sacred Show?

The Simpsons has always taken topical roads less traveled and nowhere is this more apparent than in its regular engagement of personal, institutional, and social issues surrounding religion.


Tuesday, June 18 2013

Bees and Birds and Bluths, Oh My…: ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4

Torn apart, but narratively stitched back together through the affection of its fans and creators, the Bluths and Arrested Development hang suspended in a moment of disrepair, the beating heart of their sorrow exposed, but yearning always to reconnect.


Monday, June 17 2013

Lessons British TV Needs to Learn from US TV

British television viewers are hungry for cutting edge programs -- most only available legally in the United States. But will the BBC listen?


Wednesday, June 12 2013

The Way We Watch Television: ‘Sherlock’ By the Numbers

A survey of Sherlock fans supports what broadcasters have long suspected: international viewers won't wait for new episodes on cable when the Internet is oh, so close to home.


Wednesday, June 5 2013

Aaron Sorkin’s Millennial Problem in ‘The Newsroom’

The Newsroom isn’t just Sorkin’s follow-up to the hyped-then-failed Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip; it’s his argument that the current generation has almost irrevocably maligned public discourse, and as a result America needs a savior. Enter: Will McAvoy.


Sunday, June 2 2013

Tomorrow Belongs to Her: The Art That Rose Against Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher is dead, yet her influence is stronger than ever. What lessons can be drawn from the cultural response to Thatcherism, and can they be applied again?


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