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Thursday, January 24 2013

In Defense Of… The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

With Jimmy Kimmel's recent jump to the 11:35PM time slot in mind, one has to wonder why CBS' late late guy isn't being considered among the best after-hours television America can offer.


Monday, January 21 2013

Acting Class, Ohana Style: Sherilyn Robertson Teaches More than the Basics

Hawaii Five-O, LOST, The Descendants, Fifty First Dates, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall are just a few movies filmed in Hawaii. Sherilyn Robertson of the Film Actor's Studio teaches ohana (family) to help actors cope in an increasingly competitive industry.


Friday, January 18 2013

Your Mission, Should You Decide to Accept It, Is to Watch ‘Mission: Impossible: The Complete Series’

As a window into the Cold War-era pop-culture past, Mission: Impossible is as entertaining as anything you're likely to find. If you can manage to suspend your disbelief, it's a worthy entry into the pantheon of espionage thrillers.


Wednesday, January 16 2013

I Shall Be ‘Bref’: France’s New Empire, the Shortcom

The best show on French TV is only three minutes long. And it only aired for one year.


Monday, January 14 2013

More Murders Are Committed for Love Than for Hate: ‘Hawkins’

Both Billy Jim Hawkins and Perry Mason are defense lawyers, but the resemblance ends there.


Thursday, January 10 2013

In America, Imagination is a Third Party: The Presidency in Fiction

Fiction lets us to explore our weirdest speculations and darkest fears about the person who sits in the White House. Is reality, under America's current president, worse than fiction?


Wednesday, January 9 2013

Movie Time Travel and the New Nostalgia

The new nostalgia signals the ultimate rejection of millennial anxiety, postmodernism, irony and the future. It longs for a post-industrial, green world. Of course, that suggests a vague and painful longing for something that never was.


Monday, December 17 2012

What’s Been So Funny This Year?

Despite a few imperfections, this month's British Comedy Awards highlighted the best of British television comedy.


Sunday, December 9 2012

Love-Drenched Gunfighters in ‘The Guns of Will Sonnett’

For a couple of rough 'n tough gunfighters, these guys sure do talk about love a lot.


Tuesday, December 4 2012

A Show Divided: ‘Entourage’ as Satire and Misfire

Within Entourage's system of codependent relationships, individuals are treated as brands, women are treated as objects, committed relationships are discouraged, and one’s word means nothing unless a contract is signed and a check clears.


Wednesday, November 28 2012

If He Had a Hammer: Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer

TV's Mike Hammer could never be as violent and cynical as in the books; it wouldn't be allowed by censors.


Tuesday, November 27 2012

Traveling without the TARDIS: The Post-‘Doctor Who’ Life of Caitlin Blackwood

Caitlin Blackwood and her television counterpart, Amelia Pond, have something in common: their lives have been forever changed by meeting the Doctor and traveling far from home.


Thursday, November 1 2012

Archie Bunker and America’s Argument Around the Dinner Table

With All In the Family, Norman Lear created a rich stew of social commentary on working class life in Queens, placing the political right in the center of the domestic, where it's always been.


Tuesday, October 30 2012

In Defense Of ... The Marriage Between Music and Television

One wonders if Elvis, the Beatles, the Who, et. al. would have gained such importance had TV not been available. Those hips wouldn't have been so polarizing, those haircuts wouldn't have been so cutting edge...


Sunday, October 28 2012

The Last Witch Hunt: The Legacy of the West Memphis Three

Teenage outcasts often feel like the world is against them; in 1994, three adolescents in West Memphis, Arkansas, experienced proof that it actually was. Now, despite being freed after 18 years of wrongful imprisonment, the battle of the West Memphis Three is not concluded.


Wednesday, October 17 2012

Would No More ‘Have I Got News for You’ Be Good News?

BBC's satirical news show has taken viewers on a long and bumpy ride. Now in its 44th series, has it reached the end of the road?


Sunday, October 14 2012

Political Humor and Its Diss Contents

Political humor brings a lot of joy and laughter into our often humdrum lives, but is our national laugh fest a good thing for the nation at large?


Wednesday, October 10 2012

In Defense Of ... Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Other Women Who Make Us Laugh

The recent surge in popularity of women as comedy contenders doesn't just highlight the fact that girls are typically funnier than boys, but it also illustrates how far we still have to go as a human race when it comes to matters of sexism.


Monday, October 8 2012

The Reality of Reality TV: Jillian Hopke’s Sweet Victory in the ‘Cupcake Wars’

A Food Network baking competition may have introduced the world to Jillycakes, but Jillian Hopke has a secret recipe for turning her Cupcake Wars victory into even sweeter success.


Wednesday, October 3 2012

In Defense Of ... VH1s ‘Behind the Music’

With its 15th season now in full swing, we are reminded of the many reasons why it's so hard for VH1's most fascinating show, Behind the Music, to still matter.


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