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Thursday, April 11 2013

In Defense Of ... A Disgust for Reality Television

The recent death of a Buckwild cast member serves as a reminder that we have become far too accepting of manufactured truths and sensationalized reality.


Thursday, March 28 2013

Carole E. and John Barrowman on the Art of Word Painting and Visual Storytelling

Sibling authors Carole E. and John Barrowman likely have been “collaborators” since childhood. Today their grown-up collaboration brings science fiction and adventure stories to life on the page and, perhaps soon, to the screen.


Wednesday, March 20 2013

Once More Unto the Beach: The Final Season of Jersey Shore

Post-Hurricane Sandy, the questions the final season of Jersey Shore raise are disturbing: Can we ever go back to the shore? Can we ever rebuild what was broken?


Tuesday, March 12 2013

We Saw Your Hypocrisy: Seth MacFarlane, Hollywood, and the Liberal Media

When PC people manufacture controversies such as the uproar over Seth MacFarlane's Oscar humor, they reveal that they are oblivious to how they consistently confirm every unflattering stereotype depicting them as humorless bores.


Wednesday, March 6 2013

Finding Uniqueness in the Otherwise Mundane on the Sets of ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Wizard vs. Aliens’

Designing a web site for Sherlock dominatrix Irene Adler, or developing Wizard vs. Aliens’ alien language, is all in a day’s work for artist/designer Dale Jordan Johnson.


Monday, March 4 2013

What Happens When ‘Downton’s Head Valet, John Bates, Loosens His Vest?

Forget Bates the valet and his perfect Windsor knots. Agent Gates wields a gun, kicks ass, and otherwise protects Devonton Abbey from unsavory spies.


Wednesday, February 27 2013

In Defense Of ... Binge-Watching Television

The release of Netflix's House of Cards has proven that the practice of spending 48 to 72 hours with a specific set of characters and stories isn't just the future of television consumption -- it's also the here and now.


Tuesday, February 26 2013

‘Southland’ Offers a Fresh Take on Police Procedurals

Southland is both the epitome of a cop show and a substantial departure from traditional police procedurals.


Monday, February 25 2013

Retro Future: Reviving ‘Have Gun—Will Travel’ and ‘The Rifleman’

It looks like classic TV Westerns "Have Gun -- Will Travel" and "The Rifleman" might be on their way back to screens. Any chance the 30-minute drama might make a return, too?


Sunday, February 17 2013

Why the Grammys Matter

So your favorites didn’t win, huh? Get over it. Bashing the Grammys is too easy. Try recognizing them as markers of what is happening in the music industry, not on your iPod.


Thursday, February 14 2013

The Ethics of Control: ‘Paul Williams Still Alive’

Having experienced decades in the spotlight, Paul Williams, a reluctant subject, is a more powerful opponent than his director suspects.


Wednesday, January 30 2013

In Defense Of ... 30 Rock As the Best Show on Television

This week, we say goodbye to one of the best comedies TV has seen in decades. How influential has it been? How perfectly does it portray modern day popular culture? And what's next for the both the minds behind it and the future of brainy comedy?


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.


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