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Monday, January 17 2011

TV Party Tonight: Interview with the 88

Frontman Keith Slettedahl recently called in from sunny California to talk with PopMatters about their new album, new priorities, and the band's continuing presence on silver and small screens.


Wednesday, January 12 2011

Yet Another British Invasion: “Doctor Who” in America

On Christmas 2010 the US got to participate in an ongoing UK tradition, the annual Doctor Who Christmas episode, instead of seeing it a few week's later as in past years. Lynnette Porter explores what this reveals about the show's growing popularity in the US.


Tuesday, January 11 2011

The Best TV Shows of 2010

Running the gamut from the ever-present to the new and novel, PopMatters' TV picks prove that, as a medium, the small screen challenges the big at every entertainment (and aesthetic) level.


Monday, January 10 2011

Undead and Kicking: Zombies and Betty White Ruled TV in 2010

It was difficult to turn on your TV this past year without seeing the undead... make that the undead and Betty White.


Thursday, January 6 2011

The Year in Television Conspiracies

Secret, usually evil, plots dominated TV drama in 2010, from Lost, Rubicon, and Persons Unknown to 24, V, Flashforward, and Terriers.


Wednesday, January 5 2011

The Best DVDs of 2010

As the medium continues to struggle with significance in the steady "streaming" of the 21st Century, here are PopMatters' picks for the best the format(s) have to offer.


Monday, January 3 2011

The Guilty Pleasure Television of 2010

As if it wasn't already a lamentable leisure time suck, here are ten more reasons why TV rules our daily routine - perhaps more than it should.


Thursday, December 23 2010

Have Yourself a Counter-Culture XMas: Red-Nosed Misfits, Elven Outlaws & Bearded Marxists

The TV versions of Rudolph, Santa, and Frosty are chaotic, freewheeling, and anarchic -- closer in spirit to Heath Ledger's Joker than to Bing Crosby's Father O'Malley.


Tuesday, November 30 2010

Oprah, Australia, and Tourism: Defining ‘Nation’ as ‘Product’

Since 2008, the "Oprah connection" has helped market Australia-the-product and illustrates an intriguing link among nations, television, film, and successful tourism.


Sunday, November 28 2010

Meme Maker: The Slater-Dodson Effect

If you are a fame-seeker that is paying attention, you've seen that the best way to get noticed is to get on TV -- in whatever way possible -- and bypass the usual arbiters of entertainment. It is a recipe for fame without any marketable talent: simply create a situation that centers on you.


Tuesday, November 23 2010

The New Champion: An Interview with Bear McCreary of ‘Human Target’

Bear McCreary’s musical versatility has made him one of the most sought-after composers in television. In an interview with PopMatters, McCreary reveals his unabashed love of film and television scoring as he talks about his latest release, the soundtrack to Season One of Human Target.


Sunday, November 21 2010

20 Questions: Lee Majors

Veteran actor Lee Majors is back as Col. Steve Austin of The Six Million Dollar Man (complete series releasing on DVD), as the father to the role where he was once the son, in the upcoming film, The Big Valley and as a rather Colt Seavers-like character (of The Fall Guy) here at PopMatters 20 Questions.


Monday, November 8 2010

20 Questions: Autumn Reeser

On the small screen alone, Autumn Reeser is also known as ‘Taylor Townsend’ in the final two seasons of 'The OC'; as Jr. agent Lizzie Grant in 'Entourage', and as ‘Katie’, in 'No Ordinary Family', and here at PopMatters 20 Questions she's known as, well, the charming Autumn Reeser.


Thursday, October 14 2010

An Original Mad Man Reflects on the Real ‘Mad Men’ and the Show

As Mad Men hurtles toward the final episode of its fourth season, a former real life Mad Man reviews the show's pilot episode. That man? My father.


Wednesday, September 29 2010

Quality Time with the Powells: The Ordinary Anxiety of ‘No Ordinary Family’

While Julie Benz and Michael Chiklis both shuffle off darker roles in their recent past to become the core of ABC's new No Ordinary Family, the show itself might prove exceptional in its use of simple social structures in a time of a collapsing middle-class.


Tuesday, September 21 2010

Five Pluses for ‘Hawaii Five-O’: Reasons to Watch Yet Another Re-imagining

Hawaii Five-O’s looks, charm, and attitude may get mainlanders to take up surfing -- but not among channels.


Monday, September 20 2010

American Ghost Towns and the Anti-Apocalyptic Road Trip of ‘Supernatural’

The CW's Supernatural returns for its sixth season on 24 September in its new Friday night time slot. For five years Dean and Sam Winchester have have been on a road trip through "the old, weird America" in an effort to forestall the Apocalypse and battle pure evil.


Wednesday, September 15 2010

Time Capsule of Our Culture: 1968’s ‘Hawaii Five-O’

When Alex O’Loughlin becomes Steve McGarrett on September 20, 2010, he ushers in Hawaii Five-O for a new generation and a new millennium. The re-imagined series will be viewed and critically reviewed on its own merits, but it can’t escape the original’s place in pop culture.


Thursday, September 9 2010

Vampire Misogyny: Violence in ‘True Blood’

From the beginning of its debut, True Blood has pushed the edge of what was possible with TV violence and sex. But is there any point to the extreme sex and violence on the show? And has it gone too far?


Tuesday, September 7 2010

‘The Wire’ As American Noir

The Wire’s intentional difficulty and rigor -- along with academia’s ongoing love affair with cultural studies -- might very well explain its emerging as a centerpiece in a growing number of courses at many colleges and universities in the United States.


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