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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.


Sunday, August 15 2010

Dude Looks Like a Lady: Examining Kurt Hummel’s Gender Construction on ‘Glee’

The bottom line, to paraphrase Sue Sylvester, the resident Queen of Mean on Glee, is that Americans want their gays so flaming you can see them from space.


Sunday, August 1 2010

Captain Jack As a Digital Weapon: Launching ‘Torchwood’ Comic #1

Is Torchwood the true “digital weapon” that can successfully market its stories in any medium—not just TV episodes, but also novels, radio plays, and now a comic book?


Thursday, July 22 2010

“Being Human”... Even When the Monsters Win

The BBC series Being Human chronicles the attempts by three roommates -- one a vampire, one a werewolf, and one a ghost -- to live decent, normal lives in a world inhospitable to them. But who are the real monsters?


Monday, June 28 2010

The Non-Judging Breakfast Club: ‘Gossip Girl’ and the Pretend Teenager

The aspirational dynamic at work with the majority of the show's viewers – adult women – is a fantasy do-over of their high school experience. Gossip Girl is a teen show for adults.


Sunday, June 27 2010

A Is for Actor, B Is for Band: Breaking the Stigma of the “Actor’s Band”

The public has long had an affinity for the strange and less than wonderful, and the concept of an actor recording a CD invariably brings up the ghosts of dead music careers past. So, bands that happen to include an actor/musician need to follow Beecake’s and Blue Gillespie’s example.


Friday, May 21 2010

Love Lost

Here we stroll down memory lane, recalling favored episodes of Lost, past. We remember with fondness as we stumble into the final episode, true ‘til the end, still trying to find our way.


Lost, Dazed and Confused

Theories, conspiracies, clues... these writers stumble blindly about on the little islands in their minds, tripping over things, becoming ever more disoriented -- seeing, but alas, never realizing...


Thursday, May 20 2010

Lost Baggage

Be they slavishly devoted or stubbornly skeptical, whether they clinged to every minute of the entire season -- wherever in the time spectrum that minute appeared -- or simply turned their modern-day Dharma dial to ‘off’ after season one (gasp!), these writers were always, well, lost in thought. Ha, ha.


We Love Our Lost Boys

Where is the criminal also known as Kate? What became of the mysterious Juliette? They were lost, in seems, in this collection of adoration for the Lost boys.


Thursday, May 13 2010

“Fringe”:  Every Generation Gets the “X-Files” It Deserves

Fringe is The X-Files new and improved for viewers with shorter attention spans and an appetite for more gadgets and less paper work, more super geniuses and fewer bureaucrats, higher body counts and less verisimilitude, more answers and fewer questions.


Thursday, April 8 2010

Sons of Anarchy: Rebels and Bad Subjects with a Cause?

Our present 'social grid' -- the stage Sons of Anarchy plays upon – is one that most on the planet have fallen through; life outside of that grid may offer some hope, some new regime.


Wednesday, March 31 2010

The Up-side of Being Plus-Sized: Kirstie Alley and Her Big Life

"We're sort of like the Ozzie & Harriet family meets the Addams Family" says the Emmy-winning actress, who deals with both her weight troubles and family issues as part of her new A&E show which just barely premiered. PopMatters reports live from the set.


Thursday, March 25 2010

Richard Pryor’s Designated Writer: An Interview With Paul Mooney

In a new memoir, veteran stand-up comic Paul Mooney reflects on his life and work with the legendary comedian Richard Pryor and their struggle against racism in Hollywood.


Thursday, March 4 2010

Autopsy TV

Autopsy entertainment makes painfully clear that no amount of Twitter and Prozac, Friending and Unfriending, Outplacement and Outsourcing, Bail Outs and Stimulus, Surges and Drones, Mii and Wii, Nunchuck and Netois can save us.


Monday, March 1 2010

Five Great TV Series to Discover on DVD

One of the greatest benefits that DVDs have bestowed is the ability to discover great TV series that we missed the first time around. Here are five great shows that anyone who loves quality TV should see if they haven't already.


Monday, February 22 2010

Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura

Conspiracy Theory presents a world divided into elites and Joe Sixpacks, where the hidden masters of the universe plot against you and me.


Sunday, February 21 2010

20 Questions: Superjail!: Christy Karacas and Steve Warbrick

Superjail! creators Christy Karacas (Cartoon Sushi), and Stephen Warbrick (Beavis and Butthead, Celebrity Deathmatch) were turned loose, briefly, to answer our 20 Questions.


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