Monday, January 3 2011
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hawaii Five-O’s looks, charm, and attitude may get mainlanders to take up surfing -- but not among channels.
Monday, September 20 2010
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
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
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’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
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
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
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 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
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
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.