The Year in TV: August 2010

Sons of Tucson

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in August 2010.

At the 62nd Primetime Emmys, The Pacific (eight wins), Modern Family (six wins), and Mad Men (four wins) are the night’s biggest winners.


NBC airing of the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards marked the first time the event was shown live in all time zones. Jimmy Fallon hosts the show to warm reviews, especially for his hilarious tribute to the series that ended this year.


Throughout the month, most PBS stations airAretha Franklin Presents: Soul Rewind. In the special, Franklin hosts vintage clips of many R&B/soul hits like Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”, “Dancing in the Street” by Martha & the Vandellas, “You Really Got a Hold on Me” by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, and “Lady Marmalade” by Labelle.


Entertainment Tonight’s Mary Hart announces that she is leaving the show after 30 years, beginning next year. Her co-anchor position will be taken over by former Access Hollywood alum Nancy O’Dell.


The Discovery Channel’s annual “Shark Week” line-up featured six new shark specials and was hosted by Craig Ferguson. With over 30.8 million viewers, it was the most-watched out of the network’s 23 years of Shark Weeks.


The Home Shopping Network, HSN, launched a sister channel, HSN2.


The Canadian export, 18 to Life garners low ratings on America’s CW network and is canceled after six episodes. The show still airs in other parts of the world.


In anticipation of the new Fall season in September, there weren’t very many series premieres this month. ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey, Showtime’s The Big C, and Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Washington, D.C. are exceptions.


Several series ended this month, including FOX’s Sons of Tucson, ABC Family’s Huge, and the syndicated At the Movies.


Some of the important television personalities who left us this month include actress Patricia Neal, TV producer David L. Wolper, Sky King’s Gloria Winters, and journalists Edwin Newman, James Kilpatrick, and Harold Dow.





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The Durutti Column's 'Vini Reilly' Is the Post-Punk's Band's Definitive Statement

Mancunian guitarist/texturalist Vini Reilly parlayed the momentum from his famous Morrissey collaboration into an essential, definitive statement for the Durutti Column.

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

What Will Come? COVID-19 and the Politics of Economic Depression

The financial crash of 2008-2010 reemphasized that traumatic economic shifts drive political change, so what might we imagine — or fear — will emerge from the COVID-19 depression?


Datura4 Take Us Down the "West Coast Highway Cosmic" (premiere)

Australia's Datura4 deliver a highway anthem for a new generation with "West Coast Highway Cosmic". Take a trip without leaving the couch.


Teddy Thompson Sings About Love on 'Heartbreaker Please'

Teddy Thompson's Heartbreaker Please raises one's spirits by accepting the end as a new beginning. He's re-joining the world and out looking for love.

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Little Protests Everywhere

Wherever you are, let's invite our neighbors not to look away from police violence against African Americans and others. Let's encourage them not to forget about George Floyd and so many before him.


Carey Mercer's New Band Soft Plastics Score Big with Debut '5 Dreams'

Two years after Frog Eyes dissolved, Carey Mercer is back with a new band, Soft Plastics. 5 Dreams and Mercer's surreal sense of incongruity should be welcomed with open arms and open ears.


Sondre Lerche Rewards 'Patience' with Clever and Sophisticated Indie Pop

Patience joins its predecessors, Please and Pleasure, to form a loose trilogy that stands as the finest work of Sondre Lerche's career.


Ruben Fleischer's 'Venom' Has No Bite

Ruben Fleischer's toothless antihero film, Venom is like a blockbuster from 15 years earlier: one-dimensional, loose plot, inconsistent tone, and packaged in the least-offensive, most mass appeal way possible. Sigh.


Cordelia Strube's 'Misconduct of the Heart' Palpitates with Dysfunction

Cordelia Strube's 11th novel, Misconduct of the Heart, depicts trauma survivors in a form that's compelling but difficult to digest.


Reaching For the Vibe: Sonic Boom Fears for the Planet on 'All Things Being Equal'

Sonic Boom is Peter Kember, a veteran of 1980s indie space rockers Spacemen 3, as well as Spectrum, E.A.R., and a whole bunch of other fascinating stuff. On his first solo album in 30 years, he urges us all to take our foot off the gas pedal.


Old British Films, Boring? Pshaw!

The passage of time tends to make old films more interesting, such as these seven films of the late '40s and '50s from British directors John Boulting, Carol Reed, David Lean, Anthony Kimmins, Charles Frend, Guy Hamilton, and Leslie Norman.

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