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Was Super Bowl 50 a Golden Bowl?

A pop culture play-by-play of the biggest TV event of the year.

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'Gotham' Is Trying Too Hard for Its 'Winter Soldier' Moment

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. struck gold with its "Winter Soldier Moment", but Gotham is fooling itself if it thinks it can merely replicate that show's success.

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How Doctor Who Got Good Again (in Two Easy Steps)

How did Doctor Who go from grasping at straws to having one of the best seasons in years? Amazingly, in just two simple steps.

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PopMatters’ 2014 Fall TV Preview: Tuesdays

PopMatters takes a look at Fall 2014's new Tuesday shows that will be competing against TV’s highest-rated series.

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2014 Fall TV Preview: Mondays

We take a look at what new TV series the major networks are offering this fall, starting with the Monday night roster.

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Weekends This Fall: Your 2013 TV Preview

Is there anything on TV worth staying at home for? It’s not too late to find out!

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Thursdays This Fall: Your 2013 TV Preview

It’s not too late to get all the information you need on all the new fall shows.

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Why Peter Capaldi Will Be an Amazing Doctor Who

The announcement, surprisingly, was not a left-turn that many were expecting. Some are raising hell over his place in the canon. You know what? It's going to be really, really hard to top Capaldi.

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What Happens When a 'True Blood' Vampire Goes Vegan?

True Blood's Amy Burley (Lizzy Caplan) lives a life of paradox: corrupt hipster and a conscious preacher of environmental sustainability -- for vampires.

Culture

Beyond 140 Characters: The Devil in the Details

We talk about the Twitter Age the way we talked about the Nuclear Age. Like? Dislike? Doesn't really make a difference because once here, technology -- nuclear or cyber -- doesn't leave the room.

Joseph Natoli
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Horrible Histories: Or, How Children's TV Grew Up in a Hurry

Nominally a kiddie series, the TV adaptation of Horrible Histories has a sharp comic intelligence. It might just be one of the most successful original comedy shows to appear in years.

Television

WWE's Heels -- the Jerks, Cowards and Miscreants -- vs. Corporate Hedonism

Mainstream culture's failure to examine professional wrestling seriously -- in this case, workplace safety issues -- lets the WWE get away with all kinds of ridiculous villainy that no other media organisation could. And pocket a tidy profit while doing it.

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TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011... Number 10

Today, PopMatters kicks off a 10-day countdown of some of the high and lowpoints of the 2010 to 2011 television season beginning with the superlative Mad Men and the sad on-going strength of reality shows.

Television

A Lingering Bell Rings in 'Saved by the Bell'

It may be everything Glee and Freaks and Geeks stood against, but Saved By the Bell refuses to budge from it's 10-year-plus AM slot on TBS.

Music

Glenn Beck Inexplicably Targets My Chemical Romance

Or, as he says it on air, "Chemical Romance".

Television

Homophobia Is Alive and Well on TV at the WWE

With the WWE's biggest event of the year on the horizon, fans and sponsors might want to take a closer look at its blatant homophobia and reconsider the wisdom of handing over their money to a bigoted and retrograde institution.

Television

Fall 2011-12: It's Pilot Season, People

Pan Am isn’t not the only pilot trying to capitalize in this post-Mad Men world.

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Fall’s First Canceled Show: FOX’s 'Lone Star'

Critics hailed it as one of the best new shows on television, but FOX’s Lone Star has been canceled due to poor ratings.

Television

Can Sam Beckett Survive a Quantum Leap to 2011?

Can Quantum Leap return without a massive overhaul? Would such an overhaul destroy the original concept? In many ways the original was a groundbreaking series about civil rights, gender equality, animal rights, and the belief than anyone can make a positive difference in the world.

Television

Consumerism and the Fan: A LOST Case Study

Just as LOST established a new baseline for television creativity and found new ways equally to mesmerize and frustrate viewers, so did the LOST auction set a new standard for television-based consumerism.

Television

LOST in Memorabilia

The LOST auction, August 21-22, may be the ultimate TV auction, and participating fans get a chance to make TV history as well as take a piece of it home.

Culture

Your Virtual Fall TV Preview: Tuesdays

If you want to know what’s new on primetime TV this fall, stop right here.

Culture

Prophylactic Television: MTV’s '16 and Pregnant' and 'Teen Mom'

MTV’s Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant walk a fine line with their audience; both programs are honest and interested in telling a sympathetic story about what life is like as a teen mom while also telling viewers, “your life doesn’t have to end up like this.” The lesson is invaluable, but for the kids to really be all right, should MTV do more?

Television

Summer for 'Supernatural': News, Rumors, and Speculation

Currently on summer “hellatus”, the CW show leaves fans wanting more.

Television

All in the Modern Family

Modern Family is more than just a very funny show. It also takes a step toward rescuing the sitcom family from the mean-spirited vein it has been stuck in for more than a decade.

Television

'Damages', My Bad Memory, and John Grisham Novels

After a spectacular first season and disappointing second season, what will we see in the third season of FX’s Damages?

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Back on the Clock: A New Season of 24

My thoughts as a new season of 24 begins on Fox.

Television

Big Love for Big Love

Thoughts on Big Love as its fourth season kicks off on HBO.

Television

My 2010 TV Wishlist

Today I am going to look ahead, and make my wish list for what I am hoping to see on television in 2010.

Television

Previously on 'The Hills'… We All Stopped Watching

The Hills finale airs Tuesday, December 1 at 10PM on MTV. The question, at this point, is whether anyone will be watching it. This intrepid blogger braved the inanity of the most recent season to let you know what has been happening.


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