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Down The Tube

They say it’s the Golden Age of TV. It will be if you stop watching crap.


DVD & TV
I’ve got a confession to make: I don’t watch nearly as much TV as I should. I say “should” because when someone is being paid to write about television, there’s an expect ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Daniel Carlson

There Are Some Who Call Me…Tim

We just call it the only good new show on TV this fall.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Surveying the TV landscape every fall and hoping to find something genuinely worthwhile lands somewhere between adorable optimism and complete stupidity. A good rule of thumb is that you’re only ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 Daniel Carlson

Entourage

The party never ends; the show never changes.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Everything you probably need to know about Entourage can be summed up in the fact that the show’s been off the air for a year and it doesn’t feel like it’s missed a week. I don&rsquo ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 Daniel Carlson

The 2008 Olympics

The Chinese have certainly learned marketing.


DVD & TV
An entertainment-industry trade paper recently ran a story with maybe the most depressing lead you could hope to find: “Sure, Michael Phelps has racked up more medals than any other Olympian in ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Daniel Carlson

Shooting The Messenger

The Marines of Generation Kill don’t need no stinking sermons.


DVD & TV
Generation Kill only makes sense if you’ve seen The Wire, but not quite for the reasons you’d expect. The Wire has now joined that short list of television shows whose titles are shorthand ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 Daniel Carlson

Turning Japanese

Game show imports are a study in orientalism.


DVD & TV
The premise for ABC’s Wipeout is pretty simple: Hearty Americans of slightly above-average looks and strength compete in an escalatingly dumb series of physical competitions designed to make the ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 Daniel Carlson

Where Jokes Go To Die

Last Comic Standing makes sure you go home unhappy.


Movie Reviews & Stories
By now, no one needs convincing that legitimately talented people do not attempt to jump-start their careers by winning reality-show competitions. The granddaddy of them all, American Idol, is probabl ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 Daniel Carlson

Band Of Fathers

Why is John Adams next in the hearts of his countrymen? He’s on TV.


DVD & TV
John Adams, which stars Paul Giamatti as a very grumpy Founding Father, is the kind of miniseries HBO excels at making, a sweeping historical epic that boasts an all-star cast, solid credentials on th ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 Daniel Carlson

The Long and Winding Road Rules


DVD & TV
I am now too old to get away with regularly watching MTV, which makes The Real World/Road Rules Challenge perfect for me. Let me explain. As did most people my age, I grew up not only watching MTV bu ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 Daniel Carlson

Strike One

Stewart and Colbert return—but it’s just not the same.


DVD & TV
Watching Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert do their shows in the midst of the Writers Guild strike is probably one of the most surreal viewing experiences I’ve ever had. And I don’t mean sur ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 Daniel Carlson
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