Impressions of masculinity in “The Trip”

June 4, 2011
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Impressions of masculinity in “The Trip”

British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play somewhat fictionalized versions of themselves in The Trip, a six episode comedy series which aired on BBC2 last fall. IFC Films is releasing an edited version of The Trip as a film June 10th, 2011.
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Tremé: Feels Like Joy and Pain

June 1, 2011
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Tremé: Feels Like Joy and Pain

The challenge facing Tremé (and every other media representation of New Orleans) is finding a way to balance a celebration of the city’s unique cultural contributions with an acknowledgment of its more conventional, and often more damning, histories, memories, and contemporary realities. Week 6’s episode “Feels Like Rain” responds to this challenge, self-consciously,...
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Report From London: Documentary

May 29, 2011
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Report From London: Documentary

Christine Becker continues her reports on British TV with a look at the prominence of documentaries in primetime.
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Could The Good Wife Be More Prescient?

May 28, 2011
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Could The Good Wife Be More Prescient?

When it comes to misbehaving male politicos, troubled marriages, and suffering wives, it seems a reasonable question to ask whether the writers/creators of The Good Wife are either clairvoyant, or just darned lucky.
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Keepin’ it Real on Treme

May 25, 2011
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Keepin’ it Real on Treme

The producers/writers on Treme are under tremendous pressure: they ache to do right by New Orleans, they have to make a television show that people will continue watching, and they want to tell the truth about the city putting itself back together after the storm.
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The Rapture of New Network Shows

May 24, 2011
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The Rapture of New Network Shows

What happened at last week's network upfronts, and what does it say about American television?
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Matthew Graham’s Doctor Who: Fear Him?

May 23, 2011
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Matthew Graham’s Doctor Who: Fear Him?

The obvious critical question is this: which Matthew Graham do we get here? The Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes scribe? Or the 'Fear Her' and Bonekickers doppelganger?
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Report From London: Scheduling

May 22, 2011
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Report From London: Scheduling

Christine Becker offers her first dispatch from London, taking a glance at British scheduling practices.
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The Productive, the Constructive, the Bizarre: Adventures in Student Evaluations

May 21, 2011
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The Productive, the Constructive, the Bizarre: Adventures in Student Evaluations

A recent article about Yelp! in The Atlantic has me thinking about student evaluations. 'Tis the season, after all...
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MIT7 Media In Transition: unstable platforms

May 20, 2011
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MIT7 Media In Transition: unstable platforms

A look back at the highlights of last weekend's Media in Transition conference.
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