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Band Of Fathers

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

Drawn and Quartered

The predictable failure of Quarterlife.

NBC’s Quarterlife, a sitcom about those crazy kids and their blogs, has been booted from the network after just one episode and relegated to sister network Bravo. The explanation is a pretty sim ...   More
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 Dan Carlson

The Long and Winding Road Rules

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.

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

Clear Eyes, Empty Sets

The most painful casualties of the TV war.

It pains me to have to put together this list, surely something more wistful and somber than you have any right to expect right after the onslaught of family and fruitcakes. But with talks between the ...   More
Wednesday, January 2, 2008 Daniel Carlson

Showdown on Sci Fi

Tin Man has got to be the weirdest thing I’ve seen on the Sci-Fi Channel in a while, and not merely because it’s a mildly disturbed reimagining of The Wizard of Oz as filtered through th ...   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 Daniel Carlson

Strike while the TV is Cold

The writers’ walkout is a chance to watch some great shows.

These are dark times for TV lovers. On Nov. 5, the Writers Guild of America went on strike over a disagreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers over residuals for online st ...   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 By Daniel Carlson 503.243.2122

The Office

Note to Jim and Pam: stop being such smug little jerks.

So, I'll admit, I was pretty worried about The Office there for a while. And it wasn't just the shakiness of the much-discussed hour-long format—though that's part of it, and I'll get to it in a ...   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 Daniel Carlson

Pushing Daisies

The best new show of 2007.

Getting to the point: Pushing Daisies the best new series of the season, and another idiosyncratic triumph for Bryan Fuller—last producing the cancelled Wonderfalls. The following are notes and ...   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 Daniel Carlson

TV Roulette

Rooting for the winners and nailing the losers of TV’s fall lineup.

There are nearly 30 new shows debuting on television this fall. Maybe a half dozen or so will stick around, and maybe one of those won’t suck. Maybe . I say this not as a bitter man, nor as some ...   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2007 Daniel Carlson
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