Character Spotlight: Liz Lemon

by Judi Show: 30 Rock Character: Liz Lemon Actor: Tina Fey Basically: The intrepid Liz Lemon, introduced perkily in the 30 Rock pilot as this generation's That Girl, is the creator and head writer of Friday night sketch show TGS with Tracy Jordan, formally The Girlie Show starring her longtime friend Jenna Maroney. As the... Continue Reading →

The Philanthropist

by Judi Thanks a lot, NBC, for providing me with a promising new show with a name that I have to spell-check twenty-seven times. I'll confess that I'm mainly checking out this drama at 10/9C (given a surprisingly positive review from Entertainment Weekly) because Neve Campbell is in it and I have a bizarre sentimental... Continue Reading →

People Seriously Need to Stop Dying

by Judi I think one of the reasons I can't get into American Idol is because my heart will always belong to Star Search. Way back in the day (and by day, I mean the 1980s), there wasn't a better way to end Saturday morning's quality programming than with a little Star Search action. Little... Continue Reading →

So You Think You Can Cry

by Judi A few recent musings on summer TV offerings. I really, really hate these reality shows that force you to watch weeks of auditions and try-outs before they actually start the show. And do the episodes need to be TWO HOURS LONG? So You Think You Can Dance is a fine example as apparently... Continue Reading →

When New Media ACTUALLY WORKS For TV

  I can't wait for Michael and Michael Have Issues and, finally, this new business of tying in a series with blogs, Twitter, Facebook etc. is actually working to my advantage because it's all actually, miraculously doing its job- ie making me very excited for the show instead of wanting to blow my brains out.... Continue Reading →

The Sound You Hear is Not Silence

It is DEVASTATION. The last few days have been terrible. There is a black curtain over my television, there is a pall over my TiVo. There has been sniffling and the smell of BenGay. Someone left a casserole and a TV Guide on my doorstep. Thank you, whoever you are. Bea Arthur is dead. I'm... Continue Reading →

The Intro

Although it is occasionally overlooked, especially in the era of modern television where Tivo or DVR can fast forward through it, and DVD's allow it to be clicked past with the touch of a button, the INTRODUCTION is still as crucial as it ever was in initiating the program you're about to watch. Intro's come... Continue Reading →

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