James Poniewozik

James Poniewozik writes TIME magazine's Tuned In column, about pop culture and society. Tuned In, the blog version, is about the stuff we used to call "TV," whether it's in your living room, on your computer or - once the networks figure out the technology and line up the advertisers - in your dreams themselves.

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JPTV: What I'm Watching Tonight

How I Met Your Mother (weirdly, it’s about the Super Bowl, as if to promote its network’s broadcast retroactively), Heroes, 24–although, after the last couple episodes, it’s on thin ice with me. A little more Bauer family drama and they can blow the whole thing up as far as I’m concerned.

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Jeff Zucker Falls Up

Variety is reporting that Jeff Zucker is going to be promoted to chief executive of the entire NBC Universal company, later today or tomorrow. It’s a curious move, because Zucker has headed up the NBC television business for the last several years, during which, you may recall, there has not exactly been a ton of good news for the …

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Heroes Deathpool

Continuing what is fast becoming a tradition here at Tuned In–namely, letting C. Brown come up with post topics for me–our correspondent asks:

Who do you think is going to bite it on Heroes? I’m praying for Simone.

Glad you reminded me, C. Brown, because while I have no inside knowledge I do have a theory. The producers have been …

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Dance Music Sex Romance

It was a night to do a Midwestern boy’s heart good. There was Indianapolis squaring off against Chicago, of course. But in the end–or rather at the half–it was Minneapolis who tore up the field. When CBS announced Prince as the Super Bowl halftime act, I worried it meant that the wizard of Paisley Park had been officially neutered. No …

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And Now for This Important Message from Your Fat Gut

OK, so 45 minutes to game time — there are what, like three people using the Internet right now? Still, I’m multitasking with my laptop in front of the TV, so I may as well post. I’m going to be rating the Super Bowl ads for our Monday-morning postmortem at time.com. But I may have already found my winner in the pregame show: the …

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We Are All David Letterman Now

Of all the things David Letterman has given us–the Top Ten list, Stupid Pet Tricks, the Alka-Seltzer suit–maybe the most influential is the mainstreaming of absurdist humor. Back when Letterman was working as a local weatherman in Indiana, it was a truly weird thing for a weathercaster to talk about “hailstones the size of canned …

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