And Our Friends Were All On Board

Heinz Edelmann, the German graphic artist who was art director of the animated Beatles film Yellow Submarine, died this week in Stuttgart at 75. Oddly it was only a few weeks ago, while I was writing about the James Ensor show at MoMA, that I had been thinking about that movie and the whole question of how pop culture influences …

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The Morning After: Opening the Gates Flood

Last night, President Obama gave a press conference aimed at helping to sell his health-care overhaul plan. This morning, TV news was all over it—though not necessarily over health care. The last question was about the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates in his Cambridge home, raising the question of whether the African …

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Test Pilot: Community

Test Pilot is a semiregular feature sharing my first impressions of the pilots for next fall’s shows. These aren’t reviews, since these pilots can be rewritten, recast and retooled before airing, and the shows that eventually get on the air can prove much better or worse. But, premature opinions are why God invented the Internet, so

Why Does the Boston ICA Work?

I’ve been mulling over the recent Boston Globe piece about the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the success it’s had in drawing crowds. The Globe says that in the two and a half years since it re-opened in its new and much larger home the ICA has become “the second most visited museum in the region”. They don’t specify …

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The Morning After: They Are Still Coming

It’s an otherwise slow TV week, and there was plenty of interest yesterday, so I’ll throw today’s Morning After thread for the second night of summer event Torchwood: Children of Earth. I’m guessing that if you’ve watched this long, you’re in for the duration, but for me night 3 really kicked the miniseries into a higher gear, so if …

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Comic-Con Goes On Without Me

San Diego Comic-Con—the once-comic-book extravanganza and now one-stop promotional launchpad for all of pop culture—kicks off tomorrow. The TV element has grown along with everything else (this year, there are panels not just on shows like Lost but also the likes of Glee), but because someone has to keep the lights on while the rest …

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TV Tonight: The Colony

The first thing a TV critic notices watching the post-apocalyptic-scenario reality show The Colony (debuts tonight on Discovery) is how little use there is for TV criticism in a postapocalyptic scenario. The series, which throws together 10 people to survive holed up in a warehouse after a simulated epidemic has destroyed civilization, …

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