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The Morning After: Mama's Boy

We’re well into the summer slow season here at The Morning After. We could discuss the debut return of The Shield’s Jay Karnes and Michael’s latest bit of high-tech MacGyvering last night on Burn Notice. Or, for a change of pace, we could finally take note of my own Brooklyn neighborhood’s recent turn in the tabloid-news limelight. Why …

The Mapplethorpe Wars

It was 20 years ago this month that the Corcoran Museum in Washington, D.C. decided to cancel a show of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe rather than risk a confrontation with culture war conservatives who were gunning to take down the National Endowment for the Arts. They came close to taking it down anyway and we’re still crawling …

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Jon & Kate Have News… Monday

According to this TLC promo, Jon and Kate Gosselin have a life-changing announcement to make, one that’s so momentous and important that it will take a one-hour TV special on Monday to deliver it:

I don’t know where to begin with this. Except that it exemplifies this couple’s ability to make me feel sympathy and exasperation at the …

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Lost Discussion Group: Will Ben Get His Mojo Back?

For today’s Lost Discussion Group, we ask: whither Ben in the last season of the series? Toward the end of season 5, Locke—or, as it turned out, unLocke—had managed to bell Lost’s cat, getting the upper hand on Ben, who had pledged obedience to Locke at the behest of Ghost Alex.

Now we know that Ben had in fact pledged …

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Obama's Insecticide: Colbert on the Aftermath

As you no doubt already know, because you are a serious person who keeps up with world events, the President of the United States killed a fly with his bare hands on camera the other day. I have no good reason to embed the video. And yet I will. Because it is the President of the United States killing a fly with his bare hands. Remember, …

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The Morning After: Live Together, Dine Alone

Last night’s Top Chef Masters is still keeping warm on my TiVo, to be consumed leftover tonight. But it was an episode of more than usual interest to Tuned Inlanders, since the guest chefs were competing to cook for Lost producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. (Between this and Lost’s special Ace of Cakes episode, Cuselof are …

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Melrose, Placed: The CW's Fall Sked

The CW announced its fall premiere schedule, and it’s a relatively straightforward, unfancy one, with all the debuts wrapped up by the end of September, just like networks did when CW viewers’ great-great-grandparents watched TV in the 1970s. As 90210 did last year, the Melrose Place remake gets a start ahead of most broadcast premieres. …

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Test Pilot: FlashForward

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

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The Morning After: Garden Statement

Going to be out and about on business for much of the day, so expect posting to be light. In the meantime, feel free to chime in here on:

* The bombastic, trash-tastic, bleeped-within-an-inch-of-its-life climax and season finale of Real Housewives of New Jersey, in which Danielle confronted the sisters over dragging out her …

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TV Tonight: Hawthorne in My Side

Many reviews of Jada Pinkett Smith’s nurse drama Hawthorne, debuting tonight on TNT, mention that it’s difficult not to compare it, unfavorably, with Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. This is understandable, but it is unfair to this new series. Hawthorne would be terrible if Nurse Jackie never existed. It would be awful entirely on its own. Give …

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