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The Morning After: I See You Girls…

I liked the return episode of Flight of the Conchords that aired last week, but I really liked the second episode that aired last night. And while the music wasn’t the only reason—FOTC is a funny enough comedy qua comedy that the songs are gravy at this point—it did have the first season 2 song, “Sugar Lumps,” that was good …

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Friday Night Open Thread

It will probably be a while before I get to tonight’s Battlestar Galactica, so I’ll leave you the keys to commence discussion in the meantime. (There didn’t seem to be many takers to discuss last week’s Friday Night Lights, so feel free to comment on that here too; if it becomes an issue, I’ll do separate threads in future weeks. )

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TV Weekend: A Knight to Forget

Big-budget, fantastical event miniseries used to be a staple at NBC not too long ago: The Odyssey, Merlin, The Tenth Kingdom. They don’t make ‘em like that much anymore, and The Last Templar, a daffy holy-relic-hunt mini starting on NBC Sunday night, suggests that that may not be such a bad thing.

It kicks off as a display of …

Uncle Wiggly

That conversation I had on Tuesday with the Japanese architect Toyo Ito gave me a better grasp of the thinking behind his undulating design for a new Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive. (“My basic approach was to use the grid system but ask, what happens if we deform it, manipulate it?”) The museum is expected to open in 2013 …

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Digital TV to Be Delayed

You know that digital-TV transition scheduled for Feb. 17 that you were hearing about everywhere you turned but didn’t quite understand? Well, it looks like you’ll be getting another four months not to understand it.

The Senate is reportedly close to agreeing to push off the transition—aimed at putting broadcast TV on more efficient …

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The Morning After: Retreat Yourself

Watching and writing up last night’s 30 Rock, alas, was one of the casualties of my continuing struggle against the giant-slug-like-virus-from-Fringe that has lodged in my upper respiratory system. (I know, it’s only 22 minutes of TV. But the virus-slug is a demanding taskmaster.) So I’ll let you DIY this one. The past couple 30 Rocks …

The Underlying Picture

As my TIME colleague Michael Scherer noted yesterday over at Swampland, we now know what photograph served as the source of Shepard Fairey’s ubiquitous Barack Obama campaign poster. It was one taken in April 2006 at the National Press Club in Washington, where Obama had appeared with George Clooney to discuss genocide in Darfur. The …

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