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Patrick McGoohan, 1928-2009

Patrick McGoohan, the creator/star of the brilliant and elliptical series The Prisoner, has died at age 80. His best-known work, which aired in the States on CBS, was a disturbing but engrossing mystery, exploring Cold War themes of paranoia and totalitarianism; in it, McGoohan played Number Six, a former spy who is imprisoned in a …

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TV Tonight: FNL Ends / Gets Ready to Begin

For most of you, Friday Night Lights returns in two days on NBC. For those of you with DirecTV, Season 3 ends tonight. I probably made a mistake leaving FNL off my best-of-2008 list in December—while this season didn’t quite match the first, it did get back to the same sort of intimate stories and provided closure for longtime …

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MSNBC's Inaugural Gloating

Remember during the campaign, when MSNBC decided to pull Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews from anchoring its coverage of political events? Remember when it seemed someone had realized that maybe it wasn’t the best journalistic idea to have straight-news coverage anchored by two hosts who so clearly had a dog in the fight?

Well, that …

Coosje van Bruggen: 1942-2009

Over the weekend Coosje van Bruggen, Claes Oldenburg’s wife and collaborator, died at their home in L.A. Van Bruggen was a Dutch born art historian and a curator at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam when she met Oldenburg in 1970. At the time Oldenburg was just beginning his transition from his oversize soft sculptures of the 60s to …

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The Morning After: Tick, Tick, Tick…

 

Hours 3 and 4 of 24 season 7 aired last night, which means that you’re caught up to the point that I am. No spoilers here, except to note that last night revealed a certain twist that, judging from the comments at this and other discussion boards, everyone on the planet had already guessed. Will you be back for hour 5?

A Friend in High Places?

People have been sending me e-mails lately that urge me to sign an online petition calling for Barack Obama to create a cabinet level Secretary of the Arts. It’s an idea that was floated a few weeks ago in an interview by the musical plenipotentiary Quincy Jones. At first glance the notion of a high profile champion of the arts has …

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