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Oscars Defeat Jon Stewart

The writers’ strike is over, right? That’s what I’m reading in the papers, and Jon Stewart made his first joke of the night about it. But if you expected the Bruce-Vilanchists of Hollywood to storm back and prove their importance by whipping up a barnburner of an Academy Awards in the couple weeks since the end of the strike, you waited in vain.

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I'm Back

[Oscar night. Mrs. Tuned In is putting the Jrs. to bed while I take notes for the blog.]

TUNED IN JR. JR. [Peers down from the top of the stairs]: Daddy!

MRS. TUNED IN: Come back over. Daddy has to work.

TUNED IN JR. JR. [Looks through the railing, seeing me on the couch, as Ryan Seacrest interviews Miley Cyrus on the red carpet. …

Antiquities — The Next Chapter

Victorious Youth/ J. Paul Getty Museum — Villa Collection

The disputed Greek boy up there seems to be puzzling over where he’s headed next. With the return of scores of antiquities from U.S. museums, the Italian campaign to retrieve smuggled artifacts may have reached, to use an Italian word, its crescendo. But the wider struggle …

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Lostwatch: Totally Scooby-Doo'd

Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly) plotting her next move./ ABC

SPOILER ALERT: Before you read this post, grab some boxed wine, a backgammon set, place an armed grenade in your mouth and watch last night’s Lost.

How exactly did Chaddogg wrest control of Lostwatch from the cold, metal claws of Robo-James?

Well, after pulling a Charlie …

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Special Lost Bulletin: Chaddogg in the House!

Come back tomorrow for a very special edition of Lostwatch: Tuned In habitue and professor of Lostology Chaddogg has graciously agreed to do a guest post about this week’s episode. So if you notice an alarming amount of competence and insight in your Lostwatch this week, you can blame it on him. Look for it here tomorrow. And don’t …

Sex and the City

One other thing that happened while I was away last week. The people who run the London Underground — that’s subway in American — reversed themselves and decided to lift a ban they had imposed earlier on an ad for an upcoming exhibition of work by Lucas Cranach the Elder at London’s Royal Academy. The ad caused problems because it …

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Vacation Robo-Post: We Demand Closure!

Today’s Robo-James topic comes to you courtesy of guest programmer Chaddogg:

What (prematurely) cancelled shows deserve a better finale (i.e. two-hour special, final mini-season to wrap things up, etc.)? And how would you like to see the show end?

I can think of a lot of shows in this category – Veronica Mars (although the 3rd season

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The Morning After: DIY American Idol Critique

As you read this, I should be in Florida at the summer condo of the Tuned In-Laws, where–Mrs. Tuned In-Law being an avid American Idol fan–I almost certainly have watched the semifinal Round of 24 kick off. But I’m in a senior community with limited Internet access–and believe me, you don’t want to fight the seniors at the community …

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Vacation Robo-Post: What Movies Should Become TV?

When I posted about the upcoming Star Wars animated series last week, I forgot to mention one reason to be (guardedly) optimistic about the show. It’s just possible that, simply by virtue of forcing someone to write about the SW prequel characters for dozens of episodes, the series may put the kind of flesh on Amakin and company that …

Back at the Job

A few things happened while I was away for a week. I’ll comment on two.

First — I don’t think I’ll need to read another word for a while about the new Broad Contemporary Art Museum in L.A., which debuted to middling reviews for both the opening exhibition and for the Renzo Piano building. All the same, one related controversy stayed …

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