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annette-talbert's picture
Sep.19.2011
I'm a sucker for good drama. No, not the daily drama of middle school and teens, but a well crafted movie or tv drama. When I was living on my own for the first time, I got pretty lonely on Saturday nights (during one of those dating dry spells.) On night, bored with reading and listening to my...
lynn-liccardo's picture
Jul.18.2011
recent adventures in online research... While researching  a longish piece on The Killing (delayed by breaking news in daytime soaps, along with the final episode of Friday Night Lights and the cancellation of Men of a Certain Age), I was scrolling through IMdB to find out when Michelle Forbes...
annette-talbert's picture
Jul.18.2011
Musings: Day Two... Friday Night Lights was not a show about football. It was a show about the power of relationships. The relationship of a favorite teacher, coach or mentor and the impact that he or she can have on a young person's life. The powerful pull of peer pressure on a teen. How family...
dean-rader's picture
Apr.22.2011
The best show on TV right now is Friday Night Lights. It's not as edgy as Breaking Bad or as stylized as Mad Men but neither has started back up yet. And with the rest of the television lineup heading into summer hiatus, nothing TV-based is more exciting at the moment than the beginning of the...
lynn-liccardo's picture
Apr.04.2011
Or maybe it’s just that April Fool’s Day fell while Mercury’s retrograde, but this item from Michael Logan last Friday about the likely cancellation of both All My Children and One Life to Live was an ironic and painful reminder of April Fool’s Day 2009, when CBS announced the cancellation of...
lynn-liccardo's picture
Jan.03.2011
As regular readers know (perhaps, too well), I’ve long believed that the elements of early soaps contained in shows like Friday Night Lights and Men of a Certain Age, to name but two, are one of the reasons – arguably, the reason –  these shows are so celebrated by critics. But, describing those...
lynn-liccardo's picture
Nov.08.2010
besides being “brilliant, but cancelled?” ABC Eli Stone Dirty Sexy Money Homefront CBS Joan of Arcadia Brooklyn Bridge NBC American Dreams Fox Lone Star WB Jack and Bobby CB Privileged An eclectic and idiosyncratic list to be sure, and in some cases, going back more than a few years, these are...
lynn-liccardo's picture
Jun.14.2010
at night. And the news is mostly good. Last year around this time, I wrote about how disappointed I was that the CW cancelled Privileged, a show ostensibly about the filthy rich, but with storytelling grounded in “in honest portrayals of the emotional complexity that drives human relationships” So...
lynn-liccardo's picture
May.09.2010
and I'm certainly not suggesting that I had anything to do with it... But over the past couple of years, I've had a lot to say (here, here and here) about New York Times television critic Ginia Bellafante's snippy and condescending tone when discussing soap opera. So the headline "‘Friday...
lynn-liccardo's picture
May.02.2010
my late father had a real thing about texans -- couldn't stand them. but over the past couple of days, two national treasures from the long star state have taken their leave. friday night, bill moyers broadcast his last show on pbs. then, sometime on saturday, helen wagner, who spoke the first...