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The Return of Jack Bauer, Don Draper, and Game of Thrones

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So True Detective‘s sure-to-be Emmy-sweeping first season has come to an end. With the finale of its eight-episode, stand-alone first season of HBO’s latest cultural phenomenon anthology series, one might think now is a time to despair for our TV options. That person could not be more wrong. As True Detective, which may have turned into the greatest conspiratorial TV phenomenon since Lost, wraps up, the latest and greatest posters and trailers for three of my all-time favorite shows have premiered. Check …

Top Ten Lessons Learned from House of Cards Season 1

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As I’ve patiently awaited House of Cards, it has easily become the show I’ve most looked forward to returning in 2014. The dark side of The West Wing, a D.C.-based political thriller more akin to a Shakespearean reflection on power and fallen humanity than it is Scandal or The West Wing, although it shares slices of elements from both of those as well. I’ve written on The Wise Guise and in Fare Forward Magazine about marriage’s impact on TV watching. What you watch, when you …

The Sun Sets (Again) on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show Tenure

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Confession: My late night TV viewing has never placed The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at the top. Growing up, my parents were David Letterman fans so I was a Late Show with David Letterman fan. As I began to stay up late until 10:30, I’d watch my favorite TV, movie, and music stars with Letterman. As I grew up and became a bigger fan of TV history, I’d watch shows chronicling the life and career of Johnny Carson. I still vaguely …

Political Passport: 2016 Polling Update on Presidential Contenders

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The second year of President Obama’s second term has only just begun, marked by his 2014 State of the Union Address last week. But as I’ve discussed before on this blog, the jockeying to become the 45th President of the United States began the day after the 2012 election. And, in actuality, many Republicans and Democrats made decisions between 2008 and 2012 that began to set them up for potential runs in 2016. While it is far too early to …

Everything You Need to Know About 2014 State of the Union Speeches

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In this post, I share with you the highlights of President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address, along with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’, Sen. Mike Lee’s, and Sen. Rand Paul’s official responses. I present these excerpts pulled out because I feel that it’s really all you need to know about each one. I’m also providing the full video of each address in case you want to watch/hear the entire thing as it was delivered.

Despite DGA win, “Gravity” Will Not Win Best Picture. Here’s Why.

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Director Alfonso Cuaron captured top honors from the Directors Guild of America Saturday evening. Largely seen as the top indicator of what film will win Best Picture, the DGA has a proven track record of recognizing the cream of the crop. This year was no exception. This should position “Gravity” as the front-runner for Best Picture, right? Normally, it would. Even last year, without Ben Affleck capturing a Best Director nomination, his DGA win sealed the deal for “Argo” to …