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Sep 12, 2017
Gary Holmes

The Politicization of Sports

It’s been a tough spring for ESPN.  They laid off 100 anchors, reporters, analysts and production staffers.  Then The Walt Disney Company announced that operating income at its media division [...]

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Sep 12, 2017
Gary Holmes

Why I Hate The Prom

When some Nineteenth Century Harvard genius had the bright idea to schedule a “promenade” for the upcoming graduating, he had no idea that it would eventually evolve into a bacchanal [...]

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Sep 12, 2017
Gary Holmes

Another Story on the Weirdness of Roger Ailes

Last summer I recounted the time that Roger Ailes tried to get me fired from Nielsen, claiming I had leaked Fox Business News’ bad ratings to The New York Times. [...]

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Jul 6, 2017
Gary Holmes

Why Not Give it the Old College Try?

Netflix recently debuted the first season of “Dear White People,” a sitcom about the micro-aggressions visited upon African American students at a fictional Ivy League University.  Almost simultaneously ABC’s “black*ish” [...]

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Jul 6, 2017
Gary Holmes

April is NOT the Cruelest Month

On Friday April 7, the New York Times Crossword offered this clue for a six-letter answer at 36-down: “When people meters are used.”  I am embarrassed to admit it was [...]

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Jul 6, 2017
Gary Holmes

Here’s to the 1967 Red Sox

Last Friday, April 14 was the 50th anniversary of the most important baseball game of my life.  In 1967 I was a seventh grader with an extremely loose affinity for [...]

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Jul 6, 2017
Gary Holmes

Watching Television in the Age of Trump

The events of November 8, 2016 delivered a severe psychological blow to many corners of American society, including the boardrooms of television executives. The election’s impact on TV news, with [...]

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Jul 6, 2017
Gary Holmes

Revisiting Twin Peaks

Watching “Twin Peaks” back in 1990 used to fill me with dread, but it’s a different kind of dread I feel now at the show’s impending revival on Showtime.  Do [...]

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May 24, 2017
Gary Holmes

A Bad Year For Football Draws To a Close

The long football season comes to an end on Sunday with the annual nacho-fueled spectacle that is the Super Bowl.  It’s been a tough year for the NFL and its [...]

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May 24, 2017
Gary Holmes

Go Ahead, Ask Me My Opinion

Is it fair to pop off about a television show you’ve never seen?  Must you remain silent at the water cooler when your colleagues are discussing a series that has [...]

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