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Jun 28, 2016
Gary Holmes

The Ten Most Memorable Moments of Modern-Era Presidential Conventions

CBS Correspondent Mike Wallace arrested while covering the 1968 Democratic Convention Well, it looks like those of us who’d so ardently hoped for a “contested convention” this summer will be [...]

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Jun 28, 2016
Gary Holmes

How About A Golden Age of Advertising?

This year’s upfronts produced the usual amount of hand-wringing about the future of television advertising.  Oh, for the days when it was only the DVR that was going to destroy [...]

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Jun 28, 2016
Gary Holmes

TV Goes To Work

Since time immemorial, a large percentage of TV shows have been set at work, but at no job site that resembles reality.  A show like “Perry Mason” convinced a generation [...]

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Jun 28, 2016
Gary Holmes

Is “The Americans” UnAmerican?

THE AMERICANS — “Echo” — Episode 13 (Airs Wenesday, May 21, 10:00 PM e/p) Pictured: (L-R) Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings, Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings. CR. Patrick Harbron/FX With [...]

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May 9, 2016
Gary Holmes

The Golden Age of Television Criticism?

Emily Nussbaum with Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan Congratulations to The New Yorker’s television critic Emily Nussbaum, who last week won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism.  Bravo.  Well-deserved. Nussbaum’s award came one [...]

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May 9, 2016
Gary Holmes

So I Took a Viking River Cruise

Our ship in Passau, where we started the cruise Almost everyone I know who watches “Downton Abbey” is fascinated by the idea of a Viking River Cruise.   Those ads [...]

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May 9, 2016
Gary Holmes

Praying for A Contested Convention

Every four years, political junkies hope that the primaries will fail to select a consensus presidential candidate, thereby producing a dramatic showdown at the national convention.  The fact that this [...]

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May 9, 2016
Gary Holmes

A Fond Look Back at The Republican Debates

It looks as if the reality television series sometimes known as the GOP presidential debates has been canceled.  The Republican front-runner, having successfully manipulated the debates since their debut last [...]

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May 9, 2016
Gary Holmes

Anyone Want to Talk About “Better Call Saul”?

Why aren’t more people talking about “Better Call Saul,” which is arguably the best show on television right at this very moment? (Or at least until “The Americans” starts up [...]

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May 9, 2016
Gary Holmes

Downton Abbey — Auld Lang Syne

Downton Abbey debuted six seasons ago as a fairly serious costume drama, quickly morphed into a high-end soap opera, and concluded the series Sunday night as a fairy tale with a distinctly “they [...]

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