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Feb 29, 2016
Gary Holmes

Downton Abbey — The End Is Near

Warning on spoilers: From the very first scene of the very first episode – with the sinking of the Titanic – “Downton Abbey’s” great theme has been change and the [...]

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Feb 29, 2016
Gary Holmes

How We Encountered Encounter Sessions This Year

Maybe it’s a coincidence, but three of the best dramatic series of 2015 (“Mad Men,” “The Americans” and “Fargo”) were not only set in the recent past, but pivoted around [...]

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Nov 25, 2015
Gary Holmes

Guns and Posers

The return of “The Walking Dead” – America’s favorite paranoid brew of dystopianism, reanimation, and survivalism – is a reminder of the powerful role that television plays in promoting the [...]

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Nov 25, 2015
Gary Holmes

Why We Love Baseball

Note: This post was originally published on September 29, 2011 (the day after a wrenching Red Sox loss that kept them out of the play-offs), on a different blog site that [...]

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Nov 25, 2015
Gary Holmes

Television’s Bronze Ages

One of the most clichéd observations about contemporary television is that we’re blessed to be living in a new Golden Age of TV. And as sick as I am of [...]

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Nov 25, 2015
Gary Holmes

Is Stephen Colbert Too Smart for TV?

When Stephen Colbert inherited the “Late Show” franchise from David Letterman, the critics generally agreed to reserve judgment until the show had had enough time to evolve into what it [...]

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Nov 25, 2015
Gary Holmes

Fathers and Sons Watching TV

When Discovery announced the cancellation of “MythBusters” after 14 seasons, I sent a wistful email to my 24-year-old son, alerting him that one of our former favorite shows was approaching [...]

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Oct 8, 2015
Gary Holmes

What if Betty Draper Had Been a REAL Witch? “Mad Men” and “Bewitched”

Hey, I’ve got a great idea for a show! It’s about a handsome 1960’s ad man who has a wry, silver-haired, vaguely alcoholic boss; he marries a beautiful blonde who’s [...]

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Oct 8, 2015
Gary Holmes

Cartoons Aren’t Just For Kids Any More

I’ve watched a lot of TV cartoons in my day, but not in a steady consistent way.   When I was a youngster, I’d watch any animation, any time.  And then [...]

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Oct 8, 2015
Gary Holmes

Did I Ever Tell You About The Time I Met Richard Nixon?

Thirty-five years ago this month, Richard Nixon visited Nantucket Island and gave a pretty good demonstration of how a disgraced ex-President runs a reputation rehabilitation campaign.  Plenty of high-level politicians [...]

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