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Oct 8, 2015
Gary Holmes

Some Advice for Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah has big shoes to fill when he takes over “The Daily Show” on September 28.  Well, not literally, of course;  whenever a “Daily Show” guest of medium height [...]

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Oct 8, 2015
Gary Holmes

Blame TV For Trump

The American political system has a never-ending capacity to surprise. Just think of the hitherto-unimagined developments of the past few decades. We elected an actor as President. We elected an [...]

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Aug 5, 2015
Gary Holmes

Why Does TV Want Us to Root For the Bad Guys?

Because there’s something deep in the human psyche that wants to see a moral outcome, people have reflexively rooted for heroes since the beginning of storytelling.  This has usually meant [...]

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Aug 5, 2015
Gary Holmes

Television as Social Archeology

When future historians look back on our era and try to make sense of how we lived our lives, one tool at their disposal will be something we take for [...]

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Aug 5, 2015
Gary Holmes

People Need to Watch More TV News

I never thought I would say this, but people need to watch more TV news. Not all people.  Certainly not the folks who stay home all day ranting about what [...]

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Jul 6, 2015
Gary Holmes

Down With Netflix

Wow.  “Orange Is The New Black” is already up to Season 3.  I say “wow” because I’ve been meaning to start watching ever since it became a Netflix sensation and [...]

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Jul 6, 2015
Gary Holmes

How Reddit Karma, Twitter Retweets, WordPress Views and Facebook Likes are Ruining My Life

Oh for those halcyon pre-digital days when I wasn’t constantly worried about measuring up.  Not that I didn’t comprehend my vast inadequacies back in the Dark Ages, but at least I [...]

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Jul 6, 2015
Gary Holmes

The Letterman/SNL Axis of Comedy

David Letterman’s departure from late night television eliminates one of the last four decade’s two sustaining pillars of Baby Boomer humor, leaving only “Saturday Night Live” still standing as the [...]

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Jun 9, 2015
Gary Holmes

TV’s Distorted View of the Working World

Those of us who loved “Mad Men” hated to see it end for many reasons but I was especially sorry to see it go because it was one of the [...]

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Jun 9, 2015
Gary Holmes

Mad Men: Person to Person

Jon Hamm as Don Draper – Mad Men _ Season 7, Episode 14 – Photo Credit: Courtesy of AMC There are several tried and true ways to end a beloved [...]

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