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Gone but not forgotten

Yes, True Blood has resumed, and Futurama and Weeds wait in the wings. But let's take a moment to hail The Tudors , which bows out this Sunday night at 9 after four seasons on Showtime.
Henry VIII and The Tudors bid adieu
By JON GARELICK  |  June 18, 2010
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Review: MacGruber

From one of Saturday Night Live ’s lamest recurring sketches comes one of its funniest spinoffs.
Sick fun
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  May 28, 2010
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Review: Saturday Night

Actor James Franco’s debut feature, a behind-the-scenes look at the December 6, 2008, episode of Saturday Night Live , is kind of like Jean-Luc Godard’s Sympathy for the Devil with less music and more fart jokes.
Franco's debut documentary possibly better than an actual episode of Saturday Night Live
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 23, 2010
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Interview: Sarah Silverman

Recently, “Sarah” — the character played by Sarah Silverman on Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program — was upset because in today’s world it just wasn’t safe anymore for children to get into strangers’ vans.
Staying dry
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 23, 2010
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A music producer eyes a revival

It was 2006 and music producer Jo Jo Gator, a couple of decades removed from the glory days, needed to get back on the radar screen.
The Gator
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  April 16, 2010
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Review: Date Night

Must-see-TV leads Steve Carell ( The Office ) and Tina Fey ( 30 Rock ) team up in this night-out-gone-wrong comedy as a bored Jersey couple seeking to put some romance back into their marriage.
Like a full season of a sit-com packed into one movie
By TOM MEEK  |  April 16, 2010


Workin' man blues

Election years are always times of high anxiety for politicians. That may explain why they say and do so many stupid things.
Blue-collar luxury resorts, and other GOP oxymorons
By AL DIAMON  |  March 05, 2010
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A weed grows in Boston

Even though it's a crisp November day, the flower boxes of Mary Jones's neat little bungalow are overflowing with brightly colored blooms.
What's a suburban soccer mom who was once fervently anti-drug doing running a business growing and selling pot?
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 04, 2009
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Vegas and Jungleland

Paul Shaffer is a happenin’ cat. Pick an It Moment from pop culture over the past 30 years and Shaffer was there. He was an original band member on Saturday Night Live . He played hapless promo guy Artie Fufkin in This Is Spinal Tap . Disco? He co-wr
Paul Shaffer and the Big Man tell all
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  November 27, 2009
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Flight of the Conchords | I Told You I Was Freaky

The New Zealand “folk-comedy” duo Flight of the Conchords transcended folk and comedy on their debut LP, a soundtrack to the absurdist HBO show of the same name, with genre parodies that were great songs in their own right.
Sub Pop (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  October 16, 2009
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Boys' life

The premise for HBO's new half-hour comedy Hung (Sundays at 10 pm) is so over-the-top as to be cringe-worthy: high school basketball coach Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane), divorced and broke, starts whoring himself to ladies on the basis of his giant schlong.
Hung and Entourage measure success
By JON GARELICK  |  July 17, 2009


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Review: Imagine That

Eddie Murphy proves he doesn't need a fat suit to play soft in Karey Kirkpatrick's surprisingly nuanced family comedy.
Forces you to follow its eponymous directive
By ALICIA POTTER  |  June 12, 2009
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The Year of the Nerd

Barack Obama is many things. Dedicated senator. Devoted husband and father. Adept orator. President-elect. Nerd.
Screw the jocks and prom queens — in 2008, geeks took control of entertainment, pro sports . . . even the White House
By RYAN STEWART  |  December 23, 2008
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The good news

When David Alan Grier promises that he’s “filling TV’s black hole” with his chocolate flavor, you know it’s gonna be good.  
David Alan Grier fills "TV's black hole" with Chocolate News
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 08, 2008
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Interview: John Hodgman

Long before John Hodgman became universally recognized as the systems-challenged PC in Apple’s ads, he was writing fake trivia for such publications as McSweeney’s and the New York Times Magazine.  
One man's operating system
By CLEA SIMON  |  October 08, 2008
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Bigmouth strikes again

The few college students who don’t watch The Daily Show get their news from Immortal Technique.
Immortal Technique goes on the offensive
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 24, 2008


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Flight of the Concords

Given my choice of late-night HBO comedy series about foul-mouthed acoustic duos with inflated senses of self-importance, I’ll take Tenacious D over Flight of the Conchords every time.

Sub Pop


By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 29, 2008
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Everybody’s Irish?

Tommy Tiernan is an Irishman, a son of Erin.
Tommy Tiernan, Lil’ Bush
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 04, 2008
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Never-see TV

The Writers Guild of America strike, now in its fifth week, has exacted a serious toll.
Writing wrongs
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 05, 2007
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Fake-news vacuum

It’s easy to be flip about the deep implications of the Writers Guild of America strike, which is now stretching into its fourth week.

Why the Writers Guild strike could affect the presidential race


By ADAM REILLY  |  November 28, 2007
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Comedy Rambo

Misunderestimate Stephen Colbert at your peril.
A gladiator of mockery, Stephen Colbert is dismantling American society from the inside
By DAVID BIANCULLI  |  November 16, 2007


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Uncertain Fey-t

This time last year, who would have guessed that Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip would be dead by Emmy time and Tina Fey’s 30 Rock would be an Emmy winner?
30 Rock gives it another go
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 25, 2007
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Political cartoons

Among its hordes of firsts, The Simpsons helped transplant politicians from the cartoon funny pages to our television sets.
The 20 Best Animated Politicians in Cartoon History  
By DAVID MASHBURN  |  July 26, 2007

If you gotta go

It’s Saturday night, and you’ve had a few drinks at your favorite bar.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 25, 2007
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You and your tech-chic

You must’ve already heard that you were named Time magazine’s 2006 Person of the Year.
 As of 2006, new media isn’t just for geeks anymore
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  December 20, 2006
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Real-world follies

For hard rock, heated debate, child-care tips, and latex puppetry, 2006 was a banner year in television. Who says the culture’s going to the dogs?
A year in television
By JAMES PARKER  |  December 18, 2006


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Boy wonder

Demetri Martin has chosen a radical modus operandi for a young contemporary comedian.
Demetri Martin’s precocious humor
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 25, 2006
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I ruined Stephen Colbert's coffee

It’s 11:39 pm on June 26, and my cell phone is about to explode.
Behind the scenes at Comedy Central
By SEAN BARTLETT  |  September 28, 2006
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Jeff Cohen on the weird and disturbing world of CNN, Fox, and MSNBC

In his new book, Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media , Jeff Cohen writes about his years with cable news channels as a pilgrim who’s returned from a strange and hostile land.
Cable nit
By DAN KENNEDY  |  September 18, 2006
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Lions and lambs

The season is notable for the return to bookstores of canonical names like Atwood, Ginsberg, Kinnell, le Carré, Munro, Pynchon, and Vidal plus a fair share of younger lions like Eggers, Julavits, and Muldoon.
Pynchon isn’t all you’ll be reading this fall  
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 13, 2006