Marc Hirsh http://wfae.org en No Take-Backs: Why Can't 'New Girl' Figure Out What It's Doing? http://wfae.org/post/no-take-backs-why-cant-new-girl-figure-out-what-its-doing <strong>[<em>Ahoy, there be </em>New Girl<em> spoilers ahead, through the most recently aired episode, "Mars Landing."</em>]</strong><p><strong></strong>A few weeks ago, <em>New Girl</em> neared the end of its third season the way it began it: by admitting that it doesn't know what it's doing.<p>In "Mars Landing," the last episode that aired before the show returns Tuesday night, weirdo roommate couple Nick and Jess put together a toy for the infant son of Jess's friend Sadie (a literally phoned-in June Diane Raphael) while hung over, and they broke up in the process. Twice, maybe. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:18:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 49020 at http://wfae.org No Take-Backs: Why Can't 'New Girl' Figure Out What It's Doing? Fix The Best New Artist Grammy: Dump It http://wfae.org/post/fix-best-new-artist-grammy-dump-it Each year's Grammy Awards offer their own questions and controversies based on how the nominations pan out, but there are a few points of contention that come up year after year. There's the difference between Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year. How a song can be eligible for nomination this year when the album it came from was nominated last year (or vice versa). Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:15:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 43631 at http://wfae.org Fix The Best New Artist Grammy: Dump It 'Parks And Recreation': Good For Nerds, Good For America http://wfae.org/post/parks-and-recreation-good-nerds-good-america <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h02lSufbSg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N9G63ldhAQ</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:44:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 42673 at http://wfae.org 'Parks And Recreation': Good For Nerds, Good For America About 'Mystery Science Theater,' A Bold Declaration. It's Bold! http://wfae.org/post/about-mystery-science-theater-bold-declaration-its-bold This is a big week for <em>Mystery Science Theater 3000</em>, or as big a week as can be had for a show that's been off the air since the waning days of the 20th century. The show first aired a quarter of a century ago this past Sunday, and the 25th-anniversary volume (XXVIII, if you're keeping Roman score of the ongoing DVD releases and not the anniversaries) hit shelves on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Thursday marks the return of an MST3K Thanksgiving tradition, the <a href="http://www.mst3kturkeyday.com/mst3k/redditama.html">Turkey Day marathon</a>. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 18:10:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 40067 at http://wfae.org About 'Mystery Science Theater,' A Bold Declaration. It's Bold! Katy Perry And The New Rules Of Pop http://wfae.org/post/katy-perry-and-new-rules-pop Stagecraft does not come naturally to Katy Perry. She does very well by candy-colored fever-dream videos; shooting whipped cream from her cupcake boobs, throwing cartoonishly out-of-control neon-'80s ragers and becoming a B-movie jungle queen all fall quite comfortably within her skill set.<p>Live performance, though, is a different matter. As the musical guest this past weekend on <em>Saturday Night Live</em>, Perry previewed her upcoming album, and "Walking On Air" put her limitations as a performer (rather than as a singer) on full display. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:53:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 37462 at http://wfae.org Katy Perry And The New Rules Of Pop Nothing Personal, But I'm Not Reading Your 'Breaking Bad' Analysis http://wfae.org/post/nothing-personal-im-not-reading-your-breaking-bad-analysis The closer we get to the end of <em>Breaking Bad</em>, the less I want to read about it.<p>I'm not calling for a moratorium on <em>Breaking Bad</em> content from now until the finale (and not only because of ... you know, futility.) From now until then, I expect an avalanche of recaps, interviews, think pieces, retrospectives, speculations and so forth. That's exactly as it should be with any show coming to a close, let alone a show as great as this one.<p>And I'm not even sick of the coverage that's taken place and the coverage to come. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:42:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 35174 at http://wfae.org Nothing Personal, But I'm Not Reading Your 'Breaking Bad' Analysis Tweaks, Retooling, And When To Give Up: A Tale Of Two Singing Shows http://wfae.org/post/tweaks-retooling-and-when-give-tale-two-singing-shows As <em>The Voice</em> returns to NBC this week for its fourth season, viewers are seeing two new, if quite familiar, faces as Shakira and Usher occupy the coaches' seats vacated by Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. Its talent-show rival over on Fox, <em>The X Factor</em>, will also see two new judges when (if? Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:37:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 24012 at http://wfae.org Tweaks, Retooling, And When To Give Up: A Tale Of Two Singing Shows A Farewell Salute To 'Ben & Kate,' A Show About Friends Who Are Actually Friends http://wfae.org/post/farewell-salute-ben-kate-show-about-friends-who-are-actually-friends Whether this week's announcements that both ABC's <em>Don't Trust The B- In </em><em>Apt.</em><em> 23</em> and Fox's <em>Ben & Kate</em> are being yanked from the schedules mark the beginning of the Great Sitcom Massacre of 2013 remains to be seen. It almost certainly means the end of two strong shows whose casts were clearly having a blast making them.<p>In the case of <em>Ben & Kate</em>, it also means that television's current comedy slate is losing one of its rare shows where everyone likes everyone else. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:32:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 20259 at http://wfae.org A Farewell Salute To 'Ben & Kate,' A Show About Friends Who Are Actually Friends 'You Can't Do That On Film': A Performance Documentary Without Performance Footage http://wfae.org/post/you-cant-do-film-performance-documentary-without-performance-footage <em>You Can't Do That On Film</em>, an independently made 2004 documentary about Nickelodeon's '80s-afternoon staple <em>You Can't Do That On Television</em>, comes out today on DVD. It's got a treasure trove of interviews from an impressive number of the show's kid stars (Alasdair! Tue, 16 Oct 2012 17:33:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 13913 at http://wfae.org 'You Can't Do That On Film': A Performance Documentary Without Performance Footage It's Who You Know: Predicting How 'The Newsroom' Will Get Its Next Scoop http://wfae.org/post/its-who-you-know-predicting-how-newsroom-will-get-its-next-scoop If there's one thing that HBO's <em>The Newsroom</em> is especially good at, it's portraying journalists who aren't especially good at journalism.<p>Well, maybe that's not fair. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 12:07:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 3696 at http://wfae.org It's Who You Know: Predicting How 'The Newsroom' Will Get Its Next Scoop