Linda Holmes http://wfae.org en Sex And The Single Churl: Another 'Bachelorette' Finale Gets Weird http://wfae.org/post/sex-and-single-churl-another-bachelorette-finale-gets-weird After the fact that it's a blatant and ridiculous fraud (in that it almost never gets anybody married), the first thing you might notice about <em>The Bachelor(ette) </em>franchise is its prim, Victorian attitudes about sex. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:05:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 55853 at http://wfae.org Sex And The Single Churl: Another 'Bachelorette' Finale Gets Weird 'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers http://wfae.org/post/audience-measurement-how-networks-and-critics-are-wrestling-numbers If the Television Critics Association press tour of 2014, wrapping up Tuesday and Wednesday with presentations from PBS, has had a catchphrase, it's "audience measurement."<p>Critics heard an extended presentation from Nielsen on the very first day of tour about the company's plans to begin measuring viewership on mobile devices and, more generally, about its scramble to keep up – catch up, really – with the way television works now. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:28:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 55406 at http://wfae.org 'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers Television Critics Give Big Awards To 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is The New Black' http://wfae.org/post/television-critics-give-big-awards-breaking-bad-orange-new-black The Television Critics Association is a funny animal. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:22:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 55273 at http://wfae.org Television Critics Give Big Awards To 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is The New Black' At This Summer's TV Press Tour, A Resounding Sense Of 'Meh' http://wfae.org/post/summers-tv-press-tour-resounding-sense-meh There's a widespread belief that critics hate everything, revel in hating everything, and cannot be pleased. It's widespread and wrong, though.<p>That fact has never been clearer to me than at this year's summer press tour, where — while I certainly can't speak for everyone — it seems like there's a glumness that has settled in that can be traced back to the fact that ... we're not loving anything. Reviewing television has been for the last few years quite like reviewing anything: You hunt for the exceptional in a mixed bag of the ordinary and the lousy. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:51:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 54956 at http://wfae.org At This Summer's TV Press Tour, A Resounding Sense Of 'Meh' Press Tour Day 1: Paper Airplanes, Daniel Radcliffe, And Christmas http://wfae.org/post/press-tour-day-1-paper-airplanes-daniel-radcliffe-and-christmas <em>For the next couple of weeks, I'm out in California covering the Television Critics Association press tour. Not familiar? <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2014/07/08/329783475/whats-happening-in-television-its-press-tour-time-again" target="_blank">Here's</a> an introduction.</em><p>Day 1 of summer press tour began with hammering and ended with a giant Christmas tree.<p>Let's back up.<p>We started Tuesday with a presentation from the Nielsen ratings people about their upcoming efforts to incorporate "cross-platform" viewing into ratings. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:28:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 54539 at http://wfae.org Press Tour Day 1: Paper Airplanes, Daniel Radcliffe, And Christmas What's Happening In Television: It's Press Tour Time Again http://wfae.org/post/whats-happening-television-its-press-tour-time-again It's that time again.<p>For the next couple of weeks, I'll be writing from the Television Critics Association Press Tour, where a couple hundred critics convene in a giant hotel ballroom to question producers, writers, network executives, actors, and sometimes other folks about what's coming up on TV. It can bring out both the punchy and the grumpy in many folks you know who write about all this: Tim Goodman at <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em> calls it the Death March With Cocktails. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:08:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 54453 at http://wfae.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Too Old For Youth Culture And Toys http://wfae.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-too-old-youth-culture-and-toys Stephen Thompson and I are joined this week by our blog siblings Gene Demby and Kat Chow of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/" target="_blank">NPR's Code Switch</a>, which always puts us in an upbeat and playful mood. Fittingly, we take a couple of listener questions this week about youth and play.<p>First, is it possible to be too old for youth culture? We approach this from a couple of angles: can you be too old for the content itself? Can you be too old for the experience of swooning over cultural experiences the way you did when you were younger? Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:49:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 54251 at http://wfae.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Too Old For Youth Culture And Toys Lab Rats, One And All: That Unsettling Facebook Experiment http://wfae.org/post/lab-rats-one-and-all-unsettling-facebook-experiment I've always been the shrugging type when it comes to lots of things that Facebook does that make people crazy. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:49:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 53953 at http://wfae.org Lab Rats, One And All: That Unsettling Facebook Experiment 'They Came Together' Is Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts http://wfae.org/post/they-came-together-less-sum-its-parts Writer-director David Wain is at the center of a loose comedy collective that's been working together (and cross-pollinating with other similar unofficial collectives) since <em>The State</em>, which was the name of both the original comedy troupe and the MTV sketch comedy show they held down from 1993 to 1995. The stars included Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, and Ken Marino. Much of that team got back together in 2001 for the summer-camp-movie parody Wain directed and co-wrote with Showalter called <em>Wet Hot American Summer. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:17:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 53805 at http://wfae.org 'They Came Together' Is Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts Pop Culture Happy Hour: Wild Cards And More Regrettable Television http://wfae.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-wild-cards-and-more-regrettable-television First, a huge thank-you to everyone who came to our live show this past week, and especially to our many special guests who helped us out on stage. We had a great time, and you'll be hearing the two shows we taped that night in a couple of weeks.<p>But first! Our pal Gene Demby is on deck this week as we take on a listener suggestion and talk about wild cards. By this, we mean the artists who sometimes delight us and sometimes frustrate us. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 53799 at http://wfae.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Wild Cards And More Regrettable Television