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    20 Years of TV: How Television Has Caught Up to Film In Terms of Quality and Ambition

    Two decades ago, Jeff Goldblum's character in "Jurassic Park" gave new life to Thomas Kuhn's philosophical writings on what he called "paradigm shifts" -- changes so revolutionary that afterward, assumptions about the physical world are different. And it's safe to say that, in terms of culture, the ...

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    20 Years of TV: How Cable Opened Up the Television Landscape to a Chorus of New Voices

    Funny, cable television didn't look like a media juggernaut when it started out. First commercially available in the U.S. in the early '70s, regulatory complications, cost and infrastructure slowed its cultural impact. It also faced the now-antique notion of "Must-See TV" -- the idea that you'd sett...

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    Flashback To 1997 - Remember Arsenio Hall's Short-Lived Sitcom Co-Starring Vivica Fox?

    I'm finally getting around to reading Nicole Laporte's tome, The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks. I bought it in 2011 when it was published, but just never go around to reading it until now.

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    'In a town full of monsters, what makes someone monstrous?' Visiting Netflix's 'Hemlock Grove'

    If "House of Cards" is Netflix's bid at a "Mad Men," the company's next original title, the upcoming "Hemlock Grove," is its attempt at the less overtly prestigious and more obviously popular type of show that's currently dominating cable TV -- the sexy, bloody genre series.

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    20 Years of TV: How HBO Paved the Way for Television to Be Taken Seriously

    Any look at the artistic renaissance in television would be incomplete without HBO. From its start in 1972, its status as a premium cable channel afforded HBO permission to say those famous seven words you can't say on standard TV, as well as more graphic violence and nudity.

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    Petition Created To Stop Putting 'Scandal' On Repeated Hiatus (Applause Or Fail?)

    Alright Scandalistas, I know just how rabid you all can be (we've felt your wrath a few times on this blog), but, come on now - even you guys aren't going to give this petition a thumbs up are you?

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    20 Years of TV: How the DVR Changed Our Relationship With Television

    In the pre-"television can be art" days, watching TV was often considered mental junk food that earned the label "the boob tube" -- not because of current nudity-happy cable programming, but in reference to the archaic definition meaning a dullard or lummox. Cultural condescension aside, until recen...

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    5 Best Bets on TV This Week: 'The Central Park Five' and a Requiem for Tim Hetherington

    Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including "Mad Men," the just-returned "Veep," "Game of Thrones," "Vikings," "Nurse Jackie" and more, but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week.

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    Emmys 2013: Will 'House of Cards' and 'Arrested Development' Pioneer Digitally Released Nominees?

    With the 2012-13 official television season winding down, Indiewire has put up the early incarnation of our Emmy Award prediction charts. Probably the most notable thing about what they suggest compared to previous years is the inclusion of two shows that won't actually air on traditional television...

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    20 Years of TV: How 'ER' Was the Last Great Drama in Which the Show Itself Was the Star

    In 1994, television occupied a very different place in the cultural landscape. It was a mainstay of entertainment, but it didn't get the kind of artistic consideration it does today. TV was regarded as inferior to film and an ad-driven enterprise -- programming to pass the time between commercials.

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