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Visions from Lilliput

The rise of the minisode
In a sense, every successful portmanteau word represents a narrow escape.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  July 28, 2008


Krofft fare

Sid and Marty show MySpace how psychedelia’s really done
My favorite Sid and Marty Krofft production is one they had nothing to do with.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  July 23, 2008


Life of Don

Mad Men ’s dark nostalgia
Mad Men continues to take us back to a time we think we know.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 22, 2008


Working girl

In Plain Sight’s straight talk
On USA’s nifty summer series In Plain Sight , Mary McCormack, as federal marshal Mary Shannon, joins the select league of those who’ve made jeans, tank tops, boots, and leather jackets into an American fashion statement.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  July 15, 2008


Criminal intent

Ed Burns on writing Iraq
Ed Burns — former Baltimore homicide detective, Vietnam vet, and long-time writing partner with David Simon, both on the The Wire  and on Generation Kill , spoke with the Phoenix about the new series.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  July 07, 2008


The wages of war

The creators of The Wire take on Iraq in Generation Kill
The Iraq War poses a strange problem for the American public.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  July 07, 2008


Tokyo roses

Jeopardy! Japanese style
It’s a special people indeed who can cast off the twin yokes of rigid history and a driven work ethic to spend time unwinding in Day-Glo game-show studios.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  July 01, 2008


Blood money

Adventures in the slave trade
Katrina Browne’s Traces of the Trade is a legendary local documentary, a film on which all hands in Boston indie production seem to have toiled at some point.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  June 24, 2008


Belle de nuit

Secret Diary of a Call Girl on Showtime
Belle is, as she introduces herself right up front, “a whore.” Or, if you please, “prostitute, call girl, escort, hooker, courtesan.”
By: JUSTINE ELIAS  |  June 16, 2008


Black Gold digs the crude

Oiled up
If the poet John Milton were with us today and casting about for a theme epic enough to engage his imagination, I am confident that he would settle on oil .
By: JAMES PARKER  |  June 10, 2008


Where’s Lindsay?

Dina and Ali work the Lohan brand
Dina Lohan and her 14-year-old daughter, Ali, made the rounds on the talk-show circuit last week to promote their new reality series, Living Lohan .
By: SHARON STEEL  |  June 02, 2008


Spirit of '76

Swingtown takes a hit of Tab
Swingtown takes a hit of Tab
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  May 27, 2008



Lost ’s endgame  
Fifteen years ago, I fell in love. It didn’t end well.
By: SEAN KERRIGAN  |  May 20, 2008


Going ape

Animal Planet’s Escape to Chimp Eden
The truth is the truth, and we hacks must face up to it: it is no longer amusing to come up with ideas for hypothetical reality shows.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  May 12, 2008


High anxiety

David Brashears’s Storm over Everest
On May 10, 1996, an unexpected and severe storm pounded Mount Everest, throwing three climbing teams into disarray and ultimately taking the lives of eight mountaineers.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  May 08, 2008


Bad news?

MTV puts out The Paper
“Basically, the state of the paper is that we’re screwed,” says a wry Alex, sounding for a moment less like an adolescent hack than someone who may well be defining the future of the industry.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  April 28, 2008


Clips ahoy

The treasures of
This past February, Tina Fey returned to host Saturday Night Live and announced, in mock triumph, that the Writers Guild of America had struck a deal with the studios that would pay them for on-line content.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  April 22, 2008


Off with their heads!

The Tudors  stoops to conquer
The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) with Charles Laughton ran through all six wives in 97 minutes.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 15, 2008


Fools rush in

WGBH remakes A Room with a View
If you think Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Daniel Day-Lewis, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, and Judi Dench are all hopelessly overrated, then WGBH/ITV has your TV movie.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 09, 2008


A cop with an assitude

Watertown’s Clambake Animation pushes TV’s boundaries with a homicidal heinie
Mr. McGee comes by his name honestly. He is, quite simply, an ass.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  April 09, 2008



Searching for perfect health care
“In America,” says Hong-Jen Chang politely, “it’s not really a . . . a system you can copy. It’s a market."
By: JAMES PARKER  |  April 08, 2008

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