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ALL of the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards, whether you asked for them or not

September 23, 2013

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Phew, I’m back, finally. Did you miss me? I brought you a present: The Emmys! I know they’re a little shabby, a little bit predictable — and sure, no one is more disappointed than I am that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler aren’t now hosting EVERYTHING EVER.  But Neil Patrick Harris will do . . […]

Will Kay: Eurovision Song Contest 2013 by Category

May 23, 2013

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Every year the Eurovision Song Contest never fails to entertain. While this year didn’t quite reach the heights of the previous few years, it did manage to deliver the mix of confusion, ironic pleasure and legitimate pleasure that is the hallmark of Eurovision. This year Eurovision was held in Malmo in Sweden after Sweden’s Loreen […]

Matilda Dixon-Smith: R.I.P. “Smash”, You Divine Hot Mess

May 21, 2013

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There are just a few of us out there who understand the deep, resounding sorrow that accompanied the announcement that Smash, NBC’s troubled Broadway TV show, would not return for a third season. Considering the ratings for Smash’s second season—which were utterly dismal and prompted a move to the dead slot on Saturday nights, and then the […]

Matilda Dixon-Smith: “The Voice” and Our Collective Fascination with Spinning Red Chairs

May 14, 2013

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Let’s talk about Ricky Martin, his flawless skin and his flamboyant button pressing. The world’s premier reality TV machine, The Voice, is back on Australian screens. True to form, the ruthlessly intelligent program has tightened the reins since last year’s successful outing—this year the show is even more prescriptively, unconsciously, robotically enjoyable than the last. […]

Will Kay: The Breezy “Great British Sewing Bee”

April 10, 2013

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The Great British Sewing Bee is most certainly both great and very British. It takes a little of the self-deprecating British humour and combines it with the archness of British critiques to produce what is a light and entertaining TV program. The Sewing Bee is a competition based reality TV where home-sewers from all around […]

Matilda Dixon-Smith: It’s Arrested Development

April 8, 2013

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You have to be crazy not to love Arrested Development, television’s most subtle and nuanced comedy. It’s the little comedy that could; after a superb three-season run on Fox, the series was cancelled due to poor ratings, but years later, word of mouth, DVD sales and a hefty cult following urged Netflix to pick the series […]

Matilda Dixon-Smith: My Date with Louis Theroux

March 25, 2013

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After weeks filming the owners, workers and clients of a legal brothel in Nevada, BBC’s Louis Theroux and his team are packing up and leaving. Louis says goodbye to the owners, Lance and Susan, and to a few of the girls. One of these partings, with bubbly escort Haley, seems genuinely mournful. Over the course […]