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Necro-streaming

Necro-streaming

Dear television,  1. The Death of the Self(ie) WHEN JANE AND I wrote about the spate of new network sitcoms a couple weeks ago, I wouldn't have guessed that I’d be returning this soon to ABC’...

Spoiler Alert: Your Art Should Be Ruined

Spoiler Alert: Your Art Should Be Ruined

THE PILOT of the new CW series The Flash is one of the most oddly paced, fractured television episodes I’ve ever seen. The super-velocity whoosh of the show’s hero, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), see...

Reflections in a Black Mirror

Reflections in a Black Mirror

IF BEFORE that tragic day 13 years ago in September, a scripted television series had told the story of not one but two commercial jetliners crashing into the world’s tallest skyscraper towers on a ...

Homicide: Death on the Screen

Homicide: Death on the Screen

THE CLASSIC OPENING of Law & Order is so formulaic it almost seems unnecessary to describe: In its purest form, people are going about their daily business, maybe on a date, maybe just heading...

Hercule Poirot and Us

Hercule Poirot and Us

ACTOR DAVID SUCHET had never read a single book by Agatha Christie when producer Brian Eastman offered him the lead role in Agatha Christie’s Poirot, the lavish adaptations of Christie’s Hercule P...

The Prestige Cartoon

The Prestige Cartoon

A TINY ROBOT looks up into the face of its inventor, its mechanical arms spread, its triangular torso firm and confident atop its single treadmill foot. “What is my purpose?” asks the machine, it...

Vampire Socials

Vampire Socials

AT HIS INCEPTION, the vampire was a solitary figure. Typically the occupant of sprawling gothic ruins atop a desolate mountain, he was pallid, fanged, and obviously monstrous, occasionally distinguish...