The Extratextuals

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New Shows, 3: Accidentally on Purpose, The Good Wife, NCIS: LA

Three degrees of meh. Reviews after the fold …


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A Few Wednesday Morning Links

As I catch up with the new shows, some links: ... read more »

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How to Sell a Guilty Pleasure: The CW and Its Posters

As I wait for more new shows this week to review, and as I find myself with little to say about the Emmy winners, largely because I agree with or can accept almost all victories (especially Michael Emerson. yay! About bloody time), let’s take a time out to look at some of the extratextuals surrounding the new shows: ... read more »

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New Shows, 3: Community, The Beautiful Life, Flash Forward


Continuing with the reviews, after the fold …

Community ... read more »

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New Shows, 2: The Jay Leno Show, or NBC is Tyler Durden


Yes, Jay gets his own post, because NBC thinks it’s worth five other shows. Below the fold … ... read more »

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New Shows, 1: Melrose Place, Vampire Diaries, & Glee

While living in New York City, I enjoyed attending the Paley Center’s new show sneak peaks each September. That’s not so possible now, in Madison, but instead I’ll be reviewing the new shows as I get around to watching them off my DVR.

Let’s start with The CW’s Melrose Place and The Vampire Diaries, and FOX’s Glee, after the fold…

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Spam with your Television? Advertising, Paratexts, and Laziness


I’m variously annoyed, depressed, and amused by spam. Annoyed because, well, it’s annoying. Depressed because it can only exist because some doofuses actually click through (“Do I wish I had a ‘trouser beast’? Why, damn it, I do! I’d better click through and buy me some of those pills, so that tomorrow I wake up with one that will, as this ad promises, ‘scare the neighbors’”) and thus it reminds me both of how stupid some people are and of how stupid many people think we all are. Amused when its inappropriateness can only be met with laughter. ... read more »

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Indexing, Tagging, and Other Locating or Scanning Devices

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What Other Bloggers Are Saying, and Why I’m Not Saying Anything

I’ve been very busy getting used to the new environment here in Madison, and trying to get a schedule down. As that’s happened, I’ve become a lousy blogger. But I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have something I want to say about indexing and tagging, which I’ll post soon, and then, with all these new shows, it’s time for my annual reviews of the news shows as soon as I’ve had time to watch some. So I promise to come back swinging soon. ... read more »

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Some Belated Thoughts on Emmy Categories

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The 2009 Emmy nominees list has been out for a while now, and with it the griping about who has been overlooked is by now well-established. I have my own feelings about who got snubbed and who is over-rated (Mariska Hargitay gets nominated and January Jones doesn’t?! Weeds jumps the shark, or if we could offer a new phrase to signify the self-destruction of a series, “dates the Tijuana mob boss after burning down the suburb,” yet still gets nominations for seemingly everything but the one really good thing about it, Justin Kirk?!) … but instead of focusing on them, I want to discuss the boundaries between categories … after the fold ... read more »