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Why Do Certain Actors on Ensemble Shows Stand Out for Emmy Nominations?

Robert Altman would be proud. His signature ensemble filmmaking style has become the norm rather than the exception in dramatic series. However magnetic the leads, they’re invariably surrounded by distinctive character players who get multiple chances to shine across a typical season. 582 more words


The New Usage Guide ... Television!

All the students in my MA course Testing Prescriptivism had to write two blogposts. So here is Jasper Spierenburg’s second one:

With statistics showing that the average American watches over five hours of television a day, it is hard for prescriptivists to argue against the fact that television is looked at more often than the inside of a usage guide. 484 more words

MA Leiden

The Definitive TV Comedy Power Rankings (Getting You Through The Rest of Summer)

There are certain unmistakeable truths of every summer:

  • You start all conversations by commenting on how amazing the weather is.
  • While you love that it’s light out until 8pm, you hate that the sun rises at 5:30am.
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General BS

When Literally means Literally...

Jasper Spierenburg is another of my MA students working on prescriptivism. Here is his first blogpost:

Literally is an adverb that leaves a lot of listeners in an absolute state of disbelief. 722 more words

MA Leiden

Modern Family, Modern Masculinities

If you’re not already watching Modern Family I hope that I can convince you that it’s worth your time. The family friendly prime time comedy highlights three branches of a modern family through the spoofed lens of a European reality show. 1,610 more words

Sex/Sexuality/Reproductive Justice

It's Getting Spicy! Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello Pack on the PDA while Boarding to Miami [Photos]

PEOPLE magazine deemed him the Most Sexiest Man Alive and she’s the highest paid female television star, so why wouldn’t Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara… 110 more words

Love Tattle

Saturday Preview: NCIS Port-to-Port Killer Storyline

Here’s the breakdown of the USA Network schedule for Saturday July 26, 2014:

  • A repeat of Tuesday’s episode of Covert Affairs
  • Episodes seven, eight and nine from the first season of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit in 1999…
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