Never Say DieJake Valento
Jake Valento reviews What We Do In The Shadows, taking stock of the can-it-be-revived mockumentary format.
Staying Home Sick with the Housewives of Orange CountyKati Heng
Migraines go better with trashy reality TV, according to Kati Heng.
Watching TLC on TLCChristina Lee
As a possible 20th anniversary reunion tour approaches, TLC presents two new shows about TLC.
Margaret & MindyChristina Lee
The legacy of Margaret Cho’s All-American Girl, Mindy Kaling’s groundbreaking The Mindy Project, and the importance of sitcoms starring Asian-Americans who aren’t that Asian.
Vampire Diaries reduxBradford Nordeen
Bradford Nordeen explores the appeal of the derivative of the derivative… ad mortem.
Rupaul’s Drag RaceBradford Nordeen
The growth of positive depictions of gay chracters and themes on television likely has as much to do with advertising demographics as recent shifts in public opinion and, true to form, Rupaul’s Drag Race is packed with as many product placements as the other reality TV shows it mirrors. Bradford Nordeen, author of Fever Pitch, highlights the pleasures and frustrations that the show has to offer as well as how it literalizes Warhol’s maxim about fifteen
minutes seconds of fame.