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Go Your Own Way

Published on December 20, 2012 by in Columns

In last week’s column, I reflected on what television has become over the last decade—a trend that has become even more solidified in 2012.  With the rise of DVRs and streaming video-on-demand, we’re seeing a pronounced rise in serial dramas, shows with complex storylines and impeccably-developed characters.  As television shows are devoured, in many cases,

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Is Fat Funny?

Published on June 14, 2012 by in Columns

  When heavyset comedians lose weight, do they become less funny?  Last week, the National Enquirer reported that Jonah Hill—who you’ll remember from “Superbad” and “Get Him to the Greek”—is deliberately gaining all of the weight he’d lost because he believes audiences found him less funny when he was slender.

 
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Familiar Is King

Published on December 1, 2011 by in Columns

I realize that it isn’t over yet, and it may be a little earlier than we normally start reflecting and reviewing, but 2011 has been an interesting year.  The recession has affected nearly everyone—money’s tight, there’s an overbearing sense of gloom-and-doom, and gas prices are high.  And still, if the earliest numbers of this holiday

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