Tagged television

Powerbomb the Patriarchy with Netflix’s GLOW

Ah, America in the ’80s: big hair, shiny clothes, and . . . blatant racial and gender stereotypes? Yep, that’s the decade of decadence. But from within that society emerged a groundbreaking and exciting promotion, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. GLOW is Neflix’s somewhat-based-on-a-true-story telling of its history, starring Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) and comedian/actor Marc Maron. The 10-episode first season explores the background and production of the show, all the way up to the big premiere. Slight spoilers ahead. The opening scene...

The BBC Reveals Jodie Whittaker as Doctor Who’s 13th Doctor

Over the past 54 years, we’ve seen more than a dozen actors helm BBC’s flagship program, Doctor Who. Today, after what seemed like an eternity of men’s tennis at Wimbledon, our newest lead was announced: Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th Doctor and the first woman to take on the role. BBC revealed its pick with a short but exciting video in which the new Doctor opens her palm to see a TARDIS key materialize while walking through the woods. Soon...

4 Highlights Worthy of Worship from the American Gods Premiere

I have been a fan of Neil Gaiman since I discovered his book Neverwhere when I was in college. His gritty urban fantasy gripped me immediately, and I was instantly transformed into a lifelong fan. I track him on Twitter, wonder where exactly in or near our state he lives, attend as many of his local talks as I can get to, and devour his new works. In fact, when I was pregnant with my son, my husband and...

Lucious and Luke, Tom and Nick: Comparing Empire and Luke Cage by Way of Gatsby

An odd realization came to me that Netflix’s Luke Cage series—the series, not the man—is a sort of Nick Carraway to Empire’s Tom Buchanan. (This caught me as much off-guard as the somewhat less recent but equally surprising realization that the titular, secondary protagonist of Fitzgerald’s literary masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, was a Black man engaged in the infrequently discussed but historically relevant act or art of passing . . . but that’s a topic for another entry.) I’d...

50 Years on the Final Frontier: Seeing Star Trek through the Eyes of Minnesota Geeks

It’s been 50 years to the day since Star Trek‘s September 8, 1966, premiere on NBC. A different but equally important milestone happened 20 years later, on December 20, 1986—the night William Shatner appeared on Saturday Night Live, in an episode featuring then-timely sketches about T. J. Hooker and Oliver North and presenting the musical stylings of one Buster Poindexter. More to the point, Shatner appeared as himself in a now-infamous sketch set at a clichéd Star Trek fan convention...

MST3K’s Trace Beaulieu Teams Up with Transylvania Television and More MN Talent for a New Project—and Did We Mention Puppets?

Kickstarter has been around long enough now that there are several successful imitators and innovators. Crowdfunding isn’t an experiment anymore—it’s a fact of creative life. What might not be so widely known is that one of the projects selected for the beta rollout of Kickstarter was none other than the local not-for-kids puppet TV show Transylvania Television, better known as TVTV, of course. Now Gordon Smuder and some of the other creatives behind TVTV have launched another Kickstarter campaign...

Supernatural Season Nine: Secrets Keep us Sick, Dean

Before we even start humming “Carry on Wayward Son” and crying, I want to point out that if you are not caught up to at least the end of season 9 of Supernatural, what follows has spoilers aplenty. If you do not want to be spoiled, turn back now. I do not want to get ganked. I warned you. Carrying on . . . wayward son . . . OK, I first want to say that as a therapist, Supernatural is...
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