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How 'Silicon Valley' Tells Broad Truths From An Insular World

Friday, June 12, 2015

HBO's Silicon Valley ends its second season Sunday night with a finale I have seen and will warn you is so tense that I actually skipped forward a little bit at one point. That's how suspenseful I found it. And remember: it's a comedy.

Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Spy' And Other Director-Actor Pairings

Friday, June 12, 2015

This week, we're lucky enough to welcome our pal Audie Cornish back to the panel for a discussion of Spy, the latest comedy (after The Heat and Bridesmaids) to team Melissa McCarthy with director Paul Feig. (If you're nostalgic, you can listen to our affectionate review of The Heat

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WATCH: 11-Year-Old Sydney Lucas Destroys At The Tony Awards

Monday, June 08, 2015

Sydney Lucas didn't happen to win the Tony Award she was nominated for on Sunday night, but it took nothing away from the fact that she was the highlight of the entire broadcast. Lucas plays Small Alison in Fun Home, the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir about her ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Romance Novel Special

Friday, June 05, 2015

This week is a special one for us at Pop Culture Happy Hour: we invited our pals Barrie Hardymon and Petra Mayer, along with the marvelous and hugely knowledgeable Sarah Wendell, who runs the romance web site Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

Here's what you're really looking for if ...

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Every Song In 'The Last Five Years,' Ranked By Uncontrollable Sobbing

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Let's get weepy, people. Seriously, seriously weepy. And ... I mean, spoiler alert, obviously. But this show and movie sort of spoils itself structurally, so.

The Last Five Years, from composer and playwright Jason Robert Brown, began as a stage musical in 2001 in Chicago, then opened as an Off-Broadway ...

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Small Batch Edition: We Really, Really Hated 'The Briefcase'

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

It's pretty rare for us to spend much time on something with no redeeming qualities at all, but it's also pretty rare to come across something as devoid of redeeming qualities as The Briefcase.

The new CBS series dumps a pile of money on two financially strapped families and shows ...

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Lifetime's Scripted Drama 'Unreal' Goes Behind The Scenes Of Reality TV

Monday, June 01, 2015

A new drama from the cable network Lifetime is getting a lot of attention because it's a well-written show skewering reality television.

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'UnREAL' Is An Unsettling Look At Making Unsettling Television

Monday, June 01, 2015

The least promising thing about Lifetime's strong new drama UnREAL, which takes place behind the scenes of a The Bachelor-like show, is its title. Yes, it's capitalized in the self-consciously offbeat way common to overvalued tech startups and adolescents experimenting with identity. But more forebodingly, it lies down and rolls ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Tomorrowland,' The Future And The Past

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Brad Bird-directed Tomorrowland didn't make a lot of dough in its opening weekend, despite Bird's impressive reputation and the star power of George Clooney. It didn't get great reviews, either, but one of us (spoiler alert: it was me) liked it more than a lot of people did. We ...

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David Oyelowo Flies Solo In HBO's 'Nightingale'

Friday, May 29, 2015

Inevitability has a crucial role in lots of good dramatic works, and every good use of it gives lie to the idea that it's definitionally incompetent to create anything "predictable." From the opening minutes of Nightingale, a new film airing on HBO Friday night starring David Oyelowo (Selma), there is ...

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'Mad Men' Ends, Singing A Familiar Song

Monday, May 18, 2015

[This discussion of the Mad Men finale gives away all kinds of information about the Mad Men finale, so if you don't want to know things about it, please stop reading.]

The hippies were probably inevitable.

Over the course of Mad Men's history, Don Draper's fascination with California has returned ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Pitch Perfect 2' And Summer Movies

Friday, May 15, 2015

This week's show came to you a little late, because that's how much we wanted to drag our pal Petra Mayer of NPR Books to see Pitch Perfect 2 with us before we taped. We have a chat at the top of the show about the Barden Bellas' new adventures, ...

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Black Widow, Scarce Resources And High-Stakes Stories

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

[This post about the plot and characters in Avengers: Age Of Ultron discusses the plot and characters in Avengers: Age Of Ultron.]

We were never going to avoid gender politics with a character named "Black Widow."

The entire concept – arachnoid but especially pop-cultural – of the Black Widow is ...

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What Is Upfronts Week, Anyway?: 5 Questions Answered

Monday, May 11, 2015

What's upfronts week, anyway?

Upfronts week is when the broadcast networks, in this order and in general, (1) make final decisions about canceling or keeping existing shows, (2) unveil their schedules for the fall and spring seasons, and (3) present their new shows to advertisers to kick off their ad ...

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The End Of 'American Idol'

Monday, May 11, 2015

[Note: Listen to the audio above to hear a conversation I had with Pop Culture Happy Hour team member Stephen Thompson about the end of the show.]

Ahead of its fall programming presentation to advertisers in the afternoon, Fox announced Monday that the 15th season of American Idol, which will ...

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'Grace And Frankie' Looks At Life Unexpectedly Alone

Friday, May 08, 2015

The opening credits of the new Netflix comedy (maybe comedy-drama) Grace And Frankie lay out the show's high concept using the song "Stuck In The Middle With You" and a set of wedding cake toppers. You see two couples, then two couples with kids, then the husbands kissing, then the ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Pop Culture Pariahs

Friday, May 08, 2015

You may have heard about a plucky little indie film called Avengers: Age Of Ultron, which opened last weekend. (You might remember our show about the previous Avengers movie, but I don't, because I wasn't there.) We send you into this weekend with a not-too-spoilery discussion of the movie, ...

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'I Am Big Bird' Finds An Artist Under The Feathers

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The film I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story, which focuses on the life of puppeteer Spinney, avoids a few common pitfalls in the biographical documentary. It doesn't occupy its entire running time with people saying how amazing Spinney is or with testimonials to the importance of his work. ...

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Amy Schumer Puts Her Own Looks On Trial

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

On the fantastic advice podcast Judge John Hodgman, one of the things Hodgman always says in getting litigants to relay their stories is that "specificity is the soul of narrative." Specificity is also the soul of parody, as we saw Tuesday night on Inside Amy Schumer. Schumer and ...

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'Mad Men' Skates Across A Changed And Changing Landscape

Monday, May 04, 2015

Sunday night's Mad Men was the antepenultimate episode of the series – a word we don't get to use enough, but one that can be surprisingly significant in television. The second to last episode is often (rightly or wrongly) understood and analyzed as finale table-setting, so this third to last ...

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