Linda Holmes http://apr.org en 'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers http://apr.org/post/audience-measurement-how-networks-and-critics-are-wrestling-numbers If the Television Critics Association press tour of 2014, wrapping up Tuesday and Wednesday with presentations from PBS, has had a catchphrase, it's "audience measurement."<p>Critics heard an extended presentation from Nielsen on the very first day of tour about the company's plans to begin measuring viewership on mobile devices and, more generally, about its scramble to keep up – catch up, really – with the way television works now. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:28:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 56249 at http://apr.org 'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers Television Critics Give Big Awards To 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is The New Black' http://apr.org/post/television-critics-give-big-awards-breaking-bad-orange-new-black The Television Critics Association is a funny animal. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:22:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 56109 at http://apr.org Television Critics Give Big Awards To 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is The New Black' At This Summer's TV Press Tour, A Resounding Sense Of 'Meh' http://apr.org/post/summers-tv-press-tour-resounding-sense-meh There's a widespread belief that critics hate everything, revel in hating everything, and cannot be pleased. It's widespread and wrong, though.<p>That fact has never been clearer to me than at this year's summer press tour, where — while I certainly can't speak for everyone — it seems like there's a glumness that has settled in that can be traced back to the fact that ... we're not loving anything. Reviewing television has been for the last few years quite like reviewing anything: You hunt for the exceptional in a mixed bag of the ordinary and the lousy. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:51:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 55808 at http://apr.org At This Summer's TV Press Tour, A Resounding Sense Of 'Meh' Press Tour Day 1: Paper Airplanes, Daniel Radcliffe, And Christmas http://apr.org/post/press-tour-day-1-paper-airplanes-daniel-radcliffe-and-christmas <em>For the next couple of weeks, I'm out in California covering the Television Critics Association press tour. Not familiar? <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2014/07/08/329783475/whats-happening-in-television-its-press-tour-time-again" target="_blank">Here's</a> an introduction.</em><p>Day 1 of summer press tour began with hammering and ended with a giant Christmas tree.<p>Let's back up.<p>We started Tuesday with a presentation from the Nielsen ratings people about their upcoming efforts to incorporate "cross-platform" viewing into ratings. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:28:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 55416 at http://apr.org Press Tour Day 1: Paper Airplanes, Daniel Radcliffe, And Christmas What's Happening In Television: It's Press Tour Time Again http://apr.org/post/whats-happening-television-its-press-tour-time-again It's that time again.<p>For the next couple of weeks, I'll be writing from the Television Critics Association Press Tour, where a couple hundred critics convene in a giant hotel ballroom to question producers, writers, network executives, actors, and sometimes other folks about what's coming up on TV. It can bring out both the punchy and the grumpy in many folks you know who write about all this: Tim Goodman at <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em> calls it the Death March With Cocktails. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:08:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 55339 at http://apr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Too Old For Youth Culture And Toys http://apr.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-too-old-youth-culture-and-toys Stephen Thompson and I are joined this week by our blog siblings Gene Demby and Kat Chow of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/" target="_blank">NPR's Code Switch</a>, which always puts us in an upbeat and playful mood. Fittingly, we take a couple of listener questions this week about youth and play.<p>First, is it possible to be too old for youth culture? We approach this from a couple of angles: can you be too old for the content itself? Can you be too old for the experience of swooning over cultural experiences the way you did when you were younger? Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:49:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 55139 at http://apr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Too Old For Youth Culture And Toys 'They Came Together' Is Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts http://apr.org/post/they-came-together-less-sum-its-parts Writer-director David Wain is at the center of a loose comedy collective that's been working together (and cross-pollinating with other similar unofficial collectives) since <em>The State</em>, which was the name of both the original comedy troupe and the MTV sketch comedy show they held down from 1993 to 1995. The stars included Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, and Ken Marino. Much of that team got back together in 2001 for the summer-camp-movie parody Wain directed and co-wrote with Showalter called <em>Wet Hot American Summer. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:17:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 54714 at http://apr.org 'They Came Together' Is Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts Pop Culture Happy Hour: Wild Cards And More Regrettable Television http://apr.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-wild-cards-and-more-regrettable-television First, a huge thank-you to everyone who came to our live show this past week, and especially to our many special guests who helped us out on stage. We had a great time, and you'll be hearing the two shows we taped that night in a couple of weeks.<p>But first! Our pal Gene Demby is on deck this week as we take on a listener suggestion and talk about wild cards. By this, we mean the artists who sometimes delight us and sometimes frustrate us. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 54706 at http://apr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Wild Cards And More Regrettable Television Building The 'Issue' Documentary: On Surveillance And South Africa http://apr.org/post/building-issue-documentary-surveillance-and-south-africa What used to be Silverdocs, the week-long documentary festival in downtown Silver Spring, Md., is now AFI DOCS, a four-day festival split between Silver Spring and a variety of D.C. venues. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:07:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 54401 at http://apr.org Building The 'Issue' Documentary: On Surveillance And South Africa Pop Culture Happy Hour: Buddy Movies And First Impressions http://apr.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-buddy-movies-and-first-impressions This week, the recent opening of <em>22 Jump Street</em> — among many others — gets us talking about the buddy film. Not just the buddy-cop movie, but the buddy-frat movie, the depressingly rare female-buddy movie, and whatever else they come up with to create what Glen calls "the background noise of American popular culture." We talk about whether the straight-man/comic dynamic is going away, the long history of buddies, and the "bromance" idea with which not all of us are entirely comfortable.<p>Then we move on to a second topic about first impressions. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 54270 at http://apr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Buddy Movies And First Impressions The Spoiler-Free 'Game Of Thrones' Twitter Translator http://apr.org/post/spoiler-free-game-thrones-twitter-translator Despite watching a great deal of television — highbrow, lowbrow, middlebrow — I don't watch <em>Game of Thrones</em>. I have never been a fantasy fan, I can't tolerate extensive world-building without nodding off, I don't gravitate toward stories about epic wars, and I'm not particularly drawn by either nudity or innard-splattering. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 53978 at http://apr.org The Spoiler-Free 'Game Of Thrones' Twitter Translator Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Edge Of Tomorrow' And Noble Flops http://apr.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-edge-tomorrow-and-noble-flops If you're looking for a movie to see this weekend, may we recommend a movie you may not have seen last weekend?<p>After a brief breakdown of the Tony Awards (which underwhelmed us a bit — see what you think of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG5yJXOyKIc" target="_blank">the <em>Music Man</em> bit</a>), the panel — including guest Chris Klimek — gets on to the business of giving a pretty hearty thumbs-up to the Tom Cruise action thriller <em>Edge Of Tomorrow</em>, co-starring a very fine Emily Blunt and a bunch of aliens. And time travel and/or eternal life! Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:48:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 53833 at http://apr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Edge Of Tomorrow' And Noble Flops Good News, Glamour-Likers: More 'Miss Fisher' To Come http://apr.org/post/good-news-glamour-likers-more-miss-fisher-come Let us begin this Friday with some unabashed joy: the Australian show <em>Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries</em>, adored by many a fan of glamorous lady detectives, smoldering fellows, sexual freedom and fantastic outfits, will return for a third series, according to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/phrynefisher" target="_blank">the show's Facebook page</a>.<p>As star Essie Davis <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2014/03/31/297126077/essie-davis-on-playing-a-sexually-liberated-superhero-without-apology" target="_blank">told me</a> earlier this year, Phryne Fisher is a superhero, very d Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:54:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 53825 at http://apr.org Good News, Glamour-Likers: More 'Miss Fisher' To Come Hugh Jackman Jumps; Tony Viewers Say, 'What?' http://apr.org/post/hugh-jackman-jumps-tony-viewers-say-what <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtlHjso3LHA</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 53511 at http://apr.org Hugh Jackman Jumps; Tony Viewers Say, 'What?' Pop Culture Happy Hour: Seeing Books Everywhere And Moments Of Grief http://apr.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-seeing-books-everywhere-and-moments-grief This week's show brings back our friend Petra Mayer of NPR Books. Like me, Petra is fresh off a trip to Book Expo America (a/k/a BEA, FYI), where we both heard about a whole lot of new books. We'll mention some of the titles (though in many cases we haven't actually received the books yet), and we'll try to give you a sense of how this enormous trade show followed by a fan event actually works. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:21:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 53393 at http://apr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Seeing Books Everywhere And Moments Of Grief