Marc Hirsh http://publicradioeast.org en No Take-Backs: Why Can't 'New Girl' Figure Out What It's Doing? http://publicradioeast.org/post/no-take-backs-why-cant-new-girl-figure-out-what-its-doing <strong>[<em>Ahoy, there be </em>New Girl<em> spoilers ahead, through the most recently aired episode, "Mars Landing."</em>]</strong><p><strong></strong>A few weeks ago, <em>New Girl</em> neared the end of its third season the way it began it: by admitting that it doesn't know what it's doing.<p>In "Mars Landing," the last episode that aired before the show returns Tuesday night, weirdo roommate couple Nick and Jess put together a toy for the infant son of Jess's friend Sadie (a literally phoned-in June Diane Raphael) while hung over, and they broke up in the process. Twice, maybe. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:18:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 38955 at http://publicradioeast.org No Take-Backs: Why Can't 'New Girl' Figure Out What It's Doing? Fix The Best New Artist Grammy: Dump It http://publicradioeast.org/post/fix-best-new-artist-grammy-dump-it Each year's Grammy Awards offer their own questions and controversies based on how the nominations pan out, but there are a few points of contention that come up year after year. There's the difference between Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year. How a song can be eligible for nomination this year when the album it came from was nominated last year (or vice versa). Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:15:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 32736 at http://publicradioeast.org Fix The Best New Artist Grammy: Dump It 'Parks And Recreation': Good For Nerds, Good For America http://publicradioeast.org/post/parks-and-recreation-good-nerds-good-america <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h02lSufbSg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N9G63ldhAQ</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:44:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 31631 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Parks And Recreation': Good For Nerds, Good For America About 'Mystery Science Theater,' A Bold Declaration. It's Bold! http://publicradioeast.org/post/about-mystery-science-theater-bold-declaration-its-bold This is a big week for <em>Mystery Science Theater 3000</em>, or as big a week as can be had for a show that's been off the air since the waning days of the 20th century. The show first aired a quarter of a century ago this past Sunday, and the 25th-anniversary volume (XXVIII, if you're keeping Roman score of the ongoing DVD releases and not the anniversaries) hit shelves on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Thursday marks the return of an MST3K Thanksgiving tradition, the <a href="http://www.mst3kturkeyday.com/mst3k/redditama.html">Turkey Day marathon</a>. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 18:10:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 28648 at http://publicradioeast.org About 'Mystery Science Theater,' A Bold Declaration. It's Bold! Nothing Personal, But I'm Not Reading Your 'Breaking Bad' Analysis http://publicradioeast.org/post/nothing-personal-im-not-reading-your-breaking-bad-analysis The closer we get to the end of <em>Breaking Bad</em>, the less I want to read about it.<p>I'm not calling for a moratorium on <em>Breaking Bad</em> content from now until the finale (and not only because of ... you know, futility.) From now until then, I expect an avalanche of recaps, interviews, think pieces, retrospectives, speculations and so forth. That's exactly as it should be with any show coming to a close, let alone a show as great as this one.<p>And I'm not even sick of the coverage that's taken place and the coverage to come. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:42:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 23156 at http://publicradioeast.org Nothing Personal, But I'm Not Reading Your 'Breaking Bad' Analysis The Beach Boys' Perfect Imperfect Box Set http://publicradioeast.org/post/beach-boys-perfect-imperfect-box-set <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bxfR-Vuo8Y</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:07:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 22182 at http://publicradioeast.org The Beach Boys' Perfect Imperfect Box Set Tweaks, Retooling, And When To Give Up: A Tale Of Two Singing Shows http://publicradioeast.org/post/tweaks-retooling-and-when-give-tale-two-singing-shows As <em>The Voice</em> returns to NBC this week for its fourth season, viewers are seeing two new, if quite familiar, faces as Shakira and Usher occupy the coaches' seats vacated by Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. Its talent-show rival over on Fox, <em>The X Factor</em>, will also see two new judges when (if? Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:37:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 10272 at http://publicradioeast.org Tweaks, Retooling, And When To Give Up: A Tale Of Two Singing Shows A Farewell Salute To 'Ben & Kate,' A Show About Friends Who Are Actually Friends http://publicradioeast.org/post/farewell-salute-ben-kate-show-about-friends-who-are-actually-friends Whether this week's announcements that both ABC's <em>Don't Trust The B- In </em><em>Apt.</em><em> 23</em> and Fox's <em>Ben & Kate</em> are being yanked from the schedules mark the beginning of the Great Sitcom Massacre of 2013 remains to be seen. It almost certainly means the end of two strong shows whose casts were clearly having a blast making them.<p>In the case of <em>Ben & Kate</em>, it also means that television's current comedy slate is losing one of its rare shows where everyone likes everyone else. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:32:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 5900 at http://publicradioeast.org A Farewell Salute To 'Ben & Kate,' A Show About Friends Who Are Actually Friends 'The X Factor' Has A Mournful Piano Ballad Or Ten For You http://publicradioeast.org/post/x-factor-has-mournful-piano-ballad-or-ten-you <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPAUGh9GHn8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7xyM8FfyUI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIlgbEdtSAI</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:03:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 3889 at http://publicradioeast.org 'The X Factor' Has A Mournful Piano Ballad Or Ten For You 'You Can't Do That On Film': A Performance Documentary Without Performance Footage http://publicradioeast.org/post/you-cant-do-film-performance-documentary-without-performance-footage <em>You Can't Do That On Film</em>, an independently made 2004 documentary about Nickelodeon's '80s-afternoon staple <em>You Can't Do That On Television</em>, comes out today on DVD. It's got a treasure trove of interviews from an impressive number of the show's kid stars (Alasdair! Tue, 16 Oct 2012 17:33:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 3787 at http://publicradioeast.org 'You Can't Do That On Film': A Performance Documentary Without Performance Footage The Critical Tyranny Of 'You're Doing It Wrong' http://publicradioeast.org/post/critical-tyranny-youre-doing-it-wrong Are you one of the fans who have ponied up dough for a meet-and-greet with a favorite band or pop star, as is becoming an increasing trend these days? Have you ever purchased an elusive record or song on the Internet, rather than scouring used record stores and flea markets until you hit pay dirt? Fri, 12 Oct 2012 19:38:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 3557 at http://publicradioeast.org The Critical Tyranny Of 'You're Doing It Wrong' The Veracity Of 'Titanic,' James Bond and 'Homeland,' And Why Recognizability Matters http://publicradioeast.org/post/veracity-titanic-james-bond-and-homeland-and-why-recognizability-matters <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W04b5zwXTmU</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:23:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 3537 at http://publicradioeast.org Whither Prince's "Batdance"? (Quo Batdancimus?) http://publicradioeast.org/post/whither-princes-batdance-quo-batdancimus In <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/princes-batman-soundtrack-is-not-the-embarrassment,86404/" target="_blank">this week's installment</a> of the A.V. Club's "We're No. 1" series, which reexamines chart-topping albums from times gone by, Steven Hyden takes a look at Prince's <em>Batman</em> semi-soundtrack. While he acknowledges that it's minor Prince, hinting that it's the man's least-important 1980s release, he's surprised to rediscover that it's actually pretty good, in its way. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:27:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 3335 at http://publicradioeast.org