Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes writes and edits NPR's entertainment and pop-culture blog, Monkey See. She has several elaborate theories involving pop culture and monkeys, all of which are available on request.

Holmes began her professional life as an attorney. In time, however, her affection for writing, popular culture and the online universe eclipsed her legal ambitions. She shoved her law degree in the back of the closet, gave its living-room space to DVD sets of The Wire and never looked back.

Holmes was a writer and editor at Television Without Pity, where she recapped several hundred hours of programming — including both High School Musical movies, for which she did not receive hazard pay. Since 2003, she has been a contributor to MSNBC.com, where she has written about books, movies, television and pop-culture miscellany.

Holmes' work has also appeared on Vulture (New York magazine's entertainment blog), in TV Guide and in many, many legal documents.

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Monkey See
12:04 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

How '30 Rock' Found Its Tone When Liz Lemon Didn't Marry Her Cousin

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on NBC's 30 Rock.
Ali Goldstein NBC

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 2:49 pm

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Monkey See
10:41 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Nerd Culture And The Return Of Regrettable TV

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We were all struck last week by Noel Murray's A.V. Club piece "The changing face of 'nerds' (and autism) in popular culture," so we spent this week's first segment talking about the separate but related matters it raises of how popular culture deals with nerds and how it deals with autism, not to mention how it deals with the messy and imprecise crossover between the two.

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Monkey See
12:13 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Our Royalty: Bangs Aren't All Michelle Obama And Kate Middleton Have In Common

First lady Michelle Obama waves after addressing the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 12:28 pm

Ask yourself this question: How weird would it be if you changed your hair and it was on the news?

No, seriously. Pull back from everything you know about celebrity and pretend it's about you. You change your hair. You decide, "Hey, you know what? It's been long for a while; what if I went a little shorter?" And so you go a little shorter. And then it is on the news.

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Monkey See
2:45 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

I've Heard That Somewhere: 'Glee' Covers 'Baby Got Back,' And It Sounds ... Familiar

The cast of Glee, which is in its fourth season on Fox.
Kwaku Alston Fox

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Monkey See
3:07 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Dear Reader: Yes, There's A Reason People Asked Dear Abby For Advice

"Dear Abby" columnist Pauline Phillips, seen here in 2001, died Wednesday.
Reed Saxon AP

Dear Monkey See:

I just heard that Pauline Phillips, who wrote the advice column "Dear Abby," passed away yesterday at 94. From what I've read, she wrote or co-wrote the column for almost 50 years.

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Monkey See
11:44 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Chicken With Gatorade: The Oddball Pleasures Of 'Chopped'

Ted Allen addresses the chefs competing on the Chopped Holiday Special.
David Lang Food Network

There's no shortage of food shows on television, from serene instructional content to tourist eye candy to kooky competitions where chefs cook in the desert. There's also The Great Food Truck Race, which is mostly about the finer points of where you should park a food truck.

But while my favorite was once Bravo's Top Chef, with its clearly skilled chefs and terrific judging panels, my new favorite is the Food Network competition Chopped.

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Monkey See
2:48 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Fans Gather To Remember Huell Howser

Seen here in 2005, Huell Howser was remembered by hundreds of fans on Tuesday.
AP

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 3:26 pm

On today's Morning Edition, Shereen Marisol Meraji had a great piece about the memorial of Southern California public-television staple Huell Howser, who died of cancer earlier this month.

On Tuesday, hundreds of people turned out to remember him. As Meraji says, for these fans, Howser was "a man who took them to places they never knew they wanted to go and introduced them to people they never knew they wanted to meet."

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Monkey See
11:20 am
Wed January 16, 2013

What Music Makes A Distilled Good Mood?

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Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 12:19 pm

On October 24, 2011, I had a bad day.

I honestly forget why. It was a Monday; that should be enough.

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Monkey See
12:13 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Lance Armstrong And The Cheapening Of Indignation

Cyclist Lance Armstrong addresses participants at a Livestrong event in October.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 1:22 pm

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Monkey See
7:29 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Watch The Golden Globes With Us, Where The Drinks Are Optional

Seen here in January 2012, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are the hosts of Sunday night's Golden Globes.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 6:24 pm

The Golden Globes have a well-deserved reputation for being both goofy and pretty much meaningless. They've made it into the news the last few years largely by convincing people that Ricky Gervais' Hugh Hefner jokes were dangerous and daring. (They weren't.)

This year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has actually done something very promising by lining up Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host together. Now that — that -- seems like it might be good.

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Movies
12:11 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Oscar Nominees Announced: 'Lincoln' Leads With 12

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 3:04 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And this morning here in Los Angeles the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced. The movie with the most nominations: Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," with 12 nods.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "LINCOLN")

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS: (as Lincoln) Euclid's first common notion is this: Things which are equal to the same thing are equal to each other. That's a rule of mathematical reasoning. It's true because it works.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "LIFE OF PI")

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Monkey See
10:56 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Oscar Nominations: 'Lincoln' Leads The Pack, But Where Is Kathryn Bigelow?

Daniel Day-Lewis stars as President Abraham Lincoln in director Steven Spielberg's drama Lincoln.
Twentieth Century Fox

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 3:14 pm

It turns out that if you ask the Academy at large who are the best directors, you get a very different answer from the one you get if you ask the Directors Guild of America (DGA). The DGA nominations a couple of days ago went to Ben Affleck for Argo, Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, Tom Hooper for Les Miserables, Ang Lee for Life Of Pi, and Steven Spielberg for Lincoln.

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Monkey See
10:17 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Entirely Real Photos: You Look Like A Monkey, And Your Mom Thinks So Too

A mother toque macaque, which is a kind of monkey from Ceylon, holds her male baby at Zoo Berlin.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

All those "Monkey And Me" classes are really paying off for this family.

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Monkey See
8:40 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Morning Shots: Are You Planning On Dressing Up Like Thor? You're Not Alone

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A Fandango poll says that The Avengers is leading the pack for Halloween costume choice, and then goes on to explain that most of the top picks across the board are action heroes. Which does make some sense, as dressing up like a rom-com heroine would make it hard for people to tell who you are. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Monkey See
9:01 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Morning Shots: NBC's Surprising Success And Louis C.K.'s Next Gig

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From my beloved ex-hometown: The Minnesota Orchestra put on a show Thursday night, in spite of the fact that they're currently locked out in a contract dispute. [The Star Tribune]

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Monkey See
3:45 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

'Friendkeeping': The Close Relationships We Could, But Can't Easily, Let Go

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:46 pm

At Monkey See this week, we've been talking about friendship and pop culture. We close with this discussion with Julie Klam, whose new book, Friendkeeping, goes on sale next week.

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Monkey See
11:55 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Does The Hallmark Channel Have Basic Cable's Most Efficiently Defined Brand?

Kellie Martin and Ethan Erickson in I Married Who?
Alexx Henry Hallmark Channel

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:50 pm

You know Hallmark cards, of course. "When you care enough to send the very best." They made themselves The Company That Makes Greeting Cards, Whether You Like It Or Not, and that brand is made of iron.

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Monkey See
10:58 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Nature Of Suspense And Our Love Of Cover Songs

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Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:53 pm

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This week, we're visited by the marvelous Barrie Hardymon for a show about the nature of suspense — brought on by Stephen's and my enthusiasm for the new Ben Affleck film Argo -- and about cover songs. We play a lot of music, including covers we love and the raw materials to put together covers that don't exist except in our dreams.

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Monkey See
9:48 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Entirely Real Photos: What's It Like At A Rockettes Rehearsal?

Linda Haberman (L), Director and Choreographer of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular directs The Rockettes at the 2012 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Rehearsals this week in New York.
Rob Kim Getty Images

I have no particular wisdom about this photo; I just think it's interesting to see that the Rockettes are never not regimented. I thought maybe you'd be allowed to wear your own dance clothes, but it makes sense that they'd want to see the effect of everyone looking the same, even in practice. These women work hard.

Monkey See
8:44 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Morning Shots: 'Girls,' Jerks, 'Sugar Dome,' And Messing With Classics

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Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:51 pm

I continue to be utterly fascinated by Ta-Nehisi Coates and his quest to learn French. "I now understand why two-year-olds are so frustrated," and other insights. [The Atlantic]

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