“I don’t really watch sports. Can we watch some real TV?” I heard a friend say the other day. I am sure this wasn’t the first time this has been said, especially between couples of all ages and interests. That being said, I happen to have been struck by this particular incident. “Real” TV? What did she mean? I assumed she meant a “Seinfeld” rerun on TBS, or a “Housewives of Somewhereville,” and not the...

Earlier this month, NBC announced that Jimmy Fallon would take over “The Tonight Show” in spring 2014. Though this is a major announcement and has been a source of countless articles and discussion for the television industry and passionate, informed viewers who follow the intricate workings of late night television, I have recently found myself explaining the decision and its many ramifications to my friends, family, co-workers and even casual acquaintances. So, whether or not...

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“Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones” “” these are all shows that seem to supersede viewers’ lives, and for an hour or two, become their sole focus. They inspire viewing parties, clog Twitter with hashtags and trending topics, inspire top 10 lists, GIF galleries and lengthy theoretical and philosophical discussions. Shows such as these and a few select others seem to capture the overwhelming majority of the TV zeitgeist and end up being the...

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On March 13, 2012, Rob Thomas, the show runner responsible for such shows as “Veronica Mars,” “Party Down” and “Cupid,” posted a new campaign on the popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter. In less than a day, the project earned over $2 million, reached its minimum funding requirement and smashed several Kickstarter records for the highest-funded projects in the site’s three-year history. With just under a week left, the project has so far raised over $4.3 million,...

For many, the appeal of watching shows live as they air allows them to engage in the collective experience, discuss with others and feel  like a part of the rest of the country reacting to and having an opinion on the thrills, laughs and shocking moments that made up last night’s episode. Although still dubbed “the water cooler effect,” referring to the way in which co-workers gathered around the office appliance to discuss the different...

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The longest-running scripted show in primetime history is “The Simpsons” with 24 seasons and over 520 episodes. Behind that is NBC’s “Law and Order” tied with CBS’s “Gunsmoke” with 20 seasons each.  Although we celebrate these shows for their longevity, sometimes the greatest television gems instead exist on the other end of the spectrum. These “one and done” series may not have withstood the test of time, but that doesn’t mean their single seasons are...

“The Simpsons” is the longest-running primetime scripted series in the history of television. “South Park” received a Peabody Award, an award given for excellence in television and radio broadcasting. “Family Guy” became the first animated program to be nominated for the Best Comedy Emmy since “The Flintstones” in 1961. FOX dedicates two and half hours of primetime to animated shows.  Adult Swim has created an entire channel built almost entirely on animated shows for viewers...

Spring in the world of television means two things: mid-season replacements and pilot season. With the latter comes handfuls of catchy titles, casting announcements and network descriptions, or “loglines,” describing what they hope will be a crop of new hit shows.  In just a few sentences, networks describe the new shows in an attempt to create buzz for them before they air next fall. To have some fun, I gathered five of the more fun...