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Tube Talk. NBC’s Olympian feat

NBC will still air the most popular events during primetime, but the vast portfolio of NBCUniversal cable networks means even more events can be showcased either live or pre-recorded.

Tube Talk. The ‘states’ of reality TV

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor Whether you want to admit it or not, you probably have a favorite reality show or two. Some people like celebrity-centered docusoaps like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, while others might prefer…

Tube Talk. A time to binge

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor You’d think someone who writes about TV for a living would do a lot of binge watching. But unless it’s for an article, the odds of me binge-watching a show are slim to none unless my cable provider is…

Tube Talk. A paranormal pilot

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor Randall Cropp and Christopher Cowley are best friends and creative collaborators at their production company, Squared Media. Whether making an independent film or a shooting TV pilot, the co-creators—both of…

Tube Talk. A DIY DIY show

By Paula Hendrickson  Contributor  It’s no secret. I love knitting. And I love TV. I’ve written about independently-produced TV shows before—like the Australian supernatural drama Sonnigsburg and the Rock River Valley’s retro-zombie sitcom…

Tube Talk: Fall’s TV trends

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor It might not feel like it due to our recent heat wave, but autumn has arrived, bringing with it a new fall TV season. With TV series debuting pretty much every month of the year, you might think the fall TV…

A weekday Weekend Update

By Paula Hendrickson   Contributor While Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” segment is the epitome of fake news, the jokes often hit awfully close to home.  Sometimes they barely stretch the truth at all. National news doesn’t take a…

TBS strikes with The Guest Book

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor If you’ve just booked a cabin in the woods for an end-of-summer getaway, you might want to skip TBS’ new scripted comedy, The Guest Book.  But everyone else should give it a chance. Especially if they like…

Tube Talk: Time travel trickery?

By Paula Hendrickson  Contributor  Last Wednesday, along with Timeless fans around the nation, I was saddened to hear NBC was cancelling the fun and popular time travel series – co-created by Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and Rockford-native…

The Handmaid’s relevant dystopia

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor Full disclosure: I read Margaret Atwood’s classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale way before I was old enough to really understand it. But after seeing the first few episodes of Hulu’s new, original, 10-part…

Tube Talk: The Doctor is in

By Paula Hendrickson  Contributor  A new season of Doctor Who kicks off this Saturday after a painfully long wait for fans of the show. To put it in perspective, two of the show’s annual Christmas episodes have aired since the prior…

Tube Talk: Cooking up fun with Alton Brown

By Paula Hendrickson  Contributor  Just over two years ago Food Network favorite Alton Brown hit the stage of the Coronado with his “Edible Inevitable Tour.” He returns Wednesday, April 5 with what he promises is an entirely new live show,…