I haven’t updated here in a little while, so, without any further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to:
At The Los Angeles Review of Books, Sarah Mesle and I had another series of conversations for Dear Television. First, we wrote about this year’s Academy Awards (“I feel like basically everything that happened last night happened under the shadow of Magic Mike XXL’s across-the-washboard snubbing.”).
Then, we wrote about WGN’s terrific new series Underground (“The question for this show is how it’s able to tell its own story without being viewed as a compendium of responses to a limited set of iconic representations.”) Sarah is going to continue writing weekly about Underground with UVA Associate Professor of English—and friend of DearTV—Lisa Woolfork.
This past week, however, I started weekly coverage of FX’s miraculously good The Americans with Lili Loofbourow. (“Especially last season…we were invited to see Philip’s waffling, his forlorn looks, as triumphant. We were invited to see the minimal gains he made toward human empathy as worthy of praise, worthy of hope. The Americans has been convincing us to believe in the resilience of Philip’s smothered integrity from the very first episode, and so we give him credit for baby steps.”) Follow along!
Finally, the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report ran a wonderful story on LSU’s nascent “Screen Arts” BA program, a project I’ve been working on for the past two years.