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The Fall TV Lineup – What To Expect From This Year’s Pilots

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– By James Powers – Every spring, in anticipation of the upcoming fall premiere season, the five major broadcast networks (NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and The CW) all get together to show off their various offerings for the next year to advertisers, in an effort to entice them to pony up for commercial airtime (because remember kids, the whole reason …

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Hulu’s ‘Ramy’ Is an Important Show – But Not Quite a Good One

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– By James Powers – A strange little scene in Hulu’s new show Ramy tragicomically highlights the average American’s tortured relationship with traditional religion. The setting is New Jersey, in the midst of Islam’s penitential season of Ramadan, outside a halal restaurant. A loutish construction worker, having just witnessed a group of Muslim men praying fajr together in the parking …

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The Trouble with Dragon Eggs: A Producer’s Journal (Part 1)

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– By James Powers – I have to get something off my chest, dear readers. Although I love movies – watching them, talking about them, picking them apart – they also really scare me. Specifically, the process of making them really scares me. And this is extremely relevant for me at the moment, because somehow I’ve found myself the lead …

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How Roger Ebert Taught Me – And Probably You – How To Watch Movies

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– By James Powers – Today, as I’m writing this, it’s April 3. Tomorrow, April 4 (by which point I will have hopefully finished this thing) is the sixth anniversary of the death of Roger Ebert, a man who almost single-handedly sculpted America’s relationship to movies. He is one of my favorite writers, obviously one of my favorite film critics; …