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How TV Criticism Has Changed ... And Where It's Going

by Joel Keller, posted May 27th 2011 2:30PM
Steve Carell in 'The Office' - 'Goodbye, Michael'Today is my last day with AOL, having served AOL TV and TV Squad in various capacities since November 1, 2005, and I've enjoyed every day of it.

What's been the most interesting thing about my time here, when Keith McDuffee hired me to blog for TV Squad right after it and the rest of Weblogs, Inc. (Engadget, TUAW, Joystiq, etc.) were bought by AOL, has been how the coverage of TV has changed in a relatively short period of time.

Think back to 2005. It doesn't seem like that long ago, right? Most media websites had matured to the point where their designs were slick, professional and well-done. Blogs were starting to become the prevalent form of communication on the web. Heck, sites like Television Without Pity had already been around for a half-decade by that point, giving us funny recaps of our favorite shows and letting us sound off on message boards.

But besides TWoP, the old TV Squad and a scattered few others, there wasn't much out there in terms of giving fans really in-depth critical coverage of the shows they love.

Now? It's all over the place, and most of it is of high quality.

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Happy National Waiter & Waitress Day! A Salute to Our TV Favorites

by Chris Harnick, posted May 21st 2011 2:00PM
Party DownIf the world hasn't ended yet (fingers crossed!), we should all take our final minutes to celebrate National Waiters and Waitresses Day.

Besides leaving an extra-large tip when you finish eating at your favorite establishment, what better way to honor those who serve our food than to fondly remember some of TV's beloved waiters and waitresses?

Whether they're sardonic caterers or a friendly neighborhood fixture, TV has given us some great food servicemen and women.

We've highlighted some of our favorites -- certainly not all of the best out there -- as our virtual thanks to the men and women who make our dining out experiences grand.

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Celebrate National Receptionists Day With Our Five Favorite TV Receptionists

by Jean Bentley, posted May 11th 2011 9:00AM
Erin, The OfficeThe National Receptionists Association has declared today National Receptionists Day, a holiday to show our appreciation for the "front line personnel responsible for making a positive first impression for the company. Receptionists are also the person at the front desk, information desk, concierge, telephone operators, maitre d', and many others who are the first to greet and welcome customers, clients and the public to the company."

In honor of the holiday, here's a list of AOL TV's five favorite TV receptionists. Did your favorite make the list? Any egregious snubs? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Erin, 'The Office'
Like Pam before her, Erin is Dunder Mifflin's loyal receptionist and number one Michael Scott confidant. She might not be the brightest bulb, but she's willing to learn.

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Angela Chase of 'My So-Called Life' and 5 Other Deep TV Teens

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 26th 2011 11:00AM
my so-called lifeWith Snooki, Paris and those glitzy 'Gossip Girls' skankin' up the tube, it's nice to know that 'My So-Called Life''s sensitive and smart grunge girl, Angela Chase, has returned to TV.

What's that? You have no idea who Angela Chase is? And you've never heard of 'My So Called Life,' which began airing on the Sundance Channel last night and will continue every Tuesday at 9PM. Well, stop texting for two seconds you pretty young thing and I'll tell ya all about it ...

'My So-Called Life' was a beloved and acclaimed TV drama from a strange and wonderful time called "the '90s." You might have heard of the '90s; it was a time when we had to watch our favorite shows when they were on (because who wanted to program the VCR, really?), people could actually see Nirvana perform live, and people still wanted to see Metallica perform live. It was a joyous time, but being a teen in the '90s could be rough, what with everyone using their parachute pants to smuggle guns and Walkmans into school every day. Luckily, Angela Chase, played by Claire Danes, was there to share our pain.

Angela was smart, introspective and sensitive, and she helped pave the way for a number of deep and clever young TV ladies that followed. In celebration of Angela's return to the small screen, here's a list of five smart young female characters from the past several years of TV history.

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TV Squad Mash: Dancing to the Beat

by Avaryl Halley, posted Jan 17th 2011 10:00AM
GleeIt's undeniable: 'Glee' is a sensation, a phenomenon, a pop cultural juggernaut thanks to its inventive song-and-dance numbers. So, we decided to put together a little tribute to all the TV musical/dance numbers that came before it and will certainly come after this Gleek invasion.

The idea of a incorporating musical numbers into a weekly TV show has been around since the 1950's when Lucy "wanted to be in the show.' They haven't always been successful (see: 'Cop Rock', 'Viva Laughlin') but they have always pushed the boundaries and brought levity and warmth into our living rooms or more recently our computer screens.

Check out this compilation of some of the best musical and dance numbers throughout television history; reminding us all to shake it up, to break into song in the middle of work, to tap dance on your way to class, and always, always sing way too loud in your car.

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Top 10 Thanksgiving TV Episodes Ever!

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 22nd 2010 2:00PM
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Here they are, the 10 best Turkey Day-themed primetime TV episodes of all time. 'Gilmore Girls,' 'The Bob Newhart Show' and the gang from 'Cheers' all make the list, as does the sitcom that tried to prove that turkeys could be dropped out of a helicopter and safely land in the parking lot of a Midwestern shopping center.

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Happy National Coffee Day! Drink Up This Caffeinated 'Gilmore Girls' Mash-Up

by Kelly Woo, posted Sep 29th 2010 12:20PM
Lorelai Gilmore with coffeeToday is National Coffee Day, and in honor of this momentous non-holiday, we wanted to salute one of TV's all-time coffee drinks: Lorelai Gilmore.

On 'The Gilmore Girls,' Lorelai (Lauren Graham) always needed coffee right now and often stopped by Luke's Diner for her fix. Her addiction to caffeine was established in the very first episode, when she begged friend Luke Danes for a coffee and he told her she had a problem.

Check out her unending quest for more coffee in this YouTube compilation:

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'Gilmore Girls' Cast: Where Are They Now?

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 4th 2010 1:00PM
gilmore_girls_cast_wbFrom 2000 to 2007, the world of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore in the town of Stars Hollow, Conn., captivated the imagination of television viewers. 'Gilmore Girls' started on the WB, ended on the CW, and today lives on in syndication and DVD as one of the most charming, whimsical and poignant shows about family relations.

The reruns every weekend on SoapNet have also shown how many wonderful performers were part of 'Gilmore Girls,' and how many have gone on to continued success in other television programs. Here's a round up of the stars and where you can see them now:

Alexis Bledel: Growing up on television isn't always kind, but few did it as effortlessly as Alexis. She was the quintessential overachiever as Rory. Even before the show ended, Bledel was branching out with movies like 'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' and 'Tuck Everlasting.' In 2009, she did a short stint as Dr. Julia Wise on 'ER,' and is continuing to pursue a film career.

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Five TV Weddings That Didn't Happen

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 30th 2010 10:03AM
Emma Caulfield, Anya on Buffy the Vampire SlayerIf you love bridal shows and haven't checked out 'Say Yes to the Dress' yet, now is a perfect opportunity. The reality series returns Friday, April 30, 9PM ET on TLC, and it's all about the inner workings of Kleinfeld Bridal, a premiere bridal salon whose goal is to make every bride completely happy with her wardrobe for the big day.

In honor of the show's return, I've compiled a few TV weddings that didn't happen for various reasons. Maybe if the brides had gone to Kleinfeld Bridal, things would have turned out differently ... or not.

For top TV weddings that actually did happen, check out Memorable TV Weddings. Jim and Pam, Niles and Daphne, and Luke and Laura made the list.

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Melissa McCarthy Lands in New Lorre Comedy Pilot

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 28th 2010 11:15AM
melissa_mccarthy_abc_samantha_whoLooking into future for CBS comedy, it seems likely that Chuck Lorre will be a part of it. He's already the key component in the success of 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Two and a Half Men,' so chances are the Tiffany network would like to see what he has in store next. That will probably be 'Mike and Molly,' a pilot that is currently in production starring Billy Gardell as a fat, charming cop who meets the girl of his dreams at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting.

The girl, Molly, is going to be played by Melissa McCarthy. The fact that Melissa McCarthy will be in 'Mike and Molly' has made me want to watch it. How great is it that Sookie from 'Gilmore Girls' is getting the star turn! For fans of 'Gilmore Girls,' Sookie was always an adorable sidekick to Lorelai, and Melissa McCarthy was wonderful in the role. She was equally kooky and lovable on 'Samantha Who?' as Dena. I have no doubt that she's going be be terrific on 'Mike and Molly.'

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TV 101: How 'Lost' Is Like a Loveless Marriage

by Jay Black, posted Mar 10th 2010 11:02AM
Yeah, that's pretty much what being married feels like.For a lot of 'Lost' fans, the only numbers that really matter anymore are 5, 23, and 10 - May 23rd of this year, the Dharma Train finally pulls into the station and we'll find out once and for all whether the writers knew what they were doing.

It's almost a certainty that you're going to be disappointed. Had the show ended during its second or third season, I would have stocked up on flashlights, canned goods, and pornography to wait out the riots that surely would have followed some lame "not all questions are meant to be answered" kind of ending.

I'm not worried now because that kind of car-tipping passion just isn't there anymore. For most fans, this last season marked the moment when our relationship with 'Lost' stopped being a love affair and started being a loveless marriage.

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'Castle' - 'The Mistress Always Spanks Twice' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 9th 2010 9:45AM
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(S02E16) Nathan Fillion really dug deep into his repertoire of cheesy faces for this episode, didn't he? His reactions to some of the naughtier things were so over-the-top that they went from funny, to lame, and then circled back around to hilarious.

There was a lot to like about this episode, whether or not you enjoyed the many faces of Fillion. There was a large suspect pool, plenty of twists, and best of all, two stars from beloved teen dramas. Hudson University has the best PhD program ever (if you overlook the fact that you're likely to be murdered there). Where else could you go for your degree with both Brian Krakow from 'My So-Called Life' and Lane Kim from 'Gilmore Girls?' Granted, this didn't work out so well for Jessica, as Brian Krakow's (or "Matt's," as it were) jealousy led to the exposure of her double-life and eventual murder, but still. How fun!

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Greatest TV Kisses: 10 Best Smooches in Television

by David Hofstede, posted Feb 10th 2010 1:00PM
Friends best kissA kiss is still a kiss, as the old song goes, but many of the most memorable TV kisses packed a much bigger punch than your standard smooch.

Some were unlikely, a few were unexpected, and a couple were delayed for years, boosting both sexual tension and viewer frustration. Just in time for Valentine's Day, here are 10 pop culture lip-locks for the ages.

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Lauren Graham in 'Parenthood,' More Than Lorelai Gilmore 2.0?

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 8th 2010 3:04PM
lauren_graham_wb_gilmore_girlsMaybe it's just me, but in every promotion for NBC's upcoming family dramedy 'Parenthood,' the images of Lauren Graham has a 'Gilmore Girls' vibe. Will Lauren be able to convincingly play a new character, divorced mom Sarah Braverman, and erase the nostalgic shadow cast by her performance as single mother Lorelai Gilmore? Or are we to believe what the NBC ads are showing us -- that Sarah B. is really just Lorelai 2.0.

According to Joel, who saw the pilot, Sarah is no Lorelai. She's not chummy-chummy with her children. She's a lot tougher and more of a mom than a buddy. That would definitely be different from 'Gilmore Girls.' Lorelai and Rory's relationship was unique because they were really best friends... most of the time.

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TV's Most Memorable Mothers and Daughters

by David Hofstede, posted Jan 29th 2010 3:00PM
The new CW series 'Life Unexpected' explores the unique relationship between Lux (Brittany Robertson), a teenager raised in a succession of foster homes, and her birth mother, radio talk show host Cate Cassidy (Shiri Appleby).

It's the latest in a tradition of TV series featuring memorable mothers and daughters, a formula that has inspired both great shows ('The Gilmore Girls') and disasters ('Kath and Kim'). If 'Life Unexpected' becomes a hit, perhaps we'll have one more duo to add to this list of TV's most memorable moms and the girls they love.

Check out the top 10 list after the jump.

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