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TV Land: The history of The History Channel

It’s March now, which means two things — an excuse (like I need one) to eat copious amounts of pie on the 14th and the beginning of Women’s History Month. I don’t know what it is about the month of March that caters to the particular character of females other
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TV Land: Shoutout to all the Ladies

Ah, the ladies. I know a thing or two about them. Mainly because I am one of them. I think. I did find a hair growing on my chin that may be the first indication of a beard. But, nevertheless, I’m fairly certain I retain all the requisite parts: fallopian
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Glenn Close

People often ask me every February, “Are you excited for the Academy Awards?” It behooves me as a “film critic” (fuck off!) to offer a very emphatic, compulsory “Yes!” in response to this question, which pulls at my shirtsleeves all year like a nagging child. But each year, my enthusiasm
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TV Land: Cinematic slump — the TV movie

Lemonade Mouth. Yes, those two words exist together and no, it doesn’t make any sense as to why. The Disney Channel seems to think this was a cute title for one of their original movies involving a band with an affinity for citrusy beverages. I think it’s part of a
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TV Land: Butterfill on the ‘Shore’

This week, being the week of Valentine’s Day, has been most taxing. As a hermit and eventual cat lady, I’m too busy watching Jane Austen film adaptations to write. Thus, I will be handing over my duties to world-renowned gentleman Sir Lester Butterfill XXIX for this week for his rumination
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TV Land: The persistence of the peculiar

Come with me now on a journey through space and time. The gang’s all here. My ol’ compadre and resident straw-hat enthusiast Sir Lester Butterfill XXIX is in the house. And today, we’re joined by the best company television can provide. There’s Tony Reason — manta ray and record executive
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TV Land: A ‘Full House’ of families

I know where Michelle Tanner sleeps. I know where she eats. I even know the strange sea-creature wallpaper she has in her room. And now I definitely know people will think I’m stalking young girls. I’m not, I promise. It’s a well-documented fact that adults are easier to capture due to
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TV Land: Broadway or bust

You’ll have to excuse my writing partner, Sir Lester Butterfill XXIX, for the time being. He’s been called away on business of a most secure and delicate nature. The only facts I could glean regarding it were the words “apocalypse” and “Bono’s sunglasses are missing.” It sounds pretty serious. But
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Mixtapes make hip-hop history

Do you remember G-Unit Radio? How about You Know What It Is? Maybe Gangsta Grillz? I do. I remember being in middle school and high school listening to the newest mixtapes from these now classic series feeling like I was a straight G, like I was listening to the most
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TV Land: Season Two (Bigger, badder and uncut)

Previously on “TV Land,” the continuing saga of last semester’s arts column had reached its dramatic conclusion. Our protagonist, Jessica Pena, had gone from a fresh-faced upstart to the worst possible level of humanity — someone who openly admitted to liking “The O.C.” Times were bleak, conditions were perilous. “Community”
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