Marc Hirsh http://nhpr.org en No Take-Backs: Why Can't 'New Girl' Figure Out What It's Doing? http://nhpr.org/post/no-take-backs-why-cant-new-girl-figure-out-what-its-doing <strong>[<em>Ahoy, there be </em>New Girl<em> spoilers ahead, through the most recently aired episode, "Mars Landing."</em>]</strong><p><strong></strong>A few weeks ago, <em>New Girl</em> neared the end of its third season the way it began it: by admitting that it doesn't know what it's doing.<p>In "Mars Landing," the last episode that aired before the show returns Tuesday night, weirdo roommate couple Nick and Jess put together a toy for the infant son of Jess's friend Sadie (a literally phoned-in June Diane Raphael) while hung over, and they broke up in the process. Twice, maybe. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:18:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 46782 at http://nhpr.org No Take-Backs: Why Can't 'New Girl' Figure Out What It's Doing? Last Chance: 'Raising Hope' Ends Its Run At The Right Time http://nhpr.org/post/last-chance-raising-hope-ends-its-run-right-time Fox said goodbye to <em>Raising Hope</em> in March when it announced that the series wouldn't be renewed for a fifth season, and the rest of us get to say goodbye Friday night, when the final episode airs. But even though the gleefully goofy <a href="http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SpiritualSuccessor">spiritual successor</a> of <em>My Name Is Earl</em> (both were created by Greg Garcia) was technically canceled against its will, its end doesn't feel premature. Nor is it way overdue. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:34:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 46210 at http://nhpr.org Last Chance: 'Raising Hope' Ends Its Run At The Right Time Fix The Best New Artist Grammy: Dump It http://nhpr.org/post/fix-best-new-artist-grammy-dump-it Each year's Grammy Awards offer their own questions and controversies based on how the nominations pan out, but there are a few points of contention that come up year after year. There's the difference between Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year. How a song can be eligible for nomination this year when the album it came from was nominated last year (or vice versa). Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:15:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 42371 at http://nhpr.org Fix The Best New Artist Grammy: Dump It 'Parks And Recreation': Good For Nerds, Good For America http://nhpr.org/post/parks-and-recreation-good-nerds-good-america <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h02lSufbSg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N9G63ldhAQ</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:44:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 41549 at http://nhpr.org 'Parks And Recreation': Good For Nerds, Good For America About 'Mystery Science Theater,' A Bold Declaration. It's Bold! http://nhpr.org/post/about-mystery-science-theater-bold-declaration-its-bold This is a big week for <em>Mystery Science Theater 3000</em>, or as big a week as can be had for a show that's been off the air since the waning days of the 20th century. The show first aired a quarter of a century ago this past Sunday, and the 25th-anniversary volume (XXVIII, if you're keeping Roman score of the ongoing DVD releases and not the anniversaries) hit shelves on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Thursday marks the return of an MST3K Thanksgiving tradition, the <a href="http://www.mst3kturkeyday.com/mst3k/redditama.html">Turkey Day marathon</a>. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 18:10:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 39218 at http://nhpr.org About 'Mystery Science Theater,' A Bold Declaration. It's Bold! Katy Perry And The New Rules Of Pop http://nhpr.org/post/katy-perry-and-new-rules-pop Stagecraft does not come naturally to Katy Perry. She does very well by candy-colored fever-dream videos; shooting whipped cream from her cupcake boobs, throwing cartoonishly out-of-control neon-'80s ragers and becoming a B-movie jungle queen all fall quite comfortably within her skill set.<p>Live performance, though, is a different matter. As the musical guest this past weekend on <em>Saturday Night Live</em>, Perry previewed her upcoming album, and "Walking On Air" put her limitations as a performer (rather than as a singer) on full display. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:53:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 36934 at http://nhpr.org Katy Perry And The New Rules Of Pop Nothing Personal, But I'm Not Reading Your 'Breaking Bad' Analysis http://nhpr.org/post/nothing-personal-im-not-reading-your-breaking-bad-analysis The closer we get to the end of <em>Breaking Bad</em>, the less I want to read about it.<p>I'm not calling for a moratorium on <em>Breaking Bad</em> content from now until the finale (and not only because of ... you know, futility.) From now until then, I expect an avalanche of recaps, interviews, think pieces, retrospectives, speculations and so forth. That's exactly as it should be with any show coming to a close, let alone a show as great as this one.<p>And I'm not even sick of the coverage that's taken place and the coverage to come. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:42:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 34823 at http://nhpr.org Nothing Personal, But I'm Not Reading Your 'Breaking Bad' Analysis The Beach Boys' Perfect Imperfect Box Set http://nhpr.org/post/beach-boys-perfect-imperfect-box-set <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bxfR-Vuo8Y</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:07:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 34083 at http://nhpr.org The Beach Boys' Perfect Imperfect Box Set Tweaks, Retooling, And When To Give Up: A Tale Of Two Singing Shows http://nhpr.org/post/tweaks-retooling-and-when-give-tale-two-singing-shows As <em>The Voice</em> returns to NBC this week for its fourth season, viewers are seeing two new, if quite familiar, faces as Shakira and Usher occupy the coaches' seats vacated by Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. Its talent-show rival over on Fox, <em>The X Factor</em>, will also see two new judges when (if? Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:37:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 24386 at http://nhpr.org Tweaks, Retooling, And When To Give Up: A Tale Of Two Singing Shows A Farewell Salute To 'Ben & Kate,' A Show About Friends Who Are Actually Friends http://nhpr.org/post/farewell-salute-ben-kate-show-about-friends-who-are-actually-friends Whether this week's announcements that both ABC's <em>Don't Trust The B- In </em><em>Apt.</em><em> 23</em> and Fox's <em>Ben & Kate</em> are being yanked from the schedules mark the beginning of the Great Sitcom Massacre of 2013 remains to be seen. It almost certainly means the end of two strong shows whose casts were clearly having a blast making them.<p>In the case of <em>Ben & Kate</em>, it also means that television's current comedy slate is losing one of its rare shows where everyone likes everyone else. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:32:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 20884 at http://nhpr.org A Farewell Salute To 'Ben & Kate,' A Show About Friends Who Are Actually Friends 'The X Factor' Has A Mournful Piano Ballad Or Ten For You http://nhpr.org/post/x-factor-has-mournful-piano-ballad-or-ten-you <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPAUGh9GHn8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7xyM8FfyUI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIlgbEdtSAI</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:03:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 14976 at http://nhpr.org 'The X Factor' Has A Mournful Piano Ballad Or Ten For You 'You Can't Do That On Film': A Performance Documentary Without Performance Footage http://nhpr.org/post/you-cant-do-film-performance-documentary-without-performance-footage <em>You Can't Do That On Film</em>, an independently made 2004 documentary about Nickelodeon's '80s-afternoon staple <em>You Can't Do That On Television</em>, comes out today on DVD. It's got a treasure trove of interviews from an impressive number of the show's kid stars (Alasdair! Tue, 16 Oct 2012 17:33:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 14879 at http://nhpr.org 'You Can't Do That On Film': A Performance Documentary Without Performance Footage The Critical Tyranny Of 'You're Doing It Wrong' http://nhpr.org/post/critical-tyranny-youre-doing-it-wrong Are you one of the fans who have ponied up dough for a meet-and-greet with a favorite band or pop star, as is becoming an increasing trend these days? Have you ever purchased an elusive record or song on the Internet, rather than scouring used record stores and flea markets until you hit pay dirt? Fri, 12 Oct 2012 19:38:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 14697 at http://nhpr.org The Critical Tyranny Of 'You're Doing It Wrong' The Veracity Of 'Titanic,' James Bond and 'Homeland,' And Why Recognizability Matters http://nhpr.org/post/veracity-titanic-james-bond-and-homeland-and-why-recognizability-matters <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W04b5zwXTmU</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:23:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 14676 at http://nhpr.org Whither Prince's "Batdance"? (Quo Batdancimus?) http://nhpr.org/post/whither-princes-batdance-quo-batdancimus In <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/princes-batman-soundtrack-is-not-the-embarrassment,86404/" target="_blank">this week's installment</a> of the A.V. Club's "We're No. 1" series, which reexamines chart-topping albums from times gone by, Steven Hyden takes a look at Prince's <em>Batman</em> semi-soundtrack. While he acknowledges that it's minor Prince, hinting that it's the man's least-important 1980s release, he's surprised to rediscover that it's actually pretty good, in its way. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:27:00 +0000 Marc Hirsh 14509 at http://nhpr.org