Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes writes and edits NPR's entertainment and pop-culture blog, Monkey See. She has several elaborate theories involving pop culture and monkeys, all of which are available on request.

Holmes began her professional life as an attorney. In time, however, her affection for writing, popular culture and the online universe eclipsed her legal ambitions. She shoved her law degree in the back of the closet, gave its living-room space to DVD sets of The Wire and never looked back.

Holmes was a writer and editor at Television Without Pity, where she recapped several hundred hours of programming — including both High School Musical movies, for which she did not receive hazard pay. Since 2003, she has been a contributor to MSNBC.com, where she has written about books, movies, television and pop-culture miscellany.

Holmes' work has also appeared on Vulture (New York magazine's entertainment blog), in TV Guide and in many, many legal documents.

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Monkey See
11:02 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Kickstarter TV And Comedy Contests

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Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 11:14 am

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On this week's show, the regular band is back together, and I am a rock. I am an island.

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Monkey See
11:48 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Here We Go Again: Leno, Fallon, And Why The Late-Night Wars Are So Boring

Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon pose in the press room during the Golden Globe Awards in January.
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Monkey See
11:48 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Men Are From Mars, Women ... Love Cup Holders?

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Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 12:37 pm

When you read the words of Clotaire Rapaille, a "French-born psychiatrist-turned-marketer" quoted in yesterday's interesting Slate article about the marketing of cars to women, it's hard not to read them in a voice that's sultry and French and not entirely serious, as if he's some kind of sales expert crossed with Pepe Le Pew (despite the fact that this doubtless has no basis in reality).

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Monkey See
11:42 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Why Not Fall From A Giant Bucket?: Tomorrow's 'Splash' Headlines Today

Why yes, this is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar diving on ABC's new show Splash.
Adam Taylor ABC

With the recent tragic news that this summer will not bring a new season of ABC's stupidest show, Bachelor Pad, this has been a very trying time for people who believe that Dancing With The Stars is too highbrow and lah-dee-dah for them. What are they to do? Where can they turn? Where is the solace for the stupidity enthusiast?

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Monkey See
12:31 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

'The Simpsons' Better Than 'Cheers'? It Is To Laugh

Ted Danson, playing the role of bartender Sam Malone, keeps Rhea Perlman, playing waitress Carla Tortelli, under control as Shelley Long, portraying Diane Chambers, left, returns to the set of Cheers during taping of the final episode in 1993.
Mark Terrill AP

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 12:41 pm

For the last couple of weeks, Vulture has been running a "Sitcom Smackdown," a contest between 16 sitcoms of the last 30 years to determine an eventual champion.

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Monkey See
10:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: For Young And Old Alike

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While I'm on vacation, I'm stepping in quickly to drop this week's show, for which Stephen and I were lucky enough to be visited by two special guests in Glen and Trey's absence: our producer, Jess Gitner, and one of our mothers, Maggie Thompson. Because there were three generations of Thompsons in the building counting Stephen's very patient children, we went with a generational theme.

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Monkey See
5:03 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Gone Fishin': Monkey See In Repose

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What comes after awards season? After the Oscars, after the cold of winter begins to lift, after practically every midseason network show is yanked after fewer episodes than you have fingers? What then?

Well, what happens then is vacation, at least around here. I will be gone the week of March 11, resting and taking walks and going to the world's best movie theater and reading books with "Bride" in the title.

Now is the time for breathing. Take care of yourselves until I see you.

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Monkey See
10:48 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' Gets A Snazzy Teaser Trailer

Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker star in Joss Whedon's adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing.
Toronto International Film Festival

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 11:47 am

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Monkey See
10:01 am
Fri March 8, 2013

'American Idol' Makes A Play For A Little Variety

The top 10 contestants on this year's American Idol. Clockwise from top left: Lazaro Arbos, Amber Holcomb, Paul Jolley, Curtis Finch, Jr., Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison, Devin Velez, Burnell Taylor, Angie Miller and Candice Glover.
Michael Becker Fox

Last night, the 10 American Idol finalists were announced, and one thing is for sure: the five-year streak of pleasant-seeming, guitar-playing white dudes (in reverse order: Phillip Phillips, Scotty McCreery, Lee DeWyze, Kris Allen, and David Cook) is over.

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Monkey See
11:48 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Are Romantic Comedies Dead?

Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby.
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Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 8:45 am

The March issue of The Atlantic features an essay from Christopher Orr called "Why Are Romantic Comedies So Bad?"* In it, Orr asserts that romantic comedies have been "lackluster for decades." Decades.

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Monkey See
10:21 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Jingle Madness And Oscar Gold

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If last week's Oscars-themed Pop Culture Happy Hour was unusually meaty and structured, this week's post-Oscars podcast is about as loose and goofy as we get, thanks to a lack of sleep, the awards season hangover, and the fact that panelist Stephen Thompson is elbow-deep (probably neck-deep by now) in preparations for the South By Southwest music festival.

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Monkey See
9:58 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Cleansing The Palate And Spitting Up Feathers: The International Festival Of Owls

Alice the Great Horned Owl.
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Now and then, I exploit the wonderful librarians at NPR by browsing their calendar of events and anniversaries in an effort to see what's going on in the world. Popular culture, of course, is a broad term, and there's a lot more to it than television and movies and your typical screen-and-print fare. When it's been a week packed with controversy or unpleasantness or simply exhaustion, I like a palate cleanser, and that's one of the many reasons the world has librarians.

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Monkey See
1:46 am
Mon February 25, 2013

The Oscars Broadcast, Zooming Way Past Cheeky To Land Squarely On Crass

Adele performs the theme song to "Skyfall."
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 4:36 pm

If you like Argo (which won Best Picture), the movie Chicago (which made a couple of appearances) and jokes about women (which just kept coming), you probably had a substantially better night than the average viewer, who was subjected to Seth MacFarlane's delivery of one of the worst hosting performances in Oscar history.

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Monkey See
10:16 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our Oscars Omnibus

The tiger shows his toughness in Ang Lee's Life Of Pi.
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Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 11:27 am

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In an instance of truth in advertising, this week's NPR round-table pop-culture podcast offers almost a full hour of mostly Oscars analysis. All four of us saw all nine Best Picture contenders, so we'll be covering everything from what happened when Stephen Thompson finally sat down to watch Les Miserables after quoting the featurette for months to Glen's surprising theories about Amour. (Very surprising.)

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Monkey See
9:42 am
Thu February 21, 2013

'Argo' Is The Best Picture Frontrunner, But Why?

John Goodman, Alan Arkin and actor-director Ben Affleck in Argo.
Claire Folger AP

Programming Note: Sunday night, we'll be live-blogging the Academy Awards here at NPR.org, and the Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! team will be covering the red-carpet fashions, so be sure to join us to share your thoughts and see whether Affleck, Argo, and Daniel Day-Lewis have the big nights predicted for them.

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