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
10:41 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Manifestations Of Grief And Extra Book Material

NPR

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 11:20 am

What's that you say? You wanted more Barrie Hardymon? Well, this week, Stephen is in Wisconsin probably eating some cheese or something, so we have Barrie back for a second consecutive week (hooray!).

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Monkey See
9:29 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Morning Shots: 'Mad Men,' Book Therapy, And Lauren Conrad Slices Up A Book

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 10:41 am

This video of The Hills star Lauren Conrad cheerfully slicing up what she refers to as a "vintage book" or a "slightly used book" might not be "the worst craft idea ever," but it's pretty bad — and sort of hilariously, blithely ignorant of how angry it will make people. [Buzzfeed]

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Monkey See
5:00 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Ten Fall Shows That Need More Sharks

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Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:32 pm

I'm sure you've already noticed — from the parades, the fact that your mail hasn't been arriving, and the way everyone gets the week off of work — but this is Shark Week, when the Discovery Channel generates a week of shark-themed programming. (Tonight: Sharkzilla, which is, surprisingly enough, not a SyFy movie, and the Mythbusters shark special.) (Trivia: Did you know the decorative shark that is traditionally displayed on or near Discovery's Silver Spring, Md. headquarters to celebrate this special week is named "Chompy"?

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Monkey See
12:27 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

'Stars Earn Stripes': It's Offensive, But At Least It's Boring

Terry Crews is one of eight celebrities supposedly getting a taste of military life in Stars Earn Stripes.
Chris Haston NBC

The fact that NBC's new reality show Stars Earn Stripes is kind of an offensive concept should not distract you from the fact that it's stultifyingly boring as television and badly designed as a reality-competition show.

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Monkey See
1:04 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: On Fall TV And Whether Criticism Is Too Nice

NPR

This week, I managed to return from press tour, but we are still without Trey Graham. Fortunately, that means that the lovely Barrie Hardymon joined us for this episode, which kicks off with me fully (and exhaustively — sorry!) debriefing the team about fall television as I experienced it out in Los Angeles.

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Monkey See
11:35 am
Fri August 10, 2012

On Already Missing The Angry, Passionate Writing Of David Rakoff

David Rakoff, seen here in 2010.
Larry Busacca Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 5:00 pm

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Monkey See
11:09 am
Wed August 8, 2012

'Go On,' Matthew Perry, And Being Patient With Comedy Pilots

Sarah Baker as Sonia, Matthew Perry as Ryan King, and Brett Gelman as Mr. K in the new comedy Go On.
Jordin Althaus NBC

Tonight, after NBC wraps up its Olympic coverage — at a time currently listed as 11:04 p.m. — they'll be previewing Matthew Perry's new sitcom, Go On, which will then go away until its regular premiere on September 10.

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Monkey See
9:26 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Morning Shots: 'Arrested Development' Keeps Up The Big Tease

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 10:44 am

If you're looking for a documentary that might be short on theater play but become a very popular home-video choice, you could make a worse guess than Only The Young, a charming little movie about three teenagers that's just been acquired by Oscilloscope. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Monkey See
11:34 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Good Business, Bad Quality: How NBC Is Both Right And Wrong On The Olympics

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning gold in the Men's 100m Final yesterday. If you get your Olympics coverage on television, you didn't see it live.
Alexander Hassenstein Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 3:36 pm

The following exchange has played out over and over in the last ten days:

Point: "NBC's coverage of the Olympics stinks, because everything is tape-delayed and cut to shreds, and also the announcers are awful and they only care about American athletes, and by the time I get to watch anything, I already know what happened."

Counterpoint: "People are watching in huge numbers."

Point: "But quality."

Counterpoint: "But business."

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Monkey See
9:21 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Morning Shots: Comedy Minus Time, New Podcast Networks, And Nick Jonas

The comedians I love most tend to be the ones whose work is funny and strange and sometimes dark, and yet shot through with a real richness of ... humanity, for lack of a better term. Tig Notaro is exactly like that, and while it's sad that she's in the news in part because she's been diagnosed with cancer, it's great to see her doing what she does in a way that seems to be meaningful to both her and everybody else. [Vulture]

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Monkey See
1:38 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Press Tour 2012: The View So Far, Part II

Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere speak onstage at the "Nashville" panel.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

We're in the final stretch — kind of — at the Television Critics Association press tour. We've now heard from all the major broadcast networks, and we've got a day of set visits and three days of cable to close things out after today's CW and Showtime presentations.

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Monkey See
12:11 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Press Tour 2012: The View So Far

Crystal the Monkey shows up to promote NBC's new comedy Animal Practice.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

We're about a week into the Television Critics Association press tour for this summer, and so far we've heard from PBS, NBC and Fox. Still to come: ABC (today and tomorrow), CBS/Showtime/The CW (Sunday and Monday), and the rest of cable, including HBO, Discovery, BBC America, ESPN, and so on (Wednesday through Friday of next week).

So how is it looking?

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Monkey See
4:07 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Mariah Carey Is Joining 'American Idol' As A Judge

Mariah Carey, seen here earlier this month, will join American Idol as a judge, Fox announced today.
Michael Buckner Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 12:01 pm

At today's executive session during Fox's portion of the Television Critics Association press tour, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly dramatically took out his phone and dialed Mariah Carey, putting her on speaker to tell the assembled journalists that she's joining American Idol as a judge.

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Monkey See
9:54 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Press Tour 2012: That Tiger Isn't Wearing Any Pants, And Other Controversies

Daniel Tiger of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, coming soon to PBS.
PBS

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 2:50 pm

Admittedly, PBS would have had a hard time living up to the experience of its first day at this summer's Television Critics Association's press tour here in Pasadena — the omelets, the cast of Downton Abbey, all that. But its second day started where a lot of people start with PBS: with kid stuff.

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Monkey See
10:19 am
Sun July 22, 2012

'Free Bates': The Third Season Of 'Downton Abbey' And More From PBS

Hugh Bonneville, who plays the Earl of Grantham on Downton Abbey, shows his feelings during the press tour presentation Saturday night.
Rahoul Ghose PBS

Yesterday was the first day of the Television Critics Association press tour, when TV reporters and critics descend upon Beverly Hills to hear about what's to come in the next six or eight months. We'll hear from all the big broadcast networks and most of the big (and not-so-big) cable outlets, but we're starting this year with PBS.

Candidly, not all the critics are showing up for PBS — not all of them write about it very much. It's a shame, though, because yesterday may have been, on the whole, the liveliest day I've ever had at press tour.

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