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  • The serious side of 'The Simpsons' and 'Seinfeld'

    The serious side of 'The Simpsons' and 'Seinfeld'
    Twenty-five years ago — in 1989, to save you the math — two situation comedies premiered, each destined to become American institutions, even as each regarded American institutions with a jaundiced and ironic eye. One was a cartoon, set in a midsized Anytown called Springfield, the other a seemingly standard sitcom set in a semi-mythic Manhattan. Yet they were very much of a piece, in the way that their characters — a family in the former, in the latter a family in all but name — viewed and rebuked the world.
  • Networks' need for hit sitcoms is no laughing matter

    There's a backstage drama happening this fall on TV, and it's all about comedy. The major networks are in a sitcom slump, unable to generate the kind of magic found in shows like "Seinfeld," "Friends" and "The Big Bang Theory." ------------ For...

    FX's 'Sons of Anarchy' rides into final season with deadly intent

     FX's 'Sons of Anarchy' rides into final season with deadly intent
    Seven years have passed since the members of Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original locked the picturesque hamlet of Charming, Calif., in their lawless grip, filling the streets with murder, mayhem and all manner of reckless havoc. But now the...

    Emmy Countdown: Changing TV Models Put a Price on Prestige

    For years, the popular response to the Emmys from network executives was that they were nice - an ego stroke to the talent, but inconsequential to the bottom line. Sure, there was that period in the '80s when NBC parlayed awards for shows like "Hill...

    A look at the three finalists for MLB commissioner

    Major League Baseball owners have not had to worry about electing a new commissioner since 1992, when Milwaukee Brewers owner Bud Selig was named on an interim basis to succeed the ousted Fay Vincent. Six years later, Selig was named to baseball's top...