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Author: Leah Burrows

Is A Female Doctor Who Not Good Enough

Let the debate begin. Matt Smith announced his retirement from the titular role of Doctor Who less than a week ago, and already the Internet is swirling with speculation about who will be the next Doctor. Multiple lists of goofy-looking, sexually non-threatening men are circulating online, among them Being Human‘s Russell Tovey and Misfit‘s Joe Gilgun and Harry Lloyd, who many Doctor Who fans will remember from his role in the brilliant episode “The Family of Blood.” Let’s not forget that Tovey is also a Who alum, co-starring in “Voyage of the Damned” and making a brief appearance as...

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Apple TV vs. Google TV

  What’s on TV tonight? That age-old question is starting to take on new meaning with the growing demand and availability of streaming content. Now, viewers don’t have to flip through the TV Guide to decide what to watch. Between Netflix streaming, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, HBO GO, and iTunes, there are hundreds of thousands of options of shows and movies. Products to watch streaming content are quickly becoming ubiquitous parts of our living room entertainment systems. All of the options out there can be overwhelming — from Smart TVs to Internet-enabled DVD players, streaming video boxes, and gaming...

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Save our Shows: A History of Fans Fighting For Their Favorite Shows

Long before KickStarter offered new hope to save our shows from extinction, fans had to get creative if they wanted to rescue beloved TV programs from the brink of cancellation. From letter writing campaigns to legumes, fans have tried just about every trick, gimmick, and threat to keep their favorite shows on the air. Sometimes they’ve been successful and sometimes…not so much. With some of our favorite shows currently lingering in renewal limbo, let’s take hope with some “Save our Shows” campaigns of seasons past. Star Trek, 1966-1969 “Look! Look! It doesn’t stop! They’re lined up all the way down the street,” exclaimed NBC executive Norman Lunenfeld upon seeing the trucks carrying thousands of letters in support a fledgling show on his network called Star Trek. In Star Trek‘s three-year run, devoted fans saved the show from cancellation not once but twice. Each network threat prompted an outpouring of support, letters and protests. In January 1968, mid-way through the show’s second season, NBC hinted it might cancel Star Trek due to low ratings. In response, fans deluged NBC offices with up to a million letters, including some from high profile devotees such as New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. When the show was threatened again that December, more than 500 Cal Tech students protested in front of NBC Studios in Burbank, California. They held...

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Best HDTV Deals in April

It’s no Christmas season or Black Friday but April’s tax season has some good deals on its own. Did you get a bigger than expect tax refund and want to splurge on a new HDTV? Or maybe you owe more than you thought and need to save money on big purchases? Either way, April is a great time to check out new HDTV deals. Here are a few of this month’s great HDTV deals: eBay (via QuickShipElectronics) has the Refurbished Vizio 32-inch E320-A1 Flat Panel LED LCD HDTV for a $199.99 with free shipping. The current price on for a new Vizio 32-inch is $270.00 — so that’s $70 of savings in your pocket. The Vizio 32-inch E320-A1 has a thin frame design, high-quality picture, and is 50 percent more energy efficient than other LCD TVs. Wal-Mart has the Sceptre X409BV-FHD 40-inch LCD HDTV for $278.00. You can order it for free online and pick up at your local store or ship it home for $24.97. The Sceptre 40-inch has top-of-the-line audio quality and three HDMI cables to plug in all your devices. Best Buy has the Insignia NS-46E340A13 46-inch LCD HDTV for $399.99 with free shipping, down from $699.99. The Insignia is easy to set up and has great sound quality. has the LG 55LS5700 55-inch LED-Edgelit LCD HDTV for $899.99 and free shipping. This is...

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How Do Top TV Shows Stay on Top?

Grey’s Anatomy lost me with the ghost sex in season five, so I was surprised to discover that the show is about to be renewed for a tenth season. It’s still among primetime’s top shows. People kept watching after ghost sex? Why? How do TV’s top shows retain viewers through eight, nine, and even 10 seasons? I watched some of the highest rated and longest running TV shows to find answers, and discovered some very simple (and not so simple) tricks for keeping regular viewers and bringing back those who (like me) flew the coop. 1. Stick to the...

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