Meeting the Moms of ABC, or How I Managed Not to Sound Like an Idiot Talking With Jami Gertz and Ming-Na Wen

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Interviewing celebrities is not usually the most comfortable of processes for anyone involved: either you’re doing it remotely via phone or Skype, or you’re sitting in a room in a hotel trying to make the most of the 15 minutes you’ve got. And in either case, the celebrity in question is often either already tired from doing a dozen interviews before you, or is a bit apprehensive because he or she knows there are a dozen more interviews to follow, or both. So it was a hugely refreshing change of pace on the Los Angeles blogger trip I was on a month ago to have the chance to sit down and really chat with a group of ABC TV actresses on a sunny balcony in Burbank. Continue reading

ABC’s Trophy Wife Delivers Solid Family Humor, Surprisingly Avoids Clichés

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I’ll be honest: When I learned that the Disney/ABC junket I was on last week included the TV show Trophy Wife, I didn’t expect to like it. Turns out my concerns were wholly unfounded. Continue reading

New Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson Gets an Awesome Trailer

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We at GeekDad have been anxiously awaiting the new Cosmos series, to be hosted by the one and only Neil deGrasse Tyson, since it was first announced nearly two years ago. FOX has just released the first official trailer for the series at Comic-Con International, and it’s just as awesome (and I mean that literally) as I’d hoped it would be. Continue reading

Ten Things That Make Arthur A Great Geeklet Show

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Marc Brown’s bookworm aardvark-who-doesn’t-look-anything-like-an-aardvark has long been sharing shout-outs to geek culture and fandom. There are dozens of references and parodies and plots exploring science (both fiction and fact), art, classic literature, movies… Honestly, it’s hard to find a show for younger kids that’s better at appealing to geek parents and sowing all sorts of neat ideas. Continue reading

The Magical Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Coming to BBC America

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Fans of the mysterious Raven King and his alternate fantasy history of England will get a chance to see their favorite characters brought to life next year. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, is being co-produced by BBC America as a new drama series to premiere in 2014. Continue reading

Because a Geek Has to Do it: Calculating the Dimensions of a New TV

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The bulb in our 10 year-old DLP rear-projection TV burnt out for the second time in its lifespan earlier this week. The last time I had to replace it, my journey to secure a bulb ended in haggling with the rather unsavory proprietor of a strip-mall TV repair outlet. As a family, we decided it was time to put the old gray mare out to pasture, and give ourselves a little upgrade. Continue reading

Hobbit Week: The First Unexpected Party — Revisiting 1977′s Hobbit

The 1977 animated television adaptation of The Hobbit – like its title character, perhaps – holds up far better than expected, 35 years later.

While the story has been compressed to a TV-friendly 77 minutes and there are some visual and … Continue reading

Alton Brown Joins the MythBusters in Tonight’s Thanksgiving Episode

What do you get when you combine the culinary curiosity of Alton Brown’s Good Eats with the madcap misadventures of the MythBusters? In tonight’s Thanksgiving episode of the Discovery Channel’s perennial geek favorite, Alton joins hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam … Continue reading

Top 10 Things We Are Looking Forward to/Fearing After the Disney-Lucasfilm Merger

Just breathe deeply. Breathe deeply. That’s it. Not working? OK, scream like Vader (whose lines of dialogue keep getting revised by a meddlesome director years after the fact for the Blu-ray edition). “Noooooooooooo!” You’ve probably heard the news (announced today) … Continue reading

Still Miss Buffy? You Should Be Watching Scooby-Doo

It’s funny that back in the day, the monster-fighting sleuths on Buffy the Vampire Slayer liked to refer to themselves as “the Scooby gang,” because the current incarnation of the seminal talking-dog-and-teenagers-solving-mysteries animated series has more in common with Joss … Continue reading

Natural Experiments Show Media’s Effects on Families

I interviewed UCSD economist Gordon Dahl about one of his natural experiments – the data-driven observation that an unexpected home-team football loss leads to a spike in domestic violence in the team’s home city – for my book, Brain Trust. … Continue reading

Watch Video Games Instead of TV

My family loves video games. However, like most families, we live on a budget. This means we can neither afford to buy one of every console available nor even keep up with the new games released for the two platforms … Continue reading