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.

Linda 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.

Linda 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.

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

Linda lives in Takoma Park, Md., where she devotes herself to her nephews, her scruffy friends and perfecting her recipe for iced coffee.

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10:53am

Thu August 25, 2011
Monkey See

Steve Jobs And The Cultural Apple

Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivers the keynote address at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference in June 2011. Jobs announced on August 24 that he would step down immediately as CEO of Apple.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

When Steve Jobs stepped down from his position as CEO of Apple yesterday, he handed the reins immediately to chief operating officer Tim Cook, who has had such a significant hand in day-to-day operations that many expect that Apple won't immediately suffer much in the way of effects on either its ability to turn out beloved products or its business position.

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11:05am

Fri August 19, 2011
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A New 'West Memphis Three' Hearing Could Give A Documentary A New Ending

This morning in Jonesboro, Ark., Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, known as the "West Memphis Three," will reportedly appear at a surprise hearing where many outlets are reporting that they — or at least Echols and Baldwin, with some reports saying all three — will be released after spending 18 years in prison for the 1993 murders of three young boys. Echols had been sentenced to death.

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11:16am

Thu August 18, 2011
Monkey See

The Fine Art Of Walking Out

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 1:54 pm

Television image via CNN

Last night, Christine O'Donnell, who was a much-discussed Senate candidate in Delaware last year and author of a new book, walked out on her interview with CNN's Piers Morgan after he asked her to talk about gay marriage, which she said was rude, because she was there to discuss — in her words — one of "the issues that I choose to talk about in the book." Ultimately, their disagreement came down to her assertion that as a host, it's rude to ask her things other than the things she wants to be asked about.

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2:30pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Monkey See

Living Multiple Outcomes: Brit Marling Is A Hyphenate On 'Another Earth'

Newly minted indie film darling Brit Marling is the star and co-writer of Another Earth, entering limited release this weekend.
Fox Searchlight

The new film Another Earth stars Brit Marling as a woman who watches a duplicate planet hover beside ours as she struggles to escape from her own devastating past. But Marling doesn't only star in (and, some say, steal) the film — she also co-wrote and co-produced it with director Mike Cahill.

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9:43am

Tue June 21, 2011
Monkey See

'The Swell Season': How Documentaries Can Tell Stories We Don't Want To Hear

Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard in The Swell Season, which opened the Silverdocs festival Monday night.
Silverdocs

Consider the discontented viewer.

We live in this hypothetical person's golden age, when the complaints he used to share with patient friends can now be shared with the entire online world, and they may even make their way to the eyeballs of the creators of the entertainment he's so angry about. Unsatisfying season finale? Terrible third act of a movie? Too much lens flare? Tweet, tweet, tweet!

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10:26am

Mon June 20, 2011
Monkey See

Stephen Sondheim's 'Company': Can Theater-To-Film Take Off?

Neil Patrick Harris stands among the cast of Company, which played in select movie theaters this weekend.
Dario Cantatore Getty Images

This was the weekend that the production of Stephen Sondheim's Company filmed during a brief run with the New York Philharmonic in April enjoyed a limited run in movie theaters across the country. (If you missed it, there are rumblings of a one-shot encore date in July, but they're not yet listed on the official site, so stay tuned.)

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11:33am

Tue June 14, 2011
Monkey See

'Super 8': Those Who Remember History Are The Best At Repeating It

Elle Fanning is the sole girl in a crowd of boys in J.J. Abrams' Super 8.
Paramount Pictures

How you see J.J. Abrams' Super 8 largely depends on how you react to its relationship with movies that already exist.

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11:05am

Mon June 13, 2011
Monkey See

Attention, Geography Fiends! Tonight Is The Bee For You

Contestants participate in the National Geographic Bee on May 25, 2011.
Rebecca Hale National Geographic

Okay, the National Geographic Bee isn't being shown live; it ended in late May. But you can watch some of the competition beginning tonight at 6:30 PM on Nat Geo Wild, a cable channel that you actually might get, even if you think you don't. It is the home of shows like Crimes Against Nature and Python Hunters and the awesomely named Rebel Monkeys, but tonight, it gives itself over for 30 minutes to academics. The competition will run all this week.

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7:39am

Mon June 13, 2011
Monkey See

'The Book Of Mormon' And 'War Horse' Clean Up At The Tony Awards

If Sunday night's Tony Awards are any indication, Broadway loves its Mormons, its Larry Kramer plays, and its really big horse puppets.

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5:18pm

Wed June 8, 2011
Monkey See

Summer Television: A Time Of 'Men,' Werewolves And Aliens

Andre Braugher, LisaGay Hamilton, Ray Romano and Scott Bakula star on TNT's Men Of A Certain Age.
Danny Feld TNT

Feel like you're drowning in a flood of so-called "reality" television, Canadian series imports and new cable shows?

It's not you, it's TV; specifically, the oddball land of summer television.

As the big networks try to avoid looking like they've gone fishin' for summer and cable amps up its schedule, there's a new universe of programming for small screen fans to sort though. And there's a few standout series worth seeing — and avoiding — in the weeks to come.

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9:54am

Wed June 8, 2011
Monkey See

Morning Shots: Jon Stewart Bleeds And Laurence Fishburne Leaves

On last night's The Daily Show, Jon Stewart got a little too enthusiastic with a segment satirizing Rep. Anthony Weiner's ugly press conference from Monday afternoon. Stewart wound up accidentally slicing his wrist open and needing to be bandaged.

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7:27am

Tue June 7, 2011
Monkey See

Anthony Weiner Takes Full Responsibility ... Whatever That Means

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admitted yesterday to sending a lewd Twitter photo of himself to a woman and then lying about it.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

What does it mean to "take responsibility"?

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2:49pm

Mon June 6, 2011
Monkey See

Katie Couric Gets A Daytime Talk Show

Network evening news may not have worked out, but Katie Couric is wasting no time making other plans.

Her replacement on the CBS Evening News, Scott Pelley, starts tonight, but today, she announced that she's starting a syndicated daytime talk show to be produced by ABC, beginning in the fall of 2012.

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2:08pm

Mon June 6, 2011
Monkey See

Seeing Teenagers As We Wish They Were: The Debate Over YA Fiction

iStockphoto.com

Over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal ran a piece claiming that fiction at least nominally aimed at readers under 18 — young adult or "YA" fiction, that is — is entirely too dark.

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10:43am

Mon June 6, 2011
Monkey See

Might A Shake-Up In Olympics Coverage Fix A Badly Broken System?

The Olympic flag will fly again in 2014 and 2016, but where U.S. viewers will find the games on television is up for bids this week.
Dean Mouhtaropoulos Getty Images

Bidding on TV broadcast rights for the 2014 and 2016 Olympics will take place Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland, and there seems to be a decent chance that NBC — working without longtime NBC sports chief Dick Ebersol, who recently resigned after failing to reach terms with the leadership that came in when Comcast took over — won't be the winner, for the first time since CBS carried the Winter Games in 1998.

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9:35am

Mon June 6, 2011
Monkey See

Morning Shots: Smurf Controversies, Tax Subsidies, And Projectionists

After a hiatus caused by traveling, royalty, and other inconveniences, the morning roundup returns.

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12:28pm

Wed June 1, 2011
Monkey See

The Grand Rapids Lip Dub: A Giant Street Party Set To Music

A screencap from the Grand Rapids Lip Dub.
Youtube screen capture

10:38am

Wed June 1, 2011
Monkey See

'Spoiled': Fizzy, Funny Young Adult Fiction From The Fug Girls

Poppy

The very funny web site Go Fug Yourself, which tackles red-carpet fashion adventures and has entire categories for things like formal shorts and feathers, used to have a sidebar that included some of the more negative comments its writers, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan*, had received. One in particular used to make me laugh every single time I read it.

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9:18am

Wed June 1, 2011
Monkey See

Good Morning: Please Enjoy This Parrot Impersonating A Cat

Tuesday night marked the return of America's Got Talent, one of summer's most erratic sources of actual entertainment.

There were singers, there was a magician, and there was a guy who tried to do some kind of a stunt thing with a horse while Cee-Lo Green's "[Forget] You" played, but he fell off a lot until they made him stop.

But what was good was this parrot right here. I don't know if America's actually got talent or not, but I nominate this parrot to represent us in the next International Talent-Having Olympics.

Well done, parrot.

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12:39pm

Tue May 31, 2011
Monkey See

TNT's 'Franklin And Bash' Reaffirms Television's Faith In Legal Whimsy

Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar star in TNT's new lawyer show, Franklin & Bash.
Annette Brown TNT

I'm not going to lie to you: I haven't watched TNT's Franklin & Bash, which premieres Wednesday night on TNT. If you want an actual review, there are a few kicking around. I'm more interested, as a recovering attorney, in the general progress of lawyer shows and what the odds are that they have finally come up with a lawyer show that accurately reflects real life. Let us investigate the evidence as it currently exists.

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9:19pm

Mon May 23, 2011
Monkey See

Five Things I Really Did Learn From Oprah Winfrey, No Kidding

Oprah Winfrey, seen here in January 2011, wraps her talk show this week.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images

Wednesday, Oprah hangs it up.

Well, sort of. She'll still be a mogul, and an influencer, and (for now) the woman behind a cable network. She'll still be on TV, and she'll still have a magazine. But the show that made her – not just made her, but built her career from spunky talk-show host in the late '80s to Intoner Of Serious Phrases in the '90s to the Evangelizing Spirit Guide of the first decade of this century – is ending Wednesday. The Oprah Winfrey Show, which absolutely no one ever calls anything but just Oprah anymore, will be gone.

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2:27pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Monkey See

CBS's Fall Schedule: The New Shows

Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs star in CBS's new comedy 2 Broke Girls.
Richard Cartwright CBS

CBS is not shy about telling you that they're introducing fewer fall shows for the simple reason that they have fewer holes in their schedule. (Another sign of their confidence: They've moved the comedy Rules Of Engagement to Saturday night, a time slot networks had basically abandoned as a home for new programming.

With that said, they do have three new dramas and two new comedies coming this fall, so let's have a look at the promo trailers.

Unforgettable

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3:02pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Monkey See

What's The Fall TV Season About? Masculinity, Fairy Tales, And The '60s

Tim Allen stars on ABC's new sitcom, Last Man Standing.
Randy Holmes ABC

It's only natural, I think, that my eyes have crossed after hearing about more than 30 new fall shows from four networks in the last three days — with the CW still to come tomorrow. But it's not too early to take note of some of the emerging themes that will make multiple appearances on the fall schedule.

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1:40pm

Tue May 17, 2011
Monkey See

ABC's Fall Schedule: The New Shows

Christina Ricci appears in ABC's new fall drama, Pan Am.
Patrick Harbron ABC

ABC isn't doing its actual upfront presentations until 4:00 p.m. Eastern (boo!), so we're on a little different schedule than we were with NBC and Fox yesterday. We'll just dive into the long list of clips (where they're available) and the materials the network is releasing to go along with them, and you can see what you think. Please do remember: these are early looks. They're just clips. Upfronts week is just a peek at what's out there, and we won't know until finished pilots arrive how any of this stuff is going to play in the long run. With that said: Onward.

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7:07am

Tue May 17, 2011
Monkey See

Jon Stewart Debates Bill O'Reilly About Common On 'The O'Reilly Factor'

Jon Stewart, seen here in March, appeared on The O'Reilly Factor last night to debate the matter of the rapper Common.
Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images

On last night's The O'Reilly Factor, Jon Stewart appeared to debate Bill O'Reilly about the White House invitation extended to rapper Common, about which O'Reilly had complained on his show and Stewart had needled him in response on his show. The first section of the debate is above; the second is below.

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6:22pm

Mon May 16, 2011
Monkey See

Fox's Fall Schedule: The New Shows

Fox's new animated comedy, Allen Gregory, stars the voice of Jonah Hill, who also created it.
FOX

Fox and NBC, just to make things tough on those of us covering these things, decided to hold their upfront presentations on the same day, so we've got the report on Fox as well. They're not premiering as many shows as NBC is (they don't have as many holes, and The X Factor occupies a lot of real estate), but they've got four new comedies and three new dramas.

The Comedies

The New Girl

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4:10pm

Mon May 16, 2011
Monkey See

NBC's Fall Schedule: The Dramas

Jason Isaacs stars in NBC's Awake.
Lewis Jacobs NBC

We've already covered NBC's five new comedies, so let's get to its five new dramas.

Awake

Hey, remember Lone Star? A lot of critics told you it was good, and then it lasted two episodes? Remember that?

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3:05pm

Mon May 16, 2011
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NBC's Fall Schedule: The New Comedies

Christina Applegate and Will Arnett in NBC's Up All Night.
Trae Patton NBC

NBC was the first network to complete its upfront presentation today, and the top hard-news headline (of a sort) was that Donald Trump won't run for president. This might have come as a surprise to you if you haven't followed the undirected nuttery that is the showbiz career of Donald Trump — which, bless that huckstering haystack of hair, I have.

But NBC also did present its new fall shows, so let's take a look, starting with the comedies.

Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

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1:10pm

Mon May 16, 2011
Monkey See

Donald Trump Is Not Running For President, In Case You Thought He Would

Donald Trump, seen here in April, announced to TV journalists today that he will not be running for President.
David Becker Getty Images

Donald Trump's flirtation with running for president apparently came to a halt today as he announced during the NBC upfront presentations (where the network presents its fall schedule) that he would not be running. And, of course, he can therefore continue to appear on The Celebrity Apprentice — whew!

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9:39am

Mon May 16, 2011
Monkey See

A Quick Guide To The Network Upfronts: Dogs At 8:00, Ponies At 8:30

The cast of Fox's new series Alcatraz, including Jason Butler Harner, Jonny Coyne, Jorge Garcia, Sarah Jones, Sam Neill, Santiago Cabrera, Parminder Nagra and Robert Forster, are among the attractions at Fox's upfront presentations, which happen today.
Kharen Hill Fox

This is the week of the network upfronts. What are the upfronts? They're presentations held by the broadcast networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and the CW) where they announce their fall schedules and put on marketing displays about their new shows — all theoretically for the benefit of advertisers, though it's also a big week for critics and pundits to get their eyes on the schedules and the new stuff.

Today, NBC and Fox present, tomorrow is ABC, Wednesday is CBS, and Thursday is the CW.

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