Linda Holmes en 'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers If the Television Critics Association press tour of 2014, wrapping up Tuesday and Wednesday with presentations from PBS, has had a catchphrase, it's "audience measurement."<p>Critics heard an extended presentation from Nielsen on the very first day of tour about the company's plans to begin measuring viewership on mobile devices and, more generally, about its scramble to keep up – catch up, really – with the way television works now. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:28:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 33889 at 'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers At This Summer's TV Press Tour, A Resounding Sense Of 'Meh' There's a widespread belief that critics hate everything, revel in hating everything, and cannot be pleased. It's widespread and wrong, though.<p>That fact has never been clearer to me than at this year's summer press tour, where — while I certainly can't speak for everyone — it seems like there's a glumness that has settled in that can be traced back to the fact that ... we're not loving anything. Reviewing television has been for the last few years quite like reviewing anything: You hunt for the exceptional in a mixed bag of the ordinary and the lousy. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:46:15 +0000 Linda Holmes 33448 at At This Summer's TV Press Tour, A Resounding Sense Of 'Meh' Lab Rats, One And All: That Unsettling Facebook Experiment I've always been the shrugging type when it comes to lots of things that Facebook does that make people crazy. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:49:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 32372 at Lab Rats, One And All: That Unsettling Facebook Experiment The Spoiler-Free 'Game Of Thrones' Twitter Translator Despite watching a great deal of television — highbrow, lowbrow, middlebrow — I don't watch <em>Game of Thrones</em>. I have never been a fantasy fan, I can't tolerate extensive world-building without nodding off, I don't gravitate toward stories about epic wars, and I'm not particularly drawn by either nudity or innard-splattering. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 31420 at The Spoiler-Free 'Game Of Thrones' Twitter Translator The Comb, The Thrill And The Flop Saturday at about 10:30 in the morning, as New York took a turn for the muggy in what turned out to be anticipation of rain, I climbed the steps to the Metropolitan Museum Of Art and rented one of the audio guide units that hang around your neck on an orange strap. I stayed about five hours, wearing out the battery on the audio unit and turning it in for another, wandering from the Egyptian art into the Temple of Dendur, through European sculptures to Arms and Armor and the American Wing, through Oceania, Africa and the Americas. Mon, 12 May 2014 13:51:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 29069 at The Comb, The Thrill And The Flop Daniel Radcliffe And The Blood And Breath Of Live Theater There is a strong crossover between your Daniel Radcliffe People and your Harry Potter People, for obvious reasons. Next to me at Broadway's Cort Theater on Thursday night, watching Radcliffe in Martin McDonagh's comedy <em>The Cripple Of Inishmaan</em> (a production that's Tony-nominated for Best Revival Of A Play) were three young women. Their first priority: finding out where to await him when the show was over, and strategically how to get a good spot. Fri, 09 May 2014 15:41:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 28919 at 'Say Anything,' Still Full Of Guileless Affection Transcript <p>WADE GOODWYN, HOST: <p>Twenty-five years ago, Lloyd Dobler raised a boombox over his head and changed the world of movie boyfriends forever.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IN YOUR EYES")<p>PETER GABRIEL: (Singing) All my instincts, they return...<p>GOODWYN: Linda Holmes, of our pop culture blog "Monkey See," was a teenager when she first saw the film "Say Anything..." She says all these years later, she has a new appreciation of it.<p>LINDA HOLMES, BYLINE: Lloyd Dobler is played by John Cusack. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 27580 at Ken Burns Tackles Lincoln, Education And Money In 'The Address' The Ken Burns documentary <em>The Address</em>, premiering on most PBS stations Tuesday night, opens at the Greenwood School in Vermont, where students are being introduced to a longstanding tradition: studying the Gettysburg Address until they can recite it from memory in front of a large audience of students, staff and parents. If they succeed, they receive a special commemorative coin that is only given for this achievement. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:11:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 27289 at Ken Burns Tackles Lincoln, Education And Money In 'The Address' 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes Imagine a scene in which a man is sitting on a park bench reading a book. A woman comes up and sits beside him. He looks up at her. She hands him a letter. "It's over," she says.<p>If you were to see this scene in a film, completely out of context, you might look for a variety of clues to figure out what's going on. Some are straightforward: How are the people behaving? What's her tone of voice? What do their faces look like? How close are they sitting? If you've spent some time thinking about filmmaking, you might consider other things: How are they framed? What's the angle of the shot? Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 27180 at 'Mad Men' Returns, Full Of Footnotes An Interview With A Hypothetical Super-Independent Athlete Baby It might have seemed like an unsurprising thing to do when Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy took three entire days off to tend to his newborn child, but if you listen to sports commentary, you know that it was <a href="" target="_blank">not without controversy</a>.<p>Mike Francesa said on his WFAN radio show that paternity leave is a ridiculous idea for a professional baseball player, and that he, for one, worked on the very days his kids were born. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 26564 at An Interview With A Hypothetical Super-Independent Athlete Baby