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A series of articles on the state of television.
by Mark D. Johnson
30 Articles
 
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Coping with Reality TV
Reversing the downward spiral of unscripted television.
January 30, 2005
Back from Hiatus
Four new shows bring much-needed variety to television drama.
October 31, 2004
Season Finale
The conclusion of 'Program Notes'
May 16, 2003
The 'Masterpiece Theatre' of Reality TV
'Manor House' on PBS brings class to the genre.
May 2, 2003
National Turn-Off-Your-TV Week
A belated notice.
April 25, 2003
Channel Hopping
CNN, 'Watching Ellie,' '24' and more.
April 18, 2003
The Destiny of Michael Essany
Young host pursues late night talk show dream.
April 11, 2003
Musical Revival Needs More Than Just... Revival
The old song and dance could use a new tune.
April 4, 2003
Sand, Smoke, and Fog
Unprecedented coverage provides captivating images, incomplete picture.
March 28, 2003
TV Violence and Aggression
Has a new study found a smoking gun or a weak link?
March 17, 2003
Unholy Matrimony
'Married by America' fails on many levels.
March 7, 2003
'Big Fat' Wears Thin
Plus: Good-bye Mr. Rogers.
February 28, 2003
The Young & the Reckless
Redeeming moments on ‘Real World: Las Vegas’ are far and few between.
February 21, 2003
Reality Meets Fiction
New cable show seeks to blur the line.
February 14, 2003
Channel Hopping...
Jimmy Kimmel, the February Sweeps, and a talking horse.
January 31, 2003
'Idol'-Mania
Is it worthy?
January 24, 2003
'Richter' Scales Comedic Heights
Plus: Winter's Reality Avalanche.
January 17, 2003
Revisiting ‘Boston’ and ‘Ed’
Midterm grades for two junior year shows.
January 10, 2003
'Joe Millionaire': A Sad Reality?
Fox is at it again.
January 5, 2003
Of Amazing Races and Starving Survivors
The top-rated reality show is no longer the best.
December 20, 2002
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Author Bio:  Mark D. Johnson
Mark D. Johnson is the founder, editor, and webmaster of The Partial Observer. He wrote commentary on the television industry for the PO during the 2002-03 season. He was once an active jazz musician, but kept his day job, and now observes the world primarily from his home in Virginia, where he lives with his wife Laurel and newborn son Lukas. A native of Jamestown, New York, he has also lived in Chicago and St. Paul.

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Most Popular Program Notes
The Destiny of Michael Essany
Young host pursues late night talk show dream.
April 11, 2003
Coping with Reality TV
Reversing the downward spiral of unscripted television.
January 30, 2005
'Saturday Night Live' Pronounced Dead On Arrival
Season premiere meets low expectations.
October 11, 2002
The Great Smothers Brothers Controversy
Could it happen again?
December 6, 2002
National Turn-Off-Your-TV Week
A belated notice.
April 25, 2003


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