Music appreciation: Songs about school
June 15th, 2012
12:02 PM ET

Music appreciation: Songs about school

With students around the country anticipating – and then celebrating – that final bell before summer, there is one song that is absolutely inescapable this time of year.

“No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks.” (All together now) “School’s out for summer!”

So it seems like the perfect opportunity to delve into some music appreciation, specifically songs about schools:

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Friday Top Five: TV at the Movies
March 16th, 2012
02:04 PM ET

Friday Top Five: TV at the Movies

Jonah Hill’s “21 Jump Street” movie arrives in theaters today, and there's no doubt that when some of us saw the trailers for this comedy, we were understandably confused.

“Wait, wasn’t that TV show pretty serious? Didn’t it star a young, brooding Johnny Depp?” Why yes, it was and it did.

When a TV show gets remade as a movie, sometimes all bets are off. It can stick as close to or veer as far from the source material as it wants. Since we seem to be living through an endless string of these remakes, don’t expect it to change anytime soon.

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‘GCB’ offers little to praise
March 5th, 2012
05:06 PM ET

‘GCB’ offers little to praise

With “Desperate Housewives” coming to an end this year, ABC has been searching for a new series that will take its place as a go-to guilty pleasure show. The latest contender for that title is “GCB.”

The show centers on Amanda (Leslie Bibb), a former high school mean girl who’s forced to move back home to Dallas with her teenage kids after her husband dies amidst personal and financial scandal.

While Amanda has spent the past 18 years growing into a better person, some of her high school classmates have gone in the opposite direction, ruling over Dallas society as a group of, well, GCBs. (We’ll get to that title in a minute.)

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Remembering our favorite TV teachers
March 2nd, 2012
02:15 PM ET

Remembering our favorite TV teachers

Teachers play a tremendous role in shaping how we view the world. But who – or what – shapes our view of teachers? For me, and I’m guessing for many of us, the answer is entertainment.

We may spend years in the classroom with real-life teachers and professors, but the hopes and aspirations we assign to them are just as likely to come from their fictional counterparts.

To that end, the Schools of Thought blog has put together a list of some of our favorite TV teachers. This is by no means a complete list, nor a ranking, and we’re sticking strictly to television teachers (sorry, Principal Skinner and Coach Reeves).

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‘Chuck’ is working out some kinks
October 29th, 2011
11:04 AM ET

‘Chuck’ is working out some kinks

Team Bartowski is back in business for what NBC has promised is the final season of “Chuck.” Last night’s premiere picked up with the nearly wholesale reboot that ended season four.

Just to catch up: Chuck and Sarah are married. The team has been fired by the CIA and has decided to branch out on its own as freelance spies. Chuck’s sister knows about the intersect, but Chuck doesn’t have the intersect anymore. Morgan does.

So we’re jumping into a completely new dynamic among the characters, but I’m not so sure it works. We’ll get back to that later.

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Everyone’s a Critic: Don't judge a series by its pilot?
October 26th, 2011
12:20 PM ET

Everyone’s a Critic: Don't judge a series by its pilot?

With the fall TV season well underway, by now we’ve seen most of the premieres for this year's round of new shows.

I'm sure I'm not alone in having a system for watching pilots: If I like the initial episode, I’m in for the long haul. If I’m intrigued but haven’t been totally convinced, the show gets a three-episode trial.

But if I can’t stand it, I’m never watching anything beyond the premiere.

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