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.

Holmes 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.

Holmes 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.

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

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Monkey See
8:50 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Morning Shots: Today In Awkward Apologies For Putting Heads On Pikes

If you're into the pastime of lamenting the state of publishing and bookstores, it's very important that you read this post from The Atlantic about the tiny number of bookstores that existed in the United States in 1931 and what that meant for publishing and reading. It's a great reminder. [The Atlantic]

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Monkey See
12:49 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

The Absolute Unvarnished Truth About The New And Rebooted 'Dallas'

Larry Hagman, as he must, returns to play J.R. Ewing in the rebooted version of Dallas.
Zade Rosenthal TNT

There is a certain honesty with which I believe critics must exist — a willingness to look yourself in the eye. A willingness to say, "This is the absolute truth as I experienced it."

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Monkey See
9:48 am
Wed June 13, 2012

How We Talk About A Bacon Sundae

This is the bacon sundae.
Noel Barnhurst AP

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 3:32 pm

I come not to praise the Burger King bacon sundae, nor to bury it. I come merely to point out that sometimes, the particular flavor of contempt with which you choose to address something is as important as the contempt itself.

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Monkey See
8:35 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Morning Shots: Reading This Roundup, Pursued By A Bear

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 9:59 am

Today in great fun: a look at the execution of difficult stage directions, such as — but not limited to — "Exit, pursued by a bear." [The Guardian]

It's safe to say that if you find yourself on the new Lifetime show My Life Is A Lifetime Movie, something has gone wrong. [Crushable]

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Monkey See
9:07 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Morning Shots: Tom Cruise Validated By Bret Michaels, Fortunately

Bret Michaels has given Tom Cruise the thumbs-up for Cruise's performance in Rock Of Ages. So that's one thing you don't have to worry about today. [L.A. Times]

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Monkey See
11:57 am
Mon June 11, 2012

'Bunheads' Doesn't Need To Be Studied, Just Enjoyed

Sutton Foster stars in Bunheads, premiering Monday night on ABC Family.
Adam Taylor ABC Family

The advent of serious, thoughtful, artistically ambitious television has brought us many marvelous shows: Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Good Wife. And the growth of comedies with strong points of view has allowed oddball projects like 30 Rock and Community to emerge and earn praise.

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Monkey See
8:43 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Morning Shots: We Dedicate This Morning Roundup To The Ones We Love

It's always an interesting feeling when people react to things completely differently than you do, and this is a great example — this newspaper account talks about how James Corden dedicated his Tony Award (for One Man, Two Guvnors) to his girlfriend, and calls it "cringeworthy." I was going to say "adorable." [The Telegraph]

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Monkey See
6:08 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Live-Blogging The 2012 Tony Awards

Neil Patrick Harris performs at the 2011 Tony Awards in June of last year. He will host again Sunday night.
Andrew H. Walker Getty Images

We'll be here at 7:45 p.m. to live-blog the 2012 Tony Awards, with Marc Hirsh and me monitoring the ceremony at home and Trey Graham on site at the Beacon Theater.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Monkey See
3:24 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Join Us For The Tony Awards Sunday Night, Where We Vow To Break A Leg

Sunday night, we will be covering the Tony Awards. And we hope you'll join us.
CBS

Originally published on Sun June 10, 2012 6:27 pm

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Monkey See
12:53 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: An Exploration Of Strange Creatures

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