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 โ€” 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
9:19 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Morning Shots: Can You Walk And Read At The Same Time?

Lev Grossman writes about the problem of reading while walking, explaining that on the one hand, he knows it's "foolish," but he can't help himself. [Time]

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Monkey See
10:23 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Television Critics Association Nominees: 'Homeland' Comes Up Big In Its First Year

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland.
Kent Smith Showtime

The Television Critics Association (which I'm part of) has announced the nominees for its annual awards, which will be handed out during press tour in late July.

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Monkey See
8:26 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Morning Shots: Which One Is Franklin And Which One Is Bash, Again?

Mark-Paul Gosselaar is curiously resilient for a guy who started out on Saved By The Bell. In a new interview, he talks a little about the writing on that show not necessarily being so great, and he discusses his TNT show Franklin & Bash, where he yuks that as long as he gets paid more than co-star Breckin Meyer, he doesn't even care which of the guys he's playing: "I could be the ampersand." [Yahoo TV]

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Monkey See
8:45 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Morning Shots: Nick Offerman Has A Few Things To Say About Woodworking

So Taylor Swift wrote this song about John Mayer a couple of years ago, and now John Mayer is like, "Not cool, Taylor Swift," and it's in Rolling Stone. Frankly, it is kind of "cheap songwriting," as he says, to write about your famous exes by name. But then, so is writing a song about Kanye West just to tell him you forgive him for interrupting you. [Rolling Stone]

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Monkey See
10:56 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Why Every '70s Game Show Must Bow Down To 'Match Game'

The participants on an early episode ofร‚ Match Game, including Richard Dawson in the lower center position.
GSN

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Monkey See
9:27 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Lindsay Lohan As Elizabeth Taylor: Trying Again To Transform

Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
Richard McLaren Lifetime

Lindsay Lohan has tried a lot of things to escape her own image, which has been battered for years by her legal, personal, and substance difficulties. You may remember that in 2008, she sat for a series of photos in New York Magazine specifically calling back to a Marilyn Monroe shoot six weeks before her death. (Some of those, by the way, are topless photos, so use your judgment if you look at them.)

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Monkey See
9:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Morning Shots: What Apologies Sound Like And Who's Playing Herman Munster

You may have heard me talk in the past about the "onomatapology," an invented term for the celebrity or politician statement that sounds like an apology and makes noises like an apology but actually is not an apology. Jason Alexander said some dopey things on Craig Ferguson's show a while back, and what he has issued in the aftermath? That is what an apology is like. [OutSports]

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Monkey See
9:58 am
Mon June 4, 2012

'Push Girls': A Fresh Take On Women Riding On '26-Inch Rims'

Angela Rockwood has a photography shoot as she tries to get back into modeling on Sundance's Push Girls.
Diane Bondareff Sundance

Let's say this first: Popular television is bad at lots of things, and one of them is representations of people with disabilities. Even where they're present โ€“ Artie on Glee, or Walter, Jr. on Breaking Bad โ€“ they tend to be in isolation. When there's more than one person in a wheelchair, for instance, like when Jason Street was in rehab on Friday Night Lights, the story is usually about the disability itself.

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Monkey See
8:17 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Morning Shots: What's In A Preview? And Who Retires At 20, Anyway?

It turns out that Off-Broadway plays, in particular, are so reliant on the feedback they get (and the revenue they get) from preview performances that they sometimes schedule a longer period of previews than regular perfomances. [The New York Times]

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Monkey See
8:54 am
Sun June 3, 2012

What The MTV Movie Awards Get Right That The Oscars Don't

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart accept the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (really!) at the 2010 ceremony.
Christopher Polk Getty Images

I admit it's a bold statement, suggesting that the most glamorous and prestigious awards ceremony Americans watch all year could learn something from an event that once had a category called "Biggest Badass Star." Certainly, I wouldn't want to see the Oscars replaced with the MTV Movie Awards, given that the first Twilight movie won five of them.

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