Rick Ellis

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Celebrating The Boob Tube With A New Season Of ‘Pioneers Of Television’

Maybe it’s just because I write about television for a living. But I’m always a bit astounded by […]

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Mr. Selfridge Returns, Flawed And Charming As Ever

Here in the U.S., we tend to see only the best of what British television has to offer.  […]

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Examining An Icon: Alice Walker On ‘American Masters’

Dissecting the life of someone who is legitimately considered to be an icon and an inspiration can be […]

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Why Can’t Public Television Fans Have Their Own Dating Site?

If you spend any time watching late night cable television, you are probably familiar with FarmersOnly.com, a dating […]

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NOVA Highlights The Downside Of Being An Ancient King

Most people have at least heard of the famous La Brea Tar Pit, an ancient natural asphalt seepage […]

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‘Sherlock’ Is Back From The Dead

There aren’t a lot of hard rules about writing television, but one constant is that the third season […]

It’s Time To Introduce Your Family To A Stinky Holiday Celebration

There was a time when Christmas movies were just as wonderful as the ones you’d see any other […]

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What Present Do You Buy The PBS Kids Character That Has Everything?

It’s never easy to find the perfect Christmas present for a kid. Their tastes change seemingly overnight, they’re […]

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Public Television Showcases Minnesota Opera With ‘Silent Night’

If you were going to try and put together a project that sounds inaccessible and boring, then an […]

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Ten Quirky Gifts For The Public TV Fan

I think it’s fair to say that people who watch public television are special. And by special, I mean thoughtful, […]

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Taking Yet Another Look At The Kennedy Assassination With ‘Cold Case: JFK.’

Of all the conspiracy theories that litter American history, none is as controversial as the simple question of […]

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‘Frontline’ Hunts The Nightmare Bacteria

There are a number of inventions that have helped make modern life comfortable and relatively safe. But few […]