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Why Australian drama should be more political

After binging on House of Cards season two and concluding season three of Scandal, I’ve finally taken up with Borgen. I’m only a few episodes into the highly acclaimed Danish political drama but already, as with The West Wing long before it, I’m totally hooked. Which leads me to contemplate: where are all the good Aus Pol dramas? Read more »

Diary of a lurker: TV and Twitter

At the end of last month, global information provider Nielsen announced that Australia was to become the third country in the world with the ‘Nielsen TV Twitter Ratings’ service. According to a Nielsen Company press release, the Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings are ‘the first-ever measure of the total activity and reach of TV-related conversation on Twitter’. Read more »

Funny Broads

‘All comparisons between Girls and Broad City should be hereto forth banned from the internet.’ I agree with Katherine Brooks. Yet the comparisons continue, ad nauseam, mostly following one of two lines of thought. Read more »

‘Alive Girl’ TV: The Carrie Diaries

Get ready to feel old: it’s been ten years since the final episode of Sex and the City aired. I’m not talking about the first episode back in 1998, but the final episode – the one before the two questionable movies were released. Read more »

Making a case for television: True Detective

The following quote is splashed across a tote I once received from a bookshop: ‘I think television is very educating. Every time someone turns on a set, I go into another room and read a book.’ – Groucho Marx. Read more »

The Returned: the beautiful dead

  Time and again The Returned (Les Revenants) has been named on ‘Top TV Shows of 2013’ lists around the world. You will have been told to watch it. There are good reasons why everyone is so insistent. Don’t be scared off by the ‘zombie’ marketing tags: … Read more »

The mother of all TV incest? Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic

I went to see David Sedaris speak the other night. He discussed his penchant for collecting filthy t-shirt slogans, including one which read: ‘Beer with no alcohol is like going down on your sister. It feels right, but it’s wrong.’ The audience were there to laugh, and … Read more »

Amusements and distractions

Killings brings you our weekly selection of posts that have amused, enlightened and generally distracted us. Did you manage to see the google doodle celebrating Saul Bass this week? It’s so wonderful! When wrong layouts lead to wrong laughs. The Sydney Film Festival released it’s program. So … Read more »

Amusements and Distractions

Killings brings you our weekly selection of posts that have amused, enlightened and generally distracted us. The Millions take a look at the art of book reviewing and have put together a three-part list of literary and arts Tumblrs to follow or at least spend some time … Read more »

Amusements and Distractions

Killings brings you our weekly selection of posts that have amused, enlightened and generally distracted us. The Smithsonian take a look at ‘The Revolutionary effect of the Paperback Book’. Young J.D. Salinger’s letters have been discovered. Read about it at The New York Times. ‘Watch Tilda Swinton … Read more »