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Laura R. Linder
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Laura R. Linder, an associate professor of media arts and production at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is the co-author (with Mary Dalton) of "Teacher TV: Sixty Years of Teachers on Television." She is also the co-editor (with Mary Dalton) of "America View and Skewed: Television Situation Comedies." Her first book, "Public Access Television: America's Electronic Soapbox" (Praeger Publishing), was translated into Japanese in 2009.

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The More Things Change, The More Sitcoms Remain the Same

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 5:16 PM

Holiday activities have receded and decorations have been shelved for another year as we make resolutions and return to our daily routines. That tug of war between how we want to see ourselves (getting there can be scary if not impossible) and how we actually are (ruts are simultaneously boring...

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A Pratfall Too Far

(14) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 10:42 AM

Mike & Molly started with promise, settled into comfortable, and descended into being nearly unwatchable by making Molly, once a dedicated fourth grade teacher, into a careening mess. The retooled sitcom manages to tarnish the legacy of enduring talents such as Lucille Ball as well as adding to the public...

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