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Taylor Cole Miller is a doctoral student of Media and Cultural
Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. You can find him on
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Entries by Taylor Cole Miller

"Slobbering on the Coffin" - Oddball Interview With True Blood's Ginger, Tara Buck

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 5:56 PM


Everyone who has seen Sunday's episode of True Blood "Love is to Die" knows that Ginger scored a major victory this week. The result was one of the series' greatest-ever, and certainly one of its funniest scenes.

The strung-out, over-glamored, bar-slinging fangbanger...

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Carrie Preston Talks True Blood, Female Directors and Shooting Sex Scenes

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 5:53 PM

"Women are making great strides in all professions, and I hope that I can draw inspiration from them and keep doing it in mine."

Some know her as True Blood's sassy Southern ginger Arlene Bellefluer, while others fell in love with...

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OITNB's Miss Rosa on "Tit Hairs," the Prop in Her Freezer, and F**king With Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 6:55 PM

2014-07-19-barbararosenblattaylorcolemiller1.jpgBarbara Rosenblat's storied career includes time served on Broadway (pioneering the role of Mrs. Medlock in the Tony-winning The Secret Garden, among multiple others), more film and television roles than you could throw a pie at (Law and Order: SVU, Veep, Girls),...

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Granny's Gone Viral: Jeanne Robertson Is Contagious!

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 5:14 PM


Jeanne Robertson is contagious-contagiously funny! When this 6-foot-2-inch-former Miss North Carolina (50 years ago!) was told she'd gone viral (on YouTube), she joked, "I don't think so, I've had all my shots?!" But the metaphor is fitting, y'all: I spoke...

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Breaking Bad But 'Entertaining Good' -- Cause Placement in the Media

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 5:37 PM

He watches the computer monitor over his son's shoulder as web-embedded images from his life scroll across the screen interluded with tributes typed over a jarring green background spattered with stars. He's a father, a husband, and a teacher, the headline announces; he's Walter White, and he's "in trouble. It's...

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In Defense of Heckling Michelle Obama: Where Do Civil Rights Happen?

(75) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 6:56 PM

"Some people might say, though, that the gay rights movement has come such a long way. It wants everything all at once, and it just doesn't happen that way!"
--Carol Costello, CNN


I didn't give the FLOTUS heckling much thought...

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Randee Heller, Mad Men's Miss Blankenship, Played American Television's First Recurring Lesbian Role

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 8:27 PM

Randee Heller is American Television's First Lesbian
Before she was Miss Ida Blankenship on AMC's Mad Men, actor Randee Heller was Alice on ABC's hit '70s sitcom Soap, American television's first recurring lesbian character. (Photo by Bobby Quillard, courtesy of Miss Heller)

Most readers...

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Study: Passionate Viewing -- What Can We Learn From What We Hate?

(2) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 12:21 PM

2013-03-14-e11e6708a8c106184d515eadda8fe1d6.jpg To participate in this study, please click here.
Last year, TechCrunch turned the social media circus on its side by reporting that Facebook was strongly considering integrating a "hate" button ahead of their IPO to boost interactions...

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Modern Family 'Yard Sale': Do TV Writers Still Have a Social and Cultural Responsibility?

(37) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 3:57 PM

What would you tell your teenage daughter if you suspected her new boyfriend might be gay? Would you sit her down and explain complicated issues of identity politics? Would you pull him aside and ask him yourself (even if you realize he may not understand what it means to be...

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The Deliciously Queer World of American Horror Story

(10) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 11:04 AM

Wrapped in the "bucket of blood" theme from Brian De Palma's Carrie, intrepid young reporter, Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson), ascends a large wooden winding staircase at Briarcliff Manor, a stereotypical Catholic criminal mental institution in the early 1960s, hoping to get a story on a new inmate, a serial killer...

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Is Ryan Murphy an Activist? - The New Normal Review

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 4:36 PM


With little competition, gay showrunner Ryan Murphy (Popular, Glee, American Horror Story) has brought more LGBT characters to American primetime than perhaps any other industry executive in broadcasting. Already during his tenure in Hollywood Murphy has given airtime to several gay men, a...

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Oprah Builds a Network: What Does It Mean to Be "Struggling"?

(10) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 12:28 PM

Last year in an interview with, Jonathan Franzen said, "The world ... divides into people who have one opinion of Oprah Winfrey and people who have ... the diametrically opposite opinion. That's a remarkable thing to achieve, to divide the world in two; it's like parting the...

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True Blood: An Allegory in an Obama Mask

(33) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 7:21 PM

From the moment "GOD HATES FANGS" flashed across the screen in the title card of the first episode, True Blood has been accused of being riddled with gay metaphors and analogies. Academics eagerly pounced on the narrative in the first season, claiming, for example, that it is an epic fable...

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