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May 23, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

TV 2011: Inside the Box

Amy Poehler, a.k.a. Parks and Recreation’s vividly friend-able Leslie Knope, picks which TV characters she wishes she could meet in real life; fourteen of the minds guiding some of television’s finest shows talk about their favorite rejected pitches, the shows they wish they’d written, and united fondness for Cheers; in the wake of the Charlie Sheen fiasco, Roseanne Barr writes about how television panders to, steals from, and destroys talent; Chris Colfer, on the run in the theater district; and much, much more.

Feature Article

Welcome to Her Island

Amy Poehler not only delivered some of the season’s best TV, she is a shameless consumer of it.
By Kera Bolonik

The New Interactive Showrunner

“You don’t have to love the work of every showrunner to see what they have in common: When you watch their shows, you know who set their stamp on it.”
By Emily Nussbaum

Who’s Running the Show?

In the age of creator as star, plenty of people know exactly who.

And I Should Know

Roseanne Barr was a sitcom star, a domestic goddess, and a feminist pioneer. That was twenty years ago. But as far as she’s concerned, not much has changed.

From Script to Show

Looking at the 429 scripts bought by the four big networks this year.
By Josef Adalian

Babe in the Woods

Glee’s Chris Colfer has his day in New York.
As told to Jada Yuan.

The Zombies at AMC’s Doorstep

Can the Mad Men network survive its own success?
By Michael Idov

One-Man Show

No, really. Profane comic Louis C.K.’s unique experiment in television making.
By Emily Nussbaum

Intelligencer

The Oprahpedia

Here, a look at 25 years of being all things to all women.

Christie to the Rescue?

Why GOP power brokers can’t stop dreaming of the New Jersey governor.

Loose Lips

Raj Raj, guilty by way of name-dropping.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Flack Is Wack

How scolds encourage immoral rhymes.

42 Minutes With Harry Shearer

The man of many funny voices talks about his dead-serious documentary on the Army Corps of Engineers.

Columns

The Reyes Test

Whether the Mets keep or trade their superstar shortstop this season will say a lot about where the team is headed.

Strategist

Best Bets

A hard-to-kill potted plant, gutter cafés hit the street, and more.

The Look Book

“I’m anal about my clothes.”

The Restaurant Review

Desmond’s falls short in its attempt to re-create a certain bygone era of sophistication.

In Season

Forget ramps; the scallions have landed.

Where to Drink 2011

A comprehensive survey of the New York City barscape.

Culture

The Joys of Obsolescence

When high-tech products become old and awkward, that’s when artist Cory Arcangel gets excited.

The Movie Review

Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris is genuinely graceful and light-footed.

Thirty-Three Years of Principal Filming

Everything in Terrence Malick’s career has built toward The Tree of Life.

Agenda

Kegger!

FoodParc will spill into its landscaped plaza with BeerParc, a nifty new addition to Manhattan’s alfresco options.

Departments

Comments: Week of May 23, 2011

Readers sound off on Asian-Americans, Justin Bond, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of May 23, 2011

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

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