Frank’s Pop Culture Watch: The X Factor Hits Series Lows, The Voice Hits Highs

In a media landscape filled with so much “sameness,” it is peculiar when a show succeeds over a similarly themed program. Why do some singing competition shows perform consistently well, while others struggle for good numbers? This season, the divide is apparent. The Voice is hitting series highs and spearheading NBC’s rising success, while The X Factor is hitting […]

Lessons from Grimm

As children, our parents tell us stories about princesses, kings, and talking animals. Some of the most popular stories that we hear are the Grimms’ fairytales, compiled by the Grimm brothers from the many tales that they heard from all over Germany. In Fall 2011, NBC debuted a crime procedural drama called Grimm. The show […]

Stories from Parenthood

In the spring of 2010, previews for Parenthood were all over NBC. I remember being excited to see Lauren Graham because I used to watch her on Gilmore Girls when I was younger. Like Gilmore Girls, Parenthood is a a realistic, relatable portrayal of modern family life. It focuses on the Bravermans, a large family […]