TV Needs to Stop Treating Mental Illness as a Superpower
April 24, 2014
ABC's "Black Box" is an absurdly clumsy example of one of pop culture's most noxious tropes.
In the season finale of the third season of "Homeland," Carrie Mathison, the bipolar CIA agent played by Claire Danes, is appointed as the Istanbul bureau chief to oversee the agency’s covert Iranian operation—the result of a season-long effort to pl
America's Least-Favorite City Has Become Television's Favorite Subject
November 25, 2013
America's least-favorite city is television's favorite backdrop.
The Most Blatant Ways Homeland Gets Washington Wrong
November 25, 2013
Homeland's plot may have jumped the shark this season. But its portrayal of Washington jumped the shark a long time ago.
'Homeland' Is Falling Apart Before Our Very Eyes
November 14, 2013
It’s as hard to keep a longform television narrative going as it is to raise a child. Sometimes shorter forms are tempting, with old-hat conventions like climax and closure.
The Veep Is More Popular Than the President
October 27, 2013
If Joe Biden really wants to get the most out of his time as vice president, he should sign a development deal instead of forming an exploratory committee.
Is 'Homeland' Turning Into 'Breaking Bad?'
October 13, 2013
In their conversation about Episode 3 of Homeland, New Republic Senior Editor Isaac Chotiner and former CIA man Robert Baer discuss the way the Agency exerts psychological control over its agents, and whether the show is becoming more like "Breaking
'Homeland' Episode Two: A Former CIA Agent Assesses
October 06, 2013
CIA directors don’t have time to roll up their sleeves and walk around the building says our Homeland expert, former CIA Agent Robert Baer.
How Accurate Was the 'Homeland' Premiere? A Former CIA Agent Weighs In
September 29, 2013
Robert Baer is a former CIA case officer who served everywhere from Iraq to the former Soviet Union.
The Hidden Secrets of TV Posters
July 18, 2013
The TV poster has evolved from marketing tool into artistic enterprise.