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Jon Friedman

For roughly 14 years MarketWatch published Jon Friedman's Media Web column, a widely read destination for media industry professionals. A former reporter, columnist and editor for Bloomberg, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Investors Daily and other publications, he is also the author of "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (ReInvention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution" (2012, Penguin) and the co-author of "House of Cards: INside the Troubled Empire of American Express" (1992, Putnam).

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Mad Men: What IS Don Draper? A Hedonist? A Nihilist? A Pragmatist?

All anybody really needs to know about what makes Don Draper tick took place early Sunday night in the second episode of this season.
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  • April 15, 2013 9:43 AM
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Friday Question of the Day: Who Was the Funniest Actress in American TV History?

This is the first installment of a feature called the Friday Question of the Day. Today, we're going to determine who was/is the funniest actress in American television history. To find out my choice, I'm afraid you're going to have to read this piece all the way to the end (I'm no dope).
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  • April 12, 2013 6:29 PM
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10 Questions for Jeopardy!'s Alex Trebek

I have watched Jeopardy! for most of my life. And I know you have, too. Come on. Who hasn't?
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  • April 11, 2013 8:22 PM
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Game of Thrones: I Guess I AM Too Dumb to Love This Show

A few days ago, I asked in a blog post whether I was too smart or too dumb to love Game of Thrones, the HBO vikings hit.
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  • April 11, 2013 6:13 PM
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Mad Men's Diversity Rap

Mad Men gets a lot of well deserved praise for so accurately capturing 1960s America. Creator Matthew Weiner has an uncanny sense of the characters' sensibilities, clothes, haircuts and language. But many people believe that the highly praised show falls down in the one area that defined the 1960s: race relations. Even before anti-Vietnam War protests heated up, civil rights was at the forefront of social change.(Remember, when it came to social-protest anthems, Bob Dylan wrote Blowin in the Wind in 1962, Neil Young wrote Ohio in 1970).
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  • April 11, 2013 1:14 PM
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Alec Baldwin: Would Insomniacs and Earthworms Watch Him on TV at 1:35 a.m.?

How much does Alec Baldwin mean to you?
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  • April 10, 2013 12:16 PM
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Jay Leno Will Surely Exact Revenge on NBC

Ah, the mainstream media. You can always count on them to get to the point. When the hoopla started about how NBC intended to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon, everyone focused on THE story: Why was NBC so eager to dump the late-night talk-show host with the best TV ratings, someone who defeated David Letterman so often that it was a genuine media event when CBS topped NBC?
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  • April 10, 2013 12:12 PM
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Larry David, Won't You Please Come Home?

For us diehard fans of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, the wait is excruciating by now. We want to see new episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm. And we want them now.
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  • April 9, 2013 3:40 PM
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Game of Thrones? Am I Too Dumb or Too Smart to Love This Show?

Game of Thrones? Am I Too Dumb or Too Smart to Love This Show?
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  • April 9, 2013 2:39 PM
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Will Mad Men Still Be Fun to Watch?

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  • April 9, 2013 8:11 AM
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