Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes writes and edits NPR's entertainment and pop-culture blog, Monkey See. She has several elaborate theories involving pop culture and monkeys, all of which are available on request.

Linda began her professional life as an attorney. In time, however, her affection for writing, popular culture and the online universe eclipsed her legal ambitions. She shoved her law degree in the back of the closet, gave its living-room space to DVD sets of The Wire and never looked back.

Linda was a writer and editor at Television Without Pity, where she recapped several hundred hours of programming — including both High School Musical movies, for which she did not receive hazard pay. Since 2003, she has been a contributor to, where she has written about books, movies, television and pop-culture miscellany.

Linda's work has also appeared on Vulture (New York magazine's entertainment blog), in TV Guide and in many, many legal documents.

Linda lives in Takoma Park, Md., where she devotes herself to her nephews, her scruffy friends and perfecting her recipe for iced coffee.



Mon September 19, 2011
Monkey See

The Emmys: Satisfying Winners Elevate A Sloppy Show

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 6:51 am

Melissa McCarthy accepts the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award onstage with Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Martha Plimpton, Edie Falco, and presenters Rob Lowe and Sofia Vergara.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Watching Sunday night's Emmy Awards was a little bit like going to the very bad wedding of people you really love: the happiness you feel for the people involved almost makes up for how otherwise unremarkable the experience is.

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Sun September 18, 2011
Monkey See

Things To Watch For At Sunday Night's Emmy Awards

Jon Hamm is up for another Emmy on Sunday night, and with Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad out of the picture, is this his year?
Michael Buckner Getty Images

On today's Weekend Edition Sunday, I'll be talking to Audie Cornish, who recently started her new gig as permanent host, about the Emmy Awards. (I trust her implicitly, because one of her models is Jimmy Fallon.) Tonight, frequent Monkey See contributor Marc Hirsh and I will be liveblogging the ceremony beginning at 7:45 p.m. Eastern, so make sure you come back for that, too.)

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Thu September 15, 2011
Monkey See

Jane Lynch: A Life Of 'Happy Accidents'


It's a big week for Jane Lynch. Her memoir, Happy Accidents, was released on Tuesday, and this Sunday night, she'll be hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards. And she's a reasonably good bet to pick one up, too: her second in a row for playing the scheming cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Fox's Glee. On Friday's Morning Edition, she talks to David Greene about her career, her book, and the difficult process of telling her parents she was gay.

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Tue September 6, 2011
Monkey See

Eddie Murphy Will Host The Oscars

Eddie Murphy will be the host of the Oscars in February 2012.
Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images

It's been rumored for a few days, and now it's official: Eddie Murphy will host the Oscars in 2012, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences announced today.

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Sat September 3, 2011
Monkey See

Irony In The Post-9/11 Age: Comedy And Tragedy As 'Very Strange Roommates'

Gilbert Gottfried, seen here roasting Hugh Hefner in late September 2001, has gotten in substantial hot water more than once over jokes he made that others considered "too soon."
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Saturday on Weekend Edition, Neda Ulaby looks at the issue of irony in the 10 years since the Sept. 11 attacks.

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