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Fall Arts Preview: Hit the couch!
Ichabod Crane, Andy Samberg, and Malin Akerman are ready for prime time
Contrary to popular belief, the start of fall doesn’t only mean that all your coffee, beer, pastries and dips are required to be pumpkin spiced. No, just as the weather is changing, so is your TV viewing schedule, for better or worse.
| September 11, 2013
The 10 TV premieres to DVR this fall
Last Resort, The Mindy Project, American Horror Story, and more
With new projects from Andre Braugher, Mindy Kaling, Michael Chiklis, and, uh, Lucy Liu?
| September 19, 2012
HBO's Veep needs more mean
Reality, right now, is so absurd that almost everyone has already adopted a "laugh-to-keep-from-crying" approach to the news. We don't need someone to tell us how truly horrifying our political landscape is. So what's a satirist to do?
| April 23, 2012
Review: Showtime’s The Borgias
The second season of The Borgias (Sunday at 9 pm, Showtime) enters a crowded Sunday night field: HBO's Game of Thrones , AMC's Mad Men , even AMC's much discredited The Killing .
| April 09, 2012
Not much 'magic' on Starz's new drama
City of blahs
Premium networks play by different rules from the rest of television, but Starz has taken things to a new extreme: they've twice renewed shows before episode one even aired.
| April 05, 2012
And thus the 'Game of Thrones' continues
Calling Dr. Zaius!
'Twas the thud heard round the world. In the penultimate episode of the first season of HBO's Game of Thrones , our hero Ned Stark (Sean Bean), after a brief, fraught tenure as the King's Hand, discovered the Lannisters' incestuous affair, was falsely declared traitor to the realm, and was beheaded in front of a frothing horde in the town square at King's Landing.
| April 04, 2012
Mad Men tries to pick up the pieces
"Is it my imagination, or is the lobby full of Negroes?"
| March 21, 2012
HBO goes to the races
You get the feeling that Milch and Mann just want to show off what they know about horse racing. When one of Marcus's crew keeps screaming out during the big Pick Six race, "What's going on!?," he speaking for the audience.
| January 24, 2012
Breaking Bad keeps topping itself
This meth we're in
In this age of Hollywood business dealings breathlessly tweeted within minutes of their consummation, passersby cell phone set photos that reveal major plot points, leaked scripts and leaked episodes, Vince Gilligan has accomplished something rare indeed.
| October 05, 2011
Prohibition drinking game!
Play along with the upcoming Ken Burns documentary
Leave it to Ken Burns and PBS to crash our romantic Boardwalk Empire fantasies with a scholarly five-and-a-half-hour, sepia-tinted tome about the rip-roaring Twenties.
| September 28, 2011
Is Boardwalk Empire about to enter its golden age?
Dispel any remaining doubts. The new season (which begins this Sunday at 9 pm on HBO) unfolds with a new leisurely, cinematic grandeur.
| September 21, 2011
Review: HBO's Game of Thrones
It's a long story
In spite of the obstacles to making Martin's story succeed as a TV show, someone at HBO must be a fan, because Game of Thrones — named after the first book in his series — makes its live-action television debut this Sunday, April 17.
| April 14, 2011
Review: MTV's ''Skins''
MTV attempts an American do-over
MTV has rated its new Skins TV-MA LDS - which in plain English means teenagers smoking weed, popping pills, fucking each other, and having emotional breakdowns in a scripted show that MTV would like us to think is designed to be viewed by adults.
| January 26, 2011
Review: Bob's Burgers
Medium rare: Can Bob's Burgers make the cut?
Maybe it's too soon to worry about the fate of Bob's Burgers — Fox's new animated comedy series doesn't even premiere till this Sunday (January 9) at 8:30 pm. But consider Lone Star .
| January 04, 2011
Gift Guide 2010: DVD Box Sets
Sureties and obscurities
Some people will tell you that the economy is frozen in a recession that may never thaw. That makes Blu-ray/DVD box sets more valuable than gold.
| December 08, 2010
Review: AMC's The Walking Dead
No guts, no glory
There's quite a lot to like about The Walking Dead . That is, if you can make it past the opening sequence.
| October 28, 2010
Interview: Will Arnett
The actor looks back at Arrested Development and forward to Running Wilde
When it went off the air, in 2006, Arrested Development had already cemented its status as one of the great TV comedies of all time.
| September 14, 2010
Fall TV Preview: No apologies
Too much good TV
Even the most curmudgeonly out there have to admit that television is on a roll.
| September 14, 2010
AMC crosses Rubicon
Two years ago, AMC made a deal to develop a series based on Francis Ford Coppola's classic 1974 film The Conversation . That show still hasn't materialized, but with Rubicon , AMC has now brought us a drama with a similar premise.
| July 27, 2010
Laughs love misery
C.K.'s Louie is gleefully pessimistic
Louis C.K.'s comedy is bleak.
| July 09, 2010
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