October 21, 2013 |
It wouldn't be October if there weren't an onslaught of Halloween-themed programming to binge on. Fox is getting into the spirit with a couple of its Tuesday comedies. Freshman comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which was recently picked up for a full season, is giving viewers a taste of Halloween in Brooklyn. The episode will center on Charles, played by Joe Lo Truglio, trying to get Halloween-hating Amy to see the joy in the holiday. The pair will have to wear costumes while going undercover on the streets.
October 18, 2013 |
Fox is giving its rookie sitcom "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" some super exposure. The network not only committed to a full 22-episode season of the comedy about a police precinct full of crazy characters, it said that "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which stars Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, would be part of its post-Super Bowl programming plans. Fox will pair "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" with a special episode of "New Girl" after its coverage of the big game ends. FALL TV 2013: Watch the trailers Typically, the Super Bowl, which is played in early February, is the most-watched television event of the season.
October 3, 2013 |
"Brooklyn Castle" (PBS, Monday). "I think that this is a good thing for kids to be exposed to," coach Elizabeth Vicary says in Katie Dellamaggiore's 2012 film about a fearsome and lovable inner-city middle-school chess team, "the idea that truth isn't quite so simple as right and wrong and they're studying on a level where the answers aren't really clear to anybody -- or unclear to me, and I'm very good at it. " Getting a broadcast premiere this...
September 24, 2013 |
This week marks the official start of the fall TV season. Some series have already gotten off to a start, including Fox's comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and NBC's thriller "Blacklist" (with the official trailer above). There are almost too many new shows to keep track of - which is where Times TV critics Mary McNamara and Robert Lloyd can help. In the conversation below, the pair discuss their new favorites - and, not surprisingly, uncover a few duds along the way. Mary McNamara : Robert, it's that time of year.
September 23, 2013 |
I never got to one of the most anticipated panels at Sunday's eighth Brooklyn Book Festival : A conversation between legendary comics artists Art Spiegelman and Jules Feiffer. It wasn't for lack of interest; there was just too much to do. At the same time as Spiegelman and Feiffer were doing their thing, after all, I was moderating a conversation between novelists Meg Wolitzer (“The Interestings”), Audrey Niffenegger (“The Time Traveler's Wife”) and James McBride (“The Good Lord Bird”)
September 19, 2013 |
Part "Days of Wine and Roses," part early-funny Spike Lee, writer-director Shaka King's intriguing, slippery-witted stoner love story "Newlyweeds" zeros in on a young Brooklyn couple - downcast-looking repo man Lyle (Amari Cheatom) and hippie-ish museum worker Nina (Trae Harris) - in the languorous ecstasy of a romantic pot haze. That is, when they're not scrambling to make ends meet, arguing or making terrible decisions with lasting consequences. Lyle's time outside the pair's den of weed-fueled intimacy is taken up with the perpetual hangover of a grim job (not always done well)
September 19, 2013 |
"Mother of George" is an unexpected gem about true love, infertility and a meddling mother-in-law. The couple under duress is part of Brooklyn's close-knit Nigerian immigrant community. Not a side of that borough we usually see. But it is the kind of distinctive, culture-driven drama from emerging filmmakers that I wish we saw more of. Darci Picoult's screenplay is refreshingly spare and alive with energy in director Andrew Dosunmu's hands. The Nigerian-born Dosunmu knows the New York immigrant experience firsthand.
September 18, 2013 |
Fox got a jump on the fall season Tuesday night with two new comedies, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and the critically drubbed "Dads," both of which showed some ratings promise. "Dads," a domestic sitcom from "Family Guy" overseer Seth MacFarlane, averaged 5.6 million total viewers, according to early results from Nielsen. That was a 44% jump compared with what "Raising Hope" drew for Fox in the time period last year. And "Dads" easily won the 8 p.m. time slot among 18-to-49-year-old viewers (a 2.1 rating)
September 17, 2013 |
Fox premieres two new sitcoms Tuesday. One I would recommend; the other, I would not. Let's begin with the better: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which deems Andy Samberg ready for prime time, is set in a New York police precinct; its noble lineage runs back to "Car 54, Where Are You?" and "Barney Miller," but it shares DNA with every comedy in which a group of nonconformists and nincompoops are charged with some responsible task. The faces are fresh, but the school is old. Samberg's detective, whose wisecracking ways do not belie but certify his effectiveness ("The only problem he hasn't solved is how to grow up," says his sergeant, played by Terry Crews)
September 11, 2013 |
"Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine: Two Kids From Brooklyn," currently ensconced at Walt Disney Concert Hall's Ira Gershwin Gallery through Feb. 23, is a treasure trove of lyric sheets, performance materials, scripts, correspondence, business papers, posters, videos and recordings chronicling the lives and careers of the legendary comic actor and his composer wife. The Disney Hall space, a satellite gallery of the Library of Congress, is open to anyone attending a performance or on a free docent-led tour or a self-guided audio tour of the building.