January 7, 2012 |
"House of Lies," which premieres Sunday, is a new series from Showtime about management consultants. The job is described as impossible to describe, but the general idea is that they're con artists who make troubled corporations dependent on their own company's advice. As legend-in-his-field Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) puts it, the goal is to "make them think they can't live without us .... while we infect the host and bleed them dry. " Among other things, the show — based on a memoir by Marty Kihn, once head writer for VH1's "Pop-Up Videos" — seems to me a product of the knowledge that "Californication" can't last forever, and that it would be good for the network to have another male-targeted sex fantasy on hand when it goes.
March 24, 2011 |
Netflix Inc. is increasingly feeling the sharp elbows of Hollywood. Already frozen out by HBO, the nation's largest premium cable channel, Netflix discovered this week that it soon would lose content from another premium service that until now had been an ally. Showtime Networks said Tuesday that when its existing agreement with Netflix expires this summer, it would no longer make episodes of its first-run series, including "Dexter" and "Californication," available to Netflix's online streaming service.
February 10, 2011 |
The producer had just sent the e-mail to Rob Lowe and was a little nervous. "Look, we wrote this crazy thing, I totally understand if you don't want to do it," he wrote the actor. Michael Schur and the writers of "Parks and Recreation" had come up with a promotional bit for the NBC comedy, on which Lowe is now a series regular. The script called for the 46-year-old actor to be a full-on diva; he'd arrive on set and, after being told that "Parks" had actually been on hiatus, would then launch into an expletive-filled rant about how his handsome face needed to be on television.
January 11, 2011
'It may have divided the critics, but in the ratings "Shameless" scored another win for Showtime's programming strategy of banking on antihero star vehicles. The drama, an Americanized version of a British series, stars William H. Macy as an abusive, substance-abusing father. It delivered 982,000 total viewers, according to the Nielsen Co. ? the pay-cable network's biggest drama premiere in seven years, since "Dead Like Me" scored 1.1 million. The show divided reviewers, with Los Angeles Times critic Mary McNamara finding it gritty and preachy, "never a good combination.
December 12, 2010 |
When Edie Falco won an Emmy for outstanding actress in a comedy for her role in "Nurse Jackie" earlier this year, she looked not only surprised, but also surprisingly irritated. Holding the statue at arms length, she said "Oh, this is just the most ridiculous thing that has ever, ever happened in the history of this lovely awards show. Thank you so much. I'm not funny. " Now, many awards winners make obligatory murmurs of self-deprecation, but Falco didn't sound humble so much as exasperated, as if the television academy had missed the point of her Jackie Peyton.
November 7, 2009 |
Here are the ups and downs of being a teenage actress on a television show with strong adult themes: Your training at a prestigious ballet school has to be dropped, bad. But you get to spend your summers on the beach in California, good. You get to kiss the boy you've had a crush on because it gets written into the script, good. But this is your first kiss -- like, ever -- and so your first kiss will take place on camera, beneath a boom microphone and in front of the crew . . . along with your mom. Bad. You're on TV, cool.