March 27, 2013 |
In response to Jonah Goldberg's Op-Ed on Tuesday, " The wisdom of Dan Quayle ": What? It's been 20 years since the Murphy Brown-Dan Quayle feud, and we're still talking about this? I suppose I should be flattered. And not surprised. After all, we're still talking about glass ceilings and Roe vs. Wade and what constitutes "legitimate rape. " But because history, like a hit television series, repeats itself, let's revisit 1992. For those of you too young to remember (or too old to recall)
December 5, 2012 |
The fifth season finale of FX's outlaw motorcycle gang drama "Sons of Anarchy", which aired Tuesday night, scored one of its biggest audiences, cementing its status as one of TV's most elite and popular dramas. The episode of the series, which is the cable network's top-rated show, drew 4.67 million viewers -- its highest rated finale ever and the third-most watched episode ever. While longtime fans expressed enthusiasm over the numerous twists, turns and betrayals in the episode, some also noted that the level of graphic, horrific violence reached new heights this season, rivaling Martin Scorsese movies or other critically acclaimed series such as "Breaking Bad" and "Boardwalk Empire".
March 11, 2013 |
David Morrissey has cast a wide shadow over "The Walking Dead" in its third season as the much anticipated villainous leader known as the Governor. While the character is a sinister presence with a black eye patch and a closet full of zombie heads, Morrissey in real life is upbeat and chatty as he talks from rainy London, which is his home. In Sunday's episode, "Arrow in the Door," Morrissey's Governor finally had a sit-down with his arch nemesis, Rick, played by Andrew Lincoln.
September 3, 2012 |
The title of this midseason finale of “Breaking Bad” - “Gliding Over All” - is a fairly big hint as to where the episode ends. It is, after all, a Walt Whitman quote, and Whitman is one of the few tangible pieces of evidence that could connect Walter White to the criminal empire he's built in the mind of his brother-in-law, the one who always overlooks him because, hey, who's going to suspect Walter? Yet as the episode reached its climax and Hank picked up the copy of “Leaves Of Grass” that would draw a direct line between Walter and the long-dead Gale Boetticher, everything snapped into place in a beautiful, elegant way. If last week's episode strained for that feeling of pieces you always knew would snap into place actually doing so here and there, this week's was a moody, contemplative piece of work that pulls Walter back from the edge just enough to make it all the more tragic when his hubris does him in yet again.
February 13, 2013 |
"The Walking Dead" is a violent TV show, but is it the most violent TV show on the air right now? It is if you include the zombie body count. According to a study conducted by the website Funeralwise.com, "The Walking Dead" was the most violent show on TV in the fall of 2012, with 308 dead (or undead) bodies shown in the eight episodes aired of the show's third season. That works out to about 38 bodies per episode. The second deadliest show on TV is Cinemax's actioner "Strike Back," which aired 10 episodes last year and averaged 26 deaths per episode.
May 13, 2013 |
How do you punish Springfield's ultimate grade-school delinquent? A 10-year-old troublemaker who has been disciplined hundreds of times over the last 24 years? In Sunday's episode of "The Simpsons" on Fox, Bart is sentenced to the harshest form of pre-pubescent spirit crushing: classical-music lessons. The severity cannot be underestimated. After rejecting sliding-whistle lessons from Sideshow Mel, sitar instruction from Comicbook Guy and a theremin odyssey courtesy of Prof. Frink, Bart agrees to piano lessons after he espies the attractive Russian teacher Zhenya (the voice of Jane Krakowski)
November 9, 2012 |
Before fans of "The Walking Dead" fans get caught up in the next sure-to-be-perilous episode, let us reflect on a huge development from the last installment that was all but overlooked in the emotional aftermath surrounding the tragic death of Lori. Yes, I'm talking about the savage death of T-Dog, the brawny warrior who was one of the moral compasses of the small group of survivors caught up in the nightmare of the zombie apocalypse. Sacrificing his life to save Carol, T-Dog was literally ripped apart by murderous "walkers.
June 26, 2012 |
The new "Insane Coaster Wars" coming to the Travel Channel this summer lets viewers take a virtual ride on many of the best roller coasters in the United States right from the comfort of their living room couch. PHOTOS: 24 rides competing in "Insane Coaster Wars" Premiering at 9 p.m. on July 8, each themed half-hour episode will let viewers vote online for their favorite coasters in six categories: speed, height, G-forces, inversions, wooden coasters and suspended coasters.
April 25, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- As Zach Braff and the people behind “Veronica Mars” could tell you, crowd sourcing isn't a half-bad way to raise some money for a film. But can it enable new forms of creativity too? That's what the longtime Hollywood director Paul Verhoeven set out to learn. A while back, the pulp auteur behind movies such as "Basic Instinct" and "Total Recall" decided to throw open the doors - not to the bank, but to the screenwriting process. The Dutch-born filmmaker wanted fans in his native Holland to contribute chapters to a script for a short feature.
February 25, 2013 |
Amy Sherman-Palladino is trying to get a scene just right. She is directing the season finale of her show "Bunheads," an episode that could determine whether the ABC Family network returns the series for a second season. "Bunheads" is a sweet drama about a Las Vegas chorus girl starting over in a small town by teaching ballet. Sherman-Palladino, a classically trained dancer turned television writer, is trying to start over too. The pivotal scene of this episode, which airs Monday night, is being filmed on location in Hollywood.