September 23, 2013 |
“Breaking Bad” is the story of Walter White. That seems obvious, of course. Bryan Cranston is at the center of nearly every episode, and he's the guy who's won three Emmys for his work as its lead character. But where many TV shows that run five seasons expand and expand, incorporating a larger understanding of their own worlds, “Breaking Bad” has honed itself to a fine point. As other stories and characters fall by the wayside, as all of his excuses and rationales prove hollow and false, there's still Walter White, sitting alone in a cabin in the New Hampshire woods, with two copies of “Mr.
November 6, 2012 |
[SPOILERS AHEAD! Those who don't want to know recent plot developments on "The Walking Dead" should avoid this post]. "Adventures in Babysitting" has nothing on "The Walking Dead. " The core survivors in the hugely popular AMC drama already had their hands full battling flesh-eating zombies-- and, sometimes, each other. But in their next episode, the crew will start facing perhaps their biggest dilemma. And it's clothed in diapers. PHOTOS: On the set of 'The Walking Dead' Yes, it's a baby.
October 7, 2013 |
The third-season premiere of ABC's Washington-centric political thriller "Scandal" reverberated beyond the Beltway, ranking at the top of the new Nielsen Twitter TV ratings. Thursday night's episode, in which Washington fixer Olivia Pope's name was leaked as the president's mistress, attracted 10.5 million television viewers. "Scandal" also made some noise on the social media platform Twitter, with nearly 713,000 tweets about the episode reaching a Twitter audience of 3.7 million, Nielsen reported. FULL COVERAGE: Fall TV preview 2013 The sudsy drama proved even more social than the MTV documentary "Miley: The Movement," which followed Miley Cyrus' efforts to shed her persona as a Disney Channel star and focus on music.
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)
November 5, 2012 |
"Walking Dead" fans are a hearty lot -- they have to be in order to endure the shocking plot developments the show keeps throwing at them week after week. And Sunday's episode, "Killer Within," may have been one of the most jaw-dropping yet. For those who haven't seen "Killer Within," beware: Spoilers lie ahead. In the episode, two major characters, who had both been with the show since the beginning, met their untimely ends. T-Dog (IronE Singleton) and Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies)
December 31, 2011 |
"Community," NBC's quirky Thursday night comedy, has been a slacker in the ratings. The sitcom about misfit community college students, starring Joel McHale and Chevy Chase, has averaged about 4 million viewers an episode this season, not enough to guarantee survival in the dog-eat-dog world of network television. The tepid ratings prompted NBC to put the show on hiatus. Still, despite its struggles, the series is headed toward the promised land of syndication. Just a few years ago, a syndication sale for a modest performer like "Community" would have been unthinkable.
March 13, 2013 |
CBS' acclaimed legal drama "The Good Wife" will have multiple partners in syndication. Reruns of the Sunday night program, which stars Julianna Margulies, have been sold by CBS to Amazon's Prime Instant Video platform as well as the Hallmark Channel and local TV stations. Hulu Plus, the subscription arm of the online video service, will also get episodes as part of a previous deal with CBS. The unique agreement could mean an even longer life on CBS for "The Good Wife," which wraps up its fourth season next month.
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.
August 8, 2013 |
When judging acting performances, Emmy voters aren't considering seasons or story arcs or multiple episodes or whether the actor ignored/embraced them the last time they found themselves at the valet station together. At least, they're not supposed to be taking these things into consideration. They are voting solely on the one episode submitted on the actor's behalf. That's it. And by that criteria, there's really only one choice for this year's lead actor drama Emmy: "Mad Men's" Jon Hamm.