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.
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)
September 11, 2013 |
The series finale of “Burn Notice” will air on Thursday night, and when it ends so will the life of one of the show's main characters. That's all USA will say in advance of the highly anticipated episode titled “Reckoning.” The show follows the dangerous adventures of burned spy Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) and his rag-tag group of spy friends as they use their super-human detection skills to solve mysteries and crack international cases. At the core of the show is its humanity as Westen negotiates his difficult relationship with his troubled mother Madeline, played by Sharon Gless.
July 11, 2013 |
NBC's new "Hollywood Game Night" had me at Jane Lynch. At this point it's easier to name the projects she hasn't starred or guest-starred on ("Game of Thrones"? "The Real Housewives of Orange County"?), but as far as I know, she's never done a game show. And that just seems wrong. Trained in improv, which is the closest anyone gets to live television these days, Lynch could have absolutely held her own against Paul Lynde and Carol Burnett in the halcyon days of the original "Hollywood Squares" and "Password.
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.
April 9, 2013 |
Meg Ryan and Katherine Heigl would tell you any good romantic comedy has its share of romance roadblocks before its damsels reach happily ever after. For the perennially unlucky-in-love, RomCom-loving Mindy Lahiri of Fox's "The Mindy Project," one of those roadblocks will resurface in Tuesday's episode. Josh (Tommy Dewey) is back. Remember him? The sports attorney she met at the VIP area of the club who seemed to have shed his jerk-y ways in his path to becoming a viable boyfriend, only to ruin Mindy's (Mindy Kaling)
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.
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)
March 25, 2013 |
So all this time, the third season of “The Walking Dead” has been an earnest entreaty on the benefits of democratic rule? I'm kidding, of course, but the final act of “This Sorrowful Life,” a generally effective episode of the show that nonetheless got a little winded from getting everything in place for next week's finale, included a scene where Rick pulled his tiny band of survivors aside and told them that what he said at the end of...
July 6, 2012 |
Suppressing the tiger blood has its drawbacks: Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management" saw its viewership shed 2 million viewers as it settled into its 9:30 p.m. slot on Thursday night. The FX comedy had seemed to be #winning, in Sheen's terms. Its double episode premiere set records for a cable comedy premiere and for a launch on the network, with its 9:30 airing drawing more than the first with 5.74 million viewers. But with curiosity subsiding, things took a dip. In the same half-hour this week, its third episode pulled 3.37 million -- a dip of more than 41%. The dropoff, unsurprisingly, was also felt in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic.