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.
January 15, 2014 |
Buoyed by double-digit ratings gains in daytime, CBS said: "Let's make a deal. " The network determined that the price was right to renew its lineup of daytime programs, and Wednesday said that next season it would bring back "The Price is Right," "Let's Make a Deal," "The Young and the Restless," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and the daytime chatfest "The Talk. " CBS has boasted the top-rated slate of daytime programs for more than a quarter of a century, and this season has been no exception. Heartening fans of the beleaguered soap opera genre , CBS' two surviving daytime dramas -- "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful" -- have seen sturdy ratings growth compared with the 2012-2013 TV season.
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.
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.
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)
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".
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.
December 13, 2013 |
Well, I was wrong. Last week, I said that “YOLO” was an episode that was setting us up for the fireworks yet to come in the “winter finale” of “Scandal.” But on Thursday night, the jaw-dropping twists I predicted failed to materialize in “A Door Marked Exit.” Instead, we learned that Olivia shares her mother's taste in outerwear and got yelling -- lots and lots of yelling. Of course, this being “Scandal,” the yelling -- particularly the opening shoutfest between Sally and her doomed “closeted hillbilly” of a husband Daniel -- was expertly written and performed, at once riveting, hysterical, hilarious and poignant.
June 28, 2012 |
OMG, guys. Thursday marks the return of MTV's "Awkward" for its second season. Obvi, we're just as uberklempt as you. Last season saw Jenna finally DTR (define the relationship) with Matty ... by going for his BFF Jake. Ouch! And not to totally hit shuffle on the subject, but poor Jenna also found out that the author behind that hurtful letter that haunted her all season was her own mother. Drah-ma! Ashley Rickards, who plays Jenna, spoke to Show Tracker about the show's sophomore season -- "I cant wait for the viewers to see it and react.
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.