November 5, 2013 |
Is "The Blacklist" NBC's Holy Grail, the long-sought hit drama the network needs to finally rebuild its schedule? Certainly NBC is making that case, and the show is being hailed as a breakthrough in media reports. Slate, calling the show "one of the big hits of the fall season" (are there many of those?), postulated that it allows viewers the guilt-free pleasure of seeing a con man (Spader) help solve crimes. But do the ratings really push "Blacklist" into hit status? Well, yes and no. For the week that ended Sunday, Spader's vehicle wasn't just the top-rated new drama - it was the top-rated drama, period, among adults aged 18 to 49, according to Nielsen.
July 15, 2005 |
The drug-addicted, ill-tempered doctor. The bartender with a penchant for gunfights and domestic abuse. The hallucinating shrink who is a full blown narcissist, the deeply depressed counter-terrorist with a perpetually clenched jaw and, mercifully, the utterly amoralistic lawyer. Any other year, this might be a list of the "Sex and the City" boy toys, but this year it's the characters played by those nominated for Emmy's outstanding lead actor in a drama.
September 23, 2013 |
Following the success of shows as disparate as "Homeland," "House of Cards" and "Scandal," our nation's capital has become the thrilling center of the universe, and politics has become the new police precinct. Two of the more anticipated shows of this fall season, "Hostages" on CBS and "The Blacklist" on NBC, follow D.C.-based stories and face off, beginning Monday at 10 p.m. Which is so bad for "Hostages"; though it gets points for ambition, "The Blacklist" blows it out of the water.
August 21, 2009 |
What would you wish for if you found a rainbow-colored rock that told you to make a wish, then granted every one? Would you go for world peace, a million bucks? Or like the kids in "Shorts," would you wish for a castle and a moat protected by snakes and alligators, not realizing the complications that might crop up? Me, I'd wish that writer-director Robert Rodriguez, who brought us the finely wrought darkness of "Sin City," would set aside the kid stuff and get back to the promise of his earlier work . . . right after world peace and a million bucks.
June 14, 2007 |
You can't accuse "Boston Legal" creator David E. Kelley of complacency. When production on the ABC drama's fourth season begins June 27, some familiar faces will be gone. No worries, fans: James Spader, William Shatner and Candice Bergen will be back. But their cohorts -- Julie Bowen, Mark Valley, Rene Auberjonois and Constance Zimmer -- will not be, a representative for David E. Kelley Productions said Wednesday.
July 13, 2008 |
SO OFTEN, the Emmy voters get it wrong. (Have they never watched "The Wire"?) Or they reward the same guy, doing the same thing, slighting all the new kids on the block. (We enjoy him, but really, James Spader? Again?) Our Emmy wish list tips the hat to the less-watched, risk-taking champs (like "Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston), hands out several statuettes in the same category when they're due (to the lovely ladies of "Ugly Betty," for starters), and shines the spotlight on the quietly powerful performances that we already know voters bypassed (no January Jones in the top 10?
November 19, 1995 |
When Jim Nashe (Mandy Patinkin, left) a former Boston fireman aimlesly squandering a $200,000 inheritance, gives a lift to Jack Pozzi (James Spader, right), a poker whiz on his way to a high-stakes game, Nashe envisions a way to replenish his pile. He'll stake Pozzi to a game with a seemingly pushover pair of lottery-winning millionaire housemates (Charles Durning and Joel Grey) and split the winnings 50-50.
December 18, 2004
"Sideways" was a nice little film, but the fact that it led all Golden Globe nominees ["Dark Horses and Desperate Wives" by Robert W. Welkos, Susan King and Elaine Dutka, Dec. 14,] testifies to the fact that this has not been a good year for great films. In fact, the film pales in the shadow of Alexander Payne's true masterpiece, 1999's "Election," arguably the best comedy of the last decade! Jack Wolf Westwood I was delighted to read of the Golden Globes nominations of William Shatner and James Spader from my new favorite show, "Boston Legal" ["Spader and Shatner: Partners in Mischief," by Lynn Smith, Dec. 14]
June 30, 1991
Although they've been around forever, Southern California flea markets and swap meets have been all the rage of late. Even celebrities--Diane Keaton, James Spader, Madonna--go at dawn and swap 'til they drop. The variety of new merchandise at most swap meets is so vast that it's as if someone has simply ripped the ceiling off a mall. At flea markets specializing in collectibles, shopping is the equivalent of visiting 150 small antique stores at once.