July 22, 2003 |
Constructing a dramatic series around plastic surgery -- ripe as that backdrop is for sex, nudity and beautiful people awash in opulence -- is such a no-brainer for TV it's a wonder pay cable or Aaron Spelling didn't get there first. Which is why "Nip/Tuck" -- a provocative but at times off-putting new show -- doesn't do itself a favor by pressing considerably further, tacking on the more obvious trappings of violence, torture and a marriage so troubled it could qualify for "Jerry Springer."
December 16, 2009
SERIES Sports Jobs With Junior Seau: In this new episode Junior joins up with Boston's legendary "Bullgang" crew to convert a sports arena's playing surface from ice to hardwood and back again in 36 hours (7 p.m. VS). The New Adventures of Old Christine: Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) reluctantly attends her neighbor's (Molly Shannon) holiday block party, where she discovers a juicy secret about her hostess in this new episode. Michaela Watkins also guest stars.
March 3, 2010 |
"Tell me what you don't like about yourself." When "Nip/Tuck" opened with that line in the summer of 2003, the television universe had no idea what it was in for. Alternatively emotional, outlandish, sexual, graphic, tongue-in-cheek and gothic, the story of two handsome Miami plastic surgeons (Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon) "sucking the champagne and caviar out of life" was a breakout hit, and not just in terms of its own fledgling network, FX. With its cultural statement about society's obsession with youth and its underlying message that "beauty is a curse on the world," "Nip/Tuck" resonated with aging baby boomers and younger viewers.
June 20, 2009 |
When "Nip/Tuck" made its debut in 2003, it broke cable-viewing records and instantly distinguished itself with its stylized look, tongue-in-cheek tone, gorgeous stars and fresh take on America's obsession with beauty and youth. Those qualities earned it a Golden Globe for best drama, critical acclaim and water-cooler buzz that lasted for most of its first four seasons.
September 13, 2012 |
This year's shark-attack model - the Australian 3D flick "Bait" - seeks a little feeding-frenzy variation, so instead of roaming the high seas, it brings its 12-foot chomper inland, courtesy of a tsunami. On a handsome stretch of touristy beach, monster waves crush hundreds of people, but the only death toll of interest to "Bait" relates to a flooded underground grocery store and its trapped survivors - various hottie twentysomethings and older authority types. Director Kimble Rendall serves up a particularly hungry, vicious and Sea World-agile Great White, plus all the limb-separating gore effects you can handle.
October 28, 2007 |
Finally, the "Nip/Tuck" boys are where they belong -- L.A., the cosmic center of cosmetic surgery. Season 3 opens Tuesday with Drs. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) languishing in their new Beverly Hills digs, where no one seems to care about their Miami exploits. Big, crazy pond, little-bitty fish.