December 11, 2009 |
In November, during a marathon eight-hour press conference I'm delighted to have missed, Fiat Chairman Sergio Marchionne outlined how Fiat and its new corporate holding Chrysler would collaborate on future products. It comes down to this: Fiat will build compact cars for Chrysler. Chrysler will build mid-size and large vehicles for Fiat. And both companies will sell in the other's home markets. From now on it's the Fiat-Chrysler Italian-American Friendship Society. Shiny suits for everybody.
July 31, 2010 |
With its new series, "Rubicon," AMC appears to have set itself the challenge of mounting a show even slower than its "Mad Men." And it has succeeded. Created and partially written by Jason Horwitch (NBC's "Third Watch"-related series "Medical Investigation"), it has clearly been made to recall the classic conspiracy thrillers of old, and slightly less old, from "The 39 Steps" to "Three Days of the Condor." Will Travers (James Badge Dale) is Hitchcock's above-average average man, thrust into a mystery that upends his world and imbues every unexpected noise and peripherally glimpsed movement with threat.
August 1, 2010
If dapper dudes in '60s suits aren't your thing, you can talk about "Rubicon." Sometimes Don Draper gets all the attention. Now AMC is putting some eggs in the "Rubicon" basket. The new mystery drama centers on Will Travers, an intelligence analyst who uncovers codes for a living but, after an untimely death, begins to suspect that the people in his agency are part of a secret society with the power to manipulate world events at an epic scale. Talk about conspiracy theories.
November 12, 2010
"The Simpsons," the longest-running comedy in TV history, has been renewed for a 23rd season. Fox on Thursday announced the renewal, which would bring the series total to 515 episodes. "Like many 22-year-olds, 'The Simpsons' is extremely happy remaining at home, on Fox, and hopes it doesn't have to go out into the real world for many years to come," said executive producer Al Jean. Fans of the series will have something else to celebrate this Thanksgiving when Fox airs the world broadcast premiere of "The Simpsons" movie.
October 31, 2010 |
"Made in Dagenham" is a British import as cheeky and charming as a Mini Cooper, although a Ford might be more fitting. The based-on-a-true story is set in the '60s in Dagenham, a dreary company town in England, that company being Ford Motors. While thousands of men churn out autos in gleaming new factories, 187 women toil in decrepit conditions, sewing the cars' seats and interiors. After their work status is downgraded to unskilled, with commensurate pay reduction, the ladies decide to take action against their bosses.
December 19, 2010 |
It was a somewhat dispiriting fall to be a TV critic. That is not to say there were no good new shows, or that individual good work was not done on less good shows. "What's good this season?" people would ask. " 'Terriers' is good," I would reply, to which I can now add, "and it's been canceled. " Or I'd say, " 'Rubicon' is good. " And that's gone too Like everything else, TV comes in waves: There are peaks and troughs, periods of renaissance and periods of decadence, of expansion and retraction, of innovation followed by imitation.