September 23, 2013 |
One week before the finale of "Breaking Bad," fans of tough and dark cable dramas are grappling with the idea that a beloved series could really have one stinker of a finale. The series: "Dexter," which aired its final episode on Sunday night. The reaction? Not good. If you haven't watched the final episode, beware. Spoilers are lurking in here. At the conclusion of the Showtime show's eight-season run, cop/serial killer Dexter (Michael C. Hall) took his foster sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter)
April 7, 2014 |
Stand-up comedian John Pinette has died at age 50. According to the Associated Press, the comedian, who was best known for his routine about an all-you-can eat Chinese buffet and for guest-starring on the series finale of "Seinfeld," was found dead of natural causes in a Pittsburgh hotel room. Pinette, who had struggled with his weight for decades, died of natural causes, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office. Pinette's personal doctor also signed off on the cause of death, meaning no autopsy is planned.
March 22, 2014 |
There once existed an era in which cable network AMC was not synonymous with prestige dramas. a time that could be categorized as B.M.M. - Before “Mad Men.” And that's what Jon Hamm, the man at the center of the drama that would usher in a new age for AMC, bears in mind as the show's farewell tour gets underway. Hamm was on hand Friday night at the show's PaleyFest panel in Hollywood - alongside costars Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, Robert Morse, Jessica Pare, and Kiernan Shipka - where reflection was an overriding theme, particularly since it's not easy talking about the future of the vigilantly guarded series. PHOTOS: Preview the final season of 'Mad Men' Pointing to his introductory moments on the set of the pilot, better remembered as “the knee-trembling abject of terror,” Hamm underscored just how much risk rested in those initial scenes.
September 30, 2013 |
"Breaking Bad," the sweet little show that captured the hearts of approximately one-fortieth of a nation (more like one-thirtieth, if we reckon by the finale), sent itself into history Sunday with a well-balanced episode that stayed on mission, touching themes present since its first season and consonant even with what we might characterize as the series' faults. (Quirks might be a better word.) I found it intellectually and aesthetically satisfying without being particularly moved by it -- most of these characters stopped being real to me some time ago -- and send congratulations to all concerned from my corner of casual investment.
October 21, 2001 |
West Covina's Dave Lyon earned his second victory of the season, winning the 75-lap American Race Truck series finale at Irwindale Speedway Saturday night in front of a near-capacity crowd of 6,195. Lyon, who previously won this season at Altamont, held off Huntington Beach's Michael May by 0.142 seconds. Southwest Region champion Deyon Young finished third. The King Taco Legends Series concluded its season as Tom Landreth won the track title with a third-place finish in the 35-lap main event.
September 23, 2013 |
It wasn't enough for "Breaking Bad" to win the Emmy as best drama on Sunday. It had to go and set another ratings record too. AMC's drama about a dying chemistry teacher who turns to the drug trade delivered a series-best 6.6 million total viewers with its next-to-last episode, according to Nielsen. This despite intense competition that included the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on CBS, a Chicago Bears-Pittsburgh Steelers game on NBC and...