January 27, 2013 |
Every February we celebrate Valentine's Day and Black History Month, but this one is extra special because we welcome NBC's "Community" back to TV after too long a hiatus. It's also when the high-profile Netflix series, "House of Cards," debuts. Back on the regular TV, "The Walking Dead" and "SouthLand" are back. As usual, I may have missed something, so let me know. And check back, I'll update regularly. Friday. Feb. 1 Noon | "Who Let the Dogs Out," Hallmark (series premiere; finding most talented dogs in America)
April 28, 2013 |
"The Big C" was never going to surprise us with a happy ending. Even though the hard-hitting drama often was lighthearted as it charted high-school teacher Cathy Jamison's battle with stage IV melanoma, it never gave us false hope as her condition steadily worsened. So consider the following spoiler-free: The final season, called "The Big C: Hereafter" ( 9 p.m. April 29, Showtime; 4 stars out of 4 ) and packaged in four hour-long episodes, doesn't present the end of Cathy's journey through rose-colored glasses, either.
April 17, 2013 |
It's been a long time since pirates have sailed onto the small screen. The first trailer for Starz's upcoming pirate adventure series "Black Sails" has me ready for the high seas. Executive produced by "Transformers" producer Michael Bay and set to sail in early 2014, "Black Seas" takes place 20 years before the events in Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island. " The eight-episode first season stars Toby Stephens as Captain Flint and Luke Arnold as a young John Silver. "Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver," says a Starz release.
January 5, 2012 |
Two drunk, loud and usually obnoxious "families" are vying for viewers on the midseason TV schedule: The guidos of “Jersey Shore” and the Gallaghers of “Shameless.” Some might say comparing a reality show to a scripted drama is like comparing apples to oranges, but as you read above, there are similarities between these two shows. If you had to watch only one, which would it be? Oh, I have that answer. Nothing says winter like a cold wind chilling you to the bone, which is exactly what I felt as I typed “Jersey Shore.” They're baack!
September 23, 2012 |
"Homeland" played the role of spoiler Sunday at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, taking prizes that seemed reserved for the likes of "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad. " Showtime's espionage thriller was named best drama, blocking the chance for AMC's "Mad Men" to make history by winning the trophy for the fifth year in a row. "Homeland" also scored wins for best dramatic actor (Damian Lewis) and actress (Claire Danes), and for best writing. Lewis's win for playing Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody denied Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" his fourth Emmy and once again made "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm an also-ran.
December 13, 2012 |
To anyone who follows the yearly awards-show banter, it's no surprise that the Golden Globe TV nominations announced Thursday would leave many viewers scratching their heads. You never know what you'll get from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the Golden Globes--except snubs and surprises. The group isn't really qualified to name the year's best in anything, except it's obvious bedazzlement by glitz, glamor and big-name celebrity. Anyway, on with the snubs list.
January 23, 2013 |
Showtime released a preview for "The Borgias" a few days ago titled "Father, Son, Unholy Spirit. " I can't believe I missed it until today. But damn! Neil Jordan looks to be ramping up the murders, the sex--and maybe even the incest. Yes, it looks like the third season of the sizzling 15th Century Vatican thriller might finally go there when it begins April 14. The video shows Lucrezia Borgia (Holliday Grainger) lying suggestively nekkid in bed in front of her brother, Cesare (Francois Arnaud)
November 6, 2011 |
I recently sold the movie rights to my memoir, "Publish This Book," which basically means two things: 1) I don't have to eat cans of that weird generic soup from Aldi that always seem to have minor deformities in the carrots anymore and 2) It is now possible that someone will make a movie of my life and thus hire an actor to play me. This is disturbing on quite a number of levels. Do I want someone better-looking than me, thereby causing people to be extremely disappointed when they meet the real me?