Television

The Trailer for Final Season of ‘Parks and Recreation’ is Very Futuristic and Great

Spoiler alert: the final season of Parks and Recreation will be set in 2017. According to this first full trailer,… Read More

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‘The Missing’ Has Been Renewed For a Second Season

Starz and BBC One have announced a second installment of the critically-acclaimed mystery/thriller miniseries The Missing. Creators Harry and… Read More

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‘MasterChef Junior’ Lost Some Magic — But Remained Adorable — in Season 2

Last night, MasterChef Junior aired the finale of its too-short, seven-episode second season. MasterChef Junior is the most joyous reality show currently on television, a weekly treat in which viewers get to watch tiny and adorable wunderkind chefs create extravagant dishes worthy of a five-star restaurant. The first season was nothing less than spectacular, a surprising entry into the cooking competition genre that won over everyone who watched it — even those who aren’t big fans of cooking shows (or children). Season 2 started off strong, but seemed to lose a bit of its magic along the way. … Read More

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Flavorwire Interview: Amy Sedaris on ‘Broad City,’ Tinder, and Her New Movie ‘Goodbye to All That’

In the new comedy Goodbye to All That — which, thankfully, is not based on the classic Joan Didion essay — the charming, handsome Paul Schnieder (All the Real Girls, Parks and Recreation) plays a hapless recent divorcé diving into the brave new world of contemporary dating, from Facebook to women looking for hookups. It’s the directorial debut of Angus MacLachlan (who also wrote the screenplay), who may be best known as the writer of 2005’s Junebug, one of the best films of that decade, and the one that introduced Amy Adams to the world. … Read More

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Farewell “Stephen Colbert,” Feminist Ally and Preserver of Sanity

This week we say goodbye to “Stephen Colbert,” the persona who has, with unending, high-octane bluster and faux ignorance, regaled us from the bully pulpit of his nightly show.

I will miss him terribly, though, the truth is,  I haven’t watched The Colbert Report regularly in several years — I usually tune in when a friend tells me to watch a specific segment. I don’t seek catharsis about the day’s news just before bed these days; rather, I want to forget the day with sitcom reruns, my DVR queue, or a good novel (for that reason, I have also given up any regular viewing of the MSNBC nightly lineup or The Daily Show). In some ways, Twitter’s endless quip competition around the day’s doings has replaced that sort of ritual for me. But that further demonstrates that Colbert’s humor shaped the way we think about news and social justice. … Read More

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‘The Real World: Skeletons’ Is MTV’s Latest Attempt to Reinvigorate a Tired Franchise

How do you even review The Real World? The reality show has been on for 30 seasons now, and no two are alike. Most are objectively awful. Yet this can rarely be blamed on the show’s premise — The Real World has, for the most part, stuck with its original “seven strangers picked to live in a house” format. Whether or not the format works is actually the result of the particular characteristics of each group of seven strangers. Are they “real” people who are legitimately open to new experiences, or are they empty caricatures of the reality show roles they are molding themselves to fit into? Are they genuinely interested in meeting new people, or are they just down to fight and fuck in order to become “famous” on MTV’s blog or in a GIF recap? The cast is usually the main draw of The Real World, but lately the show has resorted to more desperate measures, like last season’s “EX-Plosion” or this season’s “Skeletons.” Whether these conceits “work” is tricker to figure out. … Read More

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The 25 Best TV Characters of 2014

At this point, it’s become tradition to declare each new season a banner year for the Golden Age of Television, so by now that designation has become basically meaningless. Still, 2014 brought some truly wonderful TV programs. True Detective became the newest water-cooler show, we all fell in love with Broad City, and old favorites like Scandal and The Americans remained consistently thrilling. Most of all, though, these series gave us some of the greatest fictional characters to ever grace our television. From a fierce law professor to a serial killer to a woman in transition, here are the 25 best TV characters of… Read More

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