Television

“A Week in the Bedchamber”: Sam Heughan on Last Night’s Steamy ‘Outlander’ Episode

It’s the morning after “The Wedding,” and if you’re an Outlander fan, you’re most likely in a state of bliss right now. Six weeks of smoldering stares, rainy nights huddled under a shared plaid, and countless intimate moments of time-traveling nurse Claire Beauchamp (Caitriona Balfe) bandaging every orifice of Outlander Jamie Fraser’s body have given way to one of the most anticipated episodes of TV this month. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: John Oliver Successfully Woos Scotland

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, TV shows do the rom-com thing with varying degrees of success. … Read More

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‘Dating Naked’ Airs a Naked Wedding — Because, Why Not?

Last night, VH1 aired a beautiful, touching ceremony of love in which two naked adults committed themselves to each other as at least a dozen other naked adults watched in awe. It was the much-anticipated Dating Naked Naked Wedding Special, featuring 27-year-old Ashley and 36-year-old Alika, who first met on an episode of the show. They instantly clicked — she is a sexually free, spirited hippie; he is a “sexual healer,” and much ado is made about his spirit fingers — and decided to do what many people do when they are ready to start a life together: They got married in front of reality show cameras while completely nude. … Read More

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“How to Be an Angry Black Woman”: The Craziest Quotes From Alessandra Stanley’s Racist, Awful Shonda Rhimes Tribute

We could add commentary to New York Times Television Critic Alessandra Stanley’s overview of Shonda Rhimes’ many television shows and… Read More

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‘Madam Secretary’ Asks the Tough Questions About Women Having It All

There’s a quote somewhere — I believe it’s probably from an ancient copy of Details with a Dave Navarro interview — where Navarro enthuses that secretaries are the best and the sexiest because “secret” is in their name. I’ve never forgotten that insight from the perpetually shirtless guitarist, and you should keep it in mind when it comes to CBS’ new show, Madam Secretary, which is about an ex-CIA agent-turned-professor (Téa Leoni) who becomes the Secretary of State, plunged into a world of secrets!. She’s got secrets herself, of course — the whole administration does — but she’s also got something else, maybe it’s integrity… and the question remains: can she have it all, when all is “America,” “the Presidential administration,” “stopping international strife,” “raising two sensitive teenagers” and “also having a rocking marriage”? … Read More

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“Characters Don’t Have to Be Likable”: A Conversation With ‘You’re the Worst’ Creator Stephen Falk

Throughout the course of its ten-episode first season, FX’s unconventional romantic comedy You’re the Worst has followed the strange, funny, and undeniably twisted relationship of two love-averse narcissists who reluctantly fall for each other while navigating the sketchy fringes of adulthood. With each episode surpassing the last, it became the summer’s best comedy by balancing an unwavering belief in love with its exploration of the more cynical side of romance. Flavorwire spoke to You’re the Worst showrunner Stephen Falk (Weeds, Orange Is the New Black) by phone about likable and unlikable characters, finding humor in serious topics, and what he learned from working with Jenji Kohan.  … Read More

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I Miss the Video Store: What Netflix’s Algorithims Get Wrong

By ceding movies and television media to Netflix and other streaming plans, we’ve lost the joys of the video store, the power of browsing, and — crucially — the well-curated, hand-picked library. I discovered stuff at the video store. It was where I rented Bottle Rocket on a weekly basis, mostly because I thought Owen Wilson was cute and the Siskel and Ebert review of it was beguiling in their confusion, watching it every day I could until I nearly knew the film by… Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Aubrey Plaza Voices Grumpy Cat, Lucifer Gets a TV Show

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week: Dating Naked gets renewed, Darrell Hammond takes over as SNL announcer, and Aubrey Plaza helps bring Grumpy Cat to TV. … Read More

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CBS’ ‘Scorpion’ Turns the Lives of Geniuses Into Another Average Procedural

The general consensus surrounding the fall 2014 television season is that it’s utterly mediocre. There are abysmal shows like The Mysteries of Laura and irritating-but-somewhat-promising shows like Selfie, but most new programs just seem to be aggressively mediocre — like Forever, which is thoroughly watchable despite its blandness. The majority of premieres that I’ve previewed are frustratingly average, as if they’re so content to merely exist on TV that they feel no need to try and improve it. CBS’ “fun-cedural” Scorpion is just another example of this unfortunate trend. … Read More

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