Television

Trevor Noah’s Offensive Tweets Should Be an Opportunity for Learning — Not Outrage

Yesterday Trevor Noah was named the new host of The Daily Show, following in Jon Stewart’s very big and very obviously Jewish footsteps, and the Internet cautiously applauded the choice of a young, biracial South African. But by today, Comedy Central had to release a statement in his defense. … Read More

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Stop Blaming Megan for Don Draper’s Mistakes

Perfection is a terrible premise for a character. But in the charred emotional landscape of Sterling Cooper & Partners (& spouses), Megan Draper is as close to it as one gets. Beautiful, talented, and self-assured, Megan seems devoid of the tension that creates dynamic, believable fiction in the abstract and fan favorites like ambitious, unsatisified Peggy Olson in particular. On the surface, in fact, the only thing she appears to share with the other women at the center of the Mad Men universe — Peggy, her former colleague; Joan, her onetime boss; and Betty, her bitter predecessor — is the man who’s impacted their lives in various, mostly negative ways. But over the last three seasons, Megan has slowly grown into a figure almost as compelling as she is underrated. … Read More

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Why Comedy Central’s Justin Bieber Roast Was Such a Disappointment

“They say you only roast the ones you love,” Hannibal Buress began during his set at The Roast of Justin Bieber, “But I don’t like you at all, man. I’m just here because it’s a real good opportunity for me.” Joking or not, Buress’ comment is the best way to describe the overall feel of Justin Bieber’s roast. The stage was packed with comedians and celebrities — Kevin Hart (as roastmaster), Natasha Leggero, Pete Davidson, Jeffrey Ross, Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart, and more — but the roast itself was tame and shrug-worthy, even with such an easy and arguably deserving target. The problem is that most of these roasters weren’t here to roast someone they love, or even a peer, but instead a 21-year-old pop singer who asked for this as a birthday gift. … Read More

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Helen Mirren Delivers Helium-Inflected Award Speech on ‘The Tonight Show’

Helen Mirren visited The Tonight Show last night, and Jimmy Fallon employed one of his favorite tactics to ensure that we… Read More

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Sutton Foster Deserves Better Than TV Land’s ‘Younger’

Sutton Foster deserves a great, long-lasting television vehicle. She is more than capable as a performer — as evidenced by her two Tony Awards — but so far she’s had trouble transitioning that success to television. ABC Family’s Bunheads, a sweet and funny ballet-centric teen drama from Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls), was her first starring TV role, but it never made it to a second season. That wasn’t for lack of quality; Bunheads was praised by critics and adored by fans, an immediate inductee into the Brilliant But Cancelled Hall of Fame. Foster’s latest TV attempt is Younger, premiering tonight on TV Land. And unlike Bunheads, it’s an unfortunate waste of Foster’s talents. … Read More

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‘Better Call Saul’ Season 1 Episode 9 Recap: “Pimento”

As antihero protagonists have supplanted good guys who fight bad guys in TV drama, creating that luxury product known as “prestige television,” the greatest debates among audiences and critics have concerned these characters’ muddy morals. And yet, I’ve never heard anyone articulate what unites antiheroes of all varieties (and make no mistake, they do differ widely from show to show) better than Mike Ehrmantraut on last night’s episode of Better Call Saul. … Read More

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Everything You Need to Know About New ‘Daily Show’ Host Trevor Noah

Last month, Jon Stewart announced that he would be retiring from The Daily Show by the end of the year. What followed were a few weeks of rampant speculation, hopeful predictions, and Internet disagreements about who would replace him. Monday morning, Comedy Central revealed the new host: Trevor Noah. Thirty-one-year-old Noah, who originally hails from South Africa, joined The Daily Show as a recurring contributor in December, appearing on-screen in only three segments before the news was announced — so this is a huge promotion. But through these segments and his stand-up performances, Noah has demonstrated that he’s a solid choice for the job.… Read More

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Peggy Olson Is the Most Accurate Depiction of Women in the Workplace TV Has Ever Seen

Since the days that Mad Men depicts, blatant workplace sexism may have retreated, but it’s in no way been eradicated. In fact, a woman can go through a long career feeling like she’s been squeezed into being a Megan, then a Peggy, then a Joan, even taking a detour into being a Betty when she has kids. Yet Peggy Olson is perhaps the most predictable focus of identification for the female fans of the show, because her journey is so painful, and feels so real. From the first-episode moment when she tries to comfort Don Draper with a flirty hand-squeeze and that habitual secretary seducer essentially laughs her out of the room, we knew her story would be different. … Read More

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