Television

Was It Rape? TV’s New Obsession With Sexual Consent, From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Breaking Bad’

“Get on all fours.” Those words mark a turning point for Adam Sackler, the main love interest on Girls. Directed at his new girlfriend Natalia in the penultimate episode of the show’s second season, they initiate the most uncomfortable sex scene of a series that’s built its name on uncomfortable sex scenes. Adam picks Natalia up and forcibly throws her onto his bed. Adam keeps going when Natalia objects that she hasn’t showered, and when she asks that he watch out for her dress. Adam doesn’t appear to care about Natalia’s obviously pained facial expressions. But did Adam rape Natalia? … Read More

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The Best TV Show Tie-In Websites

Fake websites have been a long-running joke on television shows. Usually, these sites are just quickly mentioned, like the multiple fictional versions of Facebook (The IT Crowd‘s FriendFace or Degrassi‘s Facerange), or are registered domains that steer back to the show’s official site (30 Rock‘s JoanOfSnark.com). However some shows take the extra step and actually create these sites for viewers to enjoy. Here are seven of the best TV tie-in websites from Silicon Valley to Parks and Recreation. … Read More

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The Fate of Television Will Be Decided by People Who Don’t Know What HBO Is

Home Box Office introduced the “It’s Not TV. It’s HBO” slogan all the way back in October of 1996, and in spite of the fact that it seemed culturally ubiquitous in the years that followed, its penetration somehow didn’t extend to the eyeballs of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. So yesterday, during oral arguments for the American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, Inc. case, Aereo attorney David C. Frederick had to explain to Justice Scalia that HBO is not TV — as in, you can’t get it free, over the airwaves, since it is in fact a premium service. And these are the people who are deciding, in the words of the New York Times, the future of television. Worried yet? … Read More

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Stephen Colbert’s Super-Charming ‘Late Show’ Appearance Bodes Well for His New Gig

The funny thing about David Letterman announcing his retirement and CBS responding a week later by revealing that Stephen Colbert would take over The Late Show is this: it was sort of like they’d hired an unknown, considering America doesn’t have much of an idea who Stephen Colbert the guy is, since he’s always been performing through several layers of comedy. (The confusion wasn’t unlike what happened when the world first heard about a tall, geeky redheaded comedy writer by the name of Conan O’Brien.) Even when Colbert was starting out, he was performing in shows like Strangers With Candy with Amy Sedaris, another comedian who loves to put a good costume and several meta-layers of comedy between the audience and “herself.” … Read More

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Amazon Instant Video Acquires HBO Shows

Starting on May 21, Amazon Prime members will be able to stream a number of HBO original programs: The SopranosSix Feet… Read More

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‘Fargo’ Season 1 Episode 2 Recap: “The Rooster Prince”

“Sometimes there is more than one right thing,” Gus Grimly tells his young daughter Greta in “The Rooster Prince.” Greta has a simplistic, black-and-white view of the world. If her father, a police officer, saw somebody doing something wrong, wouldn’t he stop them? Isn’t that the only right thing to do in that situation? It’s not, as Greta will eventually learn when she’s older and as Gus found out at the end of last week’s premiere. … Read More

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Pitbull or Amy Poehler? It’s Just Billy Eichner’s New Game

Comedian Billy Eichner’s Funny or Die/Fuse series, Billy on the Street, involves him wandering around, being cranky to strangers… Read More

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Women Should Be Next on Aaron Sorkin’s Apology List

In a rare moment of humility this week, Aaron Sorkin apologized… sort of. He said a few words to journalists who do the kind of work he portrays on The Newsroom, in an attempt to smooth over any misunderstandings about how he portrays their profession. … Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Characters Reimagined as ’80s Movie Characters

Even though they live in a pseudo-Medieval time, many of the characters on Game of Thones have a pretty timeless style. That’s part of the reason why Tokyo-based artist Mike Wrobel’s fan art is so endearing. The other being, of course, the ’80s sensibility of Wrobel’s work, which appeals to our love for nostalgia. His collection of portraits, which reimagines the denizens of Westeros as characters from ’80s movies, is a bright anecdote to the sometimes dismal events that take place on Game of Thrones. Plus, Wrobel proves that Cersei would have been a hell of a lot of fun in 1986.  … Read More

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 6 Episode 10: “Drag My Wedding”

It’s wedding season! And makeover season! And drag season! So basically just a whole bunch of reality television rolled up into one episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race. This episode has the queens becoming drag mothers to soon-to-be-married couples, with Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David on the judging panel (of course). Some of the men are totally sold on this idea, some aren’t. So naturally, the results are…mixed. … Read More

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