Television

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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The Emptiness of MTV’s Faux-Lesbian Dramedy ‘Faking It’

After watching the first three episodes twice each, I’m still unsure as to what I’m supposed to make of Faking It. The very basic premise — two teenage girls pretend to be a lesbian couple in order to become popular in high school — was worrisome from the beginning. MTV’s announcement of the show and the subsequent trailer release swiftly earned it detractors, but the network and showrunner Carter Covington, who also originally found the premise offensive, stuck by it, harping on the fact that there’s an inspirational message behind it. That’s somewhat true; there isn’t much to be offended by, but that’s only because there isn’t much to the show. Faking It, which premieres Tuesday night, is too average to offend. … Read More

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HBO Renews ‘Veep’ and ‘Silicon Valley’

HBO just announced that it has renewed Veep for a fourth season and Silicon Valley for a second season. Both comedies have… Read More

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Flavorwire Interview: ‘Mad Men’s’ Teyonah Parris on Dawn’s Roller-Coaster Episode

In last night’s episode of Mad Men, a swift turn of events placed Don Draper’s African-American secretary in a power position few (especially Bert Cooper!) could have predicted: Dawn Chambers is now SC&P’s office manager, effectively becoming Joan Harris in a smart blazer and hoop earrings, with a tart tongue to match. While Joan moved into an account management role more suited for her partnership status, Dawn’s ability to seamlessly juggle Don’s secrets and new boss Lou Avery’s nonstop belittling was finally rewarded at the end of the episode when she took her seat in Joan’s old office. … Read More

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Yes, What Happened on ‘Game of Thrones’ Last Night Was Rape — So Why Doesn’t the Episode’s Director Understand That?

If you haven’t seen last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, spoilers abound, obviously, and you should stop reading right about… now.

If you have, you’ll most likely have logged onto the Internet this morning expecting to see a sea of think-pieces about the scene in last night’s episode where Jaime Lannister rapes his sister Cersei, right next to the dead body of their son. Even for the world of Game of Thrones, it was difficult to watch. There’s already been plenty of debate about the license the TV show took with its source material, and why. That’s a debate for forums and comment sections, but let’s be clear about one thing: that was rape we saw. … Read More

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