Television

Revisiting MTV’s ‘Fear,’ the Scariest Reality TV Show Ever Made

Generally, reality shows don’t lend themselves to the horror genre. The horror in reality programming often lies within the notion that people are actually willing to participate in them or the realization that we are actually willing to watch 30 (30!) seasons of The Real World. But true, chilling horror isn’t often explored, except in silly series like Celebrity Paranormal Project. That’s what made MTV’s Fear such a great watch: It was new and innovate in 2000 and, at times, it was legitimately scary. … Read More

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Let the Taylor Kitschaissance Begin! Why the ‘Friday Night Lights’ Alum Will Make the Perfect ‘True Detective’ Star

The news that Taylor Kitsch has finally, officially been cast in Season 2 of True Detective has fans of his many seasons of work portraying running back Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights cheering. And it’s not just because we’re happy to see Kitsch’s somewhat dreamy, looks-so-good-smeared-with-playing-field-dirt face back on the screen. In fact, it’s the opposite: we want to see Kitsch act, and get as deep and nuanced as fellow frequently miscast pretty boy Matthew McConaughey did in Season 1. Because with all its ultimate disappointments, the best part of True Detective was seeing McConaughey’s Rust Cohle get weird, dark, and tortured. … Read More

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The 50 Best “Ripped From the Headlines” ‘Law & Order’ Episodes, Ranked

Law & Order, the Dick Wolf-produced procedural that paved the way for so many other shows — NYPD BlueNCISCSI: So Many, and so many others — has been running, in one form or the other, since 1990. Since that first season, Law & Order, and all its iterations — SVUCriminal Intent, and a few other less successful variants — have followed nearly 1,000 criminal investigations. So, it’s no surprise that a lot of those crimes were based on real-life events — some of them even from just a few months prior. … Read More

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David Letterman Confesses He Thinks Amy Poehler Is Funnier than Tina Fey

Last night on Letterman, Amy Poehler stopped by to both promote her new book Yes, Please, as well as to discuss the… Read More

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‘Sleepy Hollow’ Season 2 Episode 6 Recap: “And the Abyss Gazes Back”

The episode begins with Lt. Mills and Crane turned on their heads — yes, Crane is finally learning yoga. And he hates it. But let’s not overlook the important part of this whole scene: Crane is, for the first time in the series, wearing modern clothes. Pretty soon, dude is probably going to be rocking head-to-toe Lululemon. Surely, it would be pretty convenient for chasing down supernatural creatures, as he and Lt. Mills do week after week, including this one. … Read More

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VH1’s ‘Drumline’ Sequel Brings All the Formula — and Much of the Fun — of the Original ‘Drumline’

A made-for-television sequel to a theatrically released movie will never live up to the original, even if the original is mostly just about Nick Cannon drumming away his anger and father issues. The 2002 movie Drumline may not be the best movie ever made (though if I had my way, it would have a Criterion Collection release with no fewer than six separate commentary tracks, a beat-by-beat breakdown of the final drum battle, and a special-edition version of the movie that only includes the drum scenes), but it is still a fun, energetic, and basically enjoyable two hours. VH1’s Drumline: A New Beat (get it?) tries to match this by retelling much of the same story with a few percussion interjections. … Read More

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A Young William Shakespeare Will Soon Have His Own TV Show on the CW

NCIS star Mark Harmon will partner up with the CW to produce Shakespeare’s Sisters (no seeming relation to Shakespeare’s… Read More

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Karen Russell’s “St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised by Wolves” Will Be Adapted as an ABC Series

St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, the short story collection by Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Genius… Read More

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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 6 Recap: “Old Spice”

I see what you’re doing The Good Wife and I don’t care for it.

See, way back before I was a completely unknown television critic, back when I was still putting off bedtimes by sitting quietly and reading a book in the hopes that my exhausted parents would mistake me for a particularly lumpy throw pillow, I would use my couch camouflage skills to stay up to watch any number of TV dramas. Among the series was Moonlighting, which I didn’t understand a lick of but appreciated for the fast talking, sexy grown-up chemistry, and best theme song this side of Growing Pains. However, even as a child, I was irritated by how much time the show spent with the zany secretary and her even zanier love interest. What I was picking up on in those episodes is the fact that the show was choosing to focus on those characters with growing frequency because of off-camera problems with the leads filming schedules. … Read More

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‘Death Comes to Pemberley’ Premiere Recap

Death came to Pemberley last night. Yet if we were lucky, it was not death by boredom, which was a risk we may have incurred while reading the novel upon which the mini-series is based. But let us think of the past only as it gives us happiness. Expect lots of Austen inside-witticisms as we recap this solid BBC adaptation of a mediocre Austen sequel together. … Read More

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