Television

“It’s About Class”: Matthew Weiner and ‘Mad Men’s’ Cast on the Show’s Final Episodes

“It’s about the malleability of American culture,” said Mad Men creator, writer, and showrunner Matthew Weiner on Saturday night. Weiner was at a sold-out Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center to toast “Mad Men: The End of an Era,” a special panel celebrating the show in its final season. The event was set up like a clip show, with Weiner joined by Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, and John Slatter. The actors introduced their favorite clips featuring their Mad Men characters — Don Draper, Betty Draper, Joan Holloway, and Roger Sterling, respectively — and reminisced over how these scenes came to be and what they learned from them. It was a night of celebration and remembrance — there was nothing as close to a hint about what will happen when Mad Men‘s final seven episodes start next Sunday on April 5, but still plenty to learn about one of finest shows of our time. … Read More

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Fox Is Tangibly Close to Greenlighting the Revival of ‘The X-Files’

According to TVWise, Fox is oh-so-close (but alas, it’s still just not quite finalized) to greenlighting a “short… Read More

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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 16 Recap: “Red Meat”

If the last two episodes of The Good Wife have taught us anything, it’s that if you give Christine Baranski enough screen time, she can sell just about any ridiculous storyline you mire her in. Where last week saw Diane embroiled in a furious courtroom battle over 3-D printers and Second Amendment rights, this week saw her trapped in a hunting lodge with dozens of the country’s most prestigious Republicans and trying to land a new client while navigating surprise call girls, deer killing, and detailed descriptions of aborted five-month old fetuses. … Read More

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‘Girls’ Season 4 Finale Recap: “Home Birth”

We did it, people! We hit the Feminist Thinkpiece Singularity, in which Lena Dunham invoked the only name more reviled by a certain contingent than her own, and survived (mostly) unscathed. The phrase “this is your Lean In moment” was uttered on an episode of Girls and the universe did not implode. Also, a bunch of other stuff happened and Dunham ended a season on a different, and higher, note than the series’ first three outings, but that felt like an important place to start. … Read More

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10 Small TV Towns with Dark Secrets

Every time we think we’re ready to dismiss M. Night Shyamalan, he reels us back in. The trailer for the filmmaker’s new producing project Wayward Pines debuted this week. If Shyamalan’s The Village and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks made creepy babies, they would probably look something like this TV series. The show is centered on Matt Dillon’s character, “an outsider and Secret Service agent into the depths of the strange little town, as he becomes increasingly aware of its evil underpinnings. He’s aided in his discoveries by a typically rebellious Juliette Lewis.” Since we love a good show about a small town with dark secrets, here are ten other TV towns that have something to hide. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Smile!

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 round, Broad City and Empire end their excellent seasons, and Mindy Project and Scandal welcome some high-profile guest stars. … Read More

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Tommy Wiseau’s ‘The Neighbors’ Sucks All the Fun Out of Hate-Watching

Maybe the only thing harder than making a great television program is making one that is both horrible and highly enjoyable to watch. The “so-bad-it’s-good” genre of culture can be infuriating at times. It’s hard not to feel like you’re supporting terrible art and therefore encouraging more of it, instead of championing what’s good. But it’s easy to succumb to the fun of it — the most prominent example of the 21st century being Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 disaster The Room, a movie so bad that we still can’t stop talking about it. It inspired a devoted cult following who, I’m sure, helped to give Wiseau the encouragement he needed to make a follow-up: a sitcom called The Neighbors. The Neighbors is bad — that much was to be expected — but it’s bad in such an awful, unwatchable, and joyless way that it doesn’t even merit an ironic appreciation. … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 16 Recap: “It’s Good to Be Kink”

Between Olivia Pope’s kidnapping and the Black Lives Matter-inspired episode that followed it, the second half of Scandal Season 4 has been awfully dark. Though certainly a slighter hour of TV than fans are used to, last night’s “It’s Good to Be Kink” lightened up the show’s mood with an irresistible pairing of guest star and premise: Lena Dunham (in a sort of ridiculous wig) appeared as Suzanne Thomas, a woman who’s had kinky, filthy sex with some of the most powerful men in DC — and lived to write a book about it. … Read More

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