Although we’re about settled into TV’s second wave of summer programming — namely, Breaking Bad, Louie, and Political Animals — it’s impossible to get too comfortable. Thanks to Comic-Con and the TCA tour, buzz for fall 2012 is nearly in full swing and has us bracing for the series of snap judgements we’ll have to make about the new season of television. As many showrunners have pointed out, it’s unfortunate that a TV show only has a limited window to prove itself. At the same time, we can’t complain when a series starts out with a bang. And, as shows like Breaking Bad have proved, a stellar start and well-plotted story development don’t have to be mutually exclusive. To follow up our recent look at the best opening scenes in cinema, we decided to recall some of the best TV pilot opens, taking into account style, innovation, and sheer ability to capture the attention of easily distracted brains. Have a favorite we missed? Please let us know in the comments! … Read More
1. The lineup for this year’s Venice Film Festival has been announced, and among the 17 films in competition are new works from Terrence Malick (To The Wonder), Brian De Palma (Passion), and Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers). [via ArtsBeat]
2. If you didn’t grab a copy on Record Store Day, you can stream… Read More
If you’re anything like us, you sometimes have trouble coming to terms with the fact that your favorite TV shows’ characters and plot lines were nothing until a group of writerly folks sat around a big table and wrote them into existence. It’s like — Ron Swanson is a real person, you know? That being said, writers’ rooms are where the magic happens, so we’re always eager to sneak peeks inside such sacred creative quarters. Inspired (and ever so excited) by Ron Howard’s recently tweeted photo of the new Arrested Development writers’ room, we’ve gathered photos and videos of other popular TV shows’ writing hubs after the jump. … Read More
Cult sitcom Arrested Development — following the exploits of the dysfunctional Bluth family — is being honored at a tribute exhibition our pop culture friends Gallery 1988 are hosting from June 29 to July 21 (Melrose location). There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand — named after George Bluth’s famous, fervent line — will feature everything from paintings to dolls, celebrating the Bluths and their upcoming return to TV.
As you’ll recall, Netflix will be reviving the comedy series for a fourth season, set to stream on their website exclusively. The 10-episode lineup will be spotlighting a different character each show, premiering in early 2013 — and let’s not forget that movie they promised us. Head past the break for a preview of the show, with big thanks to Gallery 1988 for sharing with us. … Read More
Perhaps because we live in New York, and New Yorkers notoriously believe that our city is the center of the universe, it doesn’t often occur to us how odd it is that so many TV shows are set here — or across the Northeast in general. What’s fascinating about the map above, which shows where… Read More
Father’s Day is this Sunday, and we’re celebrating early with an homage to some of our favorite TV dads and the wisdom they’ve shown (or tried to show) over the years. From Michael Bluth and Don Draper to Walter White and Peter Griffin (to name just a few in our supercut), these men sure aren’t perfect, but the majority of them have made TV a whole lot better — and for that we’re thankful. Is there a TV dad who inspires you? Let us know in the comments, because at a mere two-and-a-half minutes, this video is far from all-encompassing. … Read More
This year’s break-out primetime soap Revenge is yet another testament to our fascination with the rich and awful, in this case the Graysons — the family Emily Thorne (who is really Amanda Clarke) believes to be responsible for her father’s death. As we approach tonight’s finale, we’re looking forward to the big reveals (namely, who will die?), as well as the simple things: some Nolan and Ems hostage banter, a few classic Victoria zingers to send us on our way for the summer, and Daniel slipping further into the dark side (and, in turn, ratcheting up the tension between him and his possibly sociopathic bride-to-be).
The Grayson family’s hand in the David Clarke cover-up is far from clear at this point, but we’ve spent enough time in the Hamptons this year to know the scope of their power leaves nothing out of the realm of possibility. If you’re a Grayson and you want something done, it generally happens. Which of course got us thinking about the history of awful rich people on TV — from the lovably conniving (think Victoria) to the plain awful (think Conrad). Click through for our roundup of the most indelible characters, and as always we invite you to make your own additions in the comments. … Read More
If there’s one thing moms love to give, it’s advice. This Mother’s Day we’re repaying the gift by celebrating the pantheon of great (and famously not-so-great) TV mothers and the wisdom they’ve bestowed over the years, on topics ranging from defeatism and birth control to gender equality and community chip bowls/showers. In our Mother’s Day supercut, you’ll also learn about the perilous nature of back-talk, taking a joke too far, and listening to Betty Draper. We hope you’ll tell us about the television mothers you’re most thankful for in the comments, because lord knows they don’t hear it enough. … Read More