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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 12 Recap: “The Debate”

“We’re not cartoons. When you hurt us, we actually do bleed.” —Alicia Florrick, “The Debate”

“If you prick us do we not bleed?” — Shylock, The Merchant of Venice

About a third of the way through Sunday night’s episode of The Good Wife an emboldened Alicia Florrick utters the above quote, chastising a reporter for daring to inquire after her husband’s fidelity at a debate in which her daughter (heavenly backlit living prop, Grace) was in attendance. She is full of righteous fury, all conviction and mama grizzly, taking the moment to regain her footing after a shaky start to the proceedings. Meanwhile, Peter is locked in a power struggle with the absent mayor, forcing Eli to go head to head with the mayor’s assistant, played by Rachael Harris, all while Eli is desperately attempting to kill a story about Peter’s most recent dalliance with his attorney Ramona. Not to be left out of the episode’s hijinks were Diane and Cary, who were hard at work attempting to clean up the mess left by a fellow attorney in attempting to (finally) put the Chumhum divorce to rest and retain Neil Gross’s (hefty) business, all while trying to beat David Lee at his own game.  … Read More

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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 11 Recap: “Hail Mary”

Television series and people have a lot of things in common, but perhaps one of the most common similarities is that as they both get long in the tooth, they tend to rely on crutches. In both instances, what’s at work is a fundamental destabilization of the predominant framework, be it the human body or the recurring elements of a show. The Good Wife, after seeming to find a fountain of youth in the back half of Season 4 and front half of Season 5, has, as we reach the heart of Season 6, seemed to grow old overnight. … Read More

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Grammy Nominees 2015 Announced

Today, the Recording Academy is drawing out what is usually a live TV special into an all-day affair across… Read More

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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 10 Recap: “The Trial”

What a fucking mess.

When on its game, The Good Wife is easily one of the most amusing shows on television and the same thing can be said about the show with regards to its handling of its many dramatic moments. If we’ve learned anything from “The Trial” is that where the show fails is at attempting to seamlessly blend the two elements into something akin to harmonious. So disparate are the alternate sides of this week’s episode, its nigh impossible to talk about them as a cohesive whole so let’s break them up. … Read More

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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 9 “Sticky Content”

Here’s how you know The Good Wife is different from every other show on television: it took me a full hour before I realized I shouldn’t be mad at Peter Florrick. … Read More

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Children’s Book ‘You Have to Fucking Eat’ Read by Bryan Cranston

The long-awaited sequel to Adam Mansbach’s Go the Fuck to Sleep, a “children’s book for adults,” famously read aloud by… Read More

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Bryan Cranston and ‘House’ Creator David Shore Writing and Executive Producing CBS Crime Drama ‘Sneaky Pete’

After having spent five seasons committing (within the safe space of television) just about every crime imaginable, it isn’t surprising that… Read More

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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 8 Recap: “Red Zone”

There are few shows on television that I enjoy in the moment as much as The Good Wife and fewer still where after a perfectly enjoyable episode I’ll stop and wonder to myself, “Wait. What the hell did I just watch?” It’s not that the show is particularly dense, but rather that it has so many entertaining moving parts that it’s difficult to see it as a whole until after the fact and in that light, much easier to be a little underwhelmed. … Read More

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Rating the Potential of 15 Upcoming Film-to-TV Adaptations

Each year, the chatter about television networks running out of new ideas gets louder and louder. Every season unleashes a slew of projects with overdone premises (a group of attractive friends dating in a big city!) and watered-down remakes of British programs (Gracepoint) or remakes of once-popular American shows (The Odd Couple). It looks like the trend next season will be film-to-TV adaptations. This isn’t shocking — About a Boy is a surprise hit for NBC, Fargo was renewed by FX, and 12 Monkeys will soon premiere on Syfy — but now it seems networks are picking up every adaptation they can get their hands on, no matter how bad it sounds. Here’s the rundown on 15 adaptations that are in the works and their potential. … Read More

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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 7 Recap: “Message Discipline”

About five and a half minutes into this week’s episode of The Good Wife, two white guys in suits begin talking about the events in Ferguson, Missouri, while three other white guys in suits look on. The reference is a throwaway; the camera almost immediately cuts away and the dialogue fades into the background before anyone really gets into the meat of the topic. The mention is almost certainly included as a way to ground the audience in the idea that The Good Wife’s universe is our own and these events are happening in real time. … Read More

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