‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 13 Recap: “Dark Money”

When last we met The Good Wife, nearly two months ago, 2015 was still young and full of promise. Before taking a seven week hiatus, one imagines that the show hoped to go out strong, leaving the audience wanting more. Sadly, The Good Wife’s last episode was much more akin to an “ill-advised one-night stand you can’t get out of your apartment the next morning” than a “love at first sight, when can I see you again” encounter. … Read More

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‘Battle Creek’ Tries, But Fails, to Liven Up the Procedural Genre

CBS is mostly known for two things: Generic comedies that tend to last forever and predictable cop procedurals that birth multiple spin-offs. Battle Creek is of the latter variety, a slightly comedic drama about two mismatched officers created by Vince Gilligan and David Shore. It hits all of the expected beats in a procedural, but at the same time, it struggles to break free from the simplistic formula. Based on the pilot, it likely won’t succeed in doing so.  … Read More

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‘The Odd Couple’ Might Be Matthew Perry’s First Successful Show Since ‘Friends’ — But Not Because It’s Good

Matthew Perry has starred in four shows since Friends ended in 2004. First there was the hilariously awful Aaron Sorkin drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2007, one season). Perry followed that up with a double dose of bad sitcoms: Mr. Sunshine (2011, one season) and Go On (2012, one season). He has reunited with Friends co-stars in Web Therapy and Cougar Town (Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox, respectively), starred in the made-for-TV white savior movie The Ron Clark Story, and had a short arc on The Good Wife. And now he’s got a headlining role on The Odd Couple, which premieres tomorrow night on CBS. The existence of this sitcom is baffling, not only because it’s a weird show to reboot in 2015, but also because it’s weird that television keeps giving Matthew Perry so many chances. … Read More

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Eugene Levy’s ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Is Just as Broad and Hopeless as Its Title Suggests

They were asking for it with their puntastically crude title. Schitt’s Creek, co-created by Eugene Levy and his son Daniel and premiering tonight on the new American network Pop, garnered pre-release attention for the very fact that Eugene was able to convince CBC Television to OK a project named “shit.” This gumption — and the idea of Levy enthusiastically championing the title in a professional setting — made the whole project seem potentially hilarious and absolutely worth tracking. Add to that the fact that it was loosely inspired by the bizarre news story of Kim Basinger’s purchase of an entire town in Georgia, and that Levy (whose nerdy diction and balletically expressive eyebrows have dazzled in Christopher Guest movies for decades) would be starring alongside the brilliant, chameleonic Catherine O’Hara (making this their third onscreen marriage after Best in Show and A Mighty Wind), and the whole fecal stream seemed brimming with promise.  … Read More

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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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