Last night, George Lopez returned to television in FX’s Saint George. The sitcom focuses on the main character’s everyday life as he deals with his family (an ex-wife, son, and various other relatives), his work, and his attempts to throw himself back into the dating world. It is an unremarkable premise and had an unremarkable premiere, but the content of the pilot doesn’t really matter. Regardless of how good or bad the program is, it’s likely that Saint George will soon be guaranteed at least 100 episodes and then, the network hopes, continue to exist in syndication for years after that. Saint George is the latest sitcom to get the 10/90 treatment, and it’s looking like this new model is only becoming more common. … Read More
Some of our best TV shows bring stock characters into three dimensions. What The Sopranos did for gangsters, The Americans is doing for spies: giving them children and backstories and internal conflicts about all the carnage they cause. Although movies have also taken on the task of deconstructing pop-culture stereotypes, television is a better medium for it, since it has so much more time to devote to building complex characters. … Read More
If there was one thing that bothered me about The Americans‘ thrilling first season, it was that the show occasionally got so wrapped up in plot twists that it distanced us from the characters’ internal lives. I suspect that judgment says more about my subjective preferences for TV drama than the quality of the series itself, but either way, I was thrilled that the Season 2 premiere cut back on the intricate plotting to reintroduce us to Elizabeth, Philip, and their children. … Read More
Despite the oft-repeated assertion that this is the Golden Age of Television, TV has typically not been too kind to smart, well-written shows. When a network puts an underdog series like Bunheads or Happy Endings on the cutting board, it’s hard not to go from panic to complete resignation. Too many of us have had to get used to the phrase “brilliant but cancelled,” and for a long time it’s looked like daring television just isn’t all that lucrative. Thankfully, recent reports prove this might finally be changing: believe it or not, critical darlings are actually making money. … Read More
In the wake of Louie‘s strangest and most thought-provoking (not to mention debate-provoking) seasons ever, we think we speak for all the show’s fans in saying we want more. Now. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen that way. FX has announced that Louis CK is taking an extended hiatus from the show, meaning that we… Read More
1. Here’s a clip of Orbital and Stephen Hawking performing at the opening ceremony for the Paralympics, which just kicked off in London. Those Hadron Collider dancers might be our favorite part.
2. A Doctor Horrible sequel within the next year? We don’t know how Joss Whedon is going to find the room… Read More
We’ve been excited for the second season of American Horror Story – which will be known as American Horror Story: Asylum – since we found out that it would feature Jessica Lange as a nun who runs an insane asylum and Chloë Sevigny as her trouble-making patient, Shelley the Nymphomaniac. But now that FX has released the first teaser for the series’ October 5th return, we’re ready to celebrate Halloween two months early. The clip below lasts only 19 seconds, and we’re not going to spoil it for you, because it’s chilling to the core. Well, OK, we’ll spoil it a little: Yes, those are body parts. Click through to watch the shortest horror movie you’ve ever seen and tell us whether you think that’s Lange in the habit. … Read More