‘The Newsroom’ Series Finale Recap: “What Kind of Day Has It Been”

Last week’s “Oh Shenandoah” will likely be remembered as the real finale of The Newsroom, a perfect summary of the show’s issues with mansplanation and the 21st century before it goes off the air. There’s almost no point to “What Kind of Day Has It Been,” because at this point, there’s nothing this finale could do to change the reputation “Oh Shenandoah” sealed for the TV ages. At the very least, it’s a more likable sendoff to a show that’s not especially likable, centering on one of The Newsroom‘s most inoffensive characters: Charlie Skinner. … Read More

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There’s a Lot of Love in the New ‘Girls’ Season 4 Trailer

Is there a possibility that the upcoming season of Girls will spare us the show’s usual onslaught of nerve-wracking heartbreak? The latest… Read More

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‘The Newsroom’ Season 3 Episode 5 Recap: “Oh Shenandoah”

The media commentary on The Newsroom has always been an odd mix of troglodytic and eerily prescient. On the one hand, the show is, by its very design, a year and a half too late to have anything real to say on current event—an approach that always seemed to fit well with a preachy worldview that’s far more than a year and a half behind the times. And then, very occasionally, the show manages to seem almost clairvoyant. Like when “Oh Shenandoah” airs this week. … Read More

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HBO Orders Jagger/Scorsese-Produced, Olivia Wilde & Ray Romano-Starring 70’s Punk Rock Drama to Series

So, today’s most surprising cultural news is that the adenoidal, deadpan  comedian that not-quite-everyone loved (yeah, Ray Romano) — who… Read More

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‘The Newsroom’ Season 3, Episode 4 Recap: “Contempt”

Welcome to “Contempt,” or: “The One Where Will and Mac Get Married–for Journalism!,” also known as “The One Where Jim and Hallie Break Up—for Journalism!” and “The One Where Maggie and Professor Ethicist Break Up—for Journalism!.” It’s an episode that’s the culmination of various Sorkin tropes, so much so that it’s less exasperating than a perfect example of the creator’s tics, to be passed down to Screenwriting 101 students throughout the ages. Except for that rooftop scene. … Read More

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HBO Tantalizes Fans with New ‘Game of Thrones’ Website and Teaser

It feels like there’s a decade between each season of Game of Thrones, but now we’re starting to see a trickle… Read More

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