There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, we’re compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, lots of couples get together, and one couple finds out they’re expecting. … Read More
Earlier this week, ABC announced that Nashville had been picked up for the rest of its first season. Happy news for us, since the show remains one of the best new dramas of the year, winning hearts where Revolution and Last Resort had left us wanting. Now that we’ve had five episodes to settle into its rockabilly arms, let’s look at what makes what’s ostensibly just another story about country music and heartbreak so refreshing.
Despite its mileage on country clichés, Nashville feels like a sparkly newcomer to the television scene. Beyond the cheatin’, schemin’, and burning old flames, the drama is at heart about two women: the older established country star Rayna James and poppy newcomer (as well as potential rival) Juliette Barnes. Rayna’s and Juliette’s characters are inflected and mediated through their interaction with men — sexual, economic, and otherwise — but these alliances take second stage to the female networks that underwrite the world of Nashville. The show is, in a sense, as heterosexual as they come, but its portrayal of female relationships makes me wonder if it’s not one of the most distinct feminist dramas to appear on network television yet. … Read More
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It’s been a rough fall season for TV fans. Although the networks scheduled plenty of new shows we were excited to see, the prospect of finding something new to love is fading fast. Sure, The Mindy Project has improved significantly since its uneven pilot, and we were happy to see it get a full-season order. But The New Normal is hitting false notes left and right, Last Resort looks headed for cancellation, and 666 Park Avenue doesn’t have enough personality (yet) to satisfy our addiction to fizzy trash. Then there’s Revolution, which, despite leading NBC to premiere-week victory, is basically unwatchable.
Enter Nashville, not a moment too soon, with a pilot that has us hooked like no other new network drama in recent memory. Whether you watch the sneak preview on Hulu or tune in to tonight’s premiere (10pm, ABC), and even if the dueling country divas premise doesn’t immediately spark your interest, be sure to give this show a shot. … Read More
Did you have an active summer, TV fans? Instead of planting yourself in front of a screen for hours on end, did you windsurf and drink wheat beer at rooftop bars? Or did you stick to the couch and air conditioning, clinging to True Blood and Breaking Bad and everything else cable had to offer while longing for NBC’s Thursday-night comedies? We did a little bit of both, but now that September’s in full swing, we’re ready to rededicate ourselves to obsessive TV fandom. After the jump, we count down our ten most anticipated network shows of the 2o12-13 season, from J.J. Abrams’ newest post-apocalyptic romp to Mindy Kaling’s solo debut to an American Sherlock Holmes adaptation that might actually work. … Read More
If you followed the coverage of this spring’s TV upfronts, then you probably have a pretty good idea of which shows critics find promising. But just in case you’ve lost track of what you’re supposed to be anticipating, the Critics’ Choice Television Awards have revealed the honorees for the year’s Most Exciting New Series, a… Read More