NBC’s Promising ‘Constantine’ Suffers From an Uncertain Start

Television’s big bets on comic book adaptations have largely paid off this season, with Fox’s Gotham doing all right for the network (although the quality of the Batman-centric drama has dipped since its dark and promising pilot) and The CW’s The Flash proving to be a hit, both with viewers and critics (the pilot episode was one of the best-received new pilots of the season). There are more adaptations in the works for next year, but before that, there’s NBC’s Constantine, a late entry to the game that premieres tonight. … Read More

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‘Parenthood’ Season 6 Episode 5 Recap: “The Scale of Affection Is Fluid”

It’s difficult for ensemble dramas to orchestrate action for all, or even most, of their storylines in a single episode. Last week I mentioned that Parenthood set plot points in initial motion for future episodes, and this week, the payoff was huge. “The Scale of Affection Is Fluid” is easily the best episode of the show’s final season thus far, with compelling drama consuming every characters’ arc, besides Sarah and Hank. Max, Amber, Joel, and Crosby — arguably the show’s underdogs — faced hard emotional truths, at times with little hope. … Read More

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‘Parenthood’ Season 6 Episode 4 Recap: “A Potpourri of Freaks”

There’s something kind of unnatural about the way television shows, particularly dramas with emotional plot twists, barrel onward right up ’til the end. I think of it as “unnatural” because were this real life, this careening forward would be the most natural thing in the world. It’s the point of it all. Here in Parenthood‘s final… Read More

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Eva Longoria is Developing an Anthology Show About Hispanic Folklore

Actor Eva Longoria is developing an anthology series for NBC based on Hispanic folktales, Deadline reports. The show will… Read More

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‘Parenthood’ Season 6 Episode 3 Recap: “The Waiting Room”

Parenthood is a show that functions under the assumption that We’ve All Been There. For parents who watch the show, I imagine that likely rings true, at least in some small way, each episode. But for those of us non-parents who find ourselves tangled up in the familial dynamics of the Braverman crew, that firsthand relatability is slightly rarer. And this week’s episode, “The Waiting Room,” captured it perfectly. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Scarlett Johansson’s TV Show, ‘Transparent’ Renewed

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week: Scarlett Johansson stars in an Edith Wharton adaptation, Jay Leno returns to television, and networks begin picking up every show that’s thrown at them. … Read More

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Ambiguity Is Dead: ‘Say Anything,’ ‘The Sopranos,’ and Pop Culture’s New Closure Obsession

I was 14 years old when I first saw Say Anything…, and when the ending arrived, I didn’t get it. At all. I mean, there they are on the plane, having been through so much stuff: virginity loss, painful break-up, parental imprisonment, even learning to drive a stick shift. (From my current vantage point, as someone who’s never made it past an automatic, that last one sounds the most traumatic to me.) But there they were, heading overseas and trying to make a go of it, but then there’s this business with the ding and a cut to black, and that’s it? What happens after that? Well, 14-year-old me would be relieved to know that NBC is finally setting out to answer that question, via a TV spin-off/sequel that sounds like the stupidest fucking idea since Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? … Read More

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NBC Ordered a ‘Say Anything’ TV Series and Cameron Crowe Wants To Stop It

Last night, Deadline reported than NBC ordered a script commitment plus penalty for a Say Anything series. Based on the… Read More

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‘Parenthood’ Season 6 Episode 2 Recap: “Happy Birthday, Zeek!”

Enjoying Parenthood requires suspension of privilege. You have to put aside the fact that figuring out how to serve casein-free and gluten-free meals to 40 private-school students is inherently a fancy problem. If you didn’t happen to know that this diet is thought to help with Autism symptoms, you’d think it’s symptomatic of the Whole Foods culture pervasive among pseudo-health-conscious upper-middle-class families in the Bay Area — the exact type exhibited in Kristina and Adam Braverman, and his sister Julia. These are the sort of folks who sweat the small stuff, and who at times act entitled. Especially Julia, who showed a bratty side rivaling that of her monster spawn in this week’s episode, when she told her daughter’s teacher, “I’m sorry that you haven’t seen a better side of Sydney, because she’s a great girl.” I’m sure the new girl who was mortified and made to feel like a social pariah by Sydney agrees, Julia. … Read More

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