NBC

‘The Maya Rudolph Show’ Fails to Revive the Variety Show Genre

If anyone has the ability to bring back the variety show, it’s Maya Rudolph. That much is true. Last night, NBC aired its attempt to revive a genre that died decades ago (aside from a few halfhearted and truly terrible attempts here and there), and the network smartly put Maya Rudolph at the helm. She’s the right woman for the job, seamlessly transitioning from big, rousing musical numbers to smaller comedy sketches, but even so, the question The Maya Rudolph Show left in my mind was: do we need to bring back variety shows? … Read More

  • 0

‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 12 Recap: “Tome-Wan”

After last week’s cliffhanger/reveal, Alana and Freddie are spirited away in the season’s penultimate episode to make room for Bedelia du Maurier. Hannibal’s therapist has been tracked down by the FBI (or rather, Gillian Anderson has been tracked down by Hannibal‘s producers) to provide insight into just how the good doctor works his magic. By the end of “Tome-Wan,” Will Graham witnesses a demonstration of how Hannibal’s “persuasion” translates into the grisly final product. Before all everything’s place for Jack and Hannibal to duke it out, it’s only natural that “Tome-Wan” gives us one of our first examples of Hannibal in action. … Read More

  • 0

Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Danny Boyle’s ‘Babylon,’ ‘Veronica Mars’ Web Spinoff

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, The CW announces its fall lineup, Danny Boyle has a new show, and every network picks up a docuseries. … Read More

  • 0

Everything You Need to Know About the 2014-2015 TV Season

Upfronts! It’s the exciting time when networks announce new and returning shows, the sad time when networks announce that your favorite sitcoms are canceled, and the overwhelming time when networks announce their fall schedules and you scramble to plan your life around television. Here is a helpful and exhaustingly comprehensive look at the 2014-2015 fall TV season, featuring everything you need to know: snazzy preview trailers, details about upcoming programs, when old favorites will be airing, and which network has the worst promotional photos. (Spoiler: It’s… Read More

  • 5

‘Community’ May Well Come Back From the Dead — But It’s a Success Story Even If It Doesn’t

On Friday, NBC announced that Community wouldn’t be returning for a sixth season. One can only assume that the news was timed in hopes that it would be buried on a Friday afternoon, but NBC should have known that obsessive Community — and TV — fans are pretty much glued to Twitter, our handy second screen, at all times, Friday afternoon/night included. On the one hand, Community fans (and I always include myself in this group) have been preparing for cancellation at the end of every season, but on the other hand, this somehow felt like the one year when renewal wasn’t a long shot. … Read More

  • 1

‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 11 Recap: “Ko No Mono”

First things first: Happy Hannibal renewal, everyone! We may not have Community anymore, but at least NBC has ordered thirteen more episodes of elaborate food porn and charred-corpse-‘n’-body-part shrines. There are just two more episodes left in season two, making “Ko No Mono” the perfect opportunity for Bryan Fuller to reveal his hand, lay out the endgame for this season, and set up the next. Sure enough, this was the episode that snapped the entire back half of season two into focus, letting us know just what the hell has been going on since Will got out of the hospital. … Read More

  • 5

Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Julie Klausner’s USA Comedy, PBS’ Genderbent ‘Frankenstein’

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, renewals, cancellations, and pickups galore! … Read More

  • 0

‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 10 Recap: “Naka-Choko”

Hannibal loves nothing more than a good visual metaphor, and this week’s brings two long-in-the-works developments together in a single soft-core sex scene. We have the tale of Margot and Mason Verger, in whose family drama Hannibal sees the opportunity for another protegé. And we have the moral deterioration of Will Graham, which now appears to be to season two what his psychological deterioration was to season one. Will reaches several points of no return in “Naka-Choko,” and his newfound kinship is underlined to us in bright red ink (literally) multiple times. Of course, none are more obvious than their intercut encounters with Alana and Margot. The “Will=Hannibal” imagery is there, but it also the relationship between Will and Hannibal supersedes any other on the show, no matter how intimate. … Read More

  • 0

‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 9 Recap: “Shiizakana”

Hannibal‘s really been laying it on thick lately in the case-of-the-week-as-metaphor-for-Will-Graham department. This time, “Hannibal unleashing his patients’ inner beast” becomes…Hannibal encouraging his patient to wear his inner beast. And use it to attack people. Randall is the third soldier enlisted into the proxy war currently raging between Will Graham and his therapist, and so far the casualties are three for three: the orderly’s dead, Peter’s in jail, and Randall ends the episode sprawled out on a table in Dr. Lecter’s office. If the point was to show him the casualty he’s inflicted, it fails; his response to Will’s declaration that they’re “Even Steven” with a slight smile is the series’ most black-comic episode ending to date. … Read More

  • 1

‘Parks and Recreation’ Skips Ahead to a Promising Future

While I would never say that Parks and Recreation had a bad sixth season, I could surely make the case that it was an average one, even boring at times. For all the changes that happened — Ann and Chris moved away (and Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe left the show), Ben lost his job, Leslie was removed from City Council, Leslie got pregnant with triplets, Jerry became Larry, etc. — everything still felt very much the same. It’s a safe show, one that’s overly sweet and hopelessly optimistic, but what was once refreshing began to feel repetitive. To be honest, I was dreading the season finale and worried about its predictability, but it featured a fantastic twist that has me excited for Season 7. … Read More

  • 1