[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]
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“The Good Wife” is even better in Season 6
The CBS series is, says Willa Paskin, "in almost unheard of shape for a drama heading into the latter stages of middle age. By Seasons 7 or 8, most series are thinking about retirement, or ought to be. Typically they’ve been flagging for years, the vim and vigor of their youth long since mellowed. But 'The Good Wife' does not know from flagging. As it begins its sixth season, it is sharper than it has ever been, the ageless, wiry athlete sprinting circles around other dramas, tacitly talking trash. 'Anything you can do, I can do 22 times a year, without cursing, without much violence, and without a hoity-toity cable-TV address,”'it winks, as it runs by in some impeccably tailored workout gear. 'The Good Wife,' a delectable, invigorating series of unprecedented depth and cynicism, is the best drama on TV.” PLUS: There will be a big secret revealed on the season premiere, and does Will’s death still loom large?
Neil Armstrong’s life story will be told in a TNT miniseries
The first man to walk on the moon will be the subject of “One Giant Leap” from a writer on “The Earth to the Moon” and “Apollo 13."
NY Times TV critic blames Twitter for the backlash to her “Angry Black Woman” Shonda Rhimes article
“The whole point of the piece — once you read past the first 140 characters — is to praise Shonda Rhimes for pushing back so successfully on a tiresome but insidious stereotype,” TV critic Alessandra Stanley said in a statement issued by The Times.
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Pitbull has released the David Rousseau-directed music video to his "Fireball" single featuring John Ryan, which dances us into the night at a club into which we'd never be invited. Listen for the nod to Aerosmith's "Walk This Way," were this nod be a great seismic shift causing the Earth to lurch and bodies fold upon themselves.
Here are the most important seconds of this music video:
0:14: In a demonstartion of impressive restraint, it is at this second that Pitbull executes the second of only two Pitbull Giggles.
0:34: Guitar face LOL
0:47: I would literally pay money to hear Pitbull distinguish the term "conquering" from "cumming," in person, aloud.
1:08: Dad dance
1:44: This is the part where I thought, this party actually looks fun. Then I can do the big reveal on my latest moves.
2:17: Butt scan, a scan of butt.
2:19: Your poker face sucks, dude.
2:34: This is what I do whenever I enter a room.
2:47: "The Mask" At 20: An Homage
2:59: "I'm going to steal your drink and pee in it," she whispered.
3:37: Slight breach of etiquette in the ladies' room, but at least she wasn't peeing.
And then Bruce Wayne's parents were shot, in the rain, in a dark alleyway.
E!’s “Fashion Police” will continue without Joan Rivers
E! announced today that “Fashion Police” will be back in 2015, starting with Golden Globes coverage in January. No further details about a possible replacement for Rivers were announced.
HBO's Joe Paterno film starring Al Pacino is on hold
“Happy Valley,” which would’ve reunited Pacino with “Scarface” director Brian de Palma,” has been in the works for nearly two years. It would’ve chronicled the life of the legendary Penn State football coach, whose tenure ended in a child molestation controversy. HBO says the project is on hold, but not dead: “We have not killed the project, so to say so inaccurate. We have suspended pre-production for a moment to deal with budget issues, but the project is still intact at HBO with the entire creative team as before.”
Report: Jim Carrey to host “SNL” sometime this fall
Carrey is expected to host to promote “Dumb and Dumber To,” which comes out Nov. 14, according to The Wrap. Carrey previously hosted in 1996 and 2011.
Happy Friday, boys and girls! We promised a double shot of Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week, and we delivered! After wrapping up the "Friday Night Lights" rewatch on Tuesday, we got deeper into the flood of new fall shows with some talk about "Madam Secretary," "Gotham," "Scorpion" and "Forever" before answering a listener question and wrapping things up with some "You're the Worst" retrospective talk. Back Tuesday with even more debuts, including the fall's best new show, "Transparent."
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Bonus Firewall & Iceberg Podcast time!
On Tuesday, we reviewed "The Mysteries of Laura" and "Red Band Society," but now we're starting to get into the meat of new series premieres.
In this podcast, we review "Madam Secretary," "Gotham," "Scorpion" and "Forever," which is to say all of your key new shows premiering on Monday, I think?
We also answered a bit of Listener Mail, providing a public service.
And we discussed Thursday's season finale for "You're the Worst," which we hope will be brought back for a second season.
"Madam Secretary" (00:01:10 - 00:11:40)
"Gotham" (00:11:40 - 00:23:25)
"Scorpion" (00:23:25 - 00:34:30)
"Forever" (00:34:30 - 00:44:20)
Listener Mail - How to Review a TV Show (00:44:35 - 00:52:00)
"You're the Worst" finale (00:52:00 - 01:06:55)
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ABC, NBC, CBS break into programming to cover NFL Commissioner’s press conference as a 'Special Report'
ABC, NBC, CBS break into programming to cover NFL Commissioner’s press conference as a “Special Report”
The NFL's domestic violence controversy has become so significant that the three major networks broke into their regular programming to air Roger Goodell’s 3 pm ET press conference live. UPDATE: Howard Stern writer Benjy Bronk interrupted the press conference and yelled, "Don't put me in the elevator."
Why Shonda Rhimes isn’t an “angry black woman”
"To understand Rhimes’ work as a reclamation and redefinition of the phrase 'angry black woman' is to take an extremely narrow, arguably undermining view of what she has accomplished,” says Willa Paskin. "It would be far more accurate to say that, in her work, Rhimes has embraced and subverted the stereotype of the career-first woman and the mistress than that of the 'angry black woman,' but even these reclamation projects are selling Rhimes’ achievements short. Rhimes has not just re-framed the stereotype of the “angry black woman,” she has blown open what black female characters are allowed to do on television, including, most importantly, fronting a TV show.”
Shonda Rhimes’ TV stars stick up for her on Twitter
Ellen Pompeo tweeted the NY Times: "you set the world back with a review of a television show based around the RACE of the lead. Is the show good tv or not?” Joshua Malina tweeted, "Wow. Did I just read a @nytimes piece that reduced my brilliant, creative, compassionate, thoughtful, badass boss to an 'angry black woman?’” And Kerry Washington also tweeted the NY Times.
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Want two reasons to get VERY excited about the final season of "Justified"?
Sam Elliott and Garret Dillahunt are joining the cast.
Angelina Jolie refuses to luxuriate in the Oscar buzz surrounding her upcoming WWII drama 'Unbroken.' On Sept. 8, the actress-turned-director started on her third feature, 'By the Sea,' a romantic drama touting her first self-directed leading role and her first pairing with husband Brad Pitt since 2005's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". Showing no sign of slowing down, word is in that Jolie's fourth film has taken shape.
After Marvel's massive success with "Guardians of the Galaxy," is anyone surprised about the report that Warner Bros. is considering developing a "Legion of Superheroes" movie? We're certainly not. Granted, the two super teams have a lot in common, but thankfully, they also have some big differences.
There are cavernous ideas resting under the surface of writer-director David Michôd's "The Rover." What would happen if there was an actual global fallout? Michôd allows theories on economic implosion, geographic relocation, a societal reversion to linger in the background, his setup, "10 Years After the Collapse," merely a cloudy backdrop for a revenge thriller.