Good luck following that, Seth MacFarlane.
The 2013 Golden Globes were that rarest of 21st century beasts: an entertainment awards show that was genuinely entertaining on its own merits, even with a variety of technical glitches along the way. It had two sterling, hilarious hosts in Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, a slew of other amusing and/or memorable presenters and speeches, some surprising winners and a few tears being genuinely jerked along the way.
It had all those things in part because of how the night broke, in part because of the talents of people like Fey, Poehler, Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell, and in part because of that thing the Golden Globes always has going for it, even on less successful nights:
The Globes go first.
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Good luck following that, Seth MacFarlane.
It has taken more than two seasons for "Downton Abbey" to do this to me. Yes, we've had break-ups and weddings and betrayals and deaths (yes, deaths) before now. We've had fights and veiled insults a-plenty. But I can honestly say this was the first episode of the show to truly punch me in the gut. If you let it, this one could break your heart.
And yes, stop reading right now if you haven't watched the episode. This is one you need to watch, I think.
This year's Golden Globes had a lot of, well, beige. Despite promises of wild color and interesting silhouettes, not too many risks were taken. But that doesn't mean some celebrities didn't push the envelope -- and some pushed hard. Perhaps too hard (Jennifer Lopez, we're looking at you). Here's a look at the good, the bad and the ugly.
"Enlightened" is back for a new season, and I have a few thoughts on where the series stands creatively at this point coming up just as soon as I join a gym and inherit a timeshare...
I'm very happy to have "Shameless" back on my TV, and I have a few thoughts on the season 3 premiere — and the series as a whole — coming up just as soon as I focus on the White Sox box scores...
"Girls" is back. I offered some initial thoughts on the new season on Friday, and I have a review of the season premiere coming up just as soon as the pants made of SCUBA material make me look crazy...
Because of the football game between the Patriots and Texans -- GO PATS! -- I missed most of the red carpet coverage before Sunday (January 13) night's Golden Globe awards.
That gives me something else to muse on during this live-blog, other than the usual winners, losers, speeches and graceful hosting by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Follow the live-blog, join the conversation and make fun of the dreadful predictions from me and Greg Ellwood.
It's hard to believe Carrie Bradshaw, the main character of "Sex and the City" ("SATC"), was ever a teenager, but that's the concept behind both Candace Bushnell's YA books and the TV series "The Carrie Diaries" (premieres Mon. Jan. 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET). The stars and producers behind the show said at press tour that the series will feature big hair, neon clothing, a dirty Manhattan and, perhaps, some ideas about why Carrie grew up to pick Big over sweeter, kinder Aiden on "SATC."
'Django' is Tarantino's biggest hit and 'Lincoln' crosses $150 mil as Best Picture nominees storm the box office this year
Kudos to The Weinstein Company this year for finding a fortunate release strategy in "Silver Linings Playbook" after bungling the release of "The Master" in September. It looks like it's going to work out. But I imagine most over there are happy as of late that "Django Unchained" is hitting as big as it is. Indeed, they needed this.
Not only that, but with this weekend's $11 million take, the film has become Quentin Tarantino's highest-grossing film to date. "Django" crossed the $125 million mark this weekend, besting the $120 million total "Inglourious Basterds" brought in 2009. It was down about 40% from last weekend with very little change in screen count and will likely percolate for a while longer.
Meanwhile, this is all part and parcel of the story of the year: Best Picture nominees have been box office hogs.
At this point, anyone who hasn't seen "Zero Dark Thirty" -- which is the majority of the movie-going public -- has had to hear it chewed on and mulled over for well over a month. Critics awards and controversy have shrouded the film upon delivery to a wider audience this weekend, and it's turned up #1 at the box office as a result. But how about some reactions? When/if you get around to the film, and indeed, if you already have, cut loose with your thoughts on it in the comments section below.
Tonight at 10, ABC will be airing something doubly unusual: another episode of "Happy Endings" on a Sunday night — as part of a recent strategy where that show and "Don't Trust the (Bitch) in Apt. 23" have been airing on both Tuesdays and Sundays so they can finish their seasons before "Dancing with the Stars" returns in March — and an episode that was left over from the previous season.
For scheduling reasons, tonight's episode, "Kickball 2: The Kickening" — a sports-filled episode guest starring Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs — never aired last spring, and has been sitting in limbo in America (though it's aired internationally) until tonight.
When I was at ABC's press tour party a few nights ago, I ran into "Happy Endings" producers David Caspe and Jonathan Groff, and asked them about "Kickball" finally seeing the light of day, their thoughts on this scheduling strategy, and whether they think they have a shot to come back next year.
The CW President Mark Pedowitz has met with the Television Critics Association press tour a few times now, but Sunday (January 13) morning marks the first time he's come before us with that most elusive of TV programming unicorns -- a bona fide hit.
How will the fall success of "Arrow" impact The CW in the present and what will it mean for future development, including the network's "Wonder Woman" prequel and more?
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