A review of the "Better Call Saul" season finale coming up just as soon as I know what a Chicago sunroof is...
When both Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart announced that they were leaving their respective Comedy Central gigs, some "Daily Show" fans suggested John Oliver must have been kicking himself for leaving too soon to do his own HBO show. It's clear, though, that Oliver is very happy as host of "Last Week Tonight" (a job he recently extended for at least two more years). Last night's episode gave a sterling example of the advantages he has here over the daily Comedy Central grind, as he had the time (and money) to fly to Russia for an extended conversation with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
A review of the final "Mad Men" season premiere coming up just as soon as I try your veal...
A review of tonight's "Shameless" season finale coming up just as soon as I mash 15 different insulting metaphors into one incredibly nasty sentence...
UPDATE: Showtime officially states, "We were saddened to read David Lynch's statement today since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points. SHOWTIME also loves the world of Twin Peaks and we continue to hold out hope that we can bring it back in all its glory with both of its extraordinary creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, at its helm."
Maybe that gum we like isn't going to come back in style: David Lynch has departed Showtime's "Twin Peaks" revival.
Happy "Mad Men" day! The Emmy-winning drama returns for its final season (or half-season, if you're playing along with AMC's silliness) tonight at 10. As preparation for these last seven episodes, here are all the "Mad Men" stories we've run over the last few weeks:
“Mad Men” begins its final stretch of episodes on Sunday night at 10 on AMC, and we asked a handful of TV critics, as well as several TV producers (some of whom have had experience ending their own shows) to predict what might happen when all is said and done for Don Draper and friends. Some took the assignment very seriously. Some opted for the ridiculous. Some fell in between.
There are the 1960s, and then there is "the Sixties," and they only overlap to a degree. Popular culture and popular history have turned the Sixties in America into a dreamscape of mop-topped British invaders, painted hippies, an escalating war in Vietnam, a moon landing, and massive social unrest. But before the rise of the flower children, there were men in suits and short haircuts, women in conservative dresses, and chaste movie musicals dominating at the box office. And it's not like the counterculture obliterated the culture that had already existed. The psychedelic-inflected comedy of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" was the highest rated show of the 1968-69 season, but the top 10 also included "Gomer Pyle," "Bonanza," "Mayberry RFD," "Family Affair," "Gunsmoke," "The Dean Martin Show," "Here's Lucy" and "The Beverly Hillbillies." In 1969, the same year that The Beatles released "Abbey Road" and The Rolling Stones presented "Let It Bleed," aging Rat Pack icon Frank Sinatra had a huge hit with what would become his signature song, "My Way."
Last night, while watching an upcoming "Game of Thrones" episode, I found myself saying, "Bronn is the goddamn best." But then I realized I had only recently said the same of Wynn Duffy while watching a recent "Justified," and of Mike Ehrmantraut while watching this week's "Better Call Saul." And while I love each man's survival skills, and the very different ways they each bring humor to dramatic situations (Mike through dry unflappability, Bronn through more gregarious unflappability, Wynn through reacting incredulously to every horrifying thing he witnesses in Harlan), I realized that they couldn't all be the goddamn best. So I pose a simple question to you (as I did last night on Twitter):