I didn't attend this year's ATX Television Festival in Austin, despite having a great time the year before, mainly because I have too much travel scheduled for this year (and maybe also because I ate enough brisket for two years at the previous one). There were a lot of events and panels I wish I could have been there for, including a TV critic team-up with Fienberg, Tim Goodman, Todd VanDerWerff, and Tara Ariano. But the one I most wanted to be there for was the "Gilmore Girls" reunion, which featured Amy Sherman-Palladino and virtually every surviving castmember saved Melissa McCarthy, who's a bit busy promoting "Spy" at the moment. Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel were of course there, and Graham brought along her other TV daughter, Mae Whitman from "Parenthood," which led to this priceless photo:
A quick review of last night's "Veep" coming up just as soon as I put on a very uncharacteristic dress so you won't think I'm shrill...
A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I put my money on the smaller man...
Of all the new series previewed at the broadcast network upfronts last month, none inspired quite as much mocking as the trailer for "Heartbreaker," an NBC medical drama starring Melissa George as a surgeon who — stop me if you've heard this before — can heal other people's hearts but can't mend her own.
Happy Friday, everyone! Time for another installment of Ask Alan, where I take your questions about TV, and try not to ramble too much in response.
"Hannibal" is back for its third season, and as usual, I plan to review every episode of this disgusting, beautiful, great show. I published some overall thoughts on the series at this point yesterday, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I try not to eat anything with a central nervous system...
"Empire" and "Transparent" were the big winners when the 2015 Television Criticis Association Awards nominees were announced, but will either newbie be able to knock off more well-established shows like "Mad Men" and "Big Bang Theory"?
"Sense8" is a show that could only exist on Netflix (or another streaming service like it), because no human would have the patience to watch it weekly.
But that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Six seasons and a movie?
Six seasons, a movie, and then a seventh season?
Six seasons and goodbye?
Where exactly do things stand with "Community"?
The visual language of "Hannibal" has grown increasingly more abstract and dreamlike as the series has gone on. As the show and its central characters get ever closer to the iconic serial killer, the less their realities seem to be governed by basic laws of either narrative logic or physics. When you are in with Hannibal Lecter, you are in a waking nightmare, where everything seems like it should exist only in the darkest corners of imagination, but is instead somehow horrifyingly real.