Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
What did everybody think of Jesus and Ben Linus teaming up to fight crime?
I posted my review of CBS' "Person of Interest" yesterday. Now it's your turn. What did you think of the vigilante drama? Were you okay with Jim Caviezel's energy level? Would you prefer Michael Emerson to stretch himself beyond Ben Linus-type roles? Do you want more Taraji P. Henson or less? And what on earth was William Sadler doing there for 30 seconds?
Have at it.
Leslie has a tough decision to make in the sweet season 4 premiere
"Parks and Recreation" is back for its fourth season. I interviewed co-creator Mike Schur about one of the major developments of the premiere, and I have a review of the episode coming up just as soon as I have the toes I have...
Some thoughts on Leslie's professional and personal decisions
"Parks and Recreation" just aired its fourth season premiere, and you can read my review of that here. I had initially planned to accompany that review with a pair of pieces about the creative process behind the making of this episode - one a fly-on-the-wall piece from an afternoon I spent in the show's writers room back in June, the other an interview I did a couple of weeks ago with co-creator Mike Schur - but I'm going to put those off until next week and break out one long section of the Schur interview, in which we discuss what the premiere had to say about the Leslie and Ben relationship - and about the more general challenges of writing long-term relationship arcs on comedies. Spoilers and analysis coming up just as soon as we discuss my stance on Egyptian debt relief...
What did everybody think of ABC's remake?
Michael Kenneth Williams and John Goodman join the Greendale faculty
"Community" is back for a third season, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I install a banana buffet...
Remake with Minka Kelly and company takes itself far too seriously
No one ever confused the original "Charlie's Angels" with great television. It was what it was - what Jerry Krupnick, my predecessor on The Star-Ledger's TV beat, liked to call "supertrash," a formula show that was entertaining despite its lack of ambition - and never apologized for it. It was an excuse for three terrifically attractive women to run around in tight outfits in service of perfunctory detective stories, and it was a huge hit.
It was also very much of its time (it was considered shocking, for instance, that the Angels were so often clearly bra-less), and modern remakes have had to figure out a new approach to the material. The first "Charlie's Angels" film, directed by McG and produced by star Drew Barrymore, was a cheeky, self-aware action comedy; it was greeted with reviews that were almost surprised by how good it was.
The new ABC series version - also produced by Barrymore, but mainly run by "Smallville" alums Alfred Gough and Miles Millar - on the other hand, has gone the opposite route, deciding that the key to unlocking "Charlie's Angels" in 2011 is to take the concept, and the Angels, very, very, deathly seriously.
And it's a much bigger mess than '70s critics ever accused the original of being.
The Emmy-winning comedy heads to Wyoming for the first half of its season 3 premiere
A quick review of the "Modern Family" season-opening double-feature coming up just as soon as I practice my pancake-eating...
Reagan and Chris go too far trying to impress the neighbors
A quick review of last night's "Up All Night" coming up just as soon as I make my Facebook pictures look good...
Maria Bello's no Helen Mirren, but there's potential here
The pilot episode of NBC's "Prime Suspect" (it debuts tonight at 10) spends almost as much time showing its heroine, NYPD detective Jane Timoney (Maria Bello) battling rampant sexism from her colleagues than it does on her work investigating murders. The jump ahead of her in the queue to catch the next case, try to stick her with the gruntiest of gruntwork, accuse her of having slept her way to the top and mock her to her face at least as much as they do behind her back.
Ordinarily, a pilot episode is a template for what the ongoing series will look like, but the "Prime Suspect" producers have said they're going to seriously cool it on the sexism starting in the second episode.
Tensions mount as Freddie and Bel decide to challenge the government
"The Hour" wrapped up its first season tonight, and I have a few quick thoughts coming up just as soon as I put on a fake mustache...