A review of tonight's "Treme" coming up just as soon as I put y'all on a need-to-know basis...
"Game of Thrones" just wrapped up its terrific first season, and I have a review of the finale coming up (and, for anyone who DVR'ed "The Killing" finale but hasn't seen it yet, I briefly discuss my opinion of it in a non-spoiler-y fashion), just as soon as I favor my fingers...
"The Killing" just concluded its first season and... well... I'm not a very happy camper right now. But you can go read my review for all of that.
I had the chance to speak to producer Veena Sud after I saw the finale, to discuss not only the way the episode went down, but to get her take on the season as a whole and some of the complaints people have had with it. Obviously significant spoilers for the finale and the season coming up after the jump...
"The Killing" wrapped up its first season tonight. I interviewed showrunner Veena Sud about the season, and highly recommend you read that before we get to my review of the finale, as I'll be discussing what she said a lot. My review - with plentiful spoilers for the episode, of course - coming up just as soon as me doing math is like a dog wearing a hat...
I published my review of TNT's "Falling Skies" on Friday. It's an effective pulp thriller, but as I said in the comments section, I'm not sure how well it lends itself to weekly analysis. It's good, but it's not deep. With a bunch of other notable cable shows ending their seasons tonight (or nearing the end), I definitely don't have any time to write individual commentary on the pilot itself. That's a shame, as these two hours were the strongest of the five I've seen.
But why don't those of you who watched weigh in on the pilot, and going forward, we'll play it by ear. If there's enough interest, I may treat it the way I've treated "True Blood" or "Big Love" - extremely short weekly posts mostly designed as a place for everyone to discuss it - or maybe I'll just check in now and then if there's an especially notable episode.
What did everybody else think?
Welcome to part five of our journey through the Emmy ballot on HitFix. Once again, Fienberg and I are approaching each category from two directions, with Dan as the pragmatist and me as the optimist. So as we move onto the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama category, Dan has his usual exhaustive photo gallery of potential nominees, starting with the most likely candidates before eventually moving onto a bit of wish fulfillment, while after the jump, I continue to pretend that I'm a voting member of the TV Academy and have to pick six nominees for this category. (And, again, actors determine what category to submit themselves in, or whether to submit at all. You can download the full performers list here.)
Welcome to part four of our journey through the Emmy ballot on HitFix. Once again, Fienberg and I are approaching each category from two directions, with Dan as the pragmatist and me as the optimist. So as we move onto the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy category, Dan has his usual exhaustive photo gallery of potential nominees, starting with the most likely candidates before eventually moving onto a bit of wish fulfillment, while after the jump, I continue to pretend that I'm a voting member of the TV Academy and have to pick six nominees for this category. (And, again, actors determine what category to submit themselves in, or whether to submit at all. You can download the full performers list here.)
(I originally posted this review back when "Friday Night Lights" was doing its exclusive DirecTV run. The comments from that period have been preserved. For the sake of people who are watching the episodes as they air on NBC, I will ask anyone commenting from this point forward to only discuss plot events up to the episode in question. Do not discuss, or even allude to, anything that has yet to air on NBC. Thank you.)
The final season of "Friday Night Lights" still has a few weeks to go. (Sigh...) A review of tonight's episode coming up just as soon as I draw a starfish princess...
I used to go to a restaurant that served this chicken dish that arrived at your table engulfed in blue flames. The first time I saw it, my eyes grew three sizes and I thought, "I like chicken, I like fire, I should get that." When I actually tasted it, the dish was pretty mediocre, but that didn't stop me from trying it several more times, nor from ordering food-on-fire dishes at other places. The idea seemed so great that my mind simply couldn't accept that the actuality of it was only occasionally good.
TNT's "Falling Skies" (Sunday at 9 p.m. on TNT) an alien invasion drama produced by Steven Spielberg, seemed like an ideal candidate to be a flaming chicken dish. It's combination that once upon a time would have seemed fantastic, but where my expectations have been lowered by too many mediocre Spielberg TV projects that seemed like he lent his name and little else, and by too many terrible alien invasion series like "V" and "The Event."
But it turns out that "Falling Skies" is that rare time where the chicken tastes as good as it looks. It's a sci-fi series with a heavy focus on character and story (but also with good action when it's called for), and a Spielberg TV show where you can see his fingerprints in the work.
The 2nd and/or 3rd pictures could be considered spoilers - though I'd argue both are of something most of us have assumed would happen - so rather than just post them here on my blog, we instead set up a separate photo gallery where you can both look at the pretty pictures (as gorgeously shot as "Breaking Bad" itself) and comment on the implications of them while leaving this blog clean and wholly spoiler-free.
Current plan on the interviews I did on my trip to Albuquerque is to post them whenever I'm on vacation in early-mid July, not long before season 4 begins. I still have yet to see any episodes myself, and though I'm feeling antsy, just seeing these images of Cranston, Paul, etc. in character felt nice.