Tomorrow night's "Parks and Recreation" — titled "Flu Season 2," though it wisely doesn't try to simply replicate the beats of the show's funniest episode — is one of my favorites of this season, with a good mix of big laughs and big emotion, and a moment for everyone in the cast to shine. There isn't a Ron Swanson story in there, necessarily, but he spends most of the episode as a sounding board for Ben, and in the process Nick Offerman once again reminds you how much he can do with very little material.
Embracing the many moods of the most competent man in Pawnee
The TV show has to deal with all the ramifications of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
Drew McWeeny has been covering "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" for us all season, and like usual he had a thoughtful take on last night's episode. But given both how pivotal and unusual "Turn, Turn, Turn" was, I figured I would check in as well with a review — featuring spoilers for both this episode and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" — coming up just as soon as I have thoughts on Chachi...
Raylan tries one more move against Daryl Crowe, while Boyd has visitors from Mexico
'Things have got to get a lot worse before they're going to get better.'
FX's "Justified" is usually one of my favorite shows on television, but the just-completed fifth season was my least favorite stretch of the show. The Crowe family never clicked for me as major villains the way the show's other big bads have, a lot of time was spent on the bleakness of Ava's life in prison and Boyd's struggles to become a heroin trafficker, and at a certain point I was just waiting for the show to kick off the Raylan vs. Boyd endgame that will be the subject of the final season next year.
As I usually do at the end of the season, I got on the phone with "Justified" showrunner Graham Yost, who was good-natured (and good-humored) about discussing a season he knows hasn't been the series' most popular, and who explained some of the ways plans changed over the course of the season.
Dan and Alan also review Showtime's 'Years of Living Dangerously'
Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for another Firewall & Iceberg video show, in which we attempt to discuss the "Mad Men" without revealing anything of substance, talk about finales in general and the end of "Raising Hope" in particular, and review Showtime's eco-docu series "Years of Living Dangerously."
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Fantasy epic's season 4 premiere was HBO's highest-rated show since 'The Sopranos' finale
Yesterday, HBO announced that the "Game of Thrones" season 4 premiere was the pay cable channel's highest-rated show since "The Sopranos" series finale. Today, in the least shocking news ever, HBO announced that "Game of Thrones" had been renewed for two additional seasons, which will take the show at least through a season six.
Fiona gets out of prison, Frank enjoys his new liver, and Ian won't get out of bed
"Shameless" concluded its fourth season last night, and I have some thoughts on the finale and the season as a whole coming up just as soon as I feel a bit like "Pretty Woman"...
It's a very good time to be a Lannister, but cracks in the foundation begin to appear
"Game of Thrones" is back for a fourth season. I posted interviews all week, with Benioff & Weiss, Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams and Isaac Hempstead Wright. Now I have a review of the season premiere coming up just as soon as I get a shaved goat...
Dr. Lecter has some friends for dinner, but will Jack begin to suspect?
A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I play "Chopsticks"...
A spy drama without a lot of spycraft, but a cool opening credit sequence
Last month, in trying to identify the greatest TV opening credit sequences of all time, I noted that a great credit sequence can make me more kindly disposed to a mediocre show than I'd be without it. Take away the Aloe Blacc song and those great New York City photographs, and "How To Make It In America" is among the more forgettable comedies HBO's ever given us, and yet those credits kept me watching well into the second season just because I enjoyed them and they hinted at a better version of the show.