I first started seriously following the NBA in the early-mid '90s, and two of my favorite non-Knicks players were the subject of this week's "30 for 30" film, "Once Brothers," a review of which is coming up just as soon as I shoot a commercial with Magic...
Politics gets in the way of basketball and friendship
Is Raylan Givens gonna get to heaven alright?
During tonight's episode of "Sons of Anarchy," FX is going to show a new teaser trailer for season two of "Justified," which is set to debut in February. But for those of you who can't wait till after 10 - or who for some reason enjoy the gun-slinging stylings of US Marshal Raylan Givens but not the antics of SAMCRO - we've got that trailer for you now.
Near as I can tell, all the footage is from season one, but it's still nice to get a glimpse of Raylan, Boyd, Winona and the rest during this long stretch between seasons, accompanied by Lissie's "Little Lovin'."
I spoke with "Justified" producer Graham Yost back at press tour, and one of these days I should get around to posting that transcript. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer.
A sweet and funny Only in New York story
A quick review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I speak conductor...
Casey shines as Generalissimo Goya returns
A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I wear my teeth-bleaching system in front of you(*)...
Don tries to apply lessons from his love life to his work life
A review of last night's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as someone gets my shoes...
Nucky celebrates a birthday, Jimmy finds trouble in Chicago and Chalky tells a story
A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as you sell me linseed oil...
All hands on deck as API tries to find Kateb
A review of the penultimate "Rubicon" of season one coming up just as soon as we have stuff...
Dexter seeks childcare help, and a kill to fulfill him
As I've said, most weeks I have time to watch "Dexter" but won't be writing much about it. This was a busy one for our man, who went looking for a childcare solution for Harrison while chasing after Shawn Hatosy's character, while two of this season's other guest stars were introduced in ways I didn't expect.
What did you guys think? Are you enjoying the unconventional structure of the season so far?
No clear-cut smashes yet, but a few cancellations
A lot of TV industry veterans consider week 3 of the fall season the most crucial to figuring out whether a show will succeed or fail. Premiere week numbers inevitably fall off for week 2, but by week 3, viewing patterns start to establish themselves. If the week 2 to week 3 fall-off is small (or if, by some miracle, new viewers start coming), the show might just work. If they're still falling, though? Trouble.
Obviously, there's still a whole lot of the season to be played, but after three full weeks, we know some things. Two shows have been canceled and one is on life support. On the other hand, only one new show has gotten a full-season order, and nothing has been an out-of-the-gate smash, which either speaks to the mediocrity of the freshman class or to the difficulty of breaking through in such a crowded entertainment environment.
Keeping that in mind - as well as the idea that ratings are often relative, and lead-ins and timeslot competition often matters as much as the raw number in determining success or failure - here are some very early winners and losers, as well as those shows where it's too early to tell.
A sweet, musical night out for the Scranton branch
A review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as I recognize musical themes when they come back later...