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.
There's no question that Stephen Colbert is qualified to succeed David Letterman as host of "Late Show." The big question has been whether abandoning the format of "The Colbert Report," as well as the character of "Stephen Colbert," would take away too much of what made Colbert such a special part of the late night galaxy, and turn him into just another guy interviewing celebrities.
Welcome to the first installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine.
A quick review of tonight's "iZombie" coming up just as soon as I do chest compressions to the beat of "All For the Best" from "Godspell"...