The East Coast branch of the Paley Center is in the midst of PaleyFest New York, which started last weekend and will run through Sunday. Like its LA counterpart, the focus is mainly on current shows (and mainly ones that film in New York, or at least in parts east), but like its LA counterpart so often features, there's a special reunion, and I get to moderate it: "The Wire."
Yesterday, HBO said our a la carte TV future was coming. Today, CBS said that it's already here.
Forget winter: HBO a la carte is coming.
A review of tonight's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" coming up just as soon as I'm based about five feet from kicking your ass...
I wrote about NBC's "Marry Me" — and about my wish that I could have seen some more episodes beyond the very premise-y, very grating pilot episode — this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched tonight, what did you think? Did you find the opening scene hilarious or did it turn you off? Did you come out of the pilot liking Annie and/or Jake? How did you feel about the friends and assorted parents? If you're a "Happy Endings" fan, how did the experience of the two compare? And will you watch again?
Have at it. I will try to check back in again sometime in the next few weeks. Hopefully, I'll like upcoming episodes more.
Some thoughts on tonight's "The Flash" coming up just as soon as I do a whole other set of equations for cheese and guac...
A new TV show's opening credits sequence is often one of the last things completed, and therefore something critics don't always get to see before a show debuts. I don't know that the title sequence for "Manhattan" — which WGN America just renewed for a second season — would have significantly upgraded my initial review of the show, but it does a nice job of suggesting the level of ambition and execution the show would be able to achieve over the course of its first season, which concludes Sunday night at 9.
(Note: For reasons that will seem obvious by the time you're done, this isn't exactly a review, and any grade I might apply would be a simple Incomplete. Will revisit down the road.)
Once upon a time, David Caspe created a sitcom that co-starred Casey Wilson, and that opened with a high-concept, marriage-related premise pilot featuring all the characters behaving in such a grating manner that I took an instant dislike to it. That show was "Happy Endings," and it grew on me in time, eventually becoming one of TV's funniest sitcoms (if an often uneven one) before ABC gave up on it after a few seasons.
Caspe has done it again, with another sitcom that co-stars Casey Wilson, and that opens with a high-concept, marriage-related premise pilot featuring all the characters behaving in such a grating manner that I really didn't like "Marry Me" at all.
A review of tonight's "Gotham" coming up just as soon as I swear that I voted for you...
Happy Columbus Day, boys and girls! For travel-related reasons, we moved the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast up a day this week, in which we talk for a while about a pilot we both like but maybe don't intend to watch as a series for long, a pilot we didn't like at all but have hopes for the show as a whole, plus some recent drama episodes. Also, we talk for a very long time about hair. I'm sorry. It's all my fault.
"Jane the Virgin" (00:00:55 - 00:13:30)
"Marry Me" (00:13:30 - 00:21:50)
Listener Mail: FOX's fall struggles (00:22:20 - 00:31:20)
Listener Mail: Haircut-based TV declines (00:31:25 - 00:41:55)
"Parenthood" (00:42:00 - 00:53:00)
"The Walking Dead" (00:53:10 - 01:08:00)
"Boardwalk Empire" (01:08:00 - 01:28:00)
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