Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
Saying farewell to 'Go On,' 'Partners,' 'The Mob Doctor' and more
Summer is here. A handful of broadcast network shows are finishing off runs that began in the season, but the business as a whole has already moved on to the traditions of summer: failed shows being burned off, summer cable premieres, and buzz on fall pilots.
Before we fully engage in looking forward, though, Fienberg and I want to take one last look back at some of the series that won't be joining us next season. As has become an annual tradition at HitFix, we've made funeral plans for the canceled freshmen series that aired on the broadcast networks in the 2012-13 season. Some, we kind of liked ("Go On," "Ben and Kate"). Some, we hated instantly ("Partners," "Guys with Kids"). Some, we barely got to know at all ("Made in Jersey," "Do No Harm"). A year ago, many of them had such promise, but now they're done.
Join us for this sad trip down memory lane before we move into happier summer activities over the next few weeks.
Don and Betty go to camp, while Peggy's fear of the neighborhood comes to a point
A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as you give me a great ending to my article...
Steven Soderbergh biopic about Liberace is HBO's best movie in years
In the time before "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City" and all that followed, HBO's prestige came from its movies and miniseries. In the '80s and '90s, when those formats were still wildly popular for the broadcast networks, HBO managed to distinguish itself with great dramas about social issues (the AIDS epidemic epic "And the Band Played On"), ruthless satire (the Wall Street comedy "Barbarians at the Gate") or even straight-up comedies (the minor league film "Long Gone," which some hardcore baseball fans prefer to "Bull Durham").
Will gets lost in a case, and Lecter tries to protect Abigail Hobbs
A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I criss-cross the state line of regret...
Announcing this summer's blog rewatch series
It's that time once again, boys and girls. The broadcast network TV season ended last night at 11, and now we move into the summer, which will be a mix of leftover network programs (set your clocks now for the return of "Zero Hour"!), cheap foreign imports and co-productions (ABC's "Motive," NBC's "Crossing Lines"), and a bunch of cable series to be excited about ("Breaking Bad"!), nervous about ("The Killing"!) and some combination of the two ("The Newsroom"!).
As always, I'll be mixing and matching in terms of what shows I'm writing about — will I have enough new things to say about each "Newsroom" episode? — and as usual, I'll also be revisiting a classic TV season from the past, one week at a time. And that season is (in case you couldn't tell from the picture and its caption)...
The Dunphys and Pritchetts head to Florida for the funeral of Phil's mom
A review of the "Modern Family" season finale coming up just as soon as I spend a summer at the nation's smallest B'nai Brith chapter...
If picked up, would be first regular TV job in decades for the 'Soap' and 'SNL' alum
Nearly 30 years since his one season on "Saturday Night Live," Billy Crystal is returning to television, as star and producer of a comedy pilot for FX called "The Comedians."
A Showtime leftover doesn't really fit at NBC
Bob Greenblatt was hired as NBC's latest would-be savior because of the success he had at Showtime, which went from HBO's ignored rival to a buzz and awards magnet under his leadership, which yielded "Dexter," "Nurse Jackie" and other success stories. Other than a brief window back in the fall, his tenure at NBC hasn't been any more successful than the last bunch of entertainment presidents — and in some ways has been worse — but what's interesting is how little connection his programming taste has had between his old job and his new one.
Will's gift takes an increasing toll; can the bad Dr. Lecter help him?
As I noted last week, the fate of "Hannibal" remains very much up in the air at NBC, which has to factor in 1)The strong quality of the show and the stellar reviews, 2)The very modest (if that) ratings, 3)The reduced cost, since the show is an international co-production, and 4)Where they might put it next season, given that they've already ordered several mid-season shows that don't yet have timeslots.
But the show continues to be great, and this week's episode (airing, as usual, Thursday at 10 Eastern) puts the focus back onto Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, whose gift for thinking like a serial killer (or, rather, like all serial killers) is taking a greater emotional cost with each new case. In this exclusive clip, Will goes to Mads Mikkelsen's Dr. Lecter for guidance after he loses time while visiting another grisly crime scene. Enjoy, and we'll have more to talk about after "Trou Normand" airs on Thursday night.
Cathy and her family prepare for the end as the Showtime dramedy concludes on a strong note
Showtime's "The Big C" — or, specifically, the concluding miniseries titled "The Big C: Hereafter" — came to an end last night, and I have a few thoughts coming up just as soon as you don't take cash...