"The Walking Dead" is back from its mid-season hiatus, and I have a review of tonight's episode coming up just as soon as I'm the first brother in history that breaks into prison...
The action slows down as the zombie drama returns from hiatus
Mike White and Molly Shannon shine in a Tyler-centric episode
Hannah and Patrick Wilson get to know each other in an unusual episode
How many revamps can one sitcom endure?
Ed Helms returns, but do even 'The Office' writers know what a terrible character Andy's become?
The reinvented Shonda Rhimes drama wraps up its first major arc in fine fashion
When "Scandal" debuted last spring, I wasn't sure what to make of it, beyond recognizing that Kerry Washington had the goods to carry a series and Shonda Rhimes had fashioned an excellent role for her.
This season, though, Rhimes has kicked the show up to another level by ditching the Crisis of the Week procedural format in favor of reinventing "Scandal" as a gonzo hybrid of conspiracy thriller and high-stakes soap opera, involving election rigging, a presidential assassination attempt, a failed internal White House coup, and all sorts of other crazy shenanigans. It's ludicrous on virtually every level; it's also an enormous amount of fun, thanks to the writing and the performances.(*)
(*) The series has also benefited from ditching the charming but redundant Henry Ian Cusick and beefing up Josh Malina's role as a good guy who's righteously focused on bringing down Olivia.
Rhimes treated the season's first 13 episodes as one big arc, which culminated tonight with a whole bunch of revelations, shifted allegiances, and dastardly conduct. "Nobody Likes Babies" was a particularly strong showcase for Jeff Perry and Bellamy Young, and it resolved almost everything from this arc while setting up some interesting new conflicts for whatever comes next.
I'm talking to Rhimes sometime next week about how she reinvented the show for the better, but I wanted to mark the end of this first arc, and see what those of you who've been watching all along felt about how things wrapped up. We'll see if Rhimes can find a way to top this, but for now, bravo.
What did everybody else think?
Ann wants a baby, April wants to be more like Leslie, and the guys get food poisoning
Dean Pelton hosts his own 'Hunger Games' as the study group returns for senior year
Same actors, same characters, many returning crewmembers, but something's clearly missing
Phillip and Elizabeth have to go to extremes to plant a bug
A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I do something horribly masculine with reindeers and wood chopping...