The Television Critics Association also celebrated 'Girls,' 'Louie,' 'Parks and Recreation' & more
Showtime's "Homeland," HBO's "Game of Thrones" and AMC's "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men" were among the shows getting the most love in the nominations for the 2012 Television Critics Association Awards.
Michael Shanks wasted as a doctor-turned-phantom, and Erica Durance wasted without him
- Critic's Rating C
- Readers' Rating C
It's been more than 50 years since the premieres of ABC's "Dr. Kildare" and "Ben Casey," two of the earliest successful hospital dramas on television. That is a very long time for any one genre, even with the advances in both medical science and TV storytelling over those 50 years, and the longer it's been around, the more that modern doctor shows have had to find new twists on the same old stories. "ER" was the hospital drama as action movie. "Grey's Anatomy" mixed "ER" with "Friends" and "Sex and the City," while "House" mashed up Sherlock Holmes, "CSI" and lupus.
So I can't exactly blame the creative team behind "Saving Hope" — a new Canadian-produced hospital drama that will begin airing on NBC tomorrow night at 9 — for deciding that their new way into this familiar territory was to add some metaphysics to their medicine.
Bubbs sings! Omar dances! And Snoop as you've never seen her before!
I don't usually do posts that are just excuses to embed funny videos, but I'm making an exception for Funny Or Die's "The Wire: The Musical" for three reasons: 1)It is among the more hilarious viral videos I've seen in a while, particularly in the way that it uses actual "Wire" castmembers like Michael Kenneth Williams, Andre Royo, Sonja Sohn and Snoop Pearson, 2)It's a very slow news day, and if not for this, I likely wouldn't be posting anything today, and 3)Even David Simon gave it his stamp of approval.
If you haven't already seen it by now — possibly many, many times — enjoy. (Also, to answer the inevitable spoiler questions, don't watch if you haven't seen the whole series.)
In the first of a two-podcast week, Dan and Alan also review 'Push Girls'
Given Dan's travels last week, and the amount of stuff he would have to catch up on his DVR upon returning, we weren't sure if we'd be able to record a Firewall & Iceberg Podcast today, or if we'd have to wait until later in the week. But late last night, we figured out a compromise: a two-podcast week!
So today we kept it simple — but very long — by talking briefly about Sundance's "Push Girls" before doing extended segments on the end of "Game of Thrones" season 2 and last night's "Mad Men," and we'll be back later in the week to talk about "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "True Blood" and more.
What did the actor know, and when did he know it?
"Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too" discussion begins today at 2 p.m. Eastern
"Girls" is apparently big enough in the UK that The Guardian hosts weekly chats about each episode the following day, and they've invited me to be one of two guests (along with Nona Willis from GOOD) for this week's chat about "Weirdos Need Boyfriends Too" (which I reviewed here). The chat will be today at 2 p.m. Eastern, and being done with CoveritLive, and if I've done my HTML coding properly (always a big if), you should be able to follow and participate in the chat right here on this blog entry. (And if not, follow the first link back to The Guardian's page.)
'Spartacus: War of the Damned' to bring the saga to an early conclusion
The business model in American television dictates that most shows run for as long as they continue to be profitable. Even a place like HBO isn't immune to that way of thinking, as then-network boss Chris Albrecht kept backing up dump trucks full of money to David Chase's house for more "Sopranos" episodes when even Chase wasn't sure how long he wanted the show to continue.
Many lies are told, and roads are not taken, as the second season ends
Lane gets bad news, Sally entertains a guest and the agency is rocked
Hannah and Marnie switch roles, and Adam's mood shifts rapidly