May. 19, 2017
Ansari sticks landing with ‘Masters of None’ Season Two
The rise of streaming services have provided a wealth of new shows that bring new viewpoints and ideas to the table. Netflix has been a blessing, providing shows as varied as depressed horse comedy “Bojack Horseman” to the women’s prison show “Orange Is The New Black.” But the most subtly ambitious of these was revealed to be Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None,” its second season finally dropping May 12 after its 2015 premier.
Mar. 3, 2017
‘Legion’ Season One shows early promise of greatness
You’ve never quite seen a superhero show like “Legion,” especially not from Marvel. Since “Iron Man” established the huge, complex and box-office-dominating Marvel Cinematic Universe, most properties have come with the same basic, uninteresting visual style, not to mention similar plot structures and dialogue.
Feb. 3, 2017
TV icon, beloved actress Mary Tyler Moore dies at 80
Mary Tyler Moore, the television pioneer whose self-titled sitcom reinvented the role of women in comedy, died Jan. 25 in a Greenwich, Connecticut, hospital after suffering cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by pneumonia. She was 80 years old.
May. 27, 2016
Midway through Season Six, GOT ‘holds the door’ open for major conflict
The fifth episode of season six “Game of Thrones” aired on Sunday, May 22, marking the midseason on the wildly popular series. Now that we are at the halfway point, let’s take a look back at what we’ve seen so far in Westeros (we’ll save Daenerys and Arya for another time) and what it means for the future of the show and the wars to come. Beware: Spoilers Ahead.
Apr. 22, 2016
Season 6 of ‘Game of Thrones’ set to premiere April 24
Settle in everyone, for this article is dark and full of spoilers. “Game of Thrones” season six premieres on HBO April 24 at 9 p.m. and if you think you’re hyped, think again because no one is as ready, or as “GoT” crazy, as I am. Sure, I was ridiculed during this long wait. “You’ve got to stop saying ‘…and now his watch is ended’ at funerals,” they said. “You have got to stop attending random funerals,” they said. Well, now the time has come for answers, the most important being: is his watch truly ended?
Mar. 11, 2016
HBO’s ‘Vinyl’ captures feel of era but needs to improve
Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, murder, Ray Romano, DEBRA? (No, no Debra.) HBO’s new drama “Vinyl” premiered Feb. 14 and takes a look into the 1970s music scene in New York City. Music executive Richard Finestra, portrayed by Bobby Cannavale, must decide how to manage American Century, his struggling label. The show leads viewers through the dirty, underground of the music industry, from dive bars and dance halls to board rooms and business meetings, all the while being introduced to a host of characters and their plethora of personal baggage.
Apr. 10, 2015
‘Better Call Saul’ proves spin-offs can still flourish
Throughout television history, there have been characters so memorable, so lovable and so fascinating that they are given a chance to shine with a show of their very own. Sometimes, a spin-off can become as iconic as the programs that inspired it such as “Cheers” and “Frasier,” “Happy Days” and “Mork & Mindy,” “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.” However, spin-offs can prove to be a disastrous experiment and fizzle out in the immense shadow of the original show like “Friends” and “Joey;” “The X-Files” and “The Lone Gunmen;” and “M.A.S.H.” and “AfterMASH.”
Sep. 26, 2014
Fox’s ‘Gotham’ explores time before rise of Batman
“Gotham” is the show comic fans deserve — and the one Fox needs right now.
Apr. 11, 2014
HIMYM’s finale leaves its many viewers crestfallen
CBS’s sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” came to a close after nine years March 31, and its sendoff was pretty medi-wait for it-ocre. Ever since its inception in September 2005, the multi-camera series, created by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, followed the exploits of five friends living in Manhattan. For those who didn’t come of age in the ‘90s, it was a new version of “Friends” (swapping Central Perk for MacLaren’s Irish Pub) and perhaps the greatest love story of the early 21st century, or so we were led to believe.
Nov. 15, 2013
Abusing and misusing the news
News used to be a simple reporting of facts. People who wanted to know what was happening in places like Korea, India, Cleveland or Bosnia tuned in to the news and listened to the facts. Yes, believe it or not, people used to listen to the news so that they could get all the facts. Nowadays, it seems like news stories are rapidly becoming less news and more stories. No one listens to Glenn Beck because they want to hear unbiased facts. In fact, according to Pew Research’s News Coverage Index from December 2012, 46 percent of CNN’s broadcasts are “opinion/commentary” rather than actual reporting. You have to wonder how an organization that only shows news half the time can call itself a news network.