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'Gracepoint', a Remake of 'Broadchurch', Is Both the Same and Different
A precarious balance between precision and messiness structures Gracepoint in its storytelling and in its position as a US network series. [2.Oct.14]
'The Mysteries of Laura' Is Too Many Shows in One
Trapped in the hour-long drama structure, the half-hour sitcom that The Mysteries of Laura might long to be never finds its footing. [1.Oct.14]
'Selfie' Is Like 'Pygmalion' with Cell Phones
One of Selfie’s biggest sins is how tone-deaf it is about social media and those who use it successfully. [30.Sep.14]
'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Is a Small Part of a Growing Live-Action Comic Book
Marvel is making their own live-action comic series, and while you don’t necessarily need to collect all the pieces to enjoy the story, there’s a much bigger payoff if you do. [30.Sep.14]
The Serious Side of The Simpsons and Seinfeld
By Robert Lloyd
Twenty-five years ago — in 1989, to save you the math — two situation comedies premiered, each destined to become American institutions, even as each regarded American institutions with a jaundiced and ironic eye [30.Sep.14]
Reviews
A precarious balance between precision and messiness structures Gracepoint in its storytelling and in its position as a US network series. [02.Oct.14]
Trapped in the hour-long drama structure, the half-hour sitcom that The Mysteries of Laura might long to be never finds its footing. [30.Sep.14]
Marvel is making their own live-action comic series, and while you don’t necessarily need to collect all the pieces to enjoy the story, there’s a much bigger payoff if you do. [30.Sep.14]
One of Selfie’s biggest sins is how tone-deaf it is about social media and those who use it successfully. [30.Sep.14]
Like Star Trek, this looks back as it looks forward, situating our present in an alternative world that reflects our story today. [29.Sep.14]
How to Get Away with Murder is aimed to capture the essence of both of the Shonda Rhimes shows that precede it, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. [25.Sep.14]
DVD Reviews
Marvel is making their own live-action comic series, and while you don’t necessarily need to collect all the pieces to enjoy the story, there’s a much bigger payoff if you do. [30.Sep.14]
The landmark horror series steps away from crime procedurals and deeper into its inimitable sense of style in a triumphant sophomore year. [19.Sep.14]
News
By Barbara Vancheri
Back in the day — well, the 1980s — Antoine Fuqua was more likely to catch an episode of “Miami Vice” than… [30.Sep.14]
Features
Imagine Batman, the whole of the intellectual property, the full weight of publication and production history, now 75 years on from its inception, and imagine it as a town. [26.Sep.14]
Craig Ferguson has won his own game show in becoming a celebrity, and he's parlayed his winnings into being the host of The Celebrity Name Game with a chance to challenge the institution that turns so many everyday people into predictable, cookie-cutter contestants. [22.Sep.14]
From The Blogs
Relationships don't last and winners don't really matter on reality TV -- but, of course, that's not what we're in it for. [29.Sep.14]
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