Harris is McCain

Posted by · 5:38 pm · May 17th, 2011

I had to stop and take a second to point this out. The Julianne-Moore-as-Sarah-Palin production still from in Jay Roach’s “Game Change” seemed about right, nothing to write home about, etc. But this still, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, stopped me in my tracks. THAT’s Ed Harris? I saw McCain straight away and had to search […]

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‘Showrunners’ to explore the making of modern American TV

Posted by · 3:16 pm · May 15th, 2011

I think it’s fair to say, with top name talent from Martin Scorsese to Michael Mann, Gus Van Sant to Neil Jordan rushing to the arms of the small screen, not to mention the general lift in quality programming of the past half a decade, television could be on the precipice of a new renaissance. […]

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‘Conan’ comes into his own

Posted by · 9:25 pm · November 8th, 2010

Conan O’Brien’s foray into basic cable (airing on TBS) settled on an applicable show title two months ago. Because “Conan” is just that, the host, personality — and perhaps for the first time ever — person (rather than caricature) unfiltered and freely spirited. On tonight’s premiere episode — following a humorous pre-taped open featuring an […]

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Gearing up for ‘Conan’

Posted by · 2:37 pm · November 3rd, 2010

I saw this in front of a movie this weekend.  Nice touch tossing the glasses to the turf: “Show Zero,” which has been making the rounds, after the jump.  “Conan” premieres on TBS Monday, November 8.

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Jeff Bridges to host SNL in December?

Posted by · 5:28 pm · October 26th, 2010

So Tom O’Neil is reporting at Gold Derby that Jeff Bridges will be hosting Saturday Night Live on December 18.  I did some poking around and it looks like he was supposed to host some time next month, but I guess that’s been pushed closer to the Christmas release date of “True Grit” and, more […]

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Mann trying his ‘Luck’ with TV once again

Posted by · 8:51 am · October 11th, 2010

Doesn’t it feel like television is moving into a new golden age?  Everything from hour dramas to half-hour comedies is as impressive as ever and top filmmaking talent continues to make the jump.  We’ve already seen Martin Scorsese’s impact with “Boardwalk Empire” this year and if there’s one thing I’m looking forward to on the […]

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HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ quenches thirst for good TV

Posted by · 12:07 pm · September 20th, 2010

Moving away from the big screen for a moment, I’ve been looking for a series to come along and take the place of “Deadwood” (RIP), and I think I may have found it.  It’s not that HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” is immediately up to the genius level of David Milch’s series, but it absolutely showcases the […]

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‘Mildred Pierce’ trailer

Posted by · 7:57 am · September 13th, 2010

Okay, this isn’t theatrical coverage, but one of the projects I’ve had my eye on for some time is Todd Haynes’s remake/re-adaptation of “Mildred Pierce.” It has been developed as a mini-series and looks incredibly striking, if viewed through a much different prism than Michael Curtiz’s original film.  Check out new trailer for the event […]

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Emmy thread

Posted by · 4:30 pm · August 29th, 2010

Since I imagine many of you are watching tonight, here’s a space to talk it up.  Interesting that the end of the television awards season today gives way to the beginning of the film awards season tomorrow.

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Captain Phil’s curtain call

Posted by · 9:43 am · July 16th, 2010

I don’t know if anyone here is a “Deadliest Catch” fan. I picked the series up sometime around Season 3, I think, and was hooked. It’s always been a great touchstone for my father and I, something we could kind of share our delights in when I call home, even if mom didn’t fully get […]

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BAFTA win for Rebecca Hall

Posted by · 3:21 pm · June 6th, 2010

I wouldn’t ordinarily mention the BAFTA Television Awards — generally treated as the ugly sister of February’s film awards ceremony — which were dished out in London tonight, but one win in particular strikes me as worth noting. You know by now that I’m a great admirer of Julian Jarrold’s “Red Riding: 1974,” which was […]

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Au revoir ‘Law & Order’

Posted by · 11:17 am · May 15th, 2010

Even though there are probably seven or eight other iterations of the show on NBC, the network’s decision to cancel the flagship “Law & Order” program this week is, nevertheless, the end of an era.  I felt it shouldn’t pass without some commentary. Most interesting for me was this AP story, which serves as a […]

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Agree to the letter

Posted by · 1:12 am · March 2nd, 2010

Although it’s important not to place too much weight or emphasis on a single television show, it was fairly shocking to see that Jay put so little effort in tonight into winning America back. Outside of a few potshots at NBC, he never took the time to address any of the issues that have been […]

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‘Mildred Pierce’: bring it on

Posted by · 9:55 pm · February 11th, 2010

This is the first time I can remember a TV movie rising to the top of my “gotta see it” pile, but how can you not be excited for the forthcoming Todd Haynes four-hour “Mildred Pierce” HBO mini-series with Kate Winslet?  I forgot all about this project, which has been in the works for some […]

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Conan cracks his noggin

Posted by · 8:00 am · September 29th, 2009

Cool of NBC to offer this up:

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This is the theme to Gary’s show…

Posted by · 9:06 am · July 20th, 2009

Totally off topic, but an announcement landed in the inbox this morning concerning the upcoming release of “It’s Gary Shandling’s Show” on DVD.  This isn’t “The Larry Sanders Show,” mind you, which was big on HBO for a number of years, but the 20-year-old original sitcom the actor starred in long ago.  I used to […]

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INTERVIEW: 20 questions with Denis Leary

Posted by · 11:32 am · July 3rd, 2009

We rarely cover television with any real focus around these parts, but as you’ve probably gathered from my sporadic posts on the matter, I’m really digging the new season of “Rescue Me.”  So it was a little difficult to pass up an opportunity to sit down with the film’s star and co-creator Denis Leary recently. […]

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7/1 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:33 am · July 1st, 2009

• Drew McWeeny catches up to “In the Realm of the Senses” 23 years later on Criterion Blu. [HitFix] • Anna Pickard breaks down the “Funny People” trailer. [The Guardian] • Steve Weintraub chats with “Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons at the Saturn Awards.  (It’s one of my favorite sit-coms, so I thought I’d […]

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