HBO’s Spielberg-produced mini-series ‘The Pacific’

Posted by · 1:48 pm · June 22nd, 2009

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‘Family Guy’ Emmy pitch

Posted by · 9:01 am · June 3rd, 2009

(Courtesy: Gold Derby)

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O’Brien’s first shot at ‘The Tonight Show’ — How’d he do?

Posted by · 10:05 am · June 2nd, 2009

In his first shot at hosting “The Tonight Show,” I think it’s safe to say Conan O’Brien has tamed things down from his “Late Night” antics of old. Tapping comedian Will Ferrell and musical guest Pearl Jam as introductory guests might be seen as indication of a “hipper” or younger direction, but came off as […]

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11 memories of Conan as he moves on up

Posted by · 9:12 am · June 1st, 2009

You may have noticed our coverage of the late night transition from “Tonight Show” legend (what else can you call him now?) Jay Leno to former “Late Night” host Conan O’Brien last week.  It was a bittersweet moment.  I’ll miss the Leno days if only for reminiscence, but it is unquestionably the next generation’s turn. […]

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Jay Leno’s closes a chapter on ‘The Tonight Show’

Posted by · 4:08 pm · May 29th, 2009

I’ve been pretty hard on Jay Leno over the years. In the late night wars, he’s had neither the comedic inventiveness nor (certainly) the journalistic capacity to become must-watch TV like David Letterman and, to a lesser extent, Conan O’Brien. Even the sober Tom Snyder proved a more intriguing watch for me when he was […]

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Oscar showmen Billy Crystal, Marc Shaiman bid Leno adieu

Posted by · 1:40 pm · May 29th, 2009

I don’t know if anyone’s been watching the last week of Jay Leno’s “The Tonight Show,” but it’s been a solid final slate of guests, culminating with Conan O’Brien’s appearance and a passing of the baton later tonight.  I’ve got a longer piece about all of this I’m working on and will post it later […]

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‘Rescue Me’ is on fire this season

Posted by · 5:44 pm · May 27th, 2009

Anyone watching this?  Best season yet.  Leary’s monologue at the end of this clip (from last night’s episode) is an Emmy clip if I ever saw one:

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‘Deadwood’ to re-air on DirecTV

Posted by · 10:23 am · May 22nd, 2009

David Milch’s “Deadwood” was, to my mind, the best show on TV until it was unceremoniously canceled in 2006.  It’s heartbreaking that its many complex plot threads were left twisting in the wind and that, in all likelihood, Milch will never bother with the feature films he once promised would close the chapter on his […]

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Tom O’Neil’s Emmy intervention with Denis Leary

Posted by · 10:08 am · May 13th, 2009

I don’t know how many fellow “Rescue Me” fans are out there, but if you’ve been watching this season, you know that the FX series is probably hitting its most powerful stretch.  Everyone is on their game, the writing is as crisp as ever and frankly, if ever a case has been glaringly obvious for […]

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‘Grey Gardens’ redefines Drew Barrymore as an actress

Posted by · 2:13 pm · April 19th, 2009

In a stunning, Oscar-worthy performance that redefines her as an actress, Drew Barrymore is nothing short of miraculous as Little Edie in “Grey Gardens,” the latest knockout from HBO. Nothing the actress has shown us before will prepare you for her transformation into the eccentric character she portrays in this fine film. I remember seeing […]

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Good news for ‘Friday Night Lights’

Posted by · 4:27 pm · March 30th, 2009

Lots of TV talk lately.  It happens, I guess, but I’ve been biting my nails waiting on the fate of NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” for a while now.  When the network gave up on it I thanked my lucky stars I could see it exclusively on DirecTV, but NBC has been re-running that third season […]

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Giving up on two

Posted by · 8:23 pm · March 28th, 2009

With TV on the mind, did anyone else give up on “Kings” after the second episode? Truth is, the pilot didn’t grab me like I thought it would. Despite an allegiance to anything Ian McShane commits himself to, I can’t go along with this one anymore. A bit inflated beyond it’s own means, and yet, […]

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A CW gem

Posted by · 8:00 pm · March 28th, 2009

A while back a friend turned me onto the CW’s “Supernatural,” a series I never really had much of an interest in given a certain admitted bias against the network’s high-sheen programming. I figured it was piggy-backing on the success of “Buffy” and “Angel,” shows that never appealed to me, and the beefcake, vanilla nature […]

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Premiering tonight: ‘Dhani Tackles the Globe’

Posted by · 12:58 pm · March 16th, 2009

So I was watching “NFL Total Access” the other night (my fellow pigskin fans know the pre-draft excitement of this time of year), and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones was guest hosting/promoting his new Travel Channel show “Dhani Tackles the Globe.” I didn’t think much of it at first.  A football player with his own […]

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Yorkshire confidential

Posted by · 1:36 pm · March 14th, 2009

I didn’t get a chance to mention it during our recent hiatus, but last Wednesday I saw a film that stands, for me, head and shoulders above any other 2009 release so far — one I can easily imagine still coming into play for my own Best of 2009 honours come December. A heady artistic […]

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David Gordon Green catches his stride in comedy

Posted by · 10:06 pm · March 8th, 2009

It has to be doubly sweet for my southern brethren to take in HBO’s “Eastbound & Down” every Sunday night, but even if this country detail or that passes below your radar, or heck, even if you don’t know a blatant Ric Flair gag when you see one, I can’t imagine anyone not laughing their […]

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Conan bids farewell to ‘Late Night’

Posted by · 1:19 pm · February 21st, 2009

I told myself all week to make sure I caught Conan O’Brien’s last show on Late Night yesterday, and, no big surprise, I totally forgot.  I told myself it was probably just as well since for many, many years the show fell out of favor with me.  I was a huge fan in the Andy […]

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Citizen Dave

Posted by · 7:01 am · February 6th, 2009

We don’t get into television much around these parts.  I don’t have the heart, really, what with “24” sucking the life out of me, “Heroes” spiraling out of control and “Friday Night Lights” and “Entourage” gone for the moment.  “Lost” helps soothe the irritation, but we certainly don’t talk late night very much. But for […]

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