| Jul 29, 2013
| 8:18 AM
Forget the stars. The people I always wanted to talk to were the writers and producers who created the fictional worlds that became long-running TV series.
One of the great pleasures of this job in my earlier days on the beat was going out to California,...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 6:53 AM
After the coffee. Before hearing CBS CEO Leslie Moonves talk fall TV.
The Skinny: Saw "Blue Jasmine" over the weekend and though it is a good movie, it's really ultimately not about a woman who loses everything as much as it is about an alcoholic in...
| Dec 29, 2013
| 6:30 AM
One suspects the world is out of kilter when a French girl utters cultural sacrilege: "Love is stronger than death? What a load of bull."
The girl in question, Camille, has returned from the dead, unbruised and unbloodied and looking just as she did...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 6:10 PM
"Downton Abbey," the drama about an aristocratic family in pre-World War I England, won the Golden Globe for best miniseries or motion picture made for television. The PBS "Masterpiece" miniseries beat BBC America's "The Hour" and three HBO films:...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 11:39 AM
Sundance Channel will bring back the French supernatural drama "The Returned" for its second season, the network announced Saturday.
Considered by many, including me, to be one of the best new series of 2013, "The Returned" ("Les Revenants") follows...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 2:55 PM
In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form:
"The Returned" (Sundance Channel). Supernatural French import joins the uncanny and the quotidian, prizes mystery over...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 4:17 PM
The dead are suddenly everywhere. No doubt inspired by the huge ratings of "The Walking Dead," there are several new shows about what happens when the dead start returning. But viewers with queasy stomachs should rest easy knowing that the new shows...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 1:35 PM
And so it begins, with the voice of our mayor — "You want to see America you come to the heartland, and what is the capital of the heartland?" — and images of our city, the first of eight — that's right, eight — episodes of a...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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The City of the Big Shoulders — stormy, husky, brawling, wrecking, planning, building, breaking, rebuilding, to use only words Carl Sandburg chose to describe Chicago — is the...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 10:30 AM
"Resurrection" has such a provocative concept and a well-cast pilot that the temptation is to hang on hopefully for the ride, albeit with a measure of skepticism regarding how much life, renewed or otherwise, the producers can mine from the premise....
| Feb 27, 2014
| 5:15 AM
Years of amateur and professional TV-watching and the impressive title attached to my byline notwithstanding, I have never believed that I would last a minute as a television programmer. I know what I like, and usually why I like it, but what will float...