| Jun 6, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Comedy is hard, in large part because it's supposed to look easy. Carefully crafted sentences must be delivered with both precision timing and a sense of spontaneity; a double-take that looks rehearsed is just embarrassing. The performers who joined The...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 5:00 AM
They say that television is a writer's medium, so it makes sense that the Writers Guild of America would have its own list of the 101 greatest TV shows of all time.
At the top of the list is "The Sopranos," HBO's multiple award-winning hit series that...
| May 25, 2013
| 7:00 AM
You might think that Mitchell Hurwitz, the creative mastermind behind the oddball cult comedy "Arrested Development," would be overjoyed to hear about the crowds thronging the Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stands popping up across the country.
| May 14, 2013
| 12:44 PM
It's taken eight seasons, but "How I Met Your Mother" finally delivered on Monday night its essential promise: the identity of "the Mother" was revealed.
For those who don't want to know, turn away here.
On the show's eighth season finale, the...
| May 1, 2013
| 9:20 AM
Don't count on being able to subscribe to Time Warner's HBO as a stand-alone service anytime soon.
Speaking to analysts on an earnings call for its first-quarter results, Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes threw cold water on the idea that it might...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Liev Schreiber exudes a cool, unstudied masculinity. Tall and thoughtful with stubble on a strong jaw, he breaks for a cigarette and coffee on the set of his new show, "Ray Donovan," which premieres Sunday on Showtime.
The 45-year-old actor plays the...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 9:21 AM
Now that the elections are over, what's good on TV?
There are many fine and steamy political dramas set in Chicago. "The Good Wife" and "Boss" are two of my favorites. Yet these shows, like so many others, revolve around white characters. If the...
| Jul 19, 2012
I recently attended a lecture by a distinguished man of letters. A poet, novelist, playwright and literary critic, this man also edits journals, directs literary festivals, collaborates on documentary projects, teaches full time at a university and is...
| Jul 23, 2012
| 4:34 PM
The Corleones. People have been talking about them, obsessing on them, quoting them and referencing them for more than 40 years, since Mario Puzo’s pulpy little bestseller first took hold of the reading public. But it was the story’s...
| Mar 27, 2012
| 10:01 AM
In a battle of the television behemoths, it came down to Baltimore versus New Jersey.
Or was it street thugs versus the mafia?
Maybe was just Omar against Tony.
In any event, the website Vulture.com has had some fun recently, March Madness style,...
| Nov 3, 2012
| 12:12 PM
Steven Van Zandt's gig on "Not Fade Away" began with a disappointment.
The first feature from "Sopranos" creator David Chase, the film follows a group of New Jersey high-school kids as they put together a garage band in the wake of the British Invasion....