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  • Scandal

    Jumping the Shark

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 15th, 2015

    Shonda Rhimes, the creator of the prime time hit, Scandal, and her team of writers are running on vapors. They have tossed the glamorous leading lady , Kerry Washington as Fixer Olivia Pope, into the deepest and darkest of dungeons. The move was initially hatched by the scheming VP to bring down his boss, and Liv's lover, President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III. Now, oh please, she is being auctioned off to the highest bidder intent on leveraging Fitz. In the world of TV dramas this is a desperate plot ploy known as Jumping the Shark.

  • Gillian Anderson in The Fall Season Two

    Belfast Based Crime Drama on Netflix

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 04th, 2015

    The glamorous, sexy, frigid brilliant detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) was brought in to solved a series of killings in Belfast. She matches wits with an equally brilliant and ruthless adversary, Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) who has a teflon cover as husband and devoted father as well as a profession grief councilor. We binged on Season Two and although the crime has been solved we hope that the series continues. Anderson's arrogant detective gets under our skin in a manner that we love to hate.

  • The Honourable Woman Golden Globe Winner

    Maggie Gyllenhaal Astonishing as Activist Nessa Stein

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 23rd, 2015

    The Honourable Woman is a combined project of SundanceTV and the BBC. Written and directed by Hugo Bick it stars the American actress Maggie Gyllenhaal as a Jewish CEO of the British Stein Corporation. She is a Nominee for the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries and has been honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress In A Miniseries Or Television Film.

  • PBS Anounces New Programming

    lInks for More Detailed Information

    By: PBS - Jan 19th, 2015

    PBS announced new programs and initiatives launching in 2015. A brief synopsis of each program is listed below, along with links to the full press releases.

  • PBS Fall Winter Primetime Schedule

    Tony Winner Mark Rylance in Wolf Hall

    By: PBS - Nov 20th, 2014

    PBS revealed today its full primetime schedule for the 2015 winter/spring season along with key talent appearing at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, taking place this January in Pasadena, CA. PBS will host two days of press conferences featuring Damian Lewis, who plays Henry VIII in MASTERPIECE’s “Wolf Hall,” starring Tony-Award winner Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell; Rory Kennedy, director and producer for LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE; Nicholas Kristof for A PATH APPEARS; Phylicia Rashad for AMERICAN MASTERS “August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand”; Misty Copeland for AMERICAN MASTERS “American Ballet Theatre at 75 (w.t.)”; Ricky Jay for AMERICAN MASTERS “Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice”; Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson for MASTERPIECE’s “Poldark”; and other names to be announced.

  • Hitmakers on PBS

    Airs on Friday. November 14

    By: PBS - Oct 16th, 2014

    HITMAKERS is an up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, featuring interviews and performances from notable artists, including Grammy® Award-winning rocker Melissa Etheridge, multi-media star Questlove, Electronic Dance Music DJ/producer Steve Aoki, multiplatinum Grammy Award-winning singer Lorde, powerhouse soul/funk singer Sharon Jones and Grammy-winning blues rock group Tedeschi Trucks Band, along with legendary music executives.

  • Robin Williams Remembered

    PBS Special September 9

    By: PBS - Sep 02nd, 2014

    The one-hour special will feature Williams’ last full-length television interview, including never-before-seen footage of his comments on life and work, tributes by those who knew and worked with him closely in all phases of his career, and clips from iconic moments throughout his career. Williams shares stories about his first stand-up act, his desire to be a serious dramatic actor and his tireless efforts to entertain U.S. troops overseas.

  • Salamander a 12 Part Belgian Thriller

    Compelling Series on Netflix

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 29th, 2014

    We devoured the 12 part Belgian series "Salamander" over three riveting evenings. Starting as a not so unique bank robbery the master mind has more than theft planned for the 66 owners of targeted private boxes in the vault. The real motive is to bring down a powerful cabal with the code name Salamander surviving from a WWII Resistance group.

  • Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley

    A Copper in BBC Hit on Netflix

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 24th, 2014

    Sarah Lancashire is familiar to PBS viewers as the lesbian head mistress in Sally Wainwright's series Last Tango in Halifax. She has written a news cop series Happy Valley built around Lancashire. The hit, six part BBC series is now avaiable for binge viewing on Netflix.

  • PBS Secrets of Underground London

    Precedes Masterpiece Mystery June 22

    By: PBS - May 13th, 2014

    Following the success of the previous behind-the-scenes looks at England’s most notable landmarks, SECRETS OF UNDERGROUND LONDON premieres Sunday, June 22, 2014, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET. The special precedes MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! “The Escape Artist” starring David Tennant.

  • PBS Fall Programming

    Season Launches with The Roosevelts September 14

    By: PBS - May 08th, 2014

    The Roosevelts kicks off PBS’ fall season Sunday, September 14, with an epic seven-night premiere. The 14-hour documentary airs nightly at 8 p.m. through Saturday, September 20 with a repeat at 10 p.m., and for the first time on television weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.

  • PBS Summer Schedule

    Returing Favorites and New Features

    By: PBS - May 01st, 2014

    PBS announces a summer schedule of programming spanning generations and genres. From examinations of our nation’s history to our connections to the animal kingdom, and escapes to Britain’s courtrooms and countryside, PBS offers diverse series and specials for all viewers.

  • Pioneers of Television on PBS

    Series Returns on April 15

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 30th, 2014

    The PBS series Pioneers of Television returns for its fourth season on April 15. In the premiere episode through interviews and vintage clips we have insights to the complex transition from the demands of standup to those of working with an ensemble of actors. The episode balances hilarious and poignant moments.

  • Hail Sid Caesar

    The King of Comedy during its Golden Age

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 13th, 2014

    During the Golden Age of Comedy in the pioneering era of television in the 1950s the undisputed King of Comedy was Sid Caesar. After decades of self abuse he embraced sobriety and clean living. This week he passes away at the hilarious age of 91. We recall his genius and the genre he presided over.

  • Ireland’s Crime Series Love/ Hate

    Four Award Winning Seasons

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 27th, 2014

    The four award winning seasons of the Irish crime series Love/ Hate is powerful, insightful and compelling. The young hoods are well drawn and complex. The first three seasons are available on Netflix. They invite marathon viewing. Then the cliff hanger while we wait for season four that aired in the fall of 2013.

  • Streaming The Grand on Netflix

    Vintage BBC Series for Downton Abbey Fans

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 02nd, 2014

    Shot for a fraction of the budget of Downton Abbey, on a lot of levels the 1997 BBC series, The Grand, more than holds its own. There are mistakes and some curious casting changes but the plot twists and cliff hangers kept us hungry for the next of 18 fascinating episodes.

  • Chasing Shackelton on PBS

    Three Part Series Premieres January 8

    By: PBS - Dec 31st, 2013

    Chasing Shackelton, a new three-part series about a modern expedition that follows the path of history’s most extraordinary survival story, will premiere January 8, 2014. The series follows a crew of five intrepid explorers led by renowned adventurer, scientist and author Tim Jarvis as they re-create Shackleton’s epic sea-and-land voyage in a replica of the original explorers’ boat, using only the tools and supplies his team used.

  • Orange is the New Black by Netflix

    Hit Prison Series To Return for Season Two

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 13th, 2013

    Three's a charm with Orange Is the New Black the third mini series created by Netflix. All 13 episodes were released on July 11 resulting in an orgy for fanatical viewers. There was a cliff hanger ending followed by the good news that Piper and her inmates will be back next year with season two. Initially we thought of Piper as a good girl who made a bad mistake. Gradually she is revealed as a bad girl who has to make good. Or just survive her 15 month sentence.

  • Pasta an Enchanting South Korean TV Series

    Food and Romance in a Steamy Kitchen

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 27th, 2013

    This summer we were utterly captivated by a South Korean romantic comedy Pasta set in the kitchen of an upscale Italian restaurant La Sfera. There were 20 amazingly well crafted and consistently surprising episodes in a series we never wanted to end. We urge you to check it out on Netflix.

  • So So or So What Mad Men Returns

    Mad As Hell Over Launch of Season Six

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 08th, 2013

    Last night we watched Masterpiece Theatre and Tivoed the relaunch of Mad Men. Starting at 10 we were able to fast forward through two hours worth of ads. While it was fun to cut to the chase what we saw was mostly a muddle. A double time season opener is designed to set up plot points but there was little of the magic that got us hooked on the award winning series.

  • Netflix Gambles on House of Cards

    $100 Million for So So Original Programming

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 15th, 2013

    Last year Netflix initiated original programming with the series Lillyhammer starring Steven Van Zandt as a mobster in witness protection in Norway. It was mildly amusing. Now Netflix has taken a step forward with a remake of the classic BBC mini series House of Cards. The American version stars the always masterful Kevin Spacey who is not enough to bind together a sprawling often absurdly out of control political drama.

  • Smash Reboots

    Season Two Launch Sophomoric

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 06th, 2013

    Despite creative mood swings the Theresa Rebeck created Smash was among our favorites TV shows last year. After a so so first season the drama focused on bringing a musical to Broadway was on the cusp of being cancelled. Rebeck was sacked and replaced by Joshua Safran of the former show Gossip Girl. A number of characters and subplots have been dumped and new story lines inserted. The relaunch, however, was a muddled mess. If ratings plummet, as well they should after the two hour bomb of a relaunch, this show may not be around much longer.

  • Spiral a Violent Spin on Cops and Robbers

    Brilliant Series a Global Hit for French TV

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 25th, 2012

    Critics are unanimous that the four seasons of the cop show Spiral is the best TV drama ever produced in France. The series has been syndicated in 70 countries and was a huge hit for BBC. Curiously the brilliant, gritty view of the underside of the French judicial system has not been seen on American television. But the fist three seasons, available for streaming on Netflix, is totally addictive. Sprial is as good if not better than HBO's The Wire. Be warned, however, its ultra vi.

  • Omari Hardwick to Film Verses & Flow

    TV One Debuts August 31.

    By: Lexus - Jun 01st, 2012

    On June 11, “Verses & Flow” will begin filming its second season at the historical Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. This year’s host is American actor and Georgia native, Omari Hardwick.

  • Totally Tubular Seasonal Depression

    Some TV Shows Terminal Others See You Next Year

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 15th, 2012

    For the past couple of weeks the ads have proclaimed "Watch the series finale of House or Desperate Housewives." Or the season's finale of Smash and Madmen. Now what? Endless reruns? Baseball? Video Games? Recreational drugs? TV is about not to be TV. Yikes.

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