• 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.

  • PBS to Broadcast Tanglewood 75th Gala

    All Star Concer to Air on August 10

    By: PBS - Apr 26th, 2012

    PBS announced today that the Tanglewood 75th anniversary gala concert, featuring many of the iconic artists identified with the fete, has been added to the line-up of the PBS Arts Summer Festival and will air nationally on Friday, August 10 at 9 p.m. ET as part of GREAT PERFORMANCES.

  • Spring Cleaning on TV

    New Shows: Smash, Scandal, Missing, Touch

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 08th, 2012

    t’s that time of year when there is spring cleaning by TV networks. The lease has run out of the flops launched in the fall. A handful have traction while the deck is reshuffled to fill gaps. Slots open up for shows in the works. Or production schedules are moved up to flesh out the remainder of the season before summer reruns.

  • Mad as Hell

    Fat Betty and Other Surprises

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 03rd, 2012

    After an absence of a year and a half, eons in the entertainment industry, the enormously successful and innovative Mad Men returned with a two hour bundle of plot points. Absent from the season's launch with Don Draper's ex wife Betty now remarried. She returns as the bored housewife, sulking and consoling her misery with afternoon snacks. It's a shock to encounter the formerly svelte and glamorous January Jones (currently pregnant in real life) as 'fat Betty.'

  • Mad Men Back on TV

    Time Flies When You're Not Having Fun

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 26th, 2012

    Last night with a blockbuster, two hour opening episode Mad Men, after an endless hiatus, returned to launch Season Five. In TV years the once hip hit series may be over the hill. Mad Men may run out of gas as it struggles to win back fans. There is always something new and fresh competing for our attention. In a Twitter era, Mad Men and its fixation on the 1960s may be, like, so over.

  • Lilyhammer Launches Original Content for Netflix

    Steve Van Zandt On the Lam in Norway

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 16th, 2012

    Millions who miss the The Sopranos are likely to get hooked on the notion of Silvio in Witness Protection in Norway. Why Lilyhammer? Because he watched the Olympics. That makes sense about as much as this series for Netflix starring a parody of mobster/ rocker Steven Van Zandt. Fugggedddahboutit. Bada bada bing.

  • TV or Not TV

    Smash, Luck, Downton Abbey, Mad Men

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 09th, 2012

    Too much TV turns your brain to mush and causes cancer. Which is what I love about it. This week we saw the first episode of Smash. It was awesome. But I just don't understand Luck on HBO. Something about horse races. So, if you like TV as much as I do here's an update.

  • TV or Not TV for 2010

    On Automatic Pilots

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 27th, 2010

    For the past couple of weeks we have been bombarded with pilots for new shows. After a summer of reruns it is fun to see favorites resume and sort out the cliff hangers. The surgeons of Grey's Anatomy are getting back on track after the season ending slaughter. House is getting it on with Dr. Cutty. Mayhem again prevails on Wisteria Lane. There are also a slew of wannabes most of which are just bloody awful as usual. But there is always a ray of hope. There's more to the tube than You Tube.

  • A Work of Art on Bravo

    Art Gets Its Own Reality Show

    By: Adam Zucker - Jun 16th, 2010

    A reality show based on the art scene sounded like a bad idea from the start. What does it mean for the art world when artists put entertainment first and art second? Or will this show actually bring us the next great art star? The art world gets real. Kindah.

  • HBO Gets the Treatment

    Shrinking a Cable Giant

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 02nd, 2008

    On the couch, five nights a week for a half hour, with HBO. Gabriel Byrne stars as the therapist Paul with four high profile patients. On Friday nights the shrink gets shruck by Gina performed by the wonderful Dianne Wiest.

  • Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares

    Much More than Fine Dining

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 15th, 2008

    In an era of celebrity chefs the Scottish born Gordon Ramsay has acheived rock star status through a range of popular reality TV shows including endless reruns of "Kitchen Nightmares" on BBC.

  • Sopranos Blackout

    HBO Series Sleeps with the Fishes

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 12th, 2007

    For HBO's The Sopranos, it aint' over till its over. But is it over? Has creator David Chase in this cliffhanger just set up the film sequel. From HBO to Hollywood seems to be the real question but Chase ain't talking and may be in witness protection in Iowa.

  • The Sopranos: Banga Banga Bing

    Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 06th, 2007

    After six seasons the Sopranos will end in a blood bath this Sunday demonstrating that even on HBO crime does not pay.

  • The Shield and Sopranos Are Back

    April Is the Cruelest Month on TV

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 04th, 2007

    Baddabaddaabing two popular cops and robbers shows, The Shield, on FX and Sopranos, on HBO are back this week. Nos moratamur te salutamus. Let the games begin.

  • One Day at a Time: The New '24'

    Fox Network Thriller's Season Begins

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    By: Jane Hudson - Jan 17th, 2007

    Friends become enemies and enemies are friends. Super agent Jack Bauer is back to save the world for freedom. At least for the next 24.

  • All Roads Lead to HBO's Rome

    Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 13th, 2007

    HBO has launched the second and final season of the mini series "Rome." Why have the ancient Romans become standard fare of Hollywood and television?

  • Dirt Debut D.O.A. on FX

    Courteney Cox Not So Friendly

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 04th, 2007

    The former "Friends" star, Courteney Cox, has been cast as the ruthless gossip rag editor Lucy Spiller on the new FX series "Dirt." Based on the recent debut the new program may not prove to be user friendly.

  • Prime Suspect on PBS

    Helen Mirren's Masterpiece Theatre in Every Sense

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 15th, 2006

    After a decade long hiatus Helen Mirren has brought DSI Jane Tennison back to PBS with a magnificent final chapter of "Prime Suspect" for the aptly titled Masterpiece Theatre.

  • Warhol Profiled on PBS

    Four Hour American Masters by Ric Burns

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 22nd, 2006

    This week PBS aired "Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film" a two night American Masters project by Ric Burns. He makes a claim for Warhol as a "Genius" but actually stretched fifteen minues of fame into four hours.

  • Rescue Me and Deadwood: The Boys of Summer

    Season Finales End with Whimpers

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    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 30th, 2006

    Two bright spots during summer reruns were the original series "Rescue Me" on FX and "Deadwood" on HBO. While "Rescue Me" will return next summer, unfortunately, the brilliant "Deadwood" has been cancelled.

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