Archive for the ‘TV’ Category

Star Trek: Discovery

2017/10/03

(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

From the very first scenes, it’s clear that Star Trek: Discovery isn’t so much about exploring strange, new worlds or seeking out new life and new civilizations as it is about emphasizing the resourcefulness and cleverness of humans in dire situations. And as Discovery develops, it becomes very clear that the element of human ingenuity, combined with the strongly ingrained idea of rule-and-protocol-following and poor crisis training, is going to be a disaster. …

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Star Trek: Discovery

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Jimmy Kimmel’s Rise as a Reluctant Health-Care Crusader

2017/09/23

(NewYorker Culture) – Ian Crouch:

A public quarrel with a Republican sponsor of the Senate’s Graham-Cassidy bill has put Jimmy Kimmel at the center of a national debate over health-care legislation. …

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Jimmy Kimmel in health care debate

Janeane Garofalo

2017/07/16

(Guardian Film) – Bim Adewunmi:

One of my favourite romantic comedies was released all the way back in 1996, and while it rarely makes it on to the best-of lists, trust me, The Truth About Cats & Dogs is up there with the greatest. It’s a very loose play on Cyrano De Bergerac, except in this version a man falls in love with the face and body of one woman and the voice of another. That “other woman” is Janeane Garofalo. …

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Janeane Garofalo

Samira Wiley

2017/07/05

(Guardian::TV) – Jane Mulkerrins:

The star of The Handmaid’s Tale and Orange Is the New Black discusses bonding on Instagram with Margaret Atwood and making era-defining TV. …

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Samira Wiley

Rachel Maddow

2017/06/18

(Rolling Stone Politics) – Janet Reitman:

How America’s wonkiest anchor cut through the chaos of the Trump administration and became the most trusted name in news …

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Rolling Stone: Rachel Maddow

Multicultural Star Trek

2017/05/29

(New Yorker::Elements) – Manu Saadia:

For Alt-Right Trolls, “Star Trek: Discovery” Is an Unsafe Space. …

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Star Trek: Discovery

The Handmaid’s Tale

2017/05/08

(ValerieTarico.com) – Valerie Tarico:

If The Handmaid’s Tale offers any sign, Margaret Atwood has read more of her Bible than many Christians. Superficially, Atwood’s dystopian novel is littered with biblical names and phrases: Gilead, Mary and Martha, Jezebel, Milk and Honey, All Flesh, Loaves and Fishes, Lilies of the Field, the Eye of the Lord, Behemoth, and many more.

At a deeper level, Atwood grounds her plot in gender scripts that pervade Abrahamic scriptures. One story in particular brings the pieces together: a tale of two sisters named Rachel and Leah, who marry the same man (Genesis 29-31). …

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Alexis Bledel as Ofglen in The Handmaid's Tale

Under Trump’s Skin

2017/04/20

(Atlantic Culture) – Chris Jones:

Alec Baldwin stands in the dark and waits for his cue. His stomach begins to turn. His makeup is touched up. He goes over his lines in his head. He watches the action on the other side of the door on a monitor. The White House press-room set is rolled out for the second time tonight, and a deep, low rumble of anticipation runs through the building. His nerves start to crackle. McCarthy slays; somewhere, Sean Spicer is curling up into a ball. “LIVE FROM NEW YORK, IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!” she screams.

The door opens for Baldwin. All he can hear is applause and trumpets. …

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Alec Baldwin with Trump mask

Murder in the English village

2017/04/08

(FTB) – Mano Singham:

The 19th season of the British TV series Midsomer Murders has started streaming on Netflix.

For all its weaknesses, there is something curiously addictive about Midsomer. To say that the show is formulaic is putting it mildly and yet that predictability is perhaps part of its appeal, akin to the charm of an Agatha Christie novel. One settles in to a routine and knows what to expect. …

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Midsomer murders

Saturday Night Live goes full Trump

2017/02/13

(FTB) – Mano Singham:

It looks like Saturday Night Live has decided to portray as many male members of the Trump administration as possible with women, knowing that this gets under Trump’s skin. In addition to Melissa McCarthy reprising her role as press secretary Sean Spicer, yesterday saw Kate McKinnon as Jeff Sessions. Can Rosie O’Donnell as Steve Bannon be far behind? …

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Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer