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Showtime's Baddest Mom Is in the 'Weeds'

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 4, 2012
During the past seven years, audiences have seen Mary-Louise Parker’s Nancy Botwin transform from loveable, suburban pot-dealing widow/mom to arsonist to Mexican cartel queen to prison lesbian and back again in Weeds.  

Existentialism in a Dog Suit

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2012
While there’s plenty of hilarious human-dog hijinks (verbalizing dog thoughts/characteristics never gets old), it’s the deep, psychological undertones that give Wilfred a dark edge not found in many other current shows (and makes it a great lead-in to Louie). While American remakes of shows tend to dumb down or lighten up, our Wilfred (with the same actor, Jason Gann, playing the title character) takes even more disturbing turns than its Australian counterpart.  

Sorkin's Series Goes Behind the Scenes of Nightly News

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2012
From writer/producer Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network, Moneyball) comes a new series about the people behind nightly cable news. The Newsroom (10 p.m. Sundays, HBO) follows journalist Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and his journey from fair-and-balanced News Night anchor to cable rebel after a revealing and potentially career-ending public outburst in which he shares his opinions about news and politics.   

'One Nation Under Dog' Kicks Off HBO Summer Doc Series

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
HBO’s Documentary Films Summer Series presents a different intriguing, timely film each Monday through July 30. The series covers a vast array of topics, from social issues to pop culture, each with a unique perspective. First up is One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Fear, Loss and Betrayal (9 p.m. Monday), a three-part documentary that sheds light on America’s complicated relationship with canines.  

Doin’ Bad Things in Bon Temps

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A few seconds of True Blood’s opening credits (set to Jace Everett’s “Bad Things”) are all it takes to set the mood and excite audiences of the intoxicating vampire drama, which returns for a fifth season Sunday (9 p.m., HBO). With flashes of alternating sexual and religious, gritty, Southern-fried, swampy images, this intro perfectly encapsulates what fans love about the show without even mentioning vampires.  

Let's Get Weird: 'Workaholics' Fully Torqued for Season Three

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Comedy Central’s Workaholics (10:30 p.m. Tuesdays) might not be ground-breaking, but the stoner comedy will expand your vocabulary, or at least make you feel better about your crappy job.
  

Writing and Romance On the War Front

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 23, 2012
HBO’s latest television film follows the professional and romantic journey of literary great Ernest Hemingway and legendary journalist Martha Gellhorn. Starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman as the title characters, Hemingway & Gellhorn is on at 9 p.m. on Mondays.
  

Summer TV Preview

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Ever since the days of Stick Stickly (Nickelodeon’s popsicle stick seasonal host of the ’90s), I’ve loved me some summer television. When you get burnt out on bikinis and barbeques, crank up the AC, crack open a beer and check out these summer shows.   

Institute of Medicine, HBO Team Up For Heavy Documentary

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The ignorant, beer-bellied McDonald’s masticator: It’s a punchline of American society. But the fact that nearly 70 percent of American adults are overweight or obese is not a joke — and the makers of The Weight of the Nation (8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, HBO) show that it’s more detrimental to our country than many believe.   

The Comedy Awards Highlight Hilarious Humans

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 2, 2012
When selecting television bits to feature in this column, I’m constantly trying to balance out all the funny programs I love with dramas and other options. To me, comedy is like pizza — whether it’s simple or sophisticated, cheesy or over-the-top, there’s something for everyone and it’s usually pretty good.   

'30 Rock' Goes Live — Again!

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2012
If I had to pick fictional television characters to represent 2000s-era humans for a future generation, 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon would be my No. 1. Tina Fey’s character, while over the top, really represents the average snack food-loving workaholic.   

Not Sarah Palin: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Makes an Intentionally Humorous 'Veep'

4 Comments · Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Thanks to a certain Alaskan, woman’s journey to the White House will forever have an embarrassing footnote left over from the 2008 election. After countless women, from Eleanor Roosevelt to Hillary Clinton, fought for gender equality in politics, the woman who came closest to the presidency famously flubbed the story of Paul Revere.   

Realistic Female Humor Champions Lena Dunham’s 'Girls'

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2012
A group of young women balance life, love and work as they try to make their mark on New York City. Sound familiar? But where Carrie and Co. represented an embellished fantasy of glamorous, high-powered, sexualized New Yorkers, HBO’s Girls offers a more realistic view of entering adulthood as a 21st century female.   

Welcome to Miami

Starz Debut Exposes Elusive ’50s Magic City

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Premium cable’s apparent answer to Mad Men, Magic City (10 p.m. Friday, Starz) opens on New Year’s Eve 1958 in Miami Beach, Fla. Ike Evans (played by Javier Bardem-lookalike Jeffrey Dean Morgan) owns the luxurious Miramar Playa Hotel, the pinnacle of Miami vacationing and nightlife.  

War Is On the Horizon In 'Game of Thrones'

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, this fantastical medieval drama isn’t just for fantasy nerds. Game of Thrones follows the major families in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros (think post-Dark Ages Europe), all with their respective lands, on the brink of all-out war over who will take the all-powerful Iron Throne.