Hey, Mr. Knickerbocker

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
When we last saw New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital, it was in a state of shambles. The institution’s first chief of surgery killed himself after an unsuccessful operation, and his replacement, mad-genius Dr. Thackery, had turned to a deadly diet of cocaine and opium to meet the job’s demands.   

Checking in at the Hotel Cortez

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
We’ve moved into the Murder House, been institutionalized in the Asylum, entered the Coven and joined the Freak Show. This week, fans will check into American Horror Story: Hotel (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX).  

‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff Explores New Territory

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
With the undeniable success of AMC’s The Walking Dead, it makes sense that the network would produce a spinoff. Fear the Walking Dead (9 p.m. Sundays, AMC) promises zombie-apocalypse action in the fictional universe fans have come to love, with a different setting, cast and timeline.  
by Jac Kern 04.09.2015
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

Jon Stewart is stepping down as host of The Daily Show sometime later this year, and now we know who will be taking his spot: 31-year-old South African comedian Trevor Noah. He joined The Daily Show as a correspondent last December. As to be expected, people scoured his Twitter feed to find something to be offended about see a sampling of his work, but despite some “controversial tweets,” overall Noah seems to be a great fit for the show. Watch some of his stuff here. The Walking Dead fans got their first peek at the series’ spinoff show, recently titled Fear the Walking Dead (yawn), during last week’s super-packed, super-long, intense season finale. While details like these are just now being confirmed, it was revealed that the show will premiere this summer, meaning basically 365 Walking Dead. If the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it trailer is any indication, the series will explore the early days of the zombie outbreak, which is very exciting for fans of the original or just the genre (It’s almost an unwritten rule that zombie media focus on the fallout instead of the cause.) Gone Girl’s Kim Dickens (who also had recent stints on Sons of Anarchy and House of Cards) will star. Who doesn’t love a good pop culture map? Thrillist compiled all the real locations from Broad City’s second season into one convenient map so you can make like Abbi and Ilana the next time you’re in NYC. LEGO may soon be making a Golden Girls-inspired toy set complete with Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, Sophia and their iconic kitchen. On the heels of HBO’s Scientology documentary Going Clear, SNL offered hilarious commentary in the form of a fake 1990s music video for fake religion Neutrology. This actual Scientology video appears to be the inspiration. Which is real, which is a parody? Game of Thrones is coming! Season Five premieres Sunday and by the final episode this year, the show will be completely “off books,” meaning this is the time to get your revenge on any Song of Ice and Fire-reading friends who’ve spoiled anything for you. No one is safe! Check out this week’s television column for a look at the season plus TV picks for the week (Veep, Silicon Valley and Louie are back, too!). Further reading to get in the Thrones mood: Jon Snow as a terrible dinner party guest; The Gang of Thrones?: Mac and Charlie may be coming to Westeros; Gay of Thrones — the Funny or Die GOT recap show I can’t believe I missed out on until today (Thanks, Kenneth!). If people left parties the same way they quit Facebook: Looking for a Netflix offering to binge on/obsess over? Watch Black Mirror stat. The British mini-series (as in only three episodes per season — so binge wisely) is like a modern approach to The Twilight Zone, with each episode taking on a different cast and story loosely based around technology and a not-so-distance dystopian future. Serious mind-blowing stuff. Speaking of Netflix, 17 new episodes of cult favorite Arrested Development are supposedly on their way to the streaming platform. Start saving those vacation days now! Also, the Orange Is the New Black Season Three trailer is here: File this under: Tricks to Make Me Pay Attention to Politics: Rand Paul’s Drag Race.

HBO Doc Shines New Light on Scientology

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (8 p.m. Sunday, HBO), based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright, looks to dispel rumors and drop some serious information about Scientology on the masses.  

Fall TV Preview

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, and with that comes the return of hit shows — many for their final seasons — and some new hopefuls.  

‘Nathan For You’ and the Sacha Baron Cohen Dilemma

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Prank shows are nothing new. Candid Camera spanned seven decades, Punk’d targeted celebs and now even Betty White has a prank show for old people called Off Their Rockers. Nathan For You (10:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Comedy Central) is pegged as a prank show or parody of the dime-a-dozen business-rescue programs on today, but it’s actually much more.  

The Ted Mosby Saga Concludes with a Mother of a Finale

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2014
In 2030, a man sits his children down to tell them the story of how their parents got together. Nine seasons later, audiences are still eavesdropping on the Longest Story Every Told, How I Met Your Mother (Series Finale, 8 p.m. Monday, CBS).  

Spring TV Preview

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Spring is coming — despite what the weather would have us believe — with a fresh crop of new series and returning favorites.  

Indulging in Vices for a Different Kind of News

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Over the course of the second season of Vice we’ll delve into Evangelical support for Israel in the American Bible Belt, climate change in Greenland, bonded laborers in Pakistan’s brick kilns and other international stories of politics and culture from a wide range of correspondents.