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Bryan Fuller's Beautiful Dark, Twisted Fantasy

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The dark and decadent dinner party that is Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal (Season Premiere 10 p.m. Friday, NBC) returns this week, continuing its grotesquely beautiful take on the story of Dr. Lecter, his companions and victims.  

Super Bowl Fun for the Football Illiterate

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The Super Bowl has evolved from a football championship game to an annual popular culture event. Even people who aren’t sports fans host Super Bowl parties and watch for the big-budget halftime performances (this year it’s Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers) and some of the most entertaining commercials of the year.  

Let's Hear It for the Girls

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Could this third season of Girls (10 p.m. Sundays, HBO) be the strongest yet? We’re only two weeks and three episodes in, but it’s obvious the show is evolving — along with the Girls themselves.  

Benedict Cumberbatch Returns as Mad-Genius Detective

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Spoiler Alert: Sherlock Holmes is alive. OK, obviously BBC’s original series Sherlock (10 p.m. Sundays, PBS) would not have continued onto a third season if its namesake character was really dead.   

Winter 2014 TV Preview

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
New year, new shows! After holiday hiatus, primetime programs continue, new series begin and established shows return with new seasons. Here’s a look at what’s to come, plus additional premieres in this week’s listings.  

Holiday TV Offerings

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The countdown to Christmas is on! Whether you’re braving the mall for last-minute shopping, whipping up some cookies for Santa or Grinching it up in the confines of your apartment, the holidays are in full swing. Get in the spirit with some festive shows and specials this week.  

Better Late Than Never: 'Modern Family'

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
One of the most popular and critically acclaimed comedies on television right now is Modern Family (9 p.m. Wednesdays, ABC).   
by Jac Kern 11.20.2013
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

Apparently Lady Gaga did damn well as host and musical guest on this week’s Saturday Night Live, because I keep seeing stories like this praising her. I don’t know for sure, though, because I fell asleep on the couch at 10:30 p.m. and woke up just before 1 a.m., just in time to see something that has recurred in my nightmares ever since: Yeah, that’s Gaga performing “Do What U Want” with R. Kelly, a single off her new album Artpop. The two engaged in a really weird sexual…something onstage, and shit just didn’t feel right. Perhaps it’s not Gaga simulating robotic sex with the R&B star that troubles me, but the notion of R. “I will pee on you” Kelly announcing that he will do what he wants to your body. *Shudder* Somebody wake up Dave Coulier, because Alanis Morissette’s quintessential slice of ‘90s goodness that is Jagged Little Pill is becoming a musical. American Horror Story: Coven has been getting better and better by the week. We’ve seen zombies and real monsters pulled from history as the witches of Miss Robichaux’s Academy hone and develop their powers and discover new enemies. But the mellow Misty Day has been my favorite character so far. The Stevie Nicks-obsessed necromancer played to perfection by Lily Rabe has been shunned by society and, thus, doesn’t know much about other witches. She leads a lonely life in a little backwoods cabin reviving dead swamp creatures and jamming to Fleetwood Mac. Her role has become abundantly more vital to the story, so it only makes sense that the witchy woman herself, Stevie Nicks will make her acting debut on an upcoming episode. Surprise! A comically wigged Alexander Skarsgård and Lindsay Lohan (who does not require accessories to play a joke character) played Kenny Powers’ grown children on the Eastbound and Down series finale. The Real World is getting even realer next season (not) with The Real World: Ex-plosion. Taking place in San Francisco (returning for the first time since 1994’s third season with Puck and Pedro), this 29th (!!!) season will start like every other: with seven strangers — seven young, attractive, easily influenced strangers — moving into a gigantic house with an disproportionately small number of bedrooms, furnished by the Target clearance aisle, perpetually stocked with booze and Sun Drop, conveniently located within walking distance of a Subway.                                                     Four of the seven list "model-slash-something" on their resumes. But when the roomies take a trip four weeks into their stay, they will return to their makeshift home full of their ex-boyfriends and -girlfriends. Because there really weren’t enough nonsensical drunken physical altercations in any of the past Real Worlds or challenges. The annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was last week (to be aired on Dec. 10 on CBS) featuring a dozen or so very hungry women, one $10 million bra, a liberal definition of angel wings, Lisa Frank-inspired looks and Taylor Swift. So if you’re a 12-year-old girl, which clearly should be Vicky’s target audience, this will be right up your alley. Photos from Jezebel here. Kanye West premiered his new music video, “Bound 2” on Ellen this week (for real). This vid starts out on a high note, with several shots of pretty, wild ponies and a lovely sample from Brenda Lee’s 1959 song, “Sweet Nothings” (“Uh-huh, honey”). But then a fake motorcycle and a jiggling Kim Kardashian sporting The Rachel cut pop up, and they all ride off on the Hot Mess Highway. Kim forgot her shirt, so she has to ride backwards, straddling Kanye, to protect her modesty. They must be in the middle of nowhere, too, because Kanye does not seem concerned that his driving vision is severely obstructed by his fiancée's bouncing boobies. Seriously, though, did they make it in a mall video booth? Super sorry to the 10-year-old whose birthday was booked right after this session. I could only imagine it would be really slippery in there. This week in classic local Craigslist finds, someone in the area is looking for the best Chewbacca impression. Winner gets $100. Details here.
 
 

Lizzy Caplan Shines as '50s Sex Researcher

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Combining dramatized history, a late-’50s American setting and the topic of sex is guaranteed to attract an audience to nearly any show. But Masters of Sex (10 p.m. Sundays, Showtime) delivers beyond these popular tropes to explore the real-life early scientific study of human sexuality.  
by Jac Kern 10.30.2013
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

The Walking Dead is getting pretty crazy this season, and so is its after-show, Talking Dead. Sunday night’s guests included Jack Osbourne, TWD Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd and a very entertaining, probably inebriated Marilyn Manson. His long-winded, unfocused comments were punctuated with references including Hitler, “scissoring” and the character Carol’s likeness to Jamie Lee Curtis (“Activia!"). Poor Osbourne could barely get a word in as Manson constantly interrupted. He’d often cut off Hurd as she made interesting point from, you know, the perspective of someone who helped create the show, to blab on about is own confusing theories. It was watchable for all the wrong reasons and host Chris Hardwick wasn’t having any of this shit. The Entourage movie is officially happening, for real this time. One of television’s magic tricks (cut to Gob: “ILLUSIONS!”) is its ability to make locations around Hollywood look like places in cities across the world. Alas, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is not actually filmed in Pennsylvania and Pawnee City Hall seen in Parks and Recreation is actually Pasadena City Hall. A.V. Club traveled around L.A. to track down memorable exterior TV locations from shows set outside of California including Dunder-Mifflin (The Office), American Horror Story’s original “Murder House,” the New Girl apartment and other spots from popular shows. Los Angeles plays itself (and the settings of The Office, Parks And Recreation, It’s Always Sunny…) Not every girl wants a stupid, one-sided public marriage proposal, as seen in this clip of a woman who thought she was on The Today Show to promote her nonprofit organization but was actually there to get proposed to by her lame, misguided boyfriend. The Daily Show began as a news satire show but, over the years, Jon Stewart & Co. have exposed some actual Washington dumb-fuckery, inspiring real political change. Case in point: TDS’ Aasif Mandvi interviewed North Carolina GOP precinct chair Don Yelton about the state’s voter I.D. laws and Yelton responded in a shocking and perhaps the most racist way possible. Yelton was forced to step down from his position the next day. It bears repeating that this was not a fake/satirical/scripted bit. Yelton really admitted voter ID laws are in place to restrict Democrats. He actually said he doesn’t understand why black people can say “nigger” but he can’t. And he backed all of this with the fact that he has a black friend. Jesus, take the wheel! Yelton didn’t even have an “oh shit” moment the next day — he continues to stand by his comments. His party, however, does not and asked Yelton to step down less than 24 hours after the interview aired. Can we make this Wes Anderson horror film (via Saturday Night Live) a real thing, please?   Emile Hirsch will portray comedic legend John Belushi in a new biopic. Sesame Street is decidedly directed toward little kids, teaching them how to count and share and interact with gigantic talking animals. But, like Yo Gabba Gabba!, the show is nice enough to tip the hat at adults in the audience. I loved their take on True Blood and Sons of Anarchy, and now the Muppets have put their stamp on Homeland.   Of course, I am rarely around small children so I actually just watch puppet spoofs of TV shows for sheer pleasure.
 
 

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