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.
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.
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.
American remakes of British television shows tend to be hit or miss. The Office certainly found a place in America’s heart, but countless others just didn’t quite make the trip across the pond. Showtime’s Shameless gives
an award-winning Brit series a Chicago-style makeover, resulting in one
of the grittiest portrayals of lower class family life on U.S.
A show about horseracing might seem too niche to captivate a wide audience, but HBO’s Luck is entertaining for all types of viewers thanks to the varied perspectives from inside the track. Dustin Hoffman stars as Ace, an organized
crime man fresh out of his stint in federal prison.
television characters are so ridiculous, yet somehow so true-to-life, we
have a hard time separating the actor from the role. Like Tina Fey’s
Liz Lemon or Steve Carell’s Michael Scott, comedian Danny McBride has
truly made Eastbound and Down’s Kenny Powers an extension of himself. (Go ahead, make a boner joke — Kenny would.)
When filmmaker George Romero directed 1968’s Night of the Living Dead,
he surely had no clue zombies would turn into a cultural phenomenon.
While tons of horror films give way to camp, sex or bad special effects,
Living Dead remains a classic and has prompted a cult of the zombie-obsessed.
American testifies against the Russian mob, forcing him and his family
to enter the Witness Protection Program, move to New York City and …
make a reality show about it! This is the premise of Adult Swim’s
sleeper hit Delocated (midnight Thursdays, Cartoon