In an unaired episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show,
the queen of all media shocked comedians from across the country and
world as she awarded each of them with their own television series. “You
get a show, and you get a show — everybody gets a show!”
Some comic actors are better identified
by their characters they portray, like Ken Marino: You may know him as
Auggie’s slacker step-dad; a Jewish summer camp counselor/unlikely
virgin; or a Los Angeles caterer and future Soup R’ Crackers franchise
After seven seasons of night cheese, epic eye-rolls and general hilarity, Liz Lemon and the TGS crew head to 30 Rockefeller Plaza for one last show. 30 Rock comes to an end this week with a one-hour finale (8 p.m. Thursday, NBC).
Last year’s FX breakout American Horror Story surprised audiences while weaving sexy and scary storylines into one addicting series. So how do Ryan Murphy and his crew top such a sensational season? By creating a new frightening format altogether.
Blending violence and gore with drama and heart, The Walking Dead (9 p.m. Sundays, AMC) is the perfect seasonal scare-fest for grown-ups. Returning for its third season, TWD picks
up a few months after the finale left off, with Rick and the crew
attempting to take over a nearby prison.
After six action-packed seasons, even a show about a sociopath in sheep’s clothes can get stale. Thankfully, this season, things are taking an
interesting turn as Dexter must “break code” and share his secret with a
significant character — and the implications are hefty.
If Sunday’s Emmy Awards were any indication, Homeland
(10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime) should be at the top of any savvy channel
surfer’s watchlist. The political thriller nabbed awards in the drama
category for outstanding series, writing, lead actor (Damian Lewis) and
lead actress (Claire Danes) — just in time for this week’s second season
Louis C.K.’s dark comedy offers serious
commentary on show business, parenting and life’s unexplainable quirks,
making Louie more than just a sitcom about the fictionalized life of a foul-mouthed comedian.
The 1920s is an era romanticized and
glorified, often by individuals who weren’t even alive at the time. Boardwalk Empire takes what we love about the ’20s, backed with
historically based events and characters, and serves it up with whole a
lot of darkness.