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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.  

Top TV Trends of 2013

0 Comments · Monday, December 23, 2013
Trends — whether in fashion, music or on television — are only slightly noticeable as they emerge, but become abundantly obvious in hindsight. From fleeting fads to more memorable moments,  

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).   

New Esquire Network Offers Fresh Series and Syndicated Favorites

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
In its 1933 inception, Esquire Magazine’s mission was to “become the common denominator of masculine interests — to be all things to all men.” The meaning behind this and the magazine itself have evolved over the years, effectively incorporating a television component, Esquire Network (formerly Style Network).  

Streaming Shows to Binge on This Thanksgiving

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Many popular series take a break this week for the holiday, which is kind of a bummer — for some of us, the Real Housewives are the closest thing we have to family! But it does give us a chance to feast on some buzzed-about shows on streaming sites and devices. Here are some great choices to enjoy between football and plates of grub.  

Ja'mie King Is Back, You Fugly Povos

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The last time audiences saw queen bee-otch Ja’mie King, the Australian high school student had just finished a term as an exchange student at — gasp! — a public school in Summer Heights High. Now she’s back on her home turf, wrapping up her senior year on-camera in Ja’mie: Private School Girl (Series Premiere, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO).  

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.  

Kenny Powers Finds New Niche in "Final" Season

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 6, 2013
As fans of Eastbound and Down (10 p.m. Sundays, HBO) know, the show, albeit hilarious, delves into some pretty dark waters. Danny McBride’s notorious baseball bad boy Kenny Powers walks the line between making us laugh and raising concern with his seriously disturbed behavior.  
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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