Based on a true story, Orange Is the New Black
(now available on Netflix) follows Piper Chapman (played by a very
convincing Taylor Schilling) as she trades in her Brooklyn yuppie life
with a loving fiancé for 15 months in lock-up and a prison wife.
It’s September 2011. Occupy Wall Street
is in its early stages, the country mourns the 10-year anniversary of
9/11, the 2012 election race is in full swing — a tumultuous and
exciting time to re-enter The Newsroom (10 p.m. Sundays, HBO).
As luck would have it, or maybe it wasn’t luck at all,
right across the street from the office was a bar called “Chuck’s
Rockin’ Ranch.” But I never went to Chuck’s or drank on Thursdays. That was Seinfeld night. I didn’t want my head to be all fuzzy watching that show. It was always the highlight of my lonesome week.
We’ve survived The Ice Truck Killer, The
Skinner, Trinity, The Doomsday Killer and other non-nicknamed bad guys,
and in this final season of Dexter (9 p.m. Sundays,
Showtime) our leading man must make some serious decisions about his
Now in its sixth season, Southern-fried vampire drama True Blood (9
p.m. Sundays, HBO) has truly “turned.” What started as a somewhat
realistic take on the genre, suspenseful and sexy with a wink of camp,
is now a full-blown supernatural soap opera.
After a three-week run of episodes (April 1-15) taped at the Duke Energy Convention Center last summer, Antiques Roadshow will premiere behind-the-scenes footage from the show’s Cincinnati stop (8 p.m. Monday, CET).
The Arrested Development story is a TV nerd’s dream come true. A smart, quirky, new kind of comedy struggles to attract an audience. Despite being critically acclaimed, the series fails to draw in enough viewers (and playfully mocks its own demise) and gets canned after the third season. Enter the Netflix era.