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The Sundance Channel has been on a roll ever since its foray into scripted programming last year. Acquired shows like crime miniseries “Top of the Lake” and French zombie series “The Returned” were instant critical hits, and their first originals scripted series, “Rectify,” was among the very best the year had to offer as well. Their latest offering and second original scripted series, “The Red Road,” follows in the same tradition of dark and gritty human drama of their other shows, to largely the same success, though it could standRead More
In the last couple of years, Scandinavian television has become popular because of it’s fresh storytelling, dark undertones and inventive characters. Since this phenomenon, the US has run the remake mill and remade “The Killing” on AMC (to then axe it after two seasons,and then save it again on Netflix) and “The Bridge,” the impressive Danish show, on FX. The latest, “Those Who Kill,” another interesting and dark Scandinavian crime series has appeared on A&E boasting an impressive cast and director – but is it any more than that? BasedRead More
ABC’s newest comedy “Mixology” is brought to you by the same guys who wrote “The Hangover,” so if you’re expecting a raunchy and somewhat offensive comedy mostly centering around three dudes…you’d be right. Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing,  but the term “predictable” isn’t usually complimentary to comedies. And because it is network television, the edginess of the humor has to be toned down a lot which doesn’t really work in their favor. When you attempt raunch on a family friendly network, jokes like “I want to eat offRead More
In the dozen years since “About a Boy,” the movie, premiered, comedies about adult males who can’t grow up have become a dime a dozen and even a little bit stale, so it would take an extraordinary amount of talent and impeccable casting to make such an archetype somehow fresh and watchable again. Enter NBC’s sitcom redo of the classic Nick Hornby novel, with Jason Katims behind the camera and David Walton in front of it as the perpetual man-child. No, it doesn’t necessarily do anything new for the genreRead More
“West Side Story” meets “District 9” in the CW’s newest teen-friendly drama series, though “Star-Crossed” is not quite as successful as either of those. It’s got its good looking teenagers (played by Aimee Teegarden and Matt Lanter, who have proven to be charming and capable ensemble players in other series) and its action-oriented sci-fi elements to draw in a broader audience, but the intergalactic romance stumbles almost right off then bat when trying to tackle larger thematic elements. It’s not without promise, but “Star-Crossed” will have to pick up itsRead More
Comparing “Looking” to “Girls” is not totally off-base, but by my estimation, HBO’s new half-hour dramedy has more in common with another alum of the network, “Sex and the City.” These guys – Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett as three gay best friends in San Franciso – are, indeed, looking, for sex, love and The One, in a way that more closely parallels Carrie and her fabulous and successful besties, and less the more general looking for your own identity that encompasses Hannah’s awkward Brooklynite bunch. CaughtRead More
The Discovery Channel has already made a killing airing hit reality shows about people who still mine gold for a living, and they didn’t branch out too much with their first scripted offering, though luckily, “Klondike” is very, very good. It’s not clear how its tone fits in with the network’s other shows, but for any network, “Klondike” would be a win: big, cinematic, exciting, with some terrific performances. While those should be enough to keep viewers glued to their TVs for all six installments of the miniseries, the showRead More
Fans of VC Andrews’ controversial bestselling YA novel who were disappointed with the 1987 adaptation of “Flowers in the Attic” should find plenty more to like in Lifetime’s new version. Starring Heather Graham and featuring young “Mad Men” star Kiernan Shipka in a riveting turn, the 2014 film skews much closer to the original novel, with all the, ahem, more controversial elements kept in. Gorgeously shot and surprisingly cinematic for taking place mostly in one cramped room, the new “Flowers in the Attic” is the best kind of batshit crazyRead More
Syfy has its share of serious, scary sci-fi shows like “Battlestar Galactica” and new series “Helix,” but let’s face it, the network of “Sharknado” has plenty of silly programming too. Falling somewhere between the two is “Bitten,” the network’s newest acquisition from Canada. A werewolf drama with laughably bad CGI wolves, the show nonetheless has enough soapy human drama and enough beautiful, young (and often naked) cast members to draw interest from fans of other youth driven, slightly silly Syfy offerings like “Lost Girl” and “Being Human.” Based on KelleyRead More
By my estimation, HBO’s “Girls” is not only funny, poignant and honest, but is also just about the only show on TV that actually gets female friendships right. This is of course due in no small part to the voice of creator, writer, director and star Lena Dunham, who, despite wearing so many hats, never lets her show feel lacking in any way. Having followed the adventures of Hannah (Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshana (Zosia Mamet) for two seasons now, it’s fitting and perfectly spot onRead More