• Shock Volume Doesn't Quite Reach 11 in Leary Rock-Star Comedy
    Denis Leary tries to turn up the shock volume to 11 in his new FX comedy about an aging rock star who hasn't had a hit in 25 years. The new show is called "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll," a title constructed as one continuous word perhaps in an effort to encourage its promotion via social media. Or maybe not, since the show's Twitter handle is @sdrr, not @sex&drugs&rock&roll.
  • What Were We Thinking? NatGeo Sorts Out 'The 2000s'
    At first, it's easy to react skeptically to the prospect that a documentary has been produced about a decade that ended so recently. Isn't it too soon to put the first decade of the 21st century into historical perspective? The answer turns out to be no. This four-hour, two-part documentary on the 2000s -- airing Sunday and Monday nights (July 12 and 13) on National Geographic Channel -- makes a persuasive case that the years 2000-09 saw so much social upheaval that the decade can bear being labeled an "era" that stands on its own.
  • Let's Get Serious: CNN Played Softball With Hillary Clinton
    Just in case anyone is interested in clarifying the meaning of the phrase "softball questions," CNN's interview with Hillary Clinton this week contained two stellar examples. One of them was this, posed by CNN's Brianna Keilar: "Have you given any thought to the woman who should be on the $10 bill?" It's a "who cares?" question, as in: Who cares who Hillary Clinton wants to see on the $10 bill?
  • 'The View' From Here: ABC Show Has Fallen Off The Pop-Culture Radar
    Whether you agreed or not with liberals Rosie O'Donnell and Joy Behar or rightie Elisabeth Hasselbeck, you knew where you stood with them. And you could rely on them for headline-making fireworks. When heated arguments did break out between these "View" co-hosts, you got the impression the dustups were real and the opinions expressed came from the heart. These days, however, no such drama appears to be emanating from "The View" -- at least not on-screen. Some are saying the malaise at "The View" is due to a more crowded field of competing, all-female talk shows on TV nowadays.
  • His Name Is Ray, But He's No Ray Of Sunshine
    In an era of antiheroes, Ray Donovan might be the anti-est hero of them all. That's saying a lot, since the current pantheon of TV antiheroes includes characters like Tony Soprano, a stone-cold gangster, and Dexter Morgan, a psychotic serial killer. Ray Donovan -- the title character of Showtime's "Ray Donovan," which starts its third season this weekend -- isn't quite on par with some of these characters in the murdering department. But he's a classic antihero in the sense that he's wholly unlikable -- yet so charismatic that you can't take your eyes off him.
  • Bible Gets Thumped As Networks Slam Brakes On Ol' Time Religion
    Can a pair of sacred ancient texts make it in a present-day medium that is decidedly unholy? At the moment, the answer would seem to be no. That's the verdict resulting from the confluence of two events, most recently the news reported in "The Hollywood Reporter" that NBC has canceled "A.D. The Bible Continues," its Sunday night biblical series from reality-TV producer Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey.
  • 'Poldark' And Handsome: New Hero Settles In On PBS
    "Poldark," the hero on PBS' "Masterpiece," is a brooder and a man of few words. He went to America to fight and acquire his scar in the losing war to quash the American revolution -- and returned in 1783 to his native Cornwall, England, where he learned his father was dead, his familial property was in ruins, his estate heavily in debt, and the woman to whom he was once betrothed had married his cousin. In a nutshell, this is the set-up for this seven-episode series -- a remake of a first version produced in the mid-1970s.
  • No Golf For You! The Case For President Trump
    Buried in some of the coverage of Donald Trump over the last few days was a sanction he imposed on employees of Univision: They are now banned from a golf course he owns in Miami. This country club banishment came on the heels of Univision's decision to withdraw from an agreement to air Trump's "Miss USA Pageant" later this month following his now-infamous remarks about Mexican immigrants.
  • When Animals Attack: Beasts Go Wild In CBS' 'Zoo' Story
    These animals are mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore! That's one theory that comes to mind when pondering the question of why some animals that have resided peacefully alongside humans in game preserves and zoos are now launching deadly attacks on people. It's the scenario that unfolds in the premiere episode of this new summer series on CBS called "Zoo," adapted from a James Patterson novel. It premieres Tuesday night.
  • Easy Solution To NBC's Trump Problem: Sever Ties With Him
    It was only natural that Univision would drop a show associated with Trump, who angered many Spanish-speaking people when he decried the quality of Mexicans who have emigrated to the United States. NBC issued this statement last Thursday: "Donald Trump's opinions do not represent those of NBC, and we do not agree with his positions on a number of issues, including his recent comments on immigration." The statement sidestepped the central issue, which is whether or not NBC will be joining the chorus of boos that have erupted ever since Trump made his remarks about Mexicans in his speech announcing ...
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