FROM Alan Sepinwall
Remembering Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore died today at 80 years old. She won Emmys for her role on The Dick Van Dyke show in the early 60s, playing a perky housewife. Then she was a working woman on her own self-titled show, becoming a TV icon.
Best of new TV: Superheroes and Hollywood superstars on the small screen Our TV critics talk about Jude Law playing the young Pope on HBO; the dark historical drama starring Tom Hardy; another Marvel series, and more.
What's the best TV show ever? Photo: dailyinvention Hundreds, if not thousands, of shows have been made for the small screen since the advent of television – not all of them high quality. But there have been enough great American TV shows by now to cause intense debate over which are the best. Two critics created a comprehensive ranking system to compare hundreds of shows. They came up with a canon of the 100 greatest American shows of all time. It’s a new book titled “TV (The Book).”
What's the best TV show ever? A debate Hundreds, if not thousands, of shows have been made for the small screen since the advent of television – not all of them high quality, of course. But there have been enough great American TV shows by now to cause intense debate over which are the best of all time. Well, two critics have engaged in a spirited debate and have narrowed it down. Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall created a comprehensive ranking system to compare hundreds of shows, and came up with a canon of the one hundred greatest American shows of all time. It’s a new book titled, “TV (The Book).”
TV: “Mr. Robot” The new season of “ Mr. Robot ” is set to premiere Wednesday. But during a live Facebook Q&A with cast members Sunday night, a masked figure appeared on screen and then this season’s first episode began to play. The “leaked” episode then started popping up on other social media platforms. It seemed “Mr. Robot” had been hacked. Yeah right. Of course it was a marketing stunt for the USA series about a vigilante computer hacker. Also, the new HBO show “The Night Of,” which was supposed to star James Gandolfini; and Netflix’ “Stranger Things,” starring Winona Ryder.
TV Roundup The NBC comedy “The Carmichael Show” addressed the sullied reputation of a former NBC sweetheart last night, Bill Cosby. We discuss how that went over, plus other latest television news, in our regular monday TV roundup.
TV Roundup: The Golden Globes and More As is the case most years, the viewers were the real winners at last night’s Golden Globes. The Oscars’ drunk little brother was full of surprise wins, boozy celebs and of course host Ricky Gervais. It was the fourth time Gervais hosted the Globes. So who won, who lost, what surprised us? We hash it out in our regular Monday TV segment.
TV Roundup: 'America’s Next Top Model,' 'SNL' and More This week in our Monday TV roundup, the very last episode of America’s Next Top Model will air December 4th, marking the end of a reality TV era. Also, Saturday Night Live is back after four decades on the air, and the presidential race is giving it grist for its comedy mill. Madeleine catches up on these and other small screen stories of the week.
TV Roundup: 'Fear the Walking Dead,' 'Show Me a Hero,' and More Los Angeles is prepared for certain disasters from drought to wildfires, but maybe not for a zombie apocalypse. AMC’s new series Fear the Walking Dead premiered last night. In it, L.A. fails to notice a zombie outbreak… until it’s too late. This is a companion series to AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead.
Harry Shearer Leaves 'The Simpsons' Since the beginning of The Simpsons, actor and comedian Harry Shearer has voiced more than a hundred characters on the show: the evil tycoon, Mr Burns; the butler Smithers; principal Skinner… the list goes on. But, after 26 seasons with the show, it looks like Harry Shearer will not be returning as any of those voices for seasons 27 and 28. We look at what his departure will mean.
'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s’ food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.