FROM Alan Sepinwall
Binge-worthy TV shows of 2017 The Golden Globe nominations are out today. This really was a great year for TV -- “The Deuce,” “Big Little Lies,” “Master of None”… the list goes on. The good news? The holidays are the perfect time to binge everything you missed in 2017.
Summer TV: Lady wrestlers and a sexy thriller about therapy This summer Netflix will offer “Glow,” where Alison Brie plays a struggling actress who becomes wrestler in LA; and “Gypsy,” which comes from the director of “50 Shades of Grey.” On FX, “Snowfall” is about the drug war in South LA. We get a preview of what to binge.
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.
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 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: Jessica Jones and The Man in the High Castle Two highly-anticipated TV shows debuted on two streaming platforms this weekend: Jessica Jones on Netflix and The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime. Does this signal the start of the streaming wars?
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.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.