FROM June Thomas
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 reality of reality TV It’s the night fans have been waiting for: the final rose ceremony on ABC’s The Bachelorette. The big question on fans’ minds is whether JoJo will choose the former competitive swimmer Robby or the former football quarterback Jordan. The bigger question, however, is whether reality shows like The Bachelorette are still capturing viewers. And how has the reality landscape changed since the early days of The Real World and Survivor?
Foreign TV Shows Americans Should Be Watching People often complain these days that there’s just too much good TV, and with so many ways to watch – Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Acorn.tv – it’s hard to keep up. That means if you’re focused solely on American television, you could be missing out on some really good stuff . In our weekly TV segment, we take a little tour around the world and talk about what shows from other countries Americans might be missing out on.
TV Roundup Spoiler alert! The creator of a cult favorite TV show has apologized to fans for killing off a character. Lexa, a popular lesbian character on The 100 on the CW, was killed earlier this month just after she consummated her relationship with series lead character Clarke. That enraged fans and prompted several entertainment outlets to explore what some are calling a troubling trend of offing lesbian characters on television. We discuss that and more in our regular Monday TV roundup.
TV Roundup: 'Transparent' Returns Attention fans of the series 'Transparent,' don’t make any plans this weekend. The full second season drops on Amazon this Friday . Amazon has already released the first episode to rave reviews. So can the show avoid the sophomore slump that infects so many other TV shows?
TV Roundup: 'Game of Thrones' Bloody Finale, and More For those of you still smarting from the Game of Thrones finale last night, perhaps the new season of Orange Is the New Black will work as a salve? We talk about how HBO’s historical fiction/fantasy series ended its latest round of episodes, and more in our weekly television segment.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
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.
'Dandelion and Quince,' food and crime, 'All About Eggs' Sarah Lohman talks about the murder and historic recipes that form the backbone of her new book, “Ohio 1910,” and Rachel Khong shares highlights from Lucky Peach’s last cookbook, “All About Eggs.” Michelle Mckenzie tells us how to cook oft-forgotten fruits, veggies and herbs, and Jonathan Gold reviews AR Cucina in Culver City. Plus: raspberries at the market and a special guest DJ set from Alton Brown.