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.
'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.
How California gave birth to Trumpism California served as an incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.
The great tasting menu debate, cast-iron skillets, grapeless wine Esquire’s Jeff Gordinier weighs in on the pros and cons of tasting menus. Alec Lee of Ava Winery explains the science behind producing wine without a single grape. Food and travel writer Shane Mitchell shares stories from her new book, “Far Afield.” Plus: Jonathan Gold recommends Filipino dishes to try at Irenia, and Charlotte Druckman serves up a cast iron skillet pistachio-cherry danish recipe.