As we enter the week of finales, having seen "30 Rock" and "Fringe" conclude last week, let's assess the field.
Rather than bending over backward to represent the lives of its viewers, or the idealized future lives of the teenagers staying up late to watch it without their parents’ knowledge, “Ally McBeal” brandishes the individuality of its characters and the mind of its creator.
In its artificiality, “Nurse Jackie” seeks to convey a truth of the human condition so often diagnosed through alternative programming. From its whimsically animated titles to the tap dance sequence in season two, this show displays awareness of its status as a television show without slipping into omnipotence.
I have regained respect for the American Movie Channel and have gleaned a new understanding of the procedural form from its newest serial drama, "The Killing."
"Parks and Recreation" succeeds because it, unlike "The Office," integrates experimentation into the fabric of its characters, plot and sense of humor.
Sunday night, the NBA shocked analysts when its annual All-Star Game, billed as a battle of LeBron vs. Kobe, drew 9.1 million viewers.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening, Alex Trebek played referee to a heavyweight intellectual title match between former champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter and newcomer Watson, the IBM supercomputer.
Though Matthew Perry is incontrovertibly the most prominent cast member of ABC's new half-hour comedy "Mr. Sunshine," I'm more interested in the path of actress Andrea Anders, who plays Perry's love interest, the marketing director Alice.
FX’s foray into the niche universe of animated television with “Archer” combines genre parody with a procedural framework in an attempt to prove that men care about characters with the same fervency as women.
The 2011 winter television premieres, however, have not been good to either genre, between MTV’s salacious and sloppy “Skins” and Showtime’s casual attempt at comedy with “Episodes.”
With the BCS ending Monday night, your pigskin-obsessed peers will soon return the remote to your hands and release you of obligations to spend your nights with the middle-aged announcers on ESPN.
An analysis of what’s hot and not will determine both my winter break television consumption and the trends for next year’s new content.
The undisputed winners of television’s Halloweek were as similar in subject matter as they were distinct in presentation: the zombie movie parody episode of “Community” and the series premiere of Frank Darabont’s foray into tragic zombie apocalypse, AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”
It’s that time of year again: the foliage is turning, midterms have laid claim to all of our souls and Liz is contemplating whether or not to give up on “Grey’s Anatomy.”
As with the first three seasons of the now-canonical epic tale of Dick “Donald Draper” Whitman, "Mad Men’s" season finale was both an ending and a beginning.
Now that you’ve learned the meaning of life from the Dalai Lama three times over, it’s time to be introduced to the best comedy on network television: NBC’s “Community.”
This fall, however, two series I touted in my preview column have already fallen to the swords of Hollywood executives: Fox's "Lone Star" and ABC's "My Generation."
Growing up in the age of superhero movies, I think it’s difficult to recreate it on a television budget (or a non-HBO budget) without appearing hokey.
Put away your Bowflex - the fall comedies have returned and are ready to give your abdominals a workout.
This fall, the augmentation of television’s reputation for excellence and profitability has mixed implications. This fall’s new offerings are nowhere near as strong as last year’s, but they’ll whet your appetite - and work in favor of new cable shows slated for later in the year.
I spent the week leading up to “Public Relations” poring over thinly veiled promotional journalism about Matt Weiner’s universe of 1960s advertising titans in Manhattan. Even though that research led me to descriptions of the first words of the new season, “Who is Don Draper?”, those five syllables still sent chills up and down my spine.
The current offerings have been largely underwhelming. All I can say is, I never thought I’d appreciate sports this much. Here’s a breakdown of the shows I’ve been watching, for better or worse.
While NBC responded with a primetime spot for Jay Leno, the triumphant victors of this season were the irreverent comedies.
By definition, "Upfronts" week is when the major networks--ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS (whose new shows unfortunately will be announced after my deadline)--congregate to sell advertisers on their new fall shows with lots of four-minute clips.