In Defense of Betty.
"I’ve always thought that the whole point is that Betty is a victim of her time and circumstances, of the very narrow, constricted gender roles (remember the ill-fitting dress she’s holding up against herself as she contemplates being a political wife) that she and women like her were forced — expected, if that seems less loaded — to assume. Those roles were deforming, and, sure enough, they’ve deformed Betty." [more inside]
posted by sweetkid
on May 6, 2013 -
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(Single link Twitter feed.)
posted by oliverburkeman
on Mar 30, 2013 -
If Matt Lauer doesn’t want to be seen with sharp knives, it’s because last summer his co-host Ann Curry was discovered with one in her back. Five million viewers, the majority of them women, would not soon forget how Curry, the intrepid female correspondent and emotionally vivid anchor, spent her last appearance on the Today show couch openly weeping, devastated at having to leave after only a year. The image of Matt Lauer trying to comfort her—and of Curry turning away from his attempted kiss—has become a kind of monument to the real Matt Lauer, forensic evidence of his guilt. What followed was the implosion of the most profitable franchise in network television.
posted by Horace Rumpole
on Mar 25, 2013 -
"This week ABC Family did something that no commercial television channel in the United States had ever done: It broadcast an entire episode of a show, “Switched at Birth,” in American Sign Language, with next to no oral dialogue."
posted by bdz
on Mar 10, 2013 -
Enlightened is TV’s best show right now—and it needs more viewers
. Written by Mike White
(School of Rock
and Freaks and Geeks
, among others) and starring Laura Dern (also the show's co-creator
, Luke Wilson, Diane Ladd, and Timm Sharp (aka Marshall from Undeclared
), the show has also seen an impressive line-up of guest directors, including Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs
), Phil Morrison (Junebug
), James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords
), and Todd Haynes (I'm Not There
). The show's range is astonishing – it depicts its main character as cringeworthily oblivious
, yet also lets her deliver monologues which are unusually sincere for a comedy
; some of its characters are ridiculous and absurd
, while others are capable of deep melancholy
. Mike White talks to Interview Magazine about creating Enlightened before its premiere
; a year later, he talks to Indiewire about why people have such a hard time sympathizing with Amy
posted by Rory Marinich
on Feb 27, 2013 -
As if a line like "their house is a museum, when people come to see 'em, they really are a scree-am" (heard, of course, in the Addams Family theme
) wasn't playfully brilliant (and brilliantly playful) enough, the same fellow happened to also have written the Green Acres theme
. If you're an American of a certain age, you'll remember these two songs from their original TV runs during your childhood, or perhaps from reruns if you're a bit younger. Anyway, the composer of these catchy, familiar ditties was one Vic Mizzy
. Hear Vic talk about the Addams Family theme and his degree in advanced finger snapping here
. Thanks Vic!
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Feb 22, 2013 -
House of Cards
is a new original "TV" series that is not destined for any TV distribution channel. Instead, it was developed by, and is only available through, Netflix. Netflix posted the entire first "season," 13 1-hour episodes, on Friday. (Is this the new thing?)
Some of us, cough, watched the whole thing. [more inside]
posted by grobstein
on Feb 3, 2013 -
"TVGuide.com talked to stars John Noble (Dr. Walter Bishop), Joshua Jackson (Peter Bishop), Anna Torv (Olivia Dunham), Jasika Nicole (Astrid Farnsworth), Lance Reddick (Phillip Broyles), Blair Brown (Nina Sharp), Mark Valley (John Scott), series co-creator Abrams, executive producers J.H Wyman, Jeff Pinkner and Bryan Burk, Warner Bros. President Peter Roth and Fox's Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly about the bumpy road to the series finale, starting with the conception of the show. This is the first in a four-part series.
Check out Part 2
and Part 3
." (Part 4 is pending.)
posted by hippybear
on Jan 17, 2013 -
Front Row (BBC Radio 4), 28/12/12 – 30mins.
British stars of big American series like Homeland & House discuss why US TV and movies are so keen to employ UK actors right now. Answer seems to boil down to (a) proper theatre training (b) greater willingness to play unsympathetic characters and (c) botox-free faces still able to move in reaction shots. Damian Lewis, Hugh Laurie, Thandie Newton, Adrian Lester, Clive Owen, Ashley Jensen and Stephen Frears all take part. It’s an interesting discussion, though perhaps a little smug in its assumption of British superiority. I’d be interested to hear what American listeners make of it.
posted by Paul Slade
on Dec 28, 2012 -