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2012
Feb
24
 
 
(From NPR) The Singing Detective is the story of a writer of pulp-fiction novels, hospitalized for a horrible skin condition that has his entire body flaking and raw, and his mind slipping in and out of fever dreams.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
24
 
 
(Atlantic City Weekly - By Daniel Aupperle) Life After Jimmy: TV critic David Bianculli on the second-season finale shocker of 'Boardwalk Empire' and its upcoming third season..."I'm still spinning about the way that it ended," Bianculli tells Atlantic City Weekly...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
22
 
 
PBS surrenders its entire prime-time Wednesday lineup tonight at 8 ET to a three-hour, three-part Nature special called Ocean Giants. Originally aired on the BBC, it follows filmmakers and divers Doug Allen and Didier Noirot as they go around the world photographing, swimming with, and trying to understand the behavior of various species of whales and dolphins...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
21
 
 
Flash Forward on DVD already? Yep. ABC Studios releases the first 10 episodes this week. Season 1/Part 1 hits shelves even before the "spring season" starts March 18 to complete what you and I would consider a full "season"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
21
 
 
Sammy kisses Archie! It created a sensation on CBS' breakthrough topical comedy All in the Family, and it happened 40 years ago this week. Revisit the scene above, then be sure to visit the invaluable Archive of American Television. Hear firsthand what writers, directors, stars and fans have to say about TV tackling race relations via Emmy-winner Carroll O'Connor and guest Sammy Davis Jr. - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
20
 
 
Megan Hilty, who in NBC's Smash plays one of the actresses vying to play the lead in a new musical about Marilyn Monroe, will star in May in a New York City Center Encores! musical production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the movie version of which featured Monroe singing the ultra-iconic "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
17
 
 
With the 24-hour media buzz always on, the thirty-minute series often seems the perfect slice of time to get in and get out of a television serial. ...Showtime's dark comedy "House of Lies" is halfway through its first season, and it's a half-hour express train, compressing the speed of modern life into plutonium-dense show that's as fast as it is funny and smart...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
17
 
 
The newest scripted Ricky Gervais-Stephen Merchant collaboration, HBO's Life's Too Short, features many of the same elements as their previous TV triumphs, The Office and Extras -- with one small exception. That exception is British actor Warwick Davis, the central focus of this new comic mockumentary series. He's 3'6"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
15
 
 
On Monday, I picked up Ken Burns at the 30th Street train station in Philadelphia and brought him to the campus at Rowan University in New Jersey, for a semi-stealth visit at a deliberately underpublicized Talking Pictures campus event in which he slipped into class for a two-hour talk -- showing clips from recent and upcoming productions, fielding questions from students, and telling some great stories and bad jokes along the way. I may not have mentioned it here -- but as an under-the-radar
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
13
 
 
England botched its chance to mount a proper 25th-anniversary salute to the greatest drama ever written expressly for television -- but is making up for it now, by presenting a prime-time rebroadcast, 26 years later, of Dennis Potter's miniseries masterpiece, 1986's The Singing Detective. And America still has time to plan for our own silver anniversary, because the drama didn't air in this country until 1988...