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2013
Feb
25
 
 
Season 2 of this excellent talk show about comedy snuck up on me – why Showtime is relegating it to an 11 p.m. ET time slot is beyond me, since the season’s new shows already have featured the likes of Louis C.K., Tina Fey and Bob Newhart. Tonight’s new episode features host David Steinberg talking comedy with two more veterans of the form: Drew Carey and Martin Mull. I’m a big fan of Carey’s Cleveland-set sitcom The Drew Carey Show, and an even bigger one of Mull&r
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Feb
25
 
 
The UXB in the title of this 1979 British miniseries is military shorthand for “Unexploded Bomb,” and the story takes place in England in 1940..it’s The Hurt Locker for a previous generation – and just as gripping...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Feb
25
 
 
Seth MacFarlane had his moments, and seemed to get better the deeper things went into the night, but he wasn't the right guy for this gig...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Feb
25
 
 
Dead bodies are this network's lifeblood. And it always has room for one more...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Feb
25
 
 
Mourning the loss of Matthew on Downton Abbey? Maybe imagining the potential Season Four plotlines will get you over your grief...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Feb
25
 
 
General Hospital will mark its 50th anniversary in April. One year ago, I was almost certain that the anniversary would not come to pass...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Feb
24
 
 
Seth MacFarlane (ask your kids) hosts this year’s Oscars (ask your parents) – and that self-aware ABC promo suggests that the creator of Family Guy, as a first-time Academy Awards host, may indeed present the right tone to click with this very large (in TV terms), yet very thin-skinned (in terms of the black-tie attendees), audience. And no matter how long this show runs, if Argo wins and snubbed director Ben Affleck gets the last word, expect him to be given the time to say what he
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Feb
24
 
 
There were at least two unexpected deaths of recurring characters on last Sunday’s TV shows. One was during the Season 3 finale of Downton Abbey, which our own Eric Gould writes about in his Cold Light Reader. And the other was a minor but likable character on The Walking Dead, shot down in his prime – or, at least, in mid-sentence – in a climactic scene that was as unexpected and stunning as the one on Downton Abbey was clumsily foreshadowed. So what’s going to happen th
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Feb
24
 
 
In this new episode, Hanna (Lena Dunham) and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) travel upstate, to visit Jessa’s estranged father (played by Patrick Wilson) and his free-spirit new girlfriend – who’s played by Rosanna Arquette.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Feb
24
 
 
Frank (William H. Macy) stands by as his kids are whisked away by Family Services – which sounds tragic for him. Only thing is, Frank is such a reprobate, and a bad father, that he’s the one who placed the call and turned them in.