​Wednesday Night TV Is Not Afraid to Get Real

At 8/7c. Bring It! on Lifetime has a two-hour finale of whatever it is that happens on that show, fourteen chefs compete in Hell's Kitchen, and we get the second episodes of several TV shows I do not care one way or the other about: Survivor, Mysteries of Laura, The Middle, and The Goldbergs. Mysteries of Laura, you… » 10/01/14 6:42pm Yesterday 6:42pm

A Reality TV Producer's Secrets to Provoking Unforgettable Moments

For the last ten years, I've made a living in reality TV, working on A&E's addiction show Intervention. Now I'm making a fictional movie about reality TV. As it turns out, they're not that different—many of the methods I used to get the subjects of my show to open up are equally effective on actors. » 10/01/14 6:06pm Yesterday 6:06pm

Selfie Is Secretly the Best Sitcom Pilot This Season

The much-discussed sitcom Selfie premiered last night on ABC, to a strangely high-emotion/low-content response. Gen X reviewers are befuddled, Gen Y is wary; tech and PR people are annoyed (although not all of them!) and misogynists feel validated. I would argue this means the show is doing exactly what it's set out… » 10/01/14 5:00pm Yesterday 5:00pm

Your Boyfriend's Guide to Gilmore Girls

Every season of Gilmore Girls was released on Netflix today and it's so nice that your boyfriend has agreed to watch all seven of them with you, from start to finish. (I know—he's going to love it!) Before you guys start binging, feel free to pass him this guide. I know he hates reading, unlike Jess, ugh, god, why… » 10/01/14 1:20pm Yesterday 1:20pm

Blake Shelton Tortures America's Sweetest Teen on The Voice

Eminently huggable 17-year-old Tanner Linford was rejected in season six of The Voice, but has returned two inches taller and with more performing experience. Now watch this sweet young man visibly lose hope as the coaches remain unturned through the very last note of his song. » 10/01/14 9:40am Yesterday 9:40am

All the Best New Stuff on Netflix This October

Call it Hallowe'en, call it All Hallows', Werewolf Bar Mitzvah or even Sinéadoconnor, as the Celts did, the Autumnal Equinox means just one thing: Rebirth and Renewal. Now is the time that we, like our ancestors, must take a long hard look at our Netflix queues and decide what goes and what stays, to make way for a… » 9/30/14 4:00pm Tuesday 4:00pm

Your Guide to Binge-Watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix

Gilmore Girls, the perfect series that continues to bring together girls who thought they were smart in high school, is coming to Netflix tomorrow. Every episode, every pop culture reference, and every town event will soon be more accessible than coffee at Luke's Diner, when Luke and Lorelai are not in a fight. Here's… » 9/30/14 9:00am Tuesday 9:00am

Here's What You Should Watch on TV Tonight

How was your weekend? We watched Transparent and let me tell you, by episode five you will not want to stop. It is a damned killer. Then we watched The Good Wife, where a seriously stressful situation resolved itself in a lovely way. Then we slept, because that is too much TV for a whole weekend, much less a single… » 9/29/14 5:45pm Monday 5:45pm

TV's Ugliest Teen Turns 15 Today


The WB's Popular, Ryan Murphy's hallucinogenic dramedy about high school cliques tossed together by the cyclone of fate, turns 15 today. But Mary Cherry, its greatest accomplishment, is timeless. Stupid, selfish, rude, wealthy—as a nation we are always just about to catch up with Cherry, re: how awful it is possible… » 9/29/14 11:27am Monday 11:27am

At Long Last, Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy Is Becoming a TV Show

Finally, someone's recognized that Robinson's Mars Trilogy is perfect fodder for a television adaptation. Spike TV is developing a series with Game of Thrones producer Vince Gerardis, who has some experience taking epic words and putting them on the small screen. » 9/27/14 3:55am Saturday 3:55am

​Weekend TV Reflects on a Crazy Summer It Will Never Forget

Things are finally heating up again in primetime, between Transparent and the Shonda Rhimes triple-header, so if you have gotten used to this feature alerting you to every airing of The Ghost Inside My Child and shows like that, you might be disappointed. Actually no, I'll keep yakkin' about The Ghost Inside My Child » 9/26/14 4:00pm Friday 4:00pm

New Fall TV: Should I Watch Transparent?

This flagship Amazon streaming title went live this morning, in the wee hours. Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light head a star-studded family circle of LA flakes including Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Melora Hardin and Rob Huebel; then a thing happens. I mean it's not like the title is subtle. One of the few… » 9/26/14 10:00am Friday 10:00am