Tag: television

‘Game of Thrones’ Accidentally Left Two Water Bottles in the Series Finale

Well, it happened. We finally got to see how Game of Thrones ends and, uh, it seems like the cast had good reason to be disappointed about this season. The episode was flat and monotonous, racing through plot beats without pausing to earn any of them, and leaning too hard on the acting chops of […]

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Critic’s notebook: ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Going Out Fighting. So Will Its Audience.

Who will win the Iron Throne? Who should win the Iron Throne? Should there even be an Iron Throne? The plot of “Game of Thrones” will be settled Sunday night. The arguments, if history is a guide, will never be. HBO’s swords-and-dragons fantasy drama, about a multifactional battle among royal houses to rule the mythical […]

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Running Scared: Network TV in the Streaming Age

As the curtain comes down on the 2018-19 television season, the major broadcast networks found themselves sinking deeper into trouble. Their once-dependable viewers have continued their migration to Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, and those who have yet to break the network habit are aging out of the group prized by advertisers. At their annual presentations […]

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Review: From George Clooney and Hulu, ‘Catch-22,’ With a Catch

An attack on “Catch-22” is the kind of ultrahazardous mission for which no combat bonus could suffice. Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel toys with time, hopscotches among a huge cast of vividly defined characters and oscillates like an excited particle between Marx Brothers-level comedy and airborne battle scenes worthy of Hemingway. Adapting it for the screen […]

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A Word With: The Hot Priest in ‘Fleabag’ Says Kneel, and It’s Never Sounded Sexier

Two weeks later in May and Andrew Scott might not have been safe venturing out in public. The second season of “Fleabag,” Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s irreverent dive into grief, alcohol and fornication, had debuted in March in Britain — and turned Scott into a pulse-quickening, knee-weakening sensation who became known among fans as the Hot Priest. […]

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Critic’s Notebook: I Ignored ‘Game of Thrones’ for 8 Years. Then Inhaled It in 5 Weeks.

It’s too bad we call it bingeing. “Bingeing” is panicked pleasure. It’s pleasured shame. It’s disordered snacking. It’s 12 scoops of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Core when one is rumored to suffice. I say too bad that watching multiple episodes of a show in a single sitting has been stamped “bingeing” because I watched “Game […]

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Critic’s Pick: Review: As She Was Saying, Brilliantly, in a New ‘Fleabag’

There’s a “previously on” introduction to Season 2 of Amazon’s “Fleabag,” which you may need given that Season 1 appeared nearly three years ago. But you could also let the title character (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) catch you up, in her usual rapid-fire mode, as she explains to a therapist (Fiona Shaw) why her father asked her […]

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How ‘Fleabag’ Sold Thousands of Jumpsuits and Made Religion Sexy

LONDON — In the first episode of season two of “Fleabag,” which debuts on Amazon Prime in the United States on May 17, the heroine, played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, wears a black jumpsuit to a magnificently awful dinner with her family. The jumpsuit cost 38 pounds, or about $50, was made by the London-based label […]

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Britain’s ‘Jeremy Kyle Show’ Canceled After Death of Guest

LONDON — One of Britain’s most popular daytime television programs was canceled on Wednesday, following the death of a guest who failed a lie-detector test trying to prove that he was faithful to his wife. “Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of ‘The Jeremy Kyle Show,’” Carolyn McCall, the […]

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CBS Unveils Its New Lineup After a Season of Crisis

CBS will finish the 2018-19 season as the most-watched broadcast network for the 11th year in a row, a fact that executives did not neglect to mention from the Carnegie Hall stage at their annual pitch to advertisers on Wednesday. The real story is not so simple. This is a network that has endured crises […]

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‘Rick and Morty’ Season Four Is Finally Premiering in November

It has been two years since the last season of Rick and Morty wrapped up on Adult Swim. Since then, all we’ve had are rumors of possible coming episodes and weird Kanye crossovers to keep us busy while we wait for a new season. Now, thankfully, it looks like the wait is almost over—Adult Swim […]

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critic’s notebook: ‘Tuca & Bertie’ Explores Dark Truths in the Kitchen

Netflix’s new animated series “Tuca & Bertie” centers on the day-to-day adventures of two best friends who also happen to be birds, stumbling into their 30s together in Bird Town. The show is a raunchy, silly and often chaotic delight, propelled by charming, wacky animation. It’s also a sharp commentary on the #MeToo movement, especially […]

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‘Arthur’ Opens Season With a Same-Sex Wedding and a Cake

During the season premiere of the animated series “Arthur” on Monday, Arthur, Francine, Buster and Muffy spend most of their time trying to play matchmaker for their third-grade teacher, Mr. Ratburn. In the end, Mr. Ratburn has his own plans. He ties the knot with Patrick, a local chocolatier, at a wedding attended by the […]

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Trilobites: Striking Down the Queen Won’t Save You From the Swarm

If you’ve watched any science fiction or fantasy movies in the last few decades, you’ve probably seen the following scenario play out enough times that the next paragraph shouldn’t count as a spoiler. An endless horde overwhelms our heroes. Defeat looks inevitable. But wait! There’s a central “hive queen” pulling the puppet strings, and if […]

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