Tag: television

Steve Carrell and an ‘Office’ Creator Are Turning Trump’s Space Force into a Show

We may never get the Michael Scott/Office reunion that the world desperately needs right now, but worry not, everybody. It looks like Steve Carell and The Office showrunner Greg Daniels are teaming up again for a new workplace comedy—only this time, it’s going to be, uh, set in space or something. On Wednesday, Netflix announced […]

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The Carpetbagger: What Do the Oscars Gain by Losing a Host?

One name won’t be called at this year’s Oscars: the host’s. After Kevin Hart’s hosting stint proved to be the shortest-lived in history, the Academy Awards are hurtling toward a Feb. 24 airdate without a famous name steering the ship. Rumor has it that with options dwindling, Oscar-show producer Donna Gigliotti and co-producer Glenn Weiss […]

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‘Project Blue Book’ Is Based on a True U.F.O. Story. Here It Is.

Featuring a Russian spy murder, a self-immolation, gun-toting government thugs and other fanciful plot devices, “Project Blue Book,” History’s popular new series on the Air Force’s program to investigate and debunk U.F.O.s, is not your historian’s Project Blue Book. We viewed the first six episodes from the standpoint of writers who have long worked on […]

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CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Brings Love, Canadian Style

The way Catherine O’Hara says “Alexis” is the most important spin on saying a name since Jerry Seinfeld snarled “Newman.” It’s affected and strangely accented, with too much time on the L sound, and extra air in the second syllable. It’s a to-do. And it’s one of the most consistent pleasures of the consistently pleasurable […]

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Conan O’Brien Wants to Scare Himself With the New, Shorter ‘Conan’

On Oct. 4, 2018, Conan O’Brien hosted the latest episode of “Conan,” his long-running TBS late-night talk show. Then he didn’t come back with a new episode the following week, or the week after that, and he hasn’t for more than three months. This was all by design: On Jan. 22, “Conan” will return to […]

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Sara Gilbert Balances Her Lives on ‘The Conners’ and ‘The Talk’

LOS ANGELES — When Sara Gilbert started her working day here one rainy December morning, her dressing room at “The Talk” was dimly lit by a few scented candles. “I feel like I’m safe if it’s dark,” she said with a gentle laugh. A short while earlier she’d kissed her three children goodbye and come […]

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Review: In ‘The Passage,’ the Bloodsuckers Are Vampire-Adjacent

The first episode of “The Passage,” a new horror-thriller beginning Monday on Fox, offers a helpful one-sentence villain bio and mission statement. “He’s immune to disease, but he’s also a lethal bloodsucking monster who we are all very careful not to call a vampire,” announces a scientist (who seems unlikely to survive past mid-season). So: […]

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It’s Final: Megyn Kelly and NBC Part Ways. And She Will Be Paid in Full.

After a drawn-out negotiation period, NBC and Megyn Kelly have formally agreed to part ways. The network and the onetime cable news star reached a final agreement on Friday, nearly three months after she wondered aloud on-air why it was inappropriate for white people to dress up in blackface for Halloween. NBC and a representative […]

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A Word With: Matthew Goode Knows How to Charm. Just Ask Lady Mary and Princess Margaret.

Matthew Goode has always exuded a whiff of danger: the slyly wicked smile. The devil-may-care charm. The sense that something rather naughty lurks beneath his suave exterior. Which mostly explains why he was cast, no audition required, as Matthew Clairmont, an Oxford genealogist — and 1,500-year-old vampire — in “A Discovery of Witches,” streaming on […]

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Review: ‘Informer’ Finds a Fresh Take on the Terrorism Thriller

As the television reports a terrorist attack on the continent, Raza Shar, the British-born son of Pakistani immigrants, prepares to go out for a night on the town in London. “Anyone picks on you, don’t be brave,” his father admonishes him. “Tell him you’re a Hindu.” Raza rolls his eyes, nods and recites, “Don’t freak, […]

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Review: ‘True Detective’ Circles Back, Flatly

“True Detective” Season 1 told us that time is a flat circle. “True Detective” Season 3 proves it. How many ways does the new season of HBO’s noir dirge return to familiar ground? The new case, like the first season’s, involves brooding Southern police and a horrifying crime against children. It takes place over three […]

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Brexit Is Dividing Britain. So Is a Brexit Movie.

LONDON — If James Graham has learned one thing from writing his latest political drama, it is this: “Brexit sends reasonable people mad,” he said. “You are stepping into an arena where normal rules don’t apply.” That drama, “Brexit: The Uncivil War,” a TV movie about the 2016 referendum in which Britain voted to leave […]

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This Giant, In-Depth ‘Sopranos’ Retrospective Is Full of Secrets and Surprises

I was only eight years old when The Sopranos premiered. Starting in January 1999, for its debut, my parents tuned in every Sunday night from our split-level house in a middle-class New Jersey suburb. When I finally got around to watching the series as an adult it felt as though I had already seen it. […]

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‘The Sopranos’ 20th Anniversary: Here’s Your Complete Guide to Rewatching It

On Jan. 10, 1999, a mobster walked into a psychiatrist’s office. What happened next — over the course of eight years — was a television revolution. By the time the writer and producer David Chase brought “The Sopranos” to a close on June 10, 2007, he had helped establish HBO as a cultural force and […]

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Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘Sex Education,’ a Sweet Teen Comedy of Modern Lust

People have plenty of opinions as to whether the depiction of teen sex on TV is moral enough or whether it’s responsible enough. There’s less talk about whether it’s bad enough. Too often it’s airbrushed and idealized, rather than a fumbling, awkward, slapstick process of trial and eros. There is, as the title advertises, plenty […]

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Mary Kay Stearns, 93, a Star of One of TV’s Earliest Shows, Dies

Mary Kay Stearns, who with her husband, Johnny, starred in “Mary Kay and Johnny,” a very early television sitcom that set the stage for better-known marital fare like “I Love Lucy,” died on Nov. 17 in Newport Beach, Calif. She was 93. Her son Jonathan informed The New York Times of her death recently; it […]

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