Remakes (House of Cards) and reboots (Arrested Development) are one way to go when establishing a brand — let's just forget about the atrocious Hemlock Grove for now — but with Orange Is the New Black, Netflix finally achieves its eureka moment with a terrifically entertaining piece of original programming that's truly and bracingly original.
The setting, an upstate New York women's prison, isn't all that new, but Orange — adapted by Weeds' Jenji Kohan from a memoir by Piper Kerman — makes it fresh by mining a deep vein of absurdist humor with an unexpectedly generous empathy for the outrageous characters its overwhelmed heroine encounters in her nightmare odyssey behind bars. When anxious Piper Chapman (a wryly understated and immediately sympathetic Taylor Schilling) is being processed to start her 15-month sentence, she's assured this isn't OZ — and it also isn't Chained (or Caged) Heat. This show is much cooler than that.
The Chicago Code's Teresa Colvin (Jennifer Beals) has had the support of her fellow police officers in her fight to rid the city of corruption... until now.
The Chicago Code's Jennifer Beals: Superwoman hasn't come to Chicago
"There is the old guard who does things the old way, the corrupt way, and that's not good enough anymore," Beals tells TVGuide.com. "She has to raise the moral standard in her own department. There are people who understand what she's trying to do and a lot of very powerful people who don't and are trying to take her down."
In Monday's episode, after a multiple homicide takes place at the site of the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre, the mayor...
Who's doing what this pilot season? Says Variety and the Reporter: Erika Christensen (Six Degrees) and David Cross (Arrested Development) have joined CBS' I'm in Hell, playing Jason Biggs' love interest and the devil, respectively. American Idol alum Lisa Tucker is Born in the USA, on Idol producer 19 Entertainment's half-hour sudser for Fox. Billy Brown (Dirt) has been cast on Fox's Company Man. John Heard (Prison Break) has joined ABC's Cavemen. Janina Gavankar (The L Word) is on board the CW's Dash 4 Cash.
Battlestar Galactica One thing I've learned doing this job is that I develop biases to the point of blindness. Take this show. After one subpar episode, a return to form and then another so-so installment (the hostage crisis), I was beginning to worry. Still, I didn't give the Galactica folks too hard a time when I would've blasted lesser shows for committing the same sins, because I wanted to believe it was just a couple of hiccups. And right I was. This was one of the good ones, with the "barely competent and paranoid" Garner creating strife as commander of "the beast" (Pegasus), Roslin tackling her reelection and the abortion question, and then Garner leading his ship directly into a Cylon trap. If Apollo and Starbuck hadn't been onboard, I would've assumed this was the writers' chance to take Pegasus out of the picture and restore Galactica to its lone-wolf status. But I was p