Julianne Nicholson and Martin Henderson
The road of great expectations invariably contains its share of potholes. So it is with SundanceTV's The Red Road (Thursday, 9/8c), a lugubrious six-episode drama that's as overwrought as it is underwhelming, representing a rare misfire for the channel that brought us such outstanding originals as Top of the Lake and Rectify last year.
It's raining zombies, quite literally, by the end of the first hour of The Walking Dead's fourth harrowing season (Sunday, 9/8c, AMC). And when it rains, it pours blood. Just how fans like it.
But it's in the pauses between the gruesome action, those eerie and unsettling silences, when we're reminded there's no rest for the living in a treacherous world where swarming walkers are constantly pressing against the prison-shelter gates, insatiable and relentless. In these quieter moments, Dead reinforces its claim as TV's greatest horror drama by making us care so desperately about the characters' humanity.
[WARNING: The following story reveals major details about the Season 3 finale of Boardwalk Empire. Read at your own risk.]
"You can't be half a gangster."
Jimmy Darmody's haunting words to Nucky Thompson have loomed large this season on Boardwalk Empire. But on Sunday's finale, Nucky proved he's not doing anything halfway anymore.
Fall TV Report Card: How's the new class doing?
To bring an end to his ongoing war with hothead Gyp Rosetti (Bobby Cannavale), Nucky (Steve Buscemi) promised ...
Chris Noth and Julianna Margulies
Lois and Clark. Felicity and Ben. Sydney and Vaughn. It is a sad fact, but I've been an avid TV "shipper" pretty much since I learned how to wield the remote control. That includes childhood favorites and also my current "adult" mainstays. So as an avid Good Wife viewer from Day One, I have always naturally been Team Will (Josh Charles), or "Willicia" if you will, 100 percent. He's loved Alicia (Julianne Margulies) for 15 years! Her husband cheated on her with a prostitute! That deleted voicemail! And, most importantly, that kiss! The "Willicia" argument seemed pretty cut and dried. But a funny thing happened on the way to Alicia and Will's destined-happily-ever-after — I switched sides. After Sunday's episode, in which a young beautiful campaign worker lied about having had an affair with Peter, I realized that four seasons has turned this Will fan into a surprisingly strong Team Florrick supporter. So what changed? Here's five reasons my vote is for Peter (Chris Noth)...
Saffron Burrows, Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe
Will Saffron Burrows replace Julianne Nicholson on Law & Order: Criminal Intent next season?
USA is in final talks to green-light the show for a ninth season, but...
Harold Perrineau by Bob D'Amico/ABC, Chris Noth by Eric Ogden/USA Network Photo, Grant Show by Cliff Lipson/CBS
Was Lost hasty in giving Michael the hook? Which of the Law & Orders has bid adieu to some fans' favorite? Is ABC's Life on Mars already on a shaky mission? In this launch of Mega Buzz, a new weekly column, I'll field your questions about your favorite shows. If there is a topic you want to see covered or a question you'd like to ask, this e-mail is the place to do it.Since we're just starting out here, I'll have to settle for answering my own questions. Hope I'm not a smart-ass to myself.Question: What's your take on Harold Perrineau's Lost exit Q&A?Mitovich: It's an incendiary topic, but I hear where Perrineau is coming from, on Michael's too-short return. Sure, it (partially) explained what became of the Dawson men after their Season 2 sail-away. But to leave Walt fatherless and in doing so rob the series of its second barely-used African American character (Mr. Eko, we barely knew ye) was a questionable move. This country now has its first for-real African-...
Alicia Witt courtesy NBC Photo
Its berth on USA Network isn't the only change in store for Law & Order: Criminal Intent this season. Alicia Witt (The Upside of Anger, Cybill) has been tapped to join the crime drama as Det. Nola Falacci, a new partner for Chris Noth's Mike Logan. Witt is subbing, at least temporarily, for Julianne Nicholson, who will miss a string of episodes this season due to maternity leave.L&O: CI returns Thursday, Oct. 4, at 10 pm/ET on USA. (Don't make me remind you again.)
Well, its late, so Ill just come right out and say it: For a finale, this was a big disappointment. While last weeks trailer made this ep look like a killer-hunting-cops thriller, it turned out to be a standard-issue case with a side of sentimentality.To its credit, this episode remained interesting throughout, probably because of the unusual decision to follow two separate cases. But the problem, at least for me, was that weve been so well-trained by Law & Order to try to put the pieces together that I kept searching for a nonexistent connection between the cases. Definitely a missed opportunity for a nice twist and a satisfying resolution.Of the two story lines, I preferred Logans, mainly because it was so personal and character-driven. This was the first chance weve really had to connect with the Noth since he joined CI, and I was so impressed with his performance, which relied on genuine emotion and subtlety rather than sarcastic quips. I ...
Heres the thing about giving your detectives more backstories: They cant come at the expense of interesting cases, which are always the driving force behind every Law & Order incarnation. But thats exactly whats been happening on Criminal Intent lately. Surrounding nearly every emotional glimpse into Det. Bobbys troubled family life, there has been a by-the-numbers case that wouldnt have stood so well on its own, but was buoyed by the behind-the-scenes drama. And tonights episode was the best (or worst) example of this problematic duality I've seen yet. On the one hand, we had a whole bunch of clichés: another semi-rapper-related killing, more spoiled rich kids turned criminals, and such a convoluted web of motives and machinations, it was hard to keep all the players straight, let alone care. And that rappers name was Apocalypto? Seriously? Of course, its a well-known fact that nothing gets you m...
Tuesday night's repeat, Bedfellows, is a solid, though somewhat derivative, Goren/Eames episode worth catching if you missed it the first time around. For my original post about it, click here.Next Week: I havent seen any commercials for next weeks episode, but heres the summary from TV Guides listings: A judges son is found shot to death following a rappers trial. Meanwhile, Wheeler investigates her estranged fathers alleged illegal activities.Q: Just how many storylines involving rappers are the CI writers required to pen per season, anyway? A: Way too many.But I do like the second part of that description. Weve gotten almost nothing thus far on Wheelers background, save for a couple of passing references. So giving Detective Pan her own storyline might give us a reason to care about this character, and let JulianneNicholson show she can do more than act as a foil for The Noths rapier wit. We shal...