Curb Your Enthusiasm
On Curb's Episode 6 "The Wire" we learn how an unsightly cable can test the boundaries of friendship and Larry's patience, what the cut-off time is for late-night phone calls and we get the first appearance of a Seinfeld alum! It's all tied up in a twisted ball of wire...
This summer, House fans equipped with iPhones have been having fun downloading comedic mini episodes centered around multilingual character Nurse Jeffrey (Patrick Price) and his vendetta (established at the end of last season's regular TV episodes) to bring down House by gathering bitchy tales from fellow Princeton-Plainsboro staffers with axes to grind. House executive producer Katie Jacobs produced and directed the 13 'appisodes' of Nurse Jeffrey over four days after last season wrapped. They can be viewed...
Michelle Stafford, Sarah Joy Brown
Only one thing is certain about the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards: My predictions will suck and as always I will blame it on those crazy blue-ribbon judges! Still, after re-watching each of the episodes submitted by the soap nominees, I can't resist my yearly exercise in embarrassment. So here goes...
John Goodman, Treme
Cheers to Treme for marching to its own beat.
As HBO's post-Katrina New Orleans drama has weaved its way towards Sunday's Season 1 finale, even die-hard fans of The Wire creator David Simon have found their patience tested by his new show's pokey pace and frequent breaks for (admittedly fabulous) tunes. Simon seemed to respond to the criticism when he had John Goodman's Tulane professor Creighton Bernette tell his students of Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening: "Don't think in terms of a beginning and an end, because unlike some plot-driven entertainments, there is no closure in real life...
The '61 Lincoln convertible has pulled up to the curb once more and Vincent Chase's crew is climbing out for a seventh season of Entourage (Sunday, June 27, 10:30/9:30c, HBO), but the bonds between the party-hardy boys and the women who love them will grow — and, in one case, be tested.
Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge
Oh my god, how fun is this show?! You could even say it's Fabulous! Chronicling the efforts of partners Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge as they attempt to square their urbanista attitudes with a Green Acres-ish existence on an upstate New York farm, this feisty new docu-series (Wednesdays, 9/8c, Planet Green) is the cutest thing since that hat-wearing kitten on YouTube...and the gayest show not on Bravo. But this is no Simple Life Goes 'Mo. The guys aren't idiots — former drag queen Kilmer-Purcell is a best-selling author and ad exec, Ridge is a former consultant to Martha Stewart's empire — and there's nary a "we're just doing this for the cameras" vibe. In fact, Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge have been running Beekman Estate since 2007 and distribute a boutique line of organic goods that needs to go national. (We really want some of that goat's milk soap, OK?) Best yet, their open affection with one another and devotion to their fellow local farmers feels as natural as their products. If only all reality TV couples were so healthy and good for you, huh?
Did you check in with Planet Green's Fabulous Beekman Boys last night?
January Jones and Jon Hamm, Mad Men
True Blood, Royal Pains and Burn Notice have already premiered but there's lots more to come.
Which mid-summer series are you most looking forward to returning? Vote in the poll after the jump...
2010 MTV Movie Awards
There sure is a hell of a lot of foul language on television these days.
You may have noticed some profanity if you sat through the MTV Movie Awards on June 6. Always a rollicking event where celebrities can cut loose in a way they wouldn't on a traditional trophy show, the telecast was laced with so many vulgarities that whoever was in control of the "bleep" button couldn't keep up...
Alex O'Loughlin fans got a bloody good summer treat when the CW acquired all 16 episodes of Moonlight, the Aussie actor's short-lived but beloved vampire detective show. "We get letters and e-mails about Moonlight all the time," says CW entertainment chief Dawn Ostroff. "And so we thought it would be interesting if we aired it following The Vampire Diaries."
Moonlight (Thursdays at 9/8c, The CW) follows the perpetually 30-year-old private investigator Mick St. John (O'Loughlin), his hedonistic buddy Josef (Jason Dohring) and Beth Turner (Sophia Myles), a young reporter whose chemistry with Mick threatens her relationship with her human fiancé. Around to cause trouble...