Remember when nostalgia used to signify a comforting escape into the past? It hasn't been the same since Mad Men took us beneath the surface glamour to expose the grim consequences of chasing and selling the American dream. WGN America's bold new period drama Manhattan (Sunday, 9/8c) goes even further, eschewing the romantic veneer altogether in a gritty story of scientific mavericks operating in extreme circumstances. Looking back at a bygone time (World War II) with a jaundiced eye, the ambitious Manhattan is far more serious in intent than the channel's more recent effort at historical-fiction original programming, the lurid Salem.
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10. Worst Coping Mechanism: On Switched at Birth, John tries to cheer up Daphne and Bay by planning an impromptu trip to Chicago, where Daphne meets a student who invites her to a pre-med mixer. Before they go, she asks if they can get any marijuana. The pothead next door doesn't have ...
Showtime is sticking with its winning formula.
The premium cable network doesn't have much to complain about with eight of its nine eligible series garnering Emmy nominations. With the return of Homeland the launch of The Affair in October, and three more pilots in the works, Showtime president David Nevins is psyched about its latest hit, horror drama Penny Dreadful, which became the network's most-watched new show On Demand and on ShowtimeAnytime.
Our top moments of the week: 13. Best Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card:
Leo is once again up to no good on Chasing Life
, and this time he drags April along for the ride. When he takes a hot sports car out for a test drive when a dealership's salesman isn't looking, the car is reported stolen. When the cops catch up and are about to bust them, Leo starts having a seizure related to his brain cancer, and the...
Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex both returned for their second seasonson Sunday, and if you missed either episode, we've got you covered.
Season 2 of Donovan finds the titular Hollywood fixer (Liev Schreiber) looking for a way to fix his biggest problem: himself.
Returning shows: Where we left off
After Bill's surprising declaration of love on Masters of Sex last season, he and Virginia are now taking their research out of the lab and into the bedroom.
Watch both premieres below: