Just when I've gotten used to fighting for Triscuits in public, last night restored a hack journalist's faith that there's money out there somewhere and people will actually spend it on food for the comp-buffets-to-munch bunch. After a Ziegfeld screening of Boardwalk Empire's third season premiere, ... More >>
Probably not, but: "New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in secret negotiations with HBO to produce a historic Bon Jovi concert in Central Park the night before the 10th anniversary of 9/11." That's from The Daily's gossip page today. So, you know, this showwhich will reportedly be ... More >>
Neil Gaiman celebrates the 10th anniversary of American Gods
In 1973, PBS aired An American Family, a revolutionary look at a Santa Barbara clan's collapsing under the weight of infidelity, deceit, and the son announcing he's gay. It was basically the original reality show and it's just been revived on PBS as well as forming the subject of HBO's Cinem ... More >>
During the first episode of HBO's Treme, members of the Rebirth Brass Band and the show's trombone-playing character Antoine Batiste end a jazz parade in front of a neighborhood bar owned by Batiste's ex-wife, LaDonna Batiste-Williams. The uncomfortable nature of their reunion is underscored ... More >>
Sean Bean, whom you might recognize from such epics as The Lord of the Rings, as Eddard Stark, in HBO's Game of Thrones.History's Swamp People isn't the only TV show getting promoted with a pop-up food truck. Game of Thrones, the small-screen adaptation of fantasy author George R. R. Martin's ... More >>
Stella D'Oro cookies are mighty sweet, but there's nothing that can sugar-coat the situation at the Bronx cookie factory which shuttered in June 2009 following the workers' strike over wage cuts. Or is there? The plight of the workers will now be the focus of an upcoming HBO documentary.
Joan Crawford must be rolling because Todd Haynes has apparently done a solid job in adapting Mildred Pierce into a five-hour HBO miniseries that will premiere on March 27. Cultural critic Brendan Lemon liked Kate Winslet in the part--she's right for it, and has the time to flesh it out--and ... More >>
Monte's isn't the only historic and defunct Brooklyn restaurant that's showing signs of life: Thanks to HBO, Gage & Tollner is also being resurrected, if only for a day or so.
The script for Aaron Sorkin's new HBO pilot, as of yet untitled, has been obtained by Flash, the gossip desk at News Corp.'s iPad newspaper The Daily, corroborating rumors that Keith Olbermann's ego will indeed be growing soon. Sorkin, who allegedly spent time studying both Olbermann and Chri ... More >>
Well, it's media reporting day-a-palooza here, which means that seven more people are reading this blog than they are on the average day. So while we're at it, here's how to explain the relevancy and case for a great media reporter like John Koblin, which involves two angry, high-level New Yo ... More >>
The Twilight series keeps sucking the energy out of wallets and souls. True Blood continues drawing blood on HBO. Vampires Suck, a reputed spoof, will bite down on August 20.
We will never own one of these. Whee, the 62nd Annual (Primetime!) Emmys have been announced. There aren't that many surprises: As usual, HBO rocks, as does Mad Men, True Blood, 30 Rock, Glee, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tina Fey. Losties may get another chance to see the objects of their affect ... More >>
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. Sears Catalog, Fall/Winter 1975 Discovered at: Handed down by my grandmother, who tre ... More >>
Way before Snooki, there was An American Family--the original reality show, documenting the dissolution of the Louds, a well-to-do, charismatic Santa Barbara family at war with itself. Well, HBO is shooting a TV movie called Cinema Verite, a behind-the-scenes look at that 1973 show, with Dia ... More >>
Josh Moulton, who was the executive chef at West in Los Angeles, will take over the kitchen at Monkey Bar, which recently lost consulting chef Larry Forgione to P.J. Clarke's. [NY Times] Aquavit is no longer referring to Marcus Samuelsson as its chef-owner. The Top Chef Masters contender is ... More >>
So David Simon's post-Katrina New Orleans drama Treme premiered last night on HBO -- our comprehensive, local's-eye-view feature is here -- and though it might not be perfect (agree with this, for starters), it must be said that this is a music lover's dream: Wendell "Bunk" Pierce playing trombone ... More >>
Now with actual humans, after an initial zombie instrument preview--including Wire stalwarts Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters (that'd be Bunk and Lester), The Corner vet Khandi Alexander, and some incongruous new additions, namely Steve Zahn (?!) and John Goodman (!!). "Zahn will play a dancer, DJ ... More >>
Nice catch, Miss Heather: Hollywood's been doing a lot of filming up in Greenpoint, either using McGolrick Park for, uh, park scenes or building sets there, like the Olde Atlantic City scenes Martin Scorsese recreated for HBO's Boardwalk Empire. But in a chunk of deepest Pernt, on Meserole A ... More >>
Bored to Death, a new HBO half-hour comedy series about an alcoholic writer (Jason Schwartzman) pretending to be a private investigator, a la Philip Marlowe, and which also features Zach Galifianakis as his comic book-writing best buddy, has a trailer up at HBO. The show was created by Jonathan Ames ... More >>
The Kings of New Zealand come back for round two
The squalid yet strangely uplifting story of the Beales--the mother/daughter duo who went from being Jackie Kennedy's fancy shmancy cousins to living in filth in a decayed Hamptons mansion filled with raccoons--rises again. The original Maysles brothers' documentary was made into a musical, which ... More >>
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The Year in TV
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