Sex! Murder! Twists! The latest evening soap opera to join ABC's rotation of singularly-named sleek dramas (Revenge, Scandal, Nashville) hits all the same marks as those shows, just without all the campy fun.
It may be a country music show, but Nashville's uneven first season left Connie Britton fans singing the blues.
For obvious reasons, James Gandolfini's legacy will be forever tied to Tony Soprano. It's the role he played the longest and which left the deepest impact, both on viewers and within the industry at large. But the late actor, who died (too soon) of an apparent heart attack on Wednesday, had a gallery of memorable movie characters as well, particularly after The Sopranos transformed him from a struggling supporting player (he had small, but memorable turns in films like True Romance and Crimson Tide in the run-up to the 1999 debut of The Sopranos) into a sought-after character actor who appeared in a rich variety of films, from the sublime (Spike Jonze's lovely adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are) to the absurd (John Turturro's intriguing, but problematic musical Romance & Cigarettes). And even when the films themselves stank (Surviving Christmas anyone?) Gandolfini's mere presence made them less painful than they otherwise might have been. Here are five Gandolfini movie characters we'd place alongside his towering turn as a New Jersey don.
The government shutdown is on and furloughs are in full effect on Veep's seventh Season 2 episode, titled -- appropriately enough -- "Shutdown."
I think I've actually been enjoying Glee this season. Season 4 has had its not-terrible moments, thanks to a change of pace in the fake drama school in New York, a handful of particularly well-crafted musical numbers, the open shaming of Finn Hudson (despite being unfortunately paired with Cory Monteith's real-life personal matters) and the overall lack of Will Schuester. Regrettably, "Shooting Star" was the worst piece of crap this show has produced in a very long time... if not ever, so much so that it warrants this addendum blog post to the forthcoming recap. Here's why:
Another Downton Abbey resident departs the manor, though not with the Grim Reaper this time.
It's happened every February for the past three years: Downton Abbey concludes its run on PBS and suddenly Anglophilic audiences across the country are left hankering for some more British period drama, stat. HBO is well-aware of this phenomenon, which is precisely why they launched the five-part miniseries Parade's End last night for a three-evening run that wraps up on Thursday. Unfortunately, despite its impressive pedigree, the series probably won't fill that Downton-shaped hole in your heart. It is, however, a terrific cure for insomnia.
Vanderpump Rule #215: When Dancing with the Stars calls, you say yes.
The sinking of Smash continues.
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