April 5, 2013 |
This is what passes for a crisis in the lives of TV critics: Each year about this time (well, except for the terrible Mad Men drought of 2011 - about which the less said the better), they're sent a disc with the first few hours of the new Mad Men season. The problem is that it invariably arrives with a note from the show's haughty creator, Matt Weiner, spelling out the details and plot points he strongly requests not be revealed. There follows an inventory of taboo subjects longer than the packing list for your kids' summer camp.
April 5, 2013 |
* MAD MEN. 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. Returns to 10 p.m. April 14. TIMES CHANGE, people mostly don't. Especially on "Mad Men. " Which is why it doesn't matter that Matthew Weiner, creator of AMC's set-in-the-'60s series, is again asking critics not to mention what year it is when the show returns Sunday for its sixth season. Several other things are being withheld, some of which matter even less, except to make the writing of reviews more awkward than usual. But I've no problem letting fans do their own Google searches to fix ad man Don Draper (Jon Hamm)
April 1, 2012 |
The Danish are apparently a patient, good-natured people. You can take them through a lengthy, twisty mystery like Forbrydelsen (the TV series from which AMC's The Killing was adapted) and at the very end reveal nothing. In Denmark, they sit back, laugh jovially, and say, "Oh, you got me good that time, Magnus. I didn't see that one not coming. " Here in America, we're more demanding. When the catchphrase and advertising slogan of your series is "Who killed Rosie Larsen?", at the end of 12 moody, rain-drenched hours we firmly expect to know the identity of the culprit.
March 24, 2012 |
AMC's The Killing , returning for its second season on April 1, has been called one of TV's most original murder mysteries. Its intricate story structure is unique, following a single murder case - the abduction and murder of high school student Rosie Larsen - over two 13-episode seasons. Its hero is one of a kind, an obsessive, monomaniacal, lone-wolf detective. But it isn't original at all: The Killing is a remake, a copy, of the Danish mystery Forbrydelsen (literally, "the crime")
February 10, 2012
* THE WALKING DEAD. 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. * COMIC BOOK MEN. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. IN THE AGE of the DVR, caring about audience flow is supposed to be, well, so 2007. We record what we want, we watch when we can. AMC must not have gotten the memo, because starting Sunday it's following the return of "The Walking Dead" with the premiere of Kevin Smith's "Comic Book Men. " It might look like a match made in geek heaven, but it's more than the pairing of a show based on a comic book series with one about the people who buy, sell and obsess about comics.
November 4, 2011
* HELL ON WHEELS. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. SET A SERIES in a lawless, ever-changing outpost in the post-Civil War American West and you're practically inviting comparisons to HBO's "Deadwood. " AMC, though, would be happy enough if its latest series, "Hell on Wheels," manages to attract the viewers who made its 2006 miniseries "Broken Trail" the network's highest-rated program. Maybe it's good to know your limits. "Deadwood" was an epic poem that happened to be set in a Western mining town.
September 13, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Mary Fickett, who played compassionate nurse Ruth Martin on ABC's "All My Children," has died at age 83. The veteran daytime drama star died Thursday at her home in Virginia, the network said. Fickett was an original cast member of "All My Children," which premiered in 1970, and for decades she appeared alongside Ray MacDonnell, who played her on-screen husband, Dr. Joe Martin, in the fictional town of Pine Valley, Pa. She retired from the show in 2000. In 1973, she became the first performer to receive an Emmy for work on a daytime soap opera.
June 21, 2011 |
A version of this column appeared on Jonathan Storm's blog, "Eye of the Storm," at www.philly.com/eyeofthestorm . The brains of some TV critics are still smoldering after Sunday's season finale of AMC's The Killing . SPOILER ALERT: If you still have it on the DVR, you might want to stop reading here, though there's not a whole lot of specific plot rehash. I'm easy, but I do understand how people feel jerked around by the show and by AMC, which kept promoting the "Who Killed Rosie Larsen?"
April 3, 2011 |
April in the land of television. No holiday tables, but a couple of chestnuts and way too much programming for any single person to keep up with. For a long, long time, most of the new shows came in September, when the days grew short. "Aha," said the cable channels, "we'll counterprogram in the charm of spring, when there's nothing new. " And then there was something new: a TV logjam of monumental proportions. Hot on the heels of Starz's lusty Camelot , which premiered Friday, come three more new big-deal productions on Sunday, all the kind of "event" television that TV execs are constantly touting.
March 31, 2011
THE KILLING. 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. CHAOS. 8 p.m. Friday, CBS3. CAMELOT. 10 p.m. Friday, Starz. SEATTLE HOMICIDE detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) is halfway out the door and on her way to a new life in sunnier climes when a blood-soaked, pink sweater turns up in the city's sprawling Discovery Park. Sarah won't be going anywhere fast and neither will "The Killing," which makes its two-hour premiere Sunday on AMC, home of "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead.