June 25, 2014 |
* TYRANT. 10 tonight, FX. TV AND THE Mideast: It's complicated. Not even Hollywood's most successful writers can solve the problems of a region that dominates international news while supplying show business with a steady stream of fanatical villains with hard-to-remember names and harder-to-explain motives. So points to FX's new "Tyrant" for trying a different tack by putting us on a plane with Bassam "Barry" Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) and taking us home to meet his folks. And what folks they are: Barry's dad, Khaled (Nasser Faris)
January 12, 2014 |
In Chozen , the FX animated comedy series about a gay ex-con rapper that premieres at 10:30 Monday night, an obtuse MC is performing a crude song full of drug references and racial stereotypes before a dinner theater gathering of the Philippines Family Association. The performance, which includes the band's manager appearing on stage in a Chinese dragon headdress, does not go over well anywhere except in the minds of the performer and his multicultural crew. Afterward, the manager, who doubles as a paparazzo sleaze, cheerily announces, "A few more shows, a couple of demos, and we'll be on the road to the Grammys.
January 31, 2013
* THE AMERICANS. 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX. IF ANYONE can bring back high-waisted jeans, it's Keri Russell. But the former "Felicity" star will have an even tougher assignment Wednesday as she returns to television in FX's new spy drama "The Americans": To make viewers identify, at least a little, with the aims of the KGB in the waning years of the Cold War. Inspired by the case of 10 Russian sleeper agents exposed by the FBI in 2010,...
January 7, 2014 |
* BEING MARY JANE. 10 p.m. tomorrow, BET. * JUSTIFIED. 10 p.m. tomorrow, FX. * KILLER WOMEN. 10 p.m. tomorrow, 6ABC. WITH ABC's "Scandal" vacationing at an undisclosed location until Feb. 27, some of us are experiencing Olivia Pope withdrawal. But before we start looking for drama in our own lives - surely we know someone who's been a trained assassin or a presidential mistress? - it's worth considering "Being Mary Jane," a new BET drama from Mara Brock Akil ("Girlfriends," "The Game")
June 17, 2015 |
* TYRANT. 10 tonight, FX. * PROOF. 10 tonight, TNT. WHAT IF Sonny, not Michael, had been the more interesting Corleone brother? We'll never know how that version of "The Godfather" might have turned out, but FX's "Tyrant" seems ready to explore the idea. The Mideast drama returns for a second season tonight with its Michael equivalent, Barry Al Fayeed (Adam Rayner), imprisoned and awaiting execution for trying to overthrow his older brother Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) in hopes of setting fictional Abbudin on a path to democracy.
October 4, 2011 |
You've never seen anything like American Horror Story on TV before. And you may not want to see it now. But fans of the horror genre - not the splatter trash of the Saw or Chainsaw Massacre series, but the creepy, psychological, and, yes, sexy, gory stuff of classics like Rosemary's Baby or The Shining - won't be disappointed. FX, still No. 1 on basic cable for challenging, edgy material, has teamed up again with Nip/Tuck's Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck on Horror Story, which premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. The pair, also responsible for Fox's Glee, have a tendency to start strongly and then get a little lost, but that needn't concern us here, since we're at the beginning, and Horror Story is as gripping as anything on TV. You may find yourself looking for something to grip when the doll (or are they real?
July 12, 2013 |
FORGIVE Mexican actor Demian Bichir for pointing out the obvious metaphor in the title of his new TV series "The Bridge," but someone had to do it. "We need bridges more than walls, you know what I mean?" Bichir said about the immigration and border-security debate currently occupying the U.S. Congress. Bichir stars as Detective Marco Ruiz in the FX drama, opposite Diane Kruger, who plays his counterpart in the U.S. It premiered last night. The pair is forced to work together after a body is found on the bridge connecting Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.
March 22, 1993 |
Francis X. McManus, 68, a retired chemist at Sun Chemical Corp., died Thursday while visiting a son in Spring Valley, Calif. Mr. McManus was born in South Philadelphia and grew up near St. Monica's Roman Catholic Church, at 17th and Ritner Streets. He graduated from Bok Technical High School and served in the Navy during World War II. After Mr. McManus returned home after the war, he began a 40-year career at Sun Chemical, where he mixed inks and paints. He was one of the first residents of a new suburban community just north of the city, Levittown.
July 11, 2013 |
* THE BRIDGE. 10 tonight, FX. * CAMP. 10 tonight, NBC10. * ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Streaming on Netflix beginning tomorrow. A BODY found bisected on the border between the United States and Mexico touches off something bigger than a jurisdictional dispute in "The Bridge," an addictive new drama premiering Wednesday on FX. Adapted by Penn grad Meredith Stiehm ("Cold Case," "Homeland") and Elwood Reid from a Scandinavian series, "The Bridge" isn't so much about the span that connects Juarez and El Paso as it is about the disconnect between the two cities, one ranked among the world's deadliest, the other with fewer than two dozen murders most years.
March 28, 2012 |
Chris Rock will produce a late-night show for FX this summer, the cable network announced Wednesday. Six episodes have been ordered of the so-far-untitled show starring comedian W. Kamau Bell , a founding member of the group Laughter Against the Machine. Bell, according to FX, "will dissect politics, pop culture, race, religion, the media and sex in a weekly half- hour. " The Fox-owned cable channel earlier announced that its new late-night show with Russell Brand, "Strangely Uplifting," will premiere June 28, on the same night as Charlie Sheen's new sitcom, "Anger Management.