June 8, 2014 |
Police-procedural maestro Steven Bochco's latest offering, Murder in the First , which premieres 10 p.m. Monday on TNT, does away with some of the usual conventions. Like Bochco's brilliant 1990s experiment, Murder One , it avoids the murder-a-week format, opting instead to cover a single homicide investigation through the course of its 10-episode first season. Starring Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson as San Francisco homicide detectives Hildy Mulligan and Terry English, the story also spends an unusual amount of time exploring the cops' personal lives.
June 7, 2013 |
* GRACELAND . 10 p.m. today, USA * IN THE FLESH . 10 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, BBC America USA'S STILL the "blue skies" network, but sea and sun come at a price in its latest drama, "Graceland," which premieres tonight immediately after the final-season opener of "Burn Notice. " Loosely based on actual events involving a government-seized beachfront property used to house federal agents, "Graceland" stars Aaron Tveit ("Les Miserables") as Mike Warren, a rookie FBI agent who finds himself thrown into the deep end when he's assigned to live and work with undercover veteran Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata, "Rescue Me")
June 7, 2013 |
There's something inherently fascinating about the double life undercover cops lead. To serve justice, they must lie and deceive. To further the good, they must manipulate and betray people who have come to count on them as friends, allies, even lovers. USA Network makes a strong foray into that shadow world with Graceland , a slick, cinematic, and addictive thriller about undercover feds fighting crime in Southern California. It premieres Thursday with a 12-episode first season.
May 10, 2011 |
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Mississippi River rose yesterday to levels not seen in Memphis since the 1930s, swamping homes in low-lying neighborhoods and driving hundreds of people from their homes. But officials were confident that the levees would protect the city's world-famous musical landmarks, including Graceland and Beale Street, and that no new areas would see any serious flooding. As residents in the Home of the Blues waited last night for the river to crest at a projected mark just inches short of the record set in 1937, officials downstream in Louisiana began evacuating prisoners from the state's toughest penitentiary and opened floodgates to relieve pressure on levees outside of New Orleans.
June 16, 2010 |
THE PHOTO THAT accompanies this story was snapped 8 years ago on an unbearably hot day in Memphis, Tenn. With a few hours on our hands before the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis bout that evening at the Pyramid, I persuaded Dad to drive out with me to Graceland, the extravagant estate where Elvis Presley wallowed in barbiturates and peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches. Given Dad was doing a book on Tyson, and that it would deal to some degree with the excesses of fame, it seemed like a good place to pick up a few odds and ends that could possibly work their way into his narrative.
April 5, 2010 |
At a little past 11 Friday night, just as the sold-out crowd left the Vampire Weekend show at the Electric Factory, a bus bearing the logo "Bourgeois" inched down Seventh Street. An unrelated coincidence, no doubt, but an amusing one, as Vampire Weekend's Ivy League roots and its co-opting of South African guitar styles has balkanized critics: They either dismiss the band as privileged cultural imperialists or praise it for its knowing wit and inventive blend of cross-cultural styles.
June 17, 2009 |
Palin is hoping for man's evolution In the latest in Important Political News, Sarah Palin accepted an apology yesterday from David Letterman over his insensitive (flat-out sick) sexual joke about Palin's daughter. The Alaska governor, who had demanded that D.L., who is 62-going-on-12, ought to apologize to All Womankind, was grand enough to speak on behalf of that vast constituency. She said she accepted the mea culpa "on behalf of all young women, like my daughters, who hope men who 'joke' about public displays of sexual exploitation of girls will soon evolve.
August 14, 2007 |
WAS yesterday a slow day in the world of gossip? Oui. The big news was that Gallimard Jeunesse, the French publishers of the Harry Potter books, said it is not seeking damages from a 16-year-old boy who allegedly made an online posting of an unauthorized translation of the final book in the series. Unauthorized translation? Sacre bleu! He's lucky his reworking of the "Deathly Hallows" didn't lead him to the deathly gallows. The wicked, wicked teen spent a night in jail last week in Aix-en-Provence and was questioned by prosecutors before being released.
July 17, 2006 |
Older pop stars often serve up predictably balanced career overviews in concert - that's a safe way to keep everybody happy, after all. But it also keeps a musician from sharing his own perspective on what parts of his past he values most. Paul Simon's Saturday night show at the Borgata was indeed career-spanning, ranging from his earliest '60s hits to material from his newest album, Surprise. But the set left little doubt what music Simon considers the center of that body of work: his 1986 fling with South African music, Graceland.
February 20, 2004 |
Bubba Ho-Tep has one of the all-time great premises: Elvis is alive and living in a sleepy nursing home down in Texas. Sometime in the '70s he switched places with a convincing Elvis impersonator, trading in Graceland for a trailer park. No one believes his story, of course, so now he lies around with a bum hip, grousing about managed care and musing about Priscilla and his lost virility. Bruce Campbell, the Clint Eastwood of cheeseball movies such as Army of Darkness and Maniac Cop, is marvelous as an elderly Elvis, still proudly maned and sporting platinum sunglasses.