December 2, 2015
IT WAS the day after Thanksgiving, and the leftovers cried out from the fridge. These weren't ordinary leftovers, either. No, these were the leftovers of the gods, prepared by my mother, my aunt and my wife, LaVeta. These were the foods of my childhood, and they included every unhealthy dish that made the movie "Soul Food" a staple for DVD bootleggers. But I wasn't planning to live my food fantasy through some grainy reproduction of the Vanessa Williams classic. No, I would eat my soul food in person, but I knew I wouldn't have much time.
November 23, 2015 |
* THE LEFTOVERS. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. Did we really see what we thought we saw at the end of last Sunday's episode? If so, what could that mean for the series? And if not - my head hurts. I'm not leaving now, that's for sure. Ep. 17: Weeks Ahead * SAINTS & STRANGERS . 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, National Geographic Channel. Two-night miniseries about the Mayflower passengers' immigrant experiences stars has Kalani Queypo playing the crucial Squanto in a story more complicated than the one in all those Thanksgiving pageants.
October 5, 2015
* THE LEFTOVERS. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. In Season 2, creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta take us far beyond Perrotta's original novel, to a place called Miracle, a Texas town that was somehow immune from the vanishing of 2 percent of the world's population. Emmy winner Regina King (pictured right, with Carrie Coon) joins the cast. * HOMELAND. 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. Picking up nearly two years after the attack on the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, Season 5 places now-former CIA operative Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes)
October 2, 2015 |
Few dramas have fascinated, confused, and excited me as consistently as The Leftovers . Bleak yet infused by a powerful sliver of hope, HBO's show is a deep existential well of unanswerable questions. As frustrating as they may be, these are the sort of soul-sustaining questions great art poses. If the first three episodes of Season Two are any indication, The Leftovers , premiering at 9 p.m. Sunday on HBO, will continue to shine. Series creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta based the first season on Perrotta's novel . They reinvent the wheel in the opening minutes of the second-season opener.
October 2, 2015 |
* THE LEFTOVERS. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. * HOMELAND. 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. * THE GOOD WIFE. 9 p.m. Sunday, CBS3. * MADAM SECRETARY. 8 p.m. Sunday, CBS3. * THE AFFAIR. 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. IT'S NOT OFTEN that I love a show without making a pest of myself to get other people to watch it, but that's where I was with HBO's "The Leftovers" a year ago. And it's where I remain as the show created by Damon Lindelof ("Lost") and Tom Perrotta returns for a second season Sunday with a giant leap beyond Perrotta's novel.
December 27, 2014 |
ARIES (March 21-April 19) (sssss) Friday night chill, knowing the good times begin Saturday morning when you become a major force for the next few days. Others are clearly attracted and let you know. Can you diplomatically handle more than one person at one time? This weekend will tell. Enjoy your time. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) (ssss) Whether celebrating that Santa has come and gone, you are ready for a hardy night of partying. Meeting someone proves to be a flashing red light experience.
November 27, 2014 |
For many of us, Thanksgiving dinner is all about tradition - re-creating the same, satisfying, gravy-soaked turkey coma we remember from our childhoods. But once the brining, basting, and bingeing of Thanksgiving Day are behind us, well, that's when things get interesting. There's no wrong way to make a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich. But, as some of the region's inventive chefs proved, there are plenty of right ways. We asked the chefs to innovate, and they delivered: turkey-and-stuffing scrapple to cure your tryptophan hangover, open-faced turkey towers served on slabs of stuffing, a Taiwanese-style turkey salad sandwich, and a vegan French dip with a schmear of mashed potato, roasted mushrooms, and gravy.
June 27, 2014 |
* THE LEFTOVERS. 10 p.m. Sunday, HBO. * RECKLESS. 9 p.m. Sunday, CBS3. IF DISASTER movies have taught me anything, it's that I'm meant to go in the first wave. It's hard to be scared when you're pretty sure it'll never be you fleeing the aliens/zombies/vampires or fighting amid civil unrest to defend the family castle to the last can of tuna. But what if survival simply meant getting up the day after 2 percent of the population mysteriously vanished? And getting up the day after that and the day after that?
May 19, 2013 |
Shows that debut on broadcast this time of year, just as the season is ending, are generally remainders. They're series the networks bought and paid for, and then, for one reason or another, had second thoughts about. But this inauspicious out-of-season interval has spawned such significant hits as Seinfeld , Castle , The Office , Northern Exposure , and American Idol . The two shows debuting Monday have, to varying degrees, promising pilots. We'll see if they survive the summer.