June 3, 2015 |
One would be hard-pressed to find any similarities between two crime procedurals hitting the box this week: ABC Family's new series Stitchers , which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday, is cute and so slight in dramatic gravitas that it floats away into the ether. The reverse is true of NBC's surreal Nietzschean parable Hannibal , which returns for its third season at 10 p.m. Thursday. One of the most unremittingly dark, vicious stories about murder, Hannibal enthralls the viewer's aesthetic sense with its stunning photography, sophisticated use of imagery, and breathtaking beauty while at the same time threatening to steal away our soul, dragging it deep into the void.
May 28, 2015 |
* AQUARIUS. 9 p.m. Thursday, NBC10. GRATEFUL as I am that Megan Draper, of "Mad Men," survived the fan conspiracy that would have added her to the list of Charlie Manson's victims, I'd have been even more so not to have to think about Manson ever again. NBC had other ideas. Its new summer series, the set-in-1967 "Aquarius," features Manson (Gethin Anthony, "Game of Thrones") in a sluggish, largely fictional story involving a Republican power player (Brian F. O'Byrne); his missing daughter, Emma (Emma Dumont, "Bunheads")
May 27, 2015 |
David Duchovny, late of Showtime's C alifornication , makes a glorious return to broadcast TV in NBC's accomplished, if seriously strange, 13-episode 1960s-set police procedural, Aquarius . A wild stew of fact and fiction, the one-season "event series" as the network bills it, tells the story of one of America's vilest - and most inscrutable - villains, Charles Manson. The show premieres at 9 p.m. Thursday. NBC is trying something new with Aquarius , taking a page from Netflix's playbook.
May 12, 2015 |
NBC ANNOUNCED its new shows for fall and midseason yesterday. Daily News TV critic Ellen Gray will begin to review them in September after she watches them, but Tattle isn't confined by such process. So here they are: * "Blindspot" is a drama about a woman found naked and covered in tattoos (a/k/a clues) in NYC, with no memory of who she is. We lose interest a few minutes after she puts on her clothes. * "The Player" is a thriller about a former military operative turned security expert in Las Vegas.
February 20, 2015 |
* ALLEGIANCE . 10 Thursdays, NBC10. NBC's "Allegiance" brings its reluctant Russian spies - and their CIA agent son - to Philadelphia Thursday. Besides including a cameo for Mayor Nutter, the show, which filmed two episodes here in October, takes viewers inside a local landmark most Philadelphians have seen only from the outside. The Masonic Temple on North Broad Street is the focus of a storyline in which the spies are racing the feds to retrieve something from City Hall on a Sunday without being detected.
February 14, 2015 |
The decision to suspend Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay is the latest unwelcome development at an NBCUniversal News Group division that has become a nagging and highly public trouble spot for Comcast Corp. The problems at NBC News, which date to Ann Curry's tearful on-air goodbye as Today co-host in June 2012, have stretched over two news-division leadership regimes. Williams' suspension now threatens months of speculation on his ultimate fate at the ratings leader Nightly News . "It's a noisy problem, and it plays out in the public," said Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.
February 13, 2015 |
* THE SLAP. 8 tonight, NBC10. "Ethnic people slap each other all the time. It's half of reality television. " Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling), "The Mindy Project" A SPOILED CHILD, an annoyed adult, a party ruined. That's the launchpad for NBC's "The Slap," based on Christos Tsiolkas' 2008 novel and an Australian miniseries that followed the cascading consequences of a man publicly disciplining someone else's child. NBC's eight-episode remake begins tonight and includes actors more associated with film than with network television - Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman - and what's possibly the most annoying narration ever.
February 8, 2015 |
Brian Williams' future? What future? NBC anchorman Brian Williams has admitted he "made a mistake" (read: lied) when he claimed he was in the middle of an exciting Black Hawk Down -esque incident in Iraq in 2003. What now? He'll be fired, for sure! Isn't that what Williams' most august predecessor, Tom Brokaw , demands? Nope. "I have neither demanded nor suggested Brian be fired," Brokaw said in an e-mail to the Huffington Post. "His future is up to Brian and NBC. " NBC News prez Deborah Turness on Friday told her staff by e-mail that she has discussed the issue with Williams and his Nightly News team.
February 7, 2015
Williams yanks Iraq story OK, what? Brian Williams , tall, slim, hair-in-place perma-tanned prevaricator? Man of trust? News anchor for NBC? Heir to Tom Brokaw , Chet Huntley , and David Brinkley ? Now just another celebrity fibber? Gosh, we hope not. On Wednesday, B-Will had to withdraw claims he made in a Friday show, that he was in a helicopter shot down by rocket-propelled grenades in Iraq, where he went to report in 2003. He said American soldiers rescued him and his news team from the downed chopper.
January 27, 2015 |
J UNOT DIAZ, the Pulitzer Prize-winning MacArthur Genius Grant awardee from New Jersey, got to put another feather in his authorial cap recently when the BBC voted his 2007 book, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao , the best novel of the 21st century. And who was there to congratulate him? NBC10's own Nefertiti Jaquez, who happens to be Diaz's cousin. "I get that he's famous in the literary world, but he's not only my cousin, he's one of my best friends," Jacquez told me. "I'm so proud of him, but I know him, so when I'm with him I almost forget all of that.