June 15, 2016 |
Fagin and his gang of pickpockets had nothing on Janine "Smurf" Cody and her boys. The canny, unsettling matriarch of a Southern California crime family, Smurf (Ellen Barkin) is the most exotic creature in TNT's new Animal Kingdom , and easily the most dangerous. Oliver Twist wouldn't stand a chance. But for Joshua "J" Cody (Finn Cole, Peaky Blinders ), Smurf is a refuge, the grandmother who comes running when her estranged daughter dies of a heroin overdose in Tuesday's two-hour premiere, leaving 17-year-old J with nowhere else to turn.
April 16, 2016 |
The members of North Philadelphia's Tenth and Thompson Street gang were proud, tattooing themselves with the letters "TNT" or wearing clothing that showed they belonged. So when a TNT member felt disrespected by a rival group while watching an NBA game at a North Philadelphia bar in February 2014, prosecutors said, the rest of the TNT gang apparently saw only one way to respond. "Warfare," said District Attorney Seth Williams. Over the next five months, 15 members of the TNT gang allegedly wreaked havoc around their home turf - participating in nine shootings, including one homicide, all targeting the rival "Dirty Block gang" in retribution for the slight at the bar, Williams said.
November 1, 2015 |
I offer greetings, gratitude, and a hearty salute to the makers of TNT's Legends , who have busted the espionage thriller wide open for its second season. Legends stars Sean Bean as a mysterious Jason Bourne-like figure who has two decades of experience as a covert operative but no clue to his real identity. Season Two premieres at 10 p.m. Monday. I liked it last year, and the first three episodes of the new season excite me. Viewers don't need to see the freshman season to enjoy the show, but it helps to know the basics.
August 26, 2015 |
Two new shows this week bear the mark of their auteurish creators: Accomplished filmmaker Edward Burns brings dramatic gravitas to the small screen with the period drama Public Morals , and stand-up comic Jerrod Carmichael manages to tackle weighty issues using a cliched sitcom format. Cops? Just another gang The Mad Men vibe has become the Holy Grail of TV. Every network seems desperate to match the unique texture of Matt Weiner's period drama. Most attempts - CBS's Vegas , ABC's Pan Am , NBC's Playboy Club, and TNT's Mob City - were misfires.
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.
May 8, 2015 |
UP UNTIL EARLY Tuesday morning, I had looked at Ernie Johnson as the geeky guy on TNT who did an absolutely terrific job keeping Charles, Kenny and Shaq under control. In a span of less than 24 hours, my respect for Johnson reached a level that I cannot comprehend. At 2 a.m. on Tuesday, I watched an episode of ESPN's E:60 in which Johnson was featured. So I watched, and cried. Since becoming the face of Turner Sports in 1990, Johnson has faced some major dilemmas. There was cancer in 2006, which he beat; there was the death of his father in 2011, which he still beats himself up for not being there when Dad died; and then there was Michael.
December 12, 2014 |
Most makeover reality shows are unabashedly focused on changing people only on the surface, whether with a diet plan, a new hairdo, or a new house. It's refreshing that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's new TNT series, Wake Up Call , which premieres at 9 p.m. Friday, seems so different, focusing instead on improving the life of the whole person. Seems is the operative word: While one early episode is about an at-risk teenager who turns his life around, another is merely about an obese high school football coach's attempts to lose weight.
August 14, 2014 |
* LEGENDS. 9 tonight, TNT. THERE'S a small moment in the premiere of TNT's "Legends" in which undercover FBI agent Martin Odum is introduced to a new colleague, who tells him they have something in common. "I'm an Air Force brat, too," says the young analyst ( Tina Majorino, "Veronica Mars"). "Only my father was never stationed overseas, so I didn't get a cool accent out of the deal. " And just like that, Martin is free to spend at least part of every episode sounding like the man playing him, Yorkshire-born Sean Bean ("Game of Thrones," "Lord of the Rings")
August 13, 2014 |
Legends with Sean Bean ( Sharpe's Rifles ) is a show, that, like Josh Holloway's CBS series Intelligence last season, should work but doesn't due to a lack of imagination and daring. Bean's Martin Odum is an FBI agent who is, in the immortal words of Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop 2 , "deep, deep, deep, deep undercover. " He gets so lost in the alter egos he adopts to infiltrate criminal enterprises that he will slip into their speech patterns without realizing it. So lost that he signs a child support check to his wife with the name of the militia nut job he is pretending to be. His identity is so splintered that as his handler (Cherry Hill native Ali Larter)
June 20, 2014 |
* RECTIFY. 9 tonight, SundanceTV. * THE LAST SHIP. 9 p.m. Sunday, TNT. "RECTIFY" IS not a show in a hurry. When the drama, one of last year's best, premiered in April 2013, I was struck by a scene in which main character Daniel Holden (Aden Young) fell asleep while riding in the car taking him away from the prison where he'd spent 19 years on death row. It was a daring choice for a medium that tries to keep us up nights, but the right one for the character, who, after years of staring at walls, reacted as a newborn might to overstimulation.