TV Review: A Gifted Man

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

A blue-chip NYC-theater cast (Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle, Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale) can’t elevate CBS’ A Gifted Man high enough to forgive its flaws. Wilson is Michael, a wildly successful Manhattan neurosurgeon whose snobbery and wealth are punished by the sudden appearance of his dead ex-wife (Ehle). Apparently, being a rich doctor who doesn’t work in a [&hellip
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TV Review: The Hour

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

The Hour, the latest British import being aired by BBC-America, has cast a wide net when it comes to potential audiences. The biggest draw is the 1950s time period; set at the BBC in 1956, The Hour follows three brash employees of the titular news show. But there is also an espionage plot, a feminist storyline, a [&hellip
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TV Review: MTV's Awkward

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

MTV is working off some of its karmic debt incurred by Jersey Shore with its new teen comedy,Awkward. Combining the best parts of Easy A and the much-missed Daria—can we get a “where are they now?” special for the graduates of Lawndale High?—Awkward. finds the calmly skeptical Jenna (Ashley Rickards) dealing with the effect of the entire school’s eyes on her after [&hellip
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TV Review: Suits

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

I had almost written off USA shows after the premieres of Covert Affairs (Piper Perabo joins the CIA because she got dumped!) and Fairly Legal (she’s an arbitrator with a messy personal life who doesn’t go by the book but gets results!). The endless sunshine of Burn Notice, In Plain Sight, Royal Pains and White Collar—where New York City always looks like a gorgeous [&hellip
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TV Review: Wilfred

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

There is nothing comforting about  FX’s new comedy Wilfred—and I mean that as a compliment. Never mind the weekly drudgery of a procedural, which follows the same routine week after week, but with new guest stars. Or the canned laughter of a sitcom that reminds you to laugh at the non-threatening jokes. Wilfred is not the type [&hellip
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TV Review: A Gifted Man

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Blog, TV

A blue-chip NYC-theater cast (Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle, Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale) can’t elevate CBS’ A Gifted Man high enough to forgive its flaws. Wilson is Michael, a wildly successful Manhattan neurosurgeon whose snobbery and wealth are punished by the sudden appearance of his dead ex-wife (Ehle)
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TV Review: 2 Broke Girls

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Blog, TV

The most entertaining aspect of 2 Broke Girls, CBS’ latest effort to be hip, is identifying which of the jokes in the pilot were written by Michael Patrick King and which by Whitney Cummings—who is perpetrating comedy murder on not one but two networks this season. King’s are easy to spot: Just follow the pun. [&hellip
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TV Review: Up All Night

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Blog, TV

Freed from the restraints of being daffy and arch, respectively, Christina Applegate and Will Arnett manage the neat trick of embodying both the couple you want to be in and the lovable weirdos with whom you’d hang out in NBC’s Up All Night
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TV Review: The Playboy Club

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Blog, TV

Turns out, The Playboy Club has more going on than just ripped-off ’60s nostalgia and Playboy Bunnies. NBC’s new drama is actually a noir-ish melodrama about new Bunny Maureen (Amber Heard), ambitious cocksman/lawyer Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian, doing a dead-on Jon Hamm vocal impression that lends him gravitas) and their desperate attempts to cover up [&hellip
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