Posts Tagged ‘Television’

TV Review: The Ringer

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

Sarah Michelle Gellar is not messing around when it comes to her return to TV. Not only has she chosen Ringer, a campy nighttime drama, as her comeback vehicle, but she’s playing twins: stripper junkie Bridget and rich bitch Siobhan. On top of that, Ringer’s pilot throws in as much plot as it can manage in its [&hellip
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TV Review: The Lying Game

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

Consider The Lying Game, ABC Family’s latest teen drama, to be the sycophantic sidekick to that channel’s Pretty Little Liars. Lying tries to do everything that Liars does so easily, but, like the handmaiden to the queen bee, the strain is pretty obvious. There’s nothing particularly fresh or appealing about this weird drama, about long-lost twin sisters (Alexandra Chando plays both) [&hellip
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TV Review: The Killing

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

By the end of the first hour, you will probably want to punch in the face every character of AMC’s newest brooding drama, The Killing. Detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) is packing up on her last day in Seattle, preparing to fly down to San Diego with her young son to live with her fiancé in [&hellip
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TV Review: The Borgias

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

No one in Showtime’s new soap opera—er, historical drama—The Borgias is having a good time. Not Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander, not any of the actors playing his children, followers or enemies, and certainly not the audience. The over-the-top story of the Borgia family, fraught with poisonings, treachery, possible incest and papal abuse, cries out for [&hellip
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Book Review: The Intimates

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

In his debut novel The Intimates, Ralph Sassone has deftly sidestepped the multiple pitfalls inherent in his story. Recounting the friendship between Maize and Robbie at three pivotal points in their lives (high school, college and post-college in New York City), Sassone writes about the absurdities of liberal arts colleges, the bond between straight women and [&hellip
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TV Review: Mad Love

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

Poor Judy Greer. After the failure of her underrated ABC sitcom Miss Guided, she’s now back to a supporting role on CBS’s Mad Love. And as if her return to co-starring status wasn’t insult enough, she’s also looking rough around the edges with an unflattering red hair color and punishing bangs. The hairstyle simply adds insult to [&hellip
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TV Review: Retired at 35 & Working Class

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

Part of the appeal of traditional sitcoms is their predictability. Some absurd premise is set up, wacky events ensue and we all learn a little life lesson by episode’s end. Shows like Hot in Cleveland aren’t changing the face of television or adding to pop culture’s cache of catchphrases, but when d one right, they’re the equivalent [&hellip
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