The death of the Confederate Flag and the positive side of PC

Ten days ago, there was no Confederate battle flag controversy. The issue, somehow,  in the days since the Charleston massacre last Wednesday has gone from a half-forgotten culture war skirmish of the late ’90s to a suddenly renewed battle to the Republican governor of South Carolina, on Monday, calling for the flag to be removed more »

“Daily Show’ streaming marathon starts Friday

What’s the best way to commemorate Jon Stewart’s retirement from the Daily Show? How about watching every single episode of the show since Stewart took over in 1999? Comedy Central announced that it will host a 42-day streaming marathon of Stewart’s entire run hosting the show. No, it’s not airing on Comedy Central itself- they more »

Notes on a visit to Jerry’s old apartment

When I was in line Thursday at Hulu’s pop-up re-creation of Jerry’s apartment from ‘Seinfeld’- I saw a story flash across Twitter that one guy had actually broken the door while doing the Kramer entrance, while visiting the exhibit a few days earlier. Not the worst Kramer-related event of the post-‘Seinfeld’ era, of course, but more »

Fin: How to let Robert Durst get away, Univision defeats Trump and RIP the other Nature Boy

Jeanine Pirro is working on a memoir of her work on the Robert Durst case; she should call it “How I Spent 20 Years Failing to Put Away an Obviously Guilty Murderer, Who Went On To Kill Again” (Jezebel) Good to hear the New York Times finally pulled Alessandra Stanley from the TV criticism beat. more »

New Heroes Reborn teaser asks where the heroes are

Now NBC, if you’re doing a show called Heroes Reborn,  shouldn’t you already know where they are? Anyway, we have a new teaser for NBC’s 13-episode return to the world of Heroes.  Zachary Levi of Chuck fame is the biggest name among the new castmembers, but Jack Coleman, Greg Grunberg and Masi Oka are all slated to more »

House of Cards meeting Fox News in Spacey/Kelly political show

If you feel like a look at American politics that’s relatively far afield from the way things really are, you have a couple of different choices, including House of Cards on Netflix and the entire primetime lineup on Fox News. Now, get ready for a combination of the two, with the news that House of more »

The UK Office spinoff Life on the Road will open wide via U.S. release

Ricky Gervais said via a statement, “David Brent getting a big U.S. theatrical release? He can die happy now.” This is to say, The Hollywood Reporter says the Office spin-off movie Life on the Road will get wide release via Open Road, who bought the US rights to the project. Entertainment One snagged worldwide rights more »

No renewals yet for new HBO shows Ballers, The Brink

While the current lineup of HBO Sunday night shows- Season 2 of True Detective and the new Ballers and The Brink– all got middling-to-negative reviews from critics, ratings for all three shows were strong. According to Variety, citing Nielsen ratings, True Detective drew over 3 million viewers, the strongest performance of the series with the more »

Amazon gets HDR streaming, starting with “Mozart in the Jungle”

Amazon announced Thursday that it is adding programming in High Dynamic Range for its Amazon Prime content. Amazon’s original series Mozart in the Jungle will be the first to feature the capability. The capability means Amazon has beaten Netflix to the punch on HDR. “HDR is a technical innovation that provides a truly stunning viewing more »

“Elvis & Nixon” movie goes to Amazon

“Elvis & Nixon,” in an in-development movie in which Kevin Spacey is planning Richard Nixon and Michael Shannon Elvis Presley, was intriguing enough before. Now, it’s notable for another reason: Amazon has reached a deal to help distribute it. Here’s how it’ll work, according to Deadline: Significantly, Amazon will follow a more traditional model, teaming with more »

Showtime, Hulu form surprise alliance

For all you’ve heard about HBO and Netflix’s battle, two of the primary rivals of both have announced a surprise offer. Subscribers to Hulu will soon be able to subscribe to Showtime for $8.99 per month, streaming all of Showtime’s shows along with Hulu’s offerings across devices. The offer is $2 less than Showtime’s standalone more »


Melissa Rivers accepts center square, is new host of Fashion Police

In what must be undoubtedly good news is also some tough stuff: Melissa Rivers will officially step into her mother’s shoes and become the new host of Fashion Police. If this comes of something as a shock to you, imagine how Melissa Rivers feels. New episodes with Melissa in the center square will start August 31, more »