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SNL finally gives us what we want in season premiere


Live from New York, it’s a show that we can actually relate to! Saturday Night Live’s 38th season premiered this weekend on NBC with a fancy new title sequence, a freshly plucked cast of supporting players and a bevy of hilarious and relevant sketches. While its formula is as tried and true as ever, Lorne Michaels […]

The Mindy Project is fall’s best new comedy


Watch out Zooey Deschanel, there’s a new, new girl in town. The Mindy Project hasn’t even officially premiered, yet the show starring and created by actress/writer Mindy Kaling already has viewers excited about this clever and fresh new comedy. The show began generating buzz last week thanks to Fox’s initiative to release its pilots to […]

Girls fosters unapologetic comedy


As far as showbiz mentors go, independent-filmmaker-turned-HBO-darling Lena Dunham could do a lot worse than Judd Apatow. Apatow, the writer-director-producer variously responsible in one capacity or another for The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Pineapple Express, is prolific, but with so many box-office smashes under his belt, he’s also […]

Mad Men demonstrates television’s nostalgia for the past


It was the first cable show to take home the Emmy for outstanding drama series three years in a row and last September, Mad Men did it again. It sired a wave of nostalgia that one backward-facing period drama after another hoped to ride into the ratings’ promised land. The show’s ratings are by no […]

Actresses hit and miss with careers in music


Sometimes, being a movie or television star is not enough. That is why several famous actresses leapfrog from their fame on-screen to pursue other interests and goals. Though some actresses are content to branch out to producing or directing, a good number come to the conclusion that a music career is beckoning. And what follows […]

Modern TV lacks stability, certainty


Television has had many ups and downs in recent weeks with returns, delays and cancellations, giving way to the widespread instability in modern television programming. This holds particularly true as Tuesday falls squarely between the long-delayed midseason return of NBC’s gleefully eccentric gang comedy Community and the even longer delayed season five premiere of AMC’s […]

Screen Actors Guild Awards plays it safe again


That magical time of year has once again come and gone — the time when all the good street parking outside of Superior Grocers is taken by stretch limousines and low-flying choppers aren’t looking for fugitives, but a photo op instead. Yes, on Sunday, the venerable Shrine Auditorium played host to the 18th-annual Screen Actors […]