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Welcome to Sleepy Hollow

The plot: In the new Fox series from Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, British turncoat spy Ichabod Crane (his civilian gig was teaching History at Oxford) gives the Headless Horseman his name, fighting for George Washington in the Hudson Valley.  He subsequently blacks out, and wakes up 232 years later (a la Rip … Continue reading

Pop Culture Blind Spots And Finding The Human Side Of Our Icons

The price of my ticket has yet to contribute to Man of Steel’s $500 million (!) win at the box office.  But based on previous experience, I have a feeling that I won’t be seeing this one in theaters: I only just recently remedied one of my pop culture blind spots and finally saw The … Continue reading

It’s An Honor Thing

This is it folks, Election Day is tomorrow. In the morning, I’ll go vote before the lines get too long, and by this time tomorrow night, I’ll be watching the returns. My plan is to stick with Stewart and Colbert for most of the night, but I think I’ll pop over to NBC every so … Continue reading

Adaptations, Romance and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

  It’s in no way surprising that Hank Green and Bernie Su’s The Lizzie Bennet Diaries has caught on the way it has. They took one of literature’s most enduring (and most adapted) romances, updated it to the 21st century, and broke it down into pieces that are easily and readily consumed and shared by the fans … Continue reading

Halloween, Reboots and Character Baggage

I hope that everyone who was affected by Sandy fared okay during and after the storm. Since Monday evening I’ve been without power, but I’m temporarily back online thanks to the local charging stations around town. Of course yesterday was Halloween, and the littlest trick-or-treaters came out in the afternoon to avoid the dangerous down … Continue reading

Chicago Fire: Pilot

The best way I can describe Chicago Fire is serviceable.  It’s not terrible, but not particularly transcendent of the genre either.  The beats it hits are often so familiar they are almost worn out, right down to the new guy (Charlie Barnett) putting his name on the fallen comrade’s old locker at the twenty minute … Continue reading

Nashville: Pilot

It’s so great to hear Connie Britton say y’all on my TV screen again. I was always going to give Nashville a shot since it’s more up my alley than American Horror Story, and I’m happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed.  Self-assured acting, credible music, pretty scenery and a script that balances both soapy fantasticness and well-observed details about … Continue reading

Mad Men: Season 5, Episode 11

I think that “The Other Woman” ranks up there with season three’s triumphant finale “Shut the Door, Have a Seat,” and season four’s wrenching “The Suitcase,” in terms of indelible storytelling. To me, “The Other Woman” was as much an exploration of the worth of women as it was about the character of men. Joan … Continue reading

Pilot Predictions 2012: NBC Comedies

Animal Practice Starring: Justin Kirk (“Weeds”), Tyler Labine, Matt Walsh Directed by: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo Writers/Creators: Alessandro Tanaka and Brian Gatewood Wednesdays at 8:00 pm, opposite “Survivor” on CBS, “The X Factor” on Fox Kirk plays a womanizing vet who hates the owners of his patients. For me, there was a bit too … Continue reading

Pilot Predictions 2012: NBC Dramas

Revolution Starring: Billy Burke, Giancarlo Esposito Director: Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) Writers: J.J. Abrams (“Super 8”) and Eric Kripke (“Supernatural”) Mondays at 10:00 pm after “The Voice,” and opposite “Hawaii Five-0” on CBS and “Castle” on ABC The premise is that one night the world’s electricity disappeared and the world collapsed. The action begins 15 … Continue reading