Sunday, September 27, 2009

"Trauma": Important Lessons To Be Learned

Not that Mary McNamara's review of "Trauma" doesn't make it clear that we may be rooting for a good EMT action show, but unless things improve, this may not be it.

"there are several important lessons to be learned: Don't wear your iPod while you're checking out a generator because then you won't be able to hear the guy asking if it's OK to throw the power back on. Don't text while driving, especially if the sexual nature of those texts causes you to leer and laugh with such wild abandon that you cause a 20-car pileup that involves multiple explosions.

Most important, if you are going to have a "wild man" emergency helicopter pilot as one of your main characters, do not give him a nickname like Rabbit and force him to wear aviator shades and a skintight uniform. The last person to do this with any dignity was Erik Estrada in "CHiPs," and that was the '70s, man."

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Lest We Forget

Television shows come and go but who will be remembered and who is forgettable? Mary McNamara reviews the new NCIS Los Angeles (the first of a new franchise?) and one that begs us to remember, but is alas forgettable, The Forgotten.

Like to watch tv on your computer? I do.
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Friday, September 25, 2009

"The Cleveland Show" Or A New, Kinder, Gentler "Family Guy" ?

"The Cleveland Show", the new spin off from the much loved Family Guy doesn't quite bring the funny or the family for that matter. Mary McNamara reviews it in The current Los Angeles Times.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Who's Afraid Of "Glee" On Fox?

Some people think the new hit show "Glee" is a little too sexy to watch with the kids. Mary McNamara points out in The Los Angeles Times , not being "High School Musical" is a good, not a bad thing. Dorothy, we aren't on the Disney Channel anymore.
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Neil Patrick Harris Saves The Emmys And Every Other Award Show Too!

The only Emmy 2009 Awads recap you will ever need is in The Los Angeles Times today and television critic Mary McNamara nailed all the highs and all not so highs of the show. The big news is that Neil Patrick Harris hosted the best together awards show in years. From song to dance to Dr. Horrible he entertained, kept it real, and moved it along with a generous spirit and real talent. The show rocked and Mary is right:

"Although fated to be long and occasionally disappointing by nature (How, exactly, did Kevin Bacon not win for "Taking Chance"? And did Tina Fey have to make the snarky "wow, that was a nail-biter" when "30 Rock" inevitably won for comedy series?), this year's Emmys introduced a smartly refurbished format. By breaking down the awards by genre -- why did no one think of this sooner? -- and ending with comedy series and drama series, the show Sunday at the Nokia Theatre had a welcome sense of narrative sweetened with a smattering of humorous grace notes,..."

How did Kevin Bacon not win for Taking Chance?

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Modern Family: The Family Sitcom Reborn

ABC does what they thought couldn't be done: create a truly updated Family Ties-like sitcom that really works. Mary McNamara reviews Modern Family in The Los Angeles Times.

"Just when we were thinking it couldn't be done, ABC's "Modern Family" has single-handedly brought the family comedy back from the dead. Astute in a way we haven't seen since, oh, I don't know, "Family Ties" or maybe "Married . . . With Children," "Modern Family" is sharp, timely and fresh, complicated enough to be interesting but with a soft, sweet center because, and I'm speaking loudly so even cable channels can hear, there is nothing wrong with that."

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"Cougar Town" Is Better Than "MILF Island" But Then That Is A Made Up Show On "30 Rock" And "Cougar Town" Is Actually A Show On ABC

Oh my...Cougar Town...words fail. Reviewed The Los Angeles Times by Mary McNamara.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"The Good Wife" Hands Down Best New Drama Of The Season

Well...and the winner is The Good Wife. Mary McNamara's rave review in The Los Angeles Times.

"It's an astonishing little exchange, which Margulies chooses to underplay to perfection, revealing more in her character's restraint than the pathos of the words, which are a much more valuable and true example of women helping women than any shabby-feminist mentoring could be. With the rest of the cast hitting the same high notes as Margulies and the script, "The Good Wife" promises to be that Holy Grail of television: a good criminal procedural that barely disguises the insightful, multilayered human drama that lies beneath."
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Shaking Up The "House"

The two-hour premiere of House let's Hugh Laurie stretch his considerable acting muscles.

"You have to hand it to creators of "House": They're never afraid to shake up things. Executive producer Katie Jacobs directed the premiere, and it's a pleasure to see House out of his element and Laurie allowed to flex his dramatic wingspan a bit. Amazingly, and refreshingly, no medical mystery is solved, no deviant behavior explained away by an MRI finding. House rattles an X-ray only once!"
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Georgia O'Keeffe: Lifetime's Bio Pic Is Well Drawn

The love story and not so loving story of Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe is recounted in the Lifetime movie airing 9-19-09 9:00pm EST. The movie does a fine job in capturing the artist and woman and her equally well-known husband.

From Mary McNamara's review in The Los Angeles Times:

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"Don't You Hate It When You Work Really Hard And Your Show Turns Out All Wrong. I Just Hate That."

Did anyone enjoy the Jay Leno Show premiere last night? A quick look across the papers and the web indicate that no one liked it. One site liveblogged the dismay as it happened. Mary McNamara of The Los Angeles Times tries to figure out where it went wrong.

"Sixteen minutes into the new "The Jay Leno Show," it was difficult not to panic. This is the future of television? This wasn't even a good rendition of television past. "
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Larry Gelbart 1928-2009

Larry Gelbart writer and creator of M*A*S*H* and Tootsie has died at age 81. Here is the obituary from The Los Angeles Times.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Vampire Diaries As Much Fun As An Ice Cream Social In A Graveyard And Not In A Bad Way

The Vampire Diaries on CW is a good old gothic tale as campy and as much fun as the great old Dark Shadows. Read Mary McNamara's review in The Los Angeles Times. Watch Mary's video review below.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

"Melrose Place" Knocks Again: Nobody Home

Boy, when they said you can't go home again they were not kidding as the "new" Melrose Place demonstrates: reviewed by Mary McNamara in The Los Angeles. Is it even possible that Davis Guggenheim directed one of the episodes?

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

History Channel's "Manson" Not Totally Helter Skelter

Mary McNamara reviews Manson in The Los Angeles Times which airs Monday on The History Channel and includes the first interview in 20 years of Manson Family member Linda Kasabian. From the review:

"The mystery at the heart of the crimes was never Manson's motivations -- he's a psychopath -- but the infectious nature of his insanity. That darkness remains undisturbed by what little is revealed here."

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Fire This Time

Sometimes novelists, reporters and critics feel the heat from a story up close and personal. The massive Station Fire television coverage --or the lack of coverage in the a fiery Los Angeles Times piece by Mary McNamara. Mary's article was also noted in the LA Weekly and at the very fine LA Observed.
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Oscar Season Now In Trade Paperback $14.00

The classic mystery novel and today’s paparazzi coincide in this engaging, insider’s look at Hollywood in the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards.

She is one of the very few reporters allowed to witness pre-telecast rehearsals and for years has covered Oscar night from the celebrity side of the red carpet and backstage during the show.

A recent recipient of an L.A. Press Club and American Association of Features Editors Awards for her industry coverage, she has interviewed innumerable stars and directors, and used her experience to craft this deliciously entertaining whodunit.

Wide audience: This novel will fascinate the many readers captivated by Hollywood and the celebrity lifestyle, while also appealing to mystery devotees and fans of smart, entertaining women’s fiction. It’s equal parts Jackie Collins, Michael Tolkin, and Sue Grafton.