| Jan 22, 2013
| 4:00 AM
Last Sunday, "Girls," HBO's much-talked-about comedy, debuted its second season. I should qualify that "much-talked-about" description, since "Girls" is really only a major discussion point among young liberal urbanites around the country. It's in matters...
| Nov 9, 2012
As if it weren't enough that Lena Dunham, the 26-year-old writing/directing/acting phenom who started a revolution this year with her HBO series "Girls," scored a $3.5-million book deal and has been granted the unofficial but unimpeachable title of "voice...
| Apr 29, 2012
| 1:46 PM
I have been watching the backlash against HBO's groundbreaking comedy "Girls" the last couple of weeks, and much of it looks to be coming from writers and wannabe critics who might just be jealous of Lena Dunham's success.
Racism is a complicated and...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 9:02 AM
UPDATES WITH MORE BALTIMORE NOMINEES: HBO's Baltimore productions "VEEP" and "Game Change" got some solid Emmy notice with the comedy earning a best actress nomination for Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the made-for-TV movie about the 2008 presidential election...
| Apr 15, 2012
| 8:01 PM
If you didn't see the debut of HBO's"Girls" Sunday night, here's some advice: Do whatever it takes to see it. Smart people are going to be talking and talking and talking some more about it for weeks.
In 30 years of writing about television, I cannot...
| Apr 20, 2012
| 9:33 AM
"VEEP" is the kind of series that separates HBO from almost every other channel or network making television these days.
It takes great risks, dares to break new ground, includes some of the most imaginative artists working in the arts and aims for...
| Apr 27, 2012
| 2:00 PM
With the arrival last week of HBO's "VEEP," it is official: Sunday night TV is out of control, but in a good way.
Hard as might be to imagine in a medium that some characterize as having 10 million choices but nothing worth watching, Sunday nights now...
| Apr 30, 2012
| 1:18 PM
HBO renewed its two new Sunday-night comedies 'VEEP' and "Girls' for a second season, and that's great news for the Baltimore TV and film production community.
HBO made the announcement Monday afternoon via Twitter: "We're happy to announce #Veep and...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 12:50 PM
No one ever really knows what will go down on Emmy Awards night. Just when you think the voters are stuck in a rubber-stamp rut, they pull a big surprise and bestow their love on a shiny TV newbie.
That's what makes predicting the winners such an iffy...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 6:51 PM
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - For those who need a little more incentive to get invested in the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, nationally syndicated oddsmaker Benjamin Eckstein has a solution - gamble on it.
While betting money on the Emmys in the state of...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 12:44 PM
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American distribution rights to "Appropriate Behavior," the Sundance comedy directed by and starring Desiree Akhavan, Variety has learned.
The film, produced by Cecilia Frugiuele at...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 2:01 PM
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Brian Lowry, Variety's resident TV critic and a superhero aficionado hosted a one-hour chat on Reddit on August 18. Here are the best questions (and answers) from the conversation, which included everything from Emmy...