| May 6, 2013
| 4:57 AM
Peggy's back, and so is the "Mad Men" we all love.
True, Peggy has appeared in the show for most of this season. And the overall themes (prostitution and adultery) are still present in "For Immediate Release."
But it’s as though the writers were...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 4:45 AM
"The quality of mercy is not strained.”
The title for this episode comes from Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice.” On this Father’s Day, Don could use mercy from his daughter and himself. Instead we find him curled up in a...
| Sep 29, 2012
| 6:54 AM
Talk about a TV series keeping current with the news.
Thirty seconds into the Season 2 opener of Showtime’s “Homeland,” viewers see the first image of an American embassy under attack in the Middle East. At just over two minutes into...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 5:16 AM
"The only thing worse than not getting what you want is someone else getting it," Roger said in season five.
In "To Have And To Hold," Don not only loses what he wants to someone else, but he also watches the defeat unfold right in front of him....
| Apr 15, 2013
| 4:20 AM
For all you complaining about the less-than-stellar season six premiere, feast your eyes on the scintillating second episode.
“The Collaborators” delves into themes of desire, putting on a good face for show and the sin rooted deep in Don&...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 3:29 PM
Forget the water cooler — or any other public space like social media or the Internet.
When a TV show strikes the kind of psychic chords that HBO’s “Game of Thrones” did last week with its blood-drenched Red Wedding sequence, the...
| 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...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 10:36 AM
A faulty blackboard sealed Russell Matthew's acting fate. As he took the prop on stage during a skit, it immediately fell apart.
"I took a chance to save face and ad-libbed a lament on the funding of our public school system," the Silver Spring...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 3:01 PM
When Henry Bromell won the Writers' Guild Award this year for scripting “The Good Soldier” episode of “Homeland,” he thanked Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana.
Why, you might wonder, would this California screenwriter be thanking...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 6:34 AM
Don has taken the elevator ride straight to Hell.
“Excuse me,” Don yells behind jail bars. “I shouldn’t be in here.”
Yes, he should. And not just for punching a minister, even if that hatemonger deserved it. (MLK, RFK and...
| 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...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 2:34 PM
Jake Tapper's new show on CNN, "The Lead," is premiering at a time when cable TV keeps moving further down the road of partisan news presentation. But ask him about it, and there's no waffling.
"I am not a partisan, and I am a journalist — not...