| Feb 24, 2014
| 4:30 AM
And you thought the people at ESPN cared only about sports.
On Monday, executives at the sports-media empire will take a vested interest in helping a general-entertainment cable network launch the second season of one of its most successful scripted...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 3:32 PM
The oddest thing about the hit Netflix political thriller "House of Cards" is that its popularity -- according to many media watchers and even to some extent Netflix itself -- seems inextricably tied up with the way it gets viewed, rather than whether it'...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Steven Van Zandt knows his way around the underworld. For six seasons on "The Sopranos," he played Silvio Dante, the consigliere to crime boss Tony Soprano who obediently carried out his orders with a distinctive glower.
But these days the actor is...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 3:25 PM
You may have heard or read or woke up suddenly thinking that we are living in a New Golden Age of Television. Some call it the platinum age, which sounds a little too Rodeo Drive to me. But let them have their fun.
Most of this new golden/platinum age...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 3:19 PM
It was a sweet year to be a TV critic. Some of us have been shouting into the wind for years, but finally and yet somewhat miraculously, television is being acknowledged as a legitimate and ascendant art form.
Books were published, panels held,...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 12:30 PM
When I first see Elaine Stritch--the 89-year-old legendary stage and screen actress--she's propped in bed. Although she's been a New York fixture since the 1940s (and spent 18 years living in a room at the Carlyle Hotel), she recently moved to Michigan....
| Nov 15, 2013
Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band is now in a better position than ever to continue rolling on and there was talk about a movie version of “The Sopranos” but the death of James Gandolfini has silenced it forever, guitarist and......
| Jun 17, 2013
| 4:15 PM
"The show is titled 'Mad Men,' but without these women, the guys would be just a bunch of desperate masturbators in great suits."
So said Holly Hunter, introducing the lead actresses of the acclaimed AMC drama last week at the nonprofit Women in Film...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 10:15 AM
When Damiano Mr. Pizza, the family-run pizza parlor on Fairfax Avenue, shut its doors late last month after nearly 60 years in business, it quickly brought to light the tiff between building owners Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook, who together own well-...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 5:00 AM
James Gandolfini, the most important actor in the most influential television series of the last decade and a half, died suddenly Wednesday, in Italy. He was only 51, and though he had been a busy working actor -- in film and onstage as well as on TV --...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 6:12 PM
Tony Soprano may not have put HBO on the map, but he sure made its address famous.
The portrayal of the conflicted mob boss by James Gandolfini, who died unexpectedly Wednesday, lifted HBO and indeed the entire television industry to new creative...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 7:55 PM
James Gandolfini's untimely death at the age of 51 was as shocking as the abrupt cut-to-black conclusion of his most famous series, "The Sopranos."
Although most people became familiar with the imposing-looking Italian American actor after seeing him...