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ABC's Red-Hot How to Get Away with Murder Proves Broadcast Isn't Playing It Safe

Ed Martin | Posted 10.31.2014 | Media
Ed Martin

In an exciting but not altogether unexpected development, the addition of How to Get Away with Murder to ABC's schedule now gives each of the Big Three networks a current drama series that challenges basic cable's status as the home of top-quality, unapologetically adult programming.

Maureen Ryan

TV Writers Pay Tribute To 'Hill Street Blues'

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 06.23.2014 | TV

The pilot for the 1981 drama "Hill Street Blues" opens on chaos. Police officers and other employees mill around a drab, disorganized meeting room. Bl...

Quiet on the Set - When Manhattan Was the Backdrop for Romance

Jane L. Rosen | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
Jane L. Rosen

Has the entertainment industry given up on the romance of Manhattan? Did it flee the country with Woody or migrate to Brooklyn with Lena Dunham? Are we destined to be portrayed as an urban wild west, ducking gunfire instead of drinking Cosmos?

Mad Men: On the Comeback Trail in a Changing Cultural Landscape

William Bradley | Posted 06.10.2013 | TV
William Bradley

Mad Men is back, and I'm glad. Even though the two-part premiere episode wasn't perfect, it brought some keen acting, sharp dialogue, and stunning visuals. And it brought the show fully into the beginning of the fire that consumed the late 1960s.

Movie Review: The Sweeney

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Though Ray Winstone has been a TV star in Great Britain since the mid-1970s, a lot of Americans got their first sighting of the beefy British actor with Gary Oldman's 1997's Nil By Mouth or 2000's Sexy Beast.

Dethroned: Mad Men's Down Season Opened the Door for a Superlative Homeland

William Bradley | Posted 11.24.2012 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Even though Season 5 was a down year for Mad Men, it was still clearly one of the best shows on television. It took something very special to best it. Which brings us to Homeland. I'm pleased that Homeland won for best drama.

Looking Forward From Mad Men's Meandering Season 5: You Only Live Twice (One Can Only Hope)

William Bradley | Posted 08.13.2012 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Was Don's silent look at the end of the Mad Men finale the equivalent of Schwarzenegger saying: "I'll be back"? Is it possible that the last three minutes of the episode redeemed the entire season?

Mad Men Makes the All-Time Television Pantheon and Unspools Another Fine Episode

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
William Bradley

The first part of this season is more pleasant to watch than the first part of last season. But until we know where we're going this season, I'm not sure how consequential it will all turn out to be.

The Obituary as Art Form

Carine Fabius | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Carine Fabius

When you make your living in the arts--whether that's on the creative front or the business end--, it's safe to say that you are probably open to all kinds of veerings off the path to pay the bills.

Defending Brideshead While Attacking the Media

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Why compare Brideshead Revisited to a sitcom like The Facts of Life? Perhaps because the late 70s and early 80s was a highpoint for the miniseries the likes of which we may never see again.