1999 saw the debut of two of the greatest shows ever made, as well as the seeds of the medium's embrace of cheaply made mediocrity. It marked the beginning of whole new expectations of where television could ascend -- or descend.
When it comes to couples who have been together 32 years, it's easy to say they have a habit of finishing each other's sentences. But with writing-producing team Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov, they have a habit of finishing each other's paragraphs.
New York is full of fun places to have a good time. One of the hottest places around is Da Marinos, an Italian restaurant/piano bar that sits smack in the middle of the theatre district of Times Square section of Manhattan.
"The Sopranos" is the story of an Italian-American family inside the criminal society of a New Jersey mafia in which revenge is the standard response to disrespect and disobedience. Why is immoral behavior worthy of anybody's attention?
If critics have one thing to offer these days, it's context, and Alan Sepinwall really knows his history: His enthusiasm for television as an art form and as a repository of our collective consciousness is palpable.
Damages did much to support my hindsight appreciation of TV drama in recent years. Powered by a narrative dynamic that often played with chronological exposition, it was an uncommonly complex and challenging show.
Tony Sirico is always going to be synonymous with his Sopranos character Paulie Walnuts. While he's probably fine with that, the character actor said it's nice to branch out of gangster roles every now and then.
Every 10 years, leading film critics around the world choose a list of top films. While the Top 10 changes, one thing has long remained unchanged: Citizen Kane is the greatest film ever. But The Godfather is doing some creeping of its own.