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Gone but not forgotten
Yes, True Blood has resumed, and Futurama and Weeds wait in the wings. But let's take a moment to hail The Tudors , which bows out this Sunday night at 9 after four seasons on Showtime.
Henry VIII and The Tudors bid adieu
| June 18, 2010
From one of Saturday Night Live ’s lamest recurring sketches comes one of its funniest spinoffs.
| May 28, 2010
Review: Saturday Night
Actor James Franco’s debut feature, a behind-the-scenes look at the December 6, 2008, episode of Saturday Night Live , is kind of like Jean-Luc Godard’s Sympathy for the Devil with less music and more fart jokes.
Franco's debut documentary possibly better than an actual episode of Saturday Night Live
| April 23, 2010
Interview: Sarah Silverman
Recently, “Sarah” — the character played by Sarah Silverman on Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program — was upset because in today’s world it just wasn’t safe anymore for children to get into strangers’ vans.
| April 23, 2010
A music producer eyes a revival
It was 2006 and music producer Jo Jo Gator, a couple of decades removed from the glory days, needed to get back on the radar screen.
| April 16, 2010
Review: Date Night
Must-see-TV leads Steve Carell ( The Office ) and Tina Fey ( 30 Rock ) team up in this night-out-gone-wrong comedy as a bored Jersey couple seeking to put some romance back into their marriage.
Like a full season of a sit-com packed into one movie
| April 16, 2010
Workin' man blues
Election years are always times of high anxiety for politicians. That may explain why they say and do so many stupid things.
Blue-collar luxury resorts, and other GOP oxymorons
| March 05, 2010
A weed grows in Boston
Even though it's a crisp November day, the flower boxes of Mary Jones's neat little bungalow are overflowing with brightly colored blooms.
What's a suburban soccer mom who was once fervently anti-drug doing running a business growing and selling pot?
VALERIE VANDE PANNE
| December 04, 2009
Vegas and Jungleland
Paul Shaffer is a happenin’ cat. Pick an It Moment from pop culture over the past 30 years and Shaffer was there. He was an original band member on Saturday Night Live . He played hapless promo guy Artie Fufkin in This Is Spinal Tap . Disco? He co-wr
Paul Shaffer and the Big Man tell all
| November 27, 2009
Flight of the Conchords | I Told You I Was Freaky
The New Zealand “folk-comedy” duo Flight of the Conchords transcended folk and comedy on their debut LP, a soundtrack to the absurdist HBO show of the same name, with genre parodies that were great songs in their own right.
Sub Pop (2009)
| October 16, 2009
The premise for HBO's new half-hour comedy Hung (Sundays at 10 pm) is so over-the-top as to be cringe-worthy: high school basketball coach Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane), divorced and broke, starts whoring himself to ladies on the basis of his giant schlong.
Hung and Entourage measure success
| July 17, 2009
Review: Imagine That
Eddie Murphy proves he doesn't need a fat suit to play soft in Karey Kirkpatrick's surprisingly nuanced family comedy.
Forces you to follow its eponymous directive
| June 12, 2009
The Year of the Nerd
Barack Obama is many things. Dedicated senator. Devoted husband and father. Adept orator. President-elect. Nerd.
Screw the jocks and prom queens — in 2008, geeks took control of entertainment, pro sports . . . even the White House
| December 23, 2008
The good news
When David Alan Grier promises that he’s “filling TV’s black hole” with his chocolate flavor, you know it’s gonna be good.
David Alan Grier fills "TV's black hole" with Chocolate News
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| October 08, 2008
Interview: John Hodgman
Long before John Hodgman became universally recognized as the systems-challenged PC in Apple’s ads, he was writing fake trivia for such publications as McSweeney’s and the New York Times Magazine.
One man's operating system
| October 08, 2008
Bigmouth strikes again
The few college students who don’t watch The Daily Show get their news from Immortal Technique.
Immortal Technique goes on the offensive
| June 24, 2008
Flight of the Concords
Given my choice of late-night HBO comedy series about foul-mouthed acoustic duos with inflated senses of self-importance, I’ll take Tenacious D over Flight of the Conchords every time.
| April 29, 2008
Tommy Tiernan is an Irishman, a son of Erin.
Tommy Tiernan, Lil’ Bush
| March 04, 2008
The Writers Guild of America strike, now in its fifth week, has exacted a serious toll.
| December 05, 2007
It’s easy to be flip about the deep implications of the Writers Guild of America strike, which is now stretching into its fourth week.
Why the Writers Guild strike could affect the presidential race
| November 28, 2007
Misunderestimate Stephen Colbert at your peril.
A gladiator of mockery, Stephen Colbert is dismantling American society from the inside
| November 16, 2007
This time last year, who would have guessed that Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip would be dead by Emmy time and Tina Fey’s 30 Rock would be an Emmy winner?
30 Rock gives it another go
| September 25, 2007
Among its hordes of firsts, The Simpsons helped transplant politicians from the cartoon funny pages to our television sets.
The 20 Best Animated Politicians in Cartoon History
| July 26, 2007
If you gotta go
It’s Saturday night, and you’ve had a few drinks at your favorite bar.
Politics and other mistakes
| April 25, 2007
You and your tech-chic
You must’ve already heard that you were named Time magazine’s 2006 Person of the Year.
As of 2006, new media isn’t just for geeks anymore
| December 20, 2006
For hard rock, heated debate, child-care tips, and latex puppetry, 2006 was a banner year in television. Who says the culture’s going to the dogs?
A year in television
| December 18, 2006
Demetri Martin has chosen a radical modus operandi for a young contemporary comedian.
Demetri Martin’s precocious humor
| October 25, 2006
I ruined Stephen Colbert's coffee
It’s 11:39 pm on June 26, and my cell phone is about to explode.
Behind the scenes at Comedy Central
| September 28, 2006
Jeff Cohen on the weird and disturbing world of CNN, Fox, and MSNBC
In his new book, Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media , Jeff Cohen writes about his years with cable news channels as a pilgrim who’s returned from a strange and hostile land.
| September 18, 2006
Lions and lambs
The season is notable for the return to bookstores of canonical names like Atwood, Ginsberg, Kinnell, le Carré, Munro, Pynchon, and Vidal plus a fair share of younger lions like Eggers, Julavits, and Muldoon.
Pynchon isn’t all you’ll be reading this fall
| September 13, 2006
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