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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
By JON GARELICK  |  June 18, 2010

Photos: Lost Finale Party at the Brattle Theatre

This party had What It Takes
Fans bid Lost farewell at the Brattle | May 23, 2010

Odd couples

The East Hampton Board of Health would doubtless approve Grey Gardens: The Musical , since it comes minus the crapping cats, feral raccoons, and piles of garbage that form the supporting cast and unsanitary milieu of the famed documentary on which it's
The Lyric's Grey Gardens; Trinity's Shapeshifter
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 15, 2009

My two Dads

For those still jonesing for The Sopranos , Chazz Palminteri's A Bronx Tale (at the Colonial Theatre through April 5) may provide a somewhat sanitized fix.
Chazz Palminteri recycles A Bronx Tale
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 10, 2009

Jim Bob Duggar

A conservative Baptist, former Arkansas state legislator, and star of TLC mini-series stinkers such as “14 Kids and Pregnant Again” and “17 Kids and Counting,” Jim Bob Duggar is a cultural carpetbagger with little regard for his wife's vagina. His 20 puk
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Hard times

When last year the BBC interrupted its broadcast of Little Dorrit — which hinges on the downfall of a Bernie Madoff–like figure — for a tawdry true-crime documentary, thousands of viewers complained: don't leave us hanging!
Life and debt in Dickens's Little Dorrit
By JUSTINE ELIAS  |  March 24, 2009


Review: Sunshine Cleaning

What lifts this tasty little dramedy above Sundance mediocrity is a pathos that overcomes all the "quirky" dysfunctional contrivance.
Not “completely pie free,” but close
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  March 18, 2009

Masterpieces and mysteries

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that there cannot be too many Jane Austen adaptations for film and television.
‘The Complete Jane Austen’ on WGBH, and making book on the Austen detectives
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 14, 2008

The Austen adaptations

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 09, 2008

War and Peace

So, no, Bondarchuk’s War and Peace is not really Tolstoy’s. Then again, short of a 20-hour TV mini-series with Russian actors, you won’t see better.
Seven hours is not enough
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 18, 2007

Heart to heart

It’s a wonder, Gilmore Girls notwithstanding, that our species keeps producing mothers willing to produce daughters.
Trinity Rep’s hurtful, humorous Memory House
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 27, 2007


And justice for one . . .

“I’m not a miracle worker, I’m a janitor.”
Clooney cleans up as Michael Clayton
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 03, 2007

BBC America?

The British are coming! And they have American accents!
The networks put some English on the fall TV season
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  September 12, 2007

Backstage masterpiece

As much as I adored The Sopranos , I have to wonder about the rush to anoint it the best television series ever.
Is Slings + Arrows better than The Sopranos?
By ED SIEGEL  |  July 03, 2007

Closing on a classic

Why is it that as Tony Soprano sits on a deck chair overlooking a pristine upstate New York lake, the atmosphere is filled with dread?
The Sopranos plays its last hand; Entourage fires up a Yom Kippur war
By JON GARELICK  |  April 10, 2007

Behind the masks

“Dramedy” has been describing successful American plays more and more frequently in recent decades.
Trinity Rep's splendid A Delicate Balance
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 27, 2007


Double jeopardy

Anyone who’s ever served on a jury can testify that courtrooms aren’t nearly as exciting as so many television dramas have made them seem.
Another day in court for Phoenix Wright
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 30, 2007

No plain Jane

Every generation leaves its fingerprints on Jane Eyre .
PBS's hot Bronte
By JUSTINE ELIAS  |  January 17, 2007

Life after Cheers

I saw Twelve Angry Men , the black-and-white 1957 film, in high school in the 1990s.
George Wendt gets jury duty
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  October 31, 2006


Orlando Bloom executive-produced this crime thriller set in the Grand Caymans back in 2004; it got a look at the Toronto Film Festival that year and has been sitting on the shelf ever since — with good reason. Watch the trailer for Haven   (QuickTime
A lot of fuss without any payoff  
By TOM MEEK  |  September 20, 2006

Entertaining with the Sopranos

Even if you’re one of the remaining eight people who don’t have HBO, you can still enjoy dinner at Bricco on September 18, when the restaurant welcomes The Sopranos Cookbook and Entertaining with the Sopranos author Michele Scicolone.
September 18, 2006  
By TAMARA WIEDER  |  September 13, 2006

Liberals collapse

Could a compromise have been reached, or would Manning's art have come down regardless?
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  September 12, 2006


Providence has turned up on television as a cartoon ( The Family Guy ) and as a randomly selected backdrop for a sentimental, filmed-in-Toronto drama ( Providence ).
The Brotherhood brings cable crime to Providence  
By JUSTINE ELIAS  |  July 05, 2006


This season — the third — has been penciled in as Deadwood ’s last, Milch moving on to other projects. Too bad  — there’s still plenty of gas in the tank, or gold in the mine.
Blood and gold
By JON GARELICK  |  June 06, 2006

God's law

Besides its other contributions to pop culture, The Sopranos spawned a prime-time genre that might be called the “suburban-rebel soap.”
HBO’s lighthearted look at polygamy
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  March 10, 2006

Family and fate

Series creator David Chase could easily have ended The Sopranos last year, in the fifth season.
The Sopranos finds the Tao
By JON GARELICK  |  March 10, 2006

God's law - side

By  |  March 07, 2006


A practiced hand in frivolity, director Joe Roth here moves on to something more serious: distilling Richard Price’s 700-page crime drama into a two-hour seesaw.
When a missing white boy, an alleged black carjacker, and mounting racial tensions collide
By TOM MEEK  |  February 14, 2006