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Metal Feathers net their best record yet

If you're going to make huge structural changes, before your third record is a fine time to do it.
Dredging up the low
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 22, 2013

Community’s state of play

By the time you read this, NBC's brilliant, neglected stepchild of a sitcom will back on the air, having survived its creator's firing, various scheduling debacles, and the epic flouncing-off of Chevy Chase.

By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  February 08, 2013

Dexter — still bloody good

When we saw Dexter last, his sister Deb had walked in just as he plunged a knife into Travis Marshall's chest.

By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 28, 2012

Homeland's victory lap

Is there a more compelling spectacle in television these days than Claire Danes slowly decompensating into full-on mania?

By JON GARELICK  |  September 28, 2012

Treme's third season is in the money

From the beginning, Treme has been too much — too many stories, too many angles, too many scenes.

By JON GARELICK  |  September 21, 2012

The 10 TV premieres to DVR this fall

With new projects from Andre Braugher, Mindy Kaling, Michael Chiklis, and, uh, Lucy Liu?
Last Resort, The Mindy Project, American Horror Story, and more
By BY RYAN STEWART  |  September 21, 2012

Trade search or junket?

Isn't it wonderful that the government that has cut every human-services program it can and has filed a lawsuit against the federal government to further cut MaineCare and health programs for fellow citizens has somehow now found the capital to send a g
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, September 14, 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 14, 2012

Review: The Inbetweeners

Based on a popular British telly series and directed by Ben Palmer, The Inbetweeners sends its four randy, clumsy, post-high-school twits on a journey to the hedonistic vacation resort of Malia on the Mediterranean island of Crete.
Based on the popular British telly series
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 07, 2012

Fall 2012 TV Preview

Stay tuned for "Sports Yell"
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  September 07, 2012
Backtalk: RiffTrax

Interview: The RiffTrax crew revisit another 'classic'

MST3K took its curtain call in 1999 after 10 years on cable, but the show's end ultimately liberated host Mike Nelson and the revolving cast of cinematic satirists.
MST3K forever!
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 10, 2012

Interview: Aziz Ansari is on the fly

It's been a good few months for Aziz Ansari.
Jet setter
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 11, 2012


Interview: Aziz Ansari is on the fly

It's been a good few months for Aziz Ansari.
Jet setter
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 11, 2012

Interview: Brendon Small finds his niche

Years before he cracked the dimensional barrier that separates the real from unreal by turning Dethklok, the lovably sociopathic stars of Adult Swim's Metalocalypse , into one of the most lucrative metal acts in both cartoonland and the material world
Guitar hero
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 27, 2012

HBO's Veep needs more mean

Reality, right now, is so absurd that almost everyone has already adopted a "laugh-to-keep-from-crying" approach to the news. We don't need someone to tell us how truly horrifying our political landscape is. So what's a satirist to do?
Soft serve
By RYAN STEWART  |  April 20, 2012
MagicCity TV

Not much 'magic' on Starz's new drama

Premium networks play by different rules from the rest of television, but Starz has taken things to a new extreme: they've twice renewed shows before episode one even aired.
City of blahs
By RYAN STEWART  |  April 06, 2012
BackTalk interview AdamGreen

Interview: Adam Green gets frightful laughs with 'Holliston'

Director and Holliston native Adam Green ( Frozen, Hatchet ) knows a thing or two about what it's like to be stuck in your hometown post-college, working a dead-end job, and pining for the high school girl of your dreams. Green parlayed all that angst i
Native son
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 30, 2012

GameOfThrones Dinklage

And thus the 'Game of Thrones' continues

'Twas the thud heard round the world. In the penultimate episode of the first season of HBO's Game of Thrones , our hero Ned Stark (Sean Bean), after a brief, fraught tenure as the King's Hand, discovered the Lannisters' incestuous affair, was falsely
Calling Dr. Zaius!
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 30, 2012

Mad Men tries to pick up the pieces

"Is it my imagination, or is the lobby full of Negroes?"
Morning after
By JON GARELICK  |  March 23, 2012

On the Road with Patti Smith and Bob Dylan

It's Thanksgiving at the Smith home, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.
A backstage diary
By AL GIORDANO  |  March 09, 2012

Get in on the TV Show action

Each episode of TV Show, the multimedia collaboration between Bomb Diggity Arts and Shoot Media Project (itself a part of Creative Trails, a community support program for adults with intellectual disabilities), explores a diverse range of topics.
Lights, camera, action!
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 24, 2012
HBO - TV - Luck

Review: Luck

You get the feeling that Milch and Mann just want to show off what they know about horse racing. When one of Marcus's crew keeps screaming out during the big Pick Six race, "What's going on!?," he speaking for the audience.
HBO goes to the races
By JON GARELICK  |  January 27, 2012


Interview: A new world for the Coma junkies

Based on gustatory adventurer Joe Ricchio's cult foodie blog Portland Food Coma, Food Coma TV ( has had a revelatory first season.
Awkward talks
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 06, 2012
Unsexiest Men '11: These Reality "stars" are Really Unsexy. For Real.

Unsexiest Men '11: These Reality "stars" are Really Unsexy. For Real.

If we were to make a venn diagram of reality TV, er, personalities, they'd all fall into one of three categories: Insanely Hot and Vapid,...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  December 15, 2011
Being Elmo: Short Take

Review: Being Elmo

Just in time for the release of The Muppet Movie on November 25 comes Constance Marks's look at the man behind the pilly-fabric Sesame Street character.
A moving portrait of an unheralded artist
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 18, 2011

GoLocal takes a stab at TV

In a media marketplace that is too often timid, golocalprov stands out.
The Tubes
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 28, 2011

Prohibition drinking game!

Leave it to Ken Burns and PBS to crash our romantic Boardwalk Empire fantasies with a scholarly five-and-a-half-hour, sepia-tinted tome about the rip-roaring Twenties.
Play along with the upcoming Ken Burns documentary
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 30, 2011


Review: District

With the fall television season beginning, it is worth remembering the best TV show of the last decade: NBC's Las Vegas . Man, that show was good.
District is hard to classify, but hard to go wrong
By BRIAN DUFF  |  September 30, 2011
Boardwalk Empire TV

Is Boardwalk Empire about to enter its golden age?

Dispel any remaining doubts. The new season (which begins this Sunday at 9 pm on HBO) unfolds with a new leisurely, cinematic grandeur.
Easy livin'
By JON GARELICK  |  September 23, 2011

Fall TV Preview

What to expect from the tube come autumn.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  September 02, 2011
Best of El Planeta 2011

Best of El Planeta 2011

Choosing a side in the ongoing Boca Grande vs. Anna's Taqueria vs. Chipotle vs. Qdoba burrito war is a great step toward figuring out your...
By Katie Lannan  |  August 12, 2011