A sweeping score, a tried-and-true comic, and a splendid video game series

I hadn’t gotten around to watching HBO’s adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge by the time it came one award short of a clean sweep in the Limited Series categories at last year’s Emmys. With so much great television on, I wasn’t sure I’d ever get around to it, but I was certain I had to track down Carter…

Olive Kitteridge wins all of the Emmys (but Jon Hamm and Viola Davis each get one too)

It’s Emmy night, the most wonderful and magical night in all of television (until the Academy Awards), and while the best part of Emmy night is always getting a chance to see low-level movie stars slumming it with the cast of Modern Family, this year’s ceremony also had some additional highlights. Who didn’t love that…

The Critics’ Choice Television Awards shower HBO with nominations

What is it about HBO that makes it attract accolades like some kind of accolade magnet? Is it just cool to like HBO, and someday things will cycle around and it’ll be cool to like, say, NBC? Or is HBO really just that good at everything it does? Whatever the answer is, it’s not for us to decide. It’s for the Broadcast…

HBO takes on “unfilmable” novel Olive Kitteridge, proves it’s quite filmable

Olive Kitteridge (HBO, 9 p.m.): As explained at the top of Libby Hill’s glowing review of HBO’s latest miniseries, Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge is the type of novel that people like to call “unfilmable.” The focus shifts with each new chapter; the timeline bends and jumps and generally proceeds outside of…