In its season finale, Snowfall's long game finally pays off

As “The Rubicon” dims the lights on the first season of Snowfall, and Franklin seems to have everything he’s ever wanted right in front of him, there’s no denying it’s been a rocky road. That’s true of both the characters and those of us who have stuck with the freshman show through its often sluggish, scattered first…

Snowfall is one of TV’s long games, and here’s why you should play

Our TV options are ever expanding, both in programming and platforms, but that overabundance has created a climate that’s mostly inhospitable for slow-burn dramas. That high-concept premise sound too confusing? Move on. Pilot not compelling enough? Wait a day (or during fall premieres, an hour) for something that will…

Snowfall continues losing momentum as it crosses the season’s halfway point

There’s a certain amount of patience and withholding of narrative information that’s inherent in any TV show with a relatively large scope. Snowfall is no exception. Its dramatization of, as every bit of marketing material will tell you, “how crack began,” is certainly ambitious in how much it’s looking to tackle. Not…

Now that it’s had a taste, FX wants more Snowfall

Snowfall, John Singleton’s drama about the history of LA’s crack epidemic, has proven to be a slow burn (though this particular writer thinks it’s worth the wait). Regardless, the strong performances and critical praise obviously have FX hooked—the network’s just announced via press release that it’s picking up the…