76 trombones, 110 cornets, 10,000 marbles: 11 parades gone awry

Whenever you’re likely to come across a parade in film or television, you’re just as likely to come across a parade gone terribly, horribly wrong. These aren’t your garden variety float malfunctions, nor are they Ferris Bueller improving the Von Steuben Day Parade with a little Wayne Newton and The Beatles. These are…

HBO at the TCA press tour: Nothing will ever have to end again (except Enlightened and Treme)!

HBO doesn’t always deign to present an executive session at the Television Critics’ Association press tour, but every so often, in the summer, CEO Richard Plepler and president of programming Michael Lombardo can be lured out of their great money vault to appear before the unwashed masses, and, inevitably, the…

Embrace the mystery: Is repeat viewing the best way to approach complex TV?

Brandon Nowalk: I didn’t like the first season of Game Of Thrones until I watched season two. It felt simplistic, especially compared to the mercenary game of Risk the show has become. Cut off the two subplots in the North and the East, which are mostly disconnected anyway give or take a raven, and the main story is a…

The CW renews Hart Of Dixie and Beauty And The Beast, picks up Vampire Diaries spinoff

The soft dewy freshness of spring renewal season continues today, as The CW has announced that it’s picked up sexy doctor in a sexy small town show Hart Of Dixie for a third season and sexy beauty and the sexy beast show Beauty And The Beast for a second. The former was seen as a likely renewal, because even though it…

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