Billy On The Street’s Thanksgiving parade has Katie Couric, a Sean Penn balloon

Billy Eichner has a rather singular view of the world. He lives for certain people—Meryl Streep, for example—and both loudly and lovingly disparages others. That dichotomy is perfectly clear in “Billy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” a new sketch scheduled to run on this Thursday’s episode of Billy On The Street. For the…

Showtime at the TCA press tour: What would you say to taking chances?

This summer’s Television Critics Association press tour has featured a lot of unflappability among the executives who take the stage for grilling from journalists. There’s nothing wrong with television! Why would anyone ever think there was anything wrong with television? The business model isn’t collapsing; it’s just…

Showtime at the TCA press tour: It's so hard to say goodbye to everything

It took a while, but Showtime has put together a solid little schedule, then filled in the cracks with some really bizarre stuff. So much of what Showtime has peddled for years now is attitude—a kind of loutish, asshole-y behavior that’s meant to seem clever and confident and cool. Yet in the past couple of years, the…

Beyond the Top 30: other 2011 TV highlights

The problem with the existence of so many TV networks and so many good TV shows is that something worth watching is almost always airing somewhere. That means a lot of good shows didn’t make our list of the best television series, including plenty of the more niche programs not all of our writers were able to watch.…

Ratings roundup: What's it take for HBO to cancel a show?

In the first week of its third season—and its first airing on a Monday, without a cushy lead-in—HBO’s Bored To Death pulled in 240,000 viewers. In week two, it was up, slightly, to 250,000 viewers. But it wasn’t the least-viewed scripted show out there (if, indeed, there’s a comprehensive list of such things. The show…

Don’t slam the door on your way out: 24 accidental TV finales that worked as series-enders

1. In Treatment, “Adele: Week 7” (December 7, 2010)
Nothing frustrates TV fans more than an accidental finale. When a show is canceled, the producers often don’t have enough warning to wrap up the story; it’s hard to watch a final episode that closes on an ambiguous note, doesn’t show off the series’ strengths, or ends…

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