Saturday, March 28, 2015

Annual Manual

Posted January 21, 2015in On The Tube

Jordan Creek Mall Shakes Things Up

Now in its second decade, Jordan Creek Town Center will seek new stores as leases expire. Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch will close Jan. 24, along with its neighboring Abercrombie Kids store, both on the upper level. Wet Seal and Delia’s have both reported financial struggles in previous years and

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Posted January 14, 2015in On The Tube

Monkey Business

“Portlandia” Thursdays (IFC) One of the selling points of “Portlandia” has always been, if you don’t like one sketch, there’s another coming along in a minute. In Season 5, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are going a different route and spending a whole episode with one pair of characters (last

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Posted January 07, 2015in On The Tube

New Year’s Noise

  “Archer” Thursday, Jan. 8 (FX) Season Premiere: After last season’s cocaine ’n’ country detour, Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) and crew are back in the spy game — but no longer as ISIS, since that name’s been, uh, compromised. After he’s done wallowing in “cobra whiskey and lady-boy hookers,”

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Posted December 31, 2014in On The Tube

The Best of TV 2014 Pt. 2

  “You’re the Worst”(FX) Like the equally surprising “Broad City,” “You’re the Worst” shattered preconceptions of the “edgy” cable comedy with smarts, heart, bracing moments of relationship realism (and outright debauchery), and a fearless cast led by relative unknowns Chris Geere and Aya Cash. No worries that the Toxic Twosome

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Posted December 24, 2014in On The Tube

The Best TV of 2014 Pt. 1

  (Almost) everything you should revisit, or discover, from the past year.   “True Detective” (HBO) Creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto probably screwed himself by launching this mesmerizing crime anthology with stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson at the top of their respective games. Good luck following up these eight near-perfect episodes.

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Posted December 17, 2014in On The Tube

100 and done

“Anger Management” finally reaches 100 episodes. In other news, “Anger Management” is still on. In March 2011, Charlie Sheen was fired from CBS’ “Two & a Half Men” for being, well, more Charlie Sheen than he had been during production of the sitcom’s previous seven seasons. He then went on

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Posted December 10, 2014in On The Tube

Space oddity

“Marco Polo” Friday, Dec. 12 (Netflix) Networks are jumping on the sweeping, quasi-historical period piece bandwagon: HBO set it off with “Game of Thrones,” History has “Vikings,” Starz has “Outlander” and “Black Sails,” AMC has “Turn” and “Hell on Wheels,” The CW has “Reign,” and now Netflix is dropping the

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Posted December 03, 2014in On The Tube

Adventure Time

Peter Pan Live! Thursday, Dec. 4 (NBC) Special: Last year, it was “The Sound of Music”; in January, it’ll be “The Music Man”; tonight, “Peter Pan” — NBC can’t launch a TV series anymore, but at least they have the high school musical market locked down. As with “The Sound

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Posted November 26, 2014in On The Tube


Cinema Insomnia (Roku’s Zom-Bee TV) “Your host” Mr. Lobo has presented late-night horror-cheese showcase Cinema Insomnia for 13 years through a smattering of regional cable outlets and, probably, subliminal mind control. Last year, Zom-Bee TV (available through streaming service Roku) picked up Cinema Insomnia, exposing the campy creature-feature to a

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Posted November 19, 2014in On The Tube

X-mas onslaught

“An En Vogue Christmas” (Lifetime; Saturday, Nov. 22) The singers of En Vogue (as played by the current legally recognized singers of En Vogue) reunite for a holiday benefit concert to save the nightclub that gave them their start and to forgive the sleazy manager (David Allen Grier) who “broke

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