January 6, 2014
“Downton Abbey” is back, minus a few key players. What did you think of the first installment?
Saturday, January 11, 2014
The new HBO series “True Detective” pairs Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a mismatched team of Louisiana state cops dealing with a reopened murder case.
Richard Feder of Fort Lee, N.J., whose name was used on “Saturday Night Live” years ago as that of a letter writer to a news show, was stuck in the traffic caused by the lane closings.
Fox adds two series to its late-Saturday-night animation lineup, including “Lucas Bros. Moving Co.,” from the twin comedians Keith and Kenny Lucas.
Broadcasters contend Aereo’s service violates copyright laws. The company says it is not covered by the relevant provisions of those laws.
As HBO brings back “Girls,” the series about young female slackers, it is also offering “Looking,” about young gay slackers.
In an age when solitary TV and movie viewing is easier all the time, some couples meet remotely to share their entertainment.
“Enlisted,” a Fox sitcom making its debut Friday, centers on three brothers stationed at the same backwater base in Florida.
Facial hair has outgrown its underground connotations. Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, sported a beard that prompted barbs on Twitter: “Jay Carney rocks lumberjack-chic at the year’s first press conference.”
“The Spoils of Babylon,” a six-part series on IFC, is a broad parody of those overblown mini-series of yore about wealthy clans, starring some familiar names.
The season premiere for “Downton Abbey” drew more than 10.2 million viewers, a record for this British drama.
Based on two new shows, the TV trend of 2014 may be reality shows about people hunting things, including other people.
The audience of 10.2 million for the Season 4 premiere was a huge increase from the Season 3 premiere of 7.3 million.
Sasheer Zamata, a sketch comedian who has been performing in the New York area for the past four years, will make her first appearance on Jan. 18.
Two sides of the feminization of television crime shows come to the screen this week with “Chicago P.D.,” on NBC, and “Killer Women,” on ABC.
In “The Poisoner’s Handbook,” the PBS show “American Experience” looks at the poisons that were once sold as goods ranging from complexion enhancers to furniture polish.
“Being Mary Jane,” a new drama on Black Entertainment Television, stars Gabrielle Union as a cable news personality fielding crises.
The new CBS series “Intelligence” centers on an agent whose abilities have been broadened by a microchip implanted in his brain.
The NBC morning news program, which has been second to “Good Morning America” for 16 months, will open its offensive with a major promotional campaign.
A bumper crop of new shows (“Broad City” and “Looking”), and some worthy veterans (“Sherlock” and “House of Cards”), awaits viewers huddled before the television this winter.
“True Detective,” new on HBO, subverts the clichés of the detective series genre and strives to reinvent the police procedural.
Hoping to stabilize a sharp ratings decline for “American Idol,” Fox changes the judging panel, brings in a new director and promises stronger singing contestants.
Greg Kinnear reflects on his twisting career trajectory as he prepares for “Rake,” a new Fox series in which he plays a deeply flawed defense lawyer.
“Friday Night Tykes,” a reality show that has its premiere on Tuesday night at 9 on the Esquire Network, follows five San Antonio football teams of 8- and 9-year-olds.