In 2006, TV critics swooned over "30 Rock," part of a new breed of comedy that dared to fly without a laugh track and whose ranks included "Arrested Development," ''The Office" and "Everybody Hates Chris." Then a misfit nerd crashed the party. "The Big Bang Theory" was crafted in the style of 1950s groundbreaker "I Love Lucy," with the requisite studio-audience tapings and recorded guffaws intact. Even some of those making the CBS comedy that debuted in 2007 questioned its chances, said Jim Parsons, who stars as Sheldon Cooper, one of the show's brilliant and socially inept scientists. "'We're making the last great buggy wagon in the age of the Model T, but the Model T is here. So how long does this go?'" was how one writer framed the contrast between old-school and 21st-century TV comedies, Parsons recalled in a recent interview. As the enduringly popular series prepares to bow out Thursday with an hour-long finale, the question is raised anew: Will viewers, awash in such creatively … [Read more...] about End of ‘Big Bang’ Stirs Debate Over Future of TV comedies
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In 1981 Joan Collins strode into courtroom on "Dynasty," and into television history, as Alexis Carrington, her ex-husband's worst nightmare – and the woman the entire country loved to hate. Collins laughed, "The first time I realized it was when I was driving down Sunset Boulevard, and these little kids were in a school bus and they all looked out the window and said, 'Alexis! Alexis! We hate you! We hate you!" In her native England, even the royals were tuned in, Including the Queen Mother: "She said, 'Oh yes, "Dynasty." We all watch it.' I said, 'Oh. And do you hate me?' She said, 'Oh no, my dear. We love you.'" Correspondent Mo Rocca said, "And it makes me so happy to know that the Queen Mother was more of an Alexis than a Krystle person. Did success at that age feel especially sweet?" "Oh, you mean in my 40s? Yes, it was like I was 100!" At 85, she's as busy as ever. "I wake up every day and think, 'Carpe diem. Seize the day.' Yeah, because, you have to think of every … [Read more...] about Joan Collins: Playing the woman the world loved to hate
We get the lowdown on The Bay, the new ITV drama set in Morecambe. When is it on television? Wednesday, March 20, ITV, 9pmWhat is it? A six-part drama starring Morven Christie and Jonas Armstrong, set in the coastal town of Morecambe in Lancashire (The Bay).What’s the story? When twins Holly and Dylan Meredith go missing, Family Liaison Officer Lisa Armstrong realises her connection to the family might be more than just professional.What’s her character like? As a Family Liaison Officer, she’s trained never to get emotionally involved. Her job is to support families during the worst time of their lives, whilst also to be the eyes and ears of the police investigation; a cuckoo in the nest.What happens next? There’s something very different about this particular case. With horror, Lisa realises she’s got a personal connection with this frightened family; one that could compromise her and the investigation. Who are the main characters? Lisa Armstrong played … [Read more...] about The Bay: The new ITV drama set in Morecambe, when is it on and what’s the story?
I've written about many upsetting topics about prejudice against the LGBTQ community in this column, but this week's is one of the most unsettling and difficult to write about. It's only been a little over a week since it happened, but with our current news cycle, it's been pushed out of the spotlight. And it shouldn't be. In the early morning of Tuesday, Jan. 29, openly gay black actor Jussie Smollett, who plays the openly gay character of Jamal Lyon on Fox's Empire, was attacked in a racist, homophobic hate crime in Chicago. The actor had just gotten off a plane in Chicago and went to a Subway to grab a sandwich around 2 a.m. According to Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, Smollett told detectives that during his walk back from Subway, he was attacked by two men near the lower entrance of the Loews Chicago Hotel. Smollett said the two men yelled "Empire fa***t" and "Empire n***er" while striking him. The two men put a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him during the … [Read more...] about Time for Tea: Jussie Smollett’s Attack Reflected MAGA’s Hate
Heather Long, The Washington Post Published 6:50 am PST, Monday, November 12, 2018 Chip Litchfield and his partner, Penni Brink, enjoy lunch in their RV at the Interstate 24 Campground in Smyrna, Tenn. Chip Litchfield and his partner, Penni Brink, enjoy lunch in their RV at the Interstate 24 Campground in Smyrna, Tenn. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By William DeShazer Penni Brink, left, and Chip Litchfield pose for a portrait outside of their RV at the I-24 Campground in Smyrna, Tenn., on Sept. 20. Penni Brink, left, and Chip Litchfield pose for a portrait outside of their RV at the I-24 Campground in Smyrna, Tenn., on Sept. 20. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By William DeShazer Robert and Jessica Meinhofer and their two children in front of the RV. Robert and Jessica Meinhofer and their two children in front of the RV. … [Read more...] about 1 million Americans live in RVs. Meet the ‘modern nomads.’