Michelle Dean: We have gathered here today because, and I think this is not an exaggerated term, we are devoted to "Enlightened," the struggling HBO show from Mike White that stars Laura Dern as Amy Jellicoe, a woman who… is struggling to figure out life. That sounds kind of patronizing, but it's the only way to put it.
Recently I found myself actively worrying about the show's potential cancellation as I went about my day. And I keep tossing around different reasons of articulating why. One is of course that like David Haglund at Slate, I think it's the most interesting show on television right now, as well as [...]
Showtime's programming hinges "on dramedies about women with secrets; AMC does meditative and highly watchable dramas about men in difficult situations." —Ha, that is true! For a counterpoint on talking about HBO, there are about 400 tweets today from TV expert Kate Aurthur.
11. The pervasiveness of eye shadow.
10. A The Situation/Vanilla Ice look-alike in shiny jacket, aviator sunglasses and jauntily tilted hat.
9. General lack of pastiness.
8. None of the following were present: Colson Whitehead, Sloane Crosley, Sylvia Miles.
7. And yet: a racially proportioned crowd.
This is the way history works on cable—the period setting is condensed, amplified and sped up so that we can focus on the interpersonal relationships and dramas of our heroes and villains. You add enough historical ephemera to keep people who watch for that reason interested, anyone tuning for a character drama gets a venue more exciting than a hospital or an LA apartment complex and everyone finds a person/place/thing to plug into Google at the end of the night.
The problem with the first quarter of "Boardwalk Empire"—the first three episodes of its first season of twelve—as a cable television show with a historical bent is that [...]
"TV is far less risk-averse these days than cinema." Christine Vachon, discussing her HBO project, with director Todd Haynes (!), of Mildred Pierce (!).
"Shane Mosley says â€˜Floyd Mayweather fights for money.' You fuckin' dummy; I'm a prizefighter. That's what I'm supposed to fight for: a prize. Duh!" – Floyd â€˜Money' Mayweather.
People say that Floyd Mayweather is arrogant, that he doesn't care about "boxing" in the abstract, only himself. This is the opposite of the truth.