Thursday, April 12, 2012

Lena Dunham's "Girls" Premieres on HBO Sunday, Breaks Network TV Protocol with "Plain" "Unpleasant" Heroine. Yes!

From the NY Times review by Alessandra Stanley:
“Girls” has none of the cheeriness — and forced punch lines — of “2 Broke Girls” or “Whitney.” Hannah is not a heroine fit for network television. She is plain, unshapely and unpleasant in ways that are only occasionally endearing. She’s a parasite sponging off her parents and a forgetful and sometimes unreliable friend. Her liaison with Adam (Adam Driver), an out-of-work actor, is debasing.       
Not like Broke Girls or Whitney, plus debasing liaisons. And just like thatGirls is on my record list.

Here's a trailer:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"The Personification of 20th Century Television News" - Remembering Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace, 1918-2012.

  • "I had found my bliss" Myron Wallace on becoming Mike Wallace in NY Times' beautiful video obit series "Last Word" produced by Brent McDonald. More of Wallace in his own words in a 2005 interview with Terry Gross for NPR's Fresh Air here.
  • HT again goes to NPR for this clip of the master interviewer with one of the masters of the art world, Salvador Dali: Money quote: "Why do you behave the way that you do? For instance you have been known to drive in a car filled to the roof with..." Watch to hear that sentence's conclusion. Come on, look at Dali's mustache, you know it'll be well worth it. :

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" is Coming to HBO This Summer, Everyone Guard Your Blackberrys

For those of you who don't know Aaron Sorkin is a big deal because he's not only the creator of critically-adored television shows (The West Wing, Sports Night) but he also writes screenplays for A-list movies you may have heard of (The Social Network, Moneyball) and he's won an Oscar for it.

So it matters that Sorkin is bringing his talent for making great television to HBO, who has a reputation for a grade of TV so exceptional it's not TV.