30 Rock concluded its seven-season run this week, inspiring as many misty eyes as laughs. Tracy's dad finally comes back from buying cigarettes, Jack sets sail and comes up with the brilliant idea of clear dishwashers, Jenna admits she's never met Mickey Rourke, and Liz unknowingly picks a playground fight with her own husband. The one-hour finale is so full of hilarious one-liners that I'm wondering if the writers saved up all the best ones for last. Conan O'Brien turns up (kind of), Julianne Moore and Salma Hayek return, and even Al Roker gets in on the action. In the end, the entire show may have taken place inside Kenneth's Rockefeller Center snow globe. What's your take: is the final episode everything you hoped it would be, plus the stars of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit?
The excitement of Fall TV premieres has been quelled, and a few shows have already been canceled, but a handful have been given full-season orders. In these crucial times, I'm wondering which new series you've been watching. In no particular order, my top picks of the new crop are Nashville, Ben and Kate, The Mindy Project, and Elementary, but what are yours? Are you addicted to Arrow? Is Chicago Fire the best new drama on TV? Let us know below which new shows you're obsessed with this season.
We're in the midst of welcoming new TV shows into the fold, including Ryan Murphy's comedy The New Normal, about a gay couple using a surrogate to have a baby. Even though I wasn't completely sold on it from the pilot, I was pretty charmed by lead couple Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha. That appeal is what's keeping me watching: both guys are cute and funny, they make a believable pair, and I want to see them take on relationship challenges as they face the reality of having a kid. However, I'm not in love with every element of the show, particularly the obnoxiousness of Ellen Barkin's bigoted grandma character and what feels like way too much envelope and agenda-pushing. Still, I'm hoping that those things get toned down as the show goes on, and I'll continue to tune in for now. But I'd like to know what you think of The New Normal. If you're watching this new series, let us know in the comments, along with what you like (or don't like) about it.
After almost a year of waiting — and dominating this year's Emmy awards — Homeland is finally back this week with a new season. In the premiere, we meet Carrie and Brody a few months after the events of season one's explosive finale, and Carrie is now semicontentedly living with her sister's family and trying to move on from her life in the CIA. Meanwhile, Brody's political career is on fire, with the presidential candidate Walden informing him that his name is being tossed around to be on the ticket as his VP. I've been so excited to see more of Homeland since the last season wrapped up that I was happy to get anything, but I'm hoping that the next few episodes are as amazing as the first season's. What did you think? Were you happy with the premiere?
Mindy Kaling has made the transition from supporting player on The Office to leading lady with The Mindy Project, which debuted on Fox this week after a Summer of heavy promotion. The pilot showcases Kaling's comedy chops, as a woman who's trying to find success both in her medical practice and love life. The show is one of our favorites of the new Fall lineup, even if I don't necessarily love the hospital setting. I'm eager to see what happens with Mindy. If you also caught The Mindy Project this week, I'd love to hear your opinion. Did you like the series, and are you going to keep watching?
Bestselling novel Gone Girl seems like it's been on everyone's lips since its early Summer release, and it's set to be even more topical in the pop culture world — it's in the process of being adapted into a movie. Reese Witherspoon will produce the film with author Gillian Flynn writing the script, and though it's early, we're already thinking about who should star.
The main characters are Nick and Amy — a husband and wife who hit their fifth wedding anniversary when Amy disappears. Though Witherspoon is only attached to produce at this point, it's not unlikely she could also play Amy, especially since she matches the age and physical description (late 30s, petite blonde). However, we want to hear everyone's ideas for casting Gone Girl, and not just for Amy, but Nick as well. If you read the book, leave your ideas in the comments below.
One new Fall show is off to a strong start: last night, NBC's Revolution premiere was the highest-rated debut for a network drama in three years. The series has a creative concept — it's set in a world where all the power has mysteriously gone out — so it's no wonder that people tuned in. There's also the fact that it's produced by J.J. Abrams, and I think fans of his are always hoping for the next Lost. So now that Revolution has bowed, I want to know what you thought. Did you enjoy it? Was the pilot engaging enough for you to keep watching?
It is just me or does it seem like years since the last finales aired? As much as I'm enjoying the shows of the Summer hiatus, I'm counting the days until Fall premieres start rolling out. I'm excited about some of the new series, but I'm really pumped for my favorites to return, like New Girl and American Horror Story. I'm also really missing Revenge, and of course, everyone around these parts seems to be chomping at the bit to welcome back The Vampire Diaries gang. I want to know what you miss most, though. Do you already have your calendar marked and your TiVo set for Fall TV? Tell me which shows you've been pining over all Summer.
The Summer is almost over, and likewise, most of the season's big releases have already opened and swept the box office. I think it's been a great Summer in terms of quality movies; not only were a few of the blockbusters great, entertaining films (namely The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man), there were also a lot of smaller films that have stayed with me, like Celeste and Jesse Forever and Moonrise Kingdom. I'd like to hear about what you guys enjoyed the most, too. Was it something you'd been waiting for and didn't disappoint, or were you pleasantly surprised by a certain movie? Share your favorite movies of the Summer here.
The Dark Knight Rises opened this weekend, wrapping up Christopher Nolan's Batman saga and giving audiences one last chapter in the life of Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne. The film has a lot to offer — exciting action sequences, eye candy courtesy of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, and great performances from Bale and his talented costars — but did you think that the last film in the trilogy was worthy of all the buzz? I thought the movie was stunning, but I want to hear from those of you who watched the movie. Did it live up to your expectations or not, and why? Chime in with your minireviews of The Dark Knight Rises here.
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