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Teen Wolf Recap: Visionary

By Zan Romanoff

July 23, 2013 | 9:46 am

People who need to justify the public's sudden widespread interest in fictional supernatural creatures tend to cast them as metaphors: zombies are the stumbling hordes of viral infection... read on

  • On-Screen Addiction

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 22, 2013 | 5:15 pm

    Addiction is a tough thing to talk about on a television show. It's a disease that defies the typical narrative arc: there's a slow start and a long middle, and getting treatment never guarantees that anyone will stay sober. So it tends to be relegated to Very Special Episodes or... read on

  • ‘The Newsroom’ Season 2: You don’t really love me, you just keep me hangin’ on

    By Melissa Weller

    July 22, 2013 | 4:56 pm

    “Hate-watching” is a recurring theme in The Newsroom conversations, but I think the more accurate label comes from Tim Goodman’s review in Hollywood Reporter when he said “Don’t kid yourself — you were 'disappointment watching.'” The creator, the concept, the cast, all was ripe... read on

  • Graceland Recap: Hair of the Dog

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 19, 2013 | 11:58 am

    As a rule, I feel like television needs more police procedurals like I need a hole in the head. I've had enough of criminal minds and crime scenes and lab techs etcetera to last me several lifetimes, plus almost no one's ever done it better than Law and Order. (I do mean Original... read on

  • What You Should Be Watching: Boys Over Flowers

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 18, 2013 | 2:01 pm

    I wish I had a better explanation for the Boys Over Flowers thing. A friend mentioned it to me last June while we were walking around New York: there's this weird Korean soap opera I've been watching that I think you might like. She talked about the characters and their antics... read on

  • Twisted Recap: Three For the Road

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 17, 2013 | 11:34 am

    It's weird how hard it is to work technology into stories. We spend all day texting and tweeting, getting updates, making calls, but for some reason it looks awkward on-screen, both when teens text do u want 2 go out l8er and when adults send the same. It just always feels forced... read on

  • Teen Wolf Recap: Currents

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 16, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    Teen Wolf seems very determined to remind us that its characters-- no matter how smooth their skin or ripped their abs-- are still in high school. The first episode of the season opened with Scott studying for the PSATs; every week since has offered us a key word, first mentioned... read on

  • Turn yourself in to ‘Orange Is the New Black’

    By Melissa Weller

    July 16, 2013 | 1:22 pm

    Orange Is the New Black, adapted from the 2011 memoir of the same name, is, in a word, perfect. Perfect pacing, perfectly scripted, perfectly performed. A voluntary incarceration to the couch proved a fine way to spend the weekend, and many who participated in this latest Netflix... read on

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