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  • Twisted Recap: Docu-Trauma

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 31, 2013 | 2:48 pm

    I'll give Twisted this one: despite all of the extremely predictable drama around the Danny-Lacey-Jo love triange, they have so far spared us the crushing embarrassment of watching Jo actually confess her affections to Danny, who continues to think of her "like a sister." Instead...

  • Teen Wolf Recap: The Girl Who Knew Too Much

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 30, 2013 | 9:06 am

    If it's the girls know too much in this episode-- Allison takes her father's careful tracking of the Darach for evidence that he is one, Lydia decides to acknolwedge her power instead of denying it and discovers that she's a banshee, Jennifer, well, Jennifer is the Darach after...

  • Not Here to Make Friends: Competing on Reality TV

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 25, 2013 | 3:24 pm

    There are all kinds of careers in reality television. Last night's Top Chef Masters, which pits established chefs against one another in a bid to win money for their favorite charities, saw the return of a runner-up from the original Top Chef, Las Vegas' second place finisher Bryan...

  • Twisted Recap: We Need to Talk About Danny

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 24, 2013 | 2:59 pm

    Twisted seems to have stalled out in the last few weeks; it feels like it's being mired down by the simplicity of its own plot, by a plodding hesitance to reveal anything for fear that anything might lead to everything. Last week we learned that Danny's dead father was sending...

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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 and pandemic. Vampires are the simultaneous threat and promise of penetration, consumption,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • What You Should Be Watching: Terriers

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 11, 2013 | 1:53 pm

    I wish I could remember how anyone convinced me to watch Terriers. It has a singularly unpromising name and a less-than-gripping premise: a ex-alcoholic ex-cop, Hank, and his ex-con friend, Britt, solve small-time crimes in Southern Califonia. Donal Logue, who plays Hank, is always...

  • Twisted Recap: The Fest and the Furious

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 10, 2013 | 1:04 pm

    Twisted is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a weird show. It's centered around a pre-pubescent murderer recently released from juvenile hall, a fifteen year old boy named Danny Desai who claims he did what he did for a reason he can't reveal. He also claims he has nothing to do with the...

  • Teen Wolf: Motel California Recap

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 9, 2013 | 2:00 pm

    Teen Wolf has always had cinematic aspirations, but they've really come to the fore this season, which is replete with long shots sweeping across muted color palettes and eerie, empty vistas. The first episode featured a full-on Hitchcock homage as a flock of black birds invaded a...

  • Why I Can’t Quit Watching: True Blood

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 8, 2013 | 2:30 pm

    True Blood premiered in a different era. It was a pre-Twilight time, when vampires weren't considered standard young adult fare-- before The Vampire Diaries and The Mortal Instruments and all of their various imitators and competitors. The first season was a little uneven,...

  • How You Watch: Hulu For Sale!

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 5, 2013 | 4:41 pm

    Just as important as what we watch, often, is how we choose to watch it. I was in college when streaming video became widespread, illegal sites like tv-links supplemented by torrented downloads in the days before Netflix streaming changed everything. Now most of my professional...

  • What You Should Be Watching: Orphan Black

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 3, 2013 | 12:10 pm

    Yesterday we covered the latest happenings on MTV's Teen Wolf, which I find delightful, but I can understand might not be for everyone. So today let's tak about a grown up show: BBC America's Orphan Black, which is one of the best shows I've seen in a long while. It's a smart,...

  • Teen Wolf: Frayed Recap

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 2, 2013 | 3:17 pm

    The first thing you should know about me is that I've got incorrgibly lowbrow taste: I grew up in a golden age of teen movies and gross out comedy, somewhere between American Pie and Judd Apatow, after Sixteen Candles but just contemporary with its sucessors, Clueless through Mean...

  • Stay tuned

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 1, 2013 | 3:53 pm

    Hi, my name is Zan and I’m a pop culture junkie. I can reliably name that show, movie, or song snippet and tell you who sings it, who she’s dating, who he’s rumored to be dating on the side. Television is my substance of choice: I grew up on Nickelodeon and Disney’s TGIF...

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