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The Amazing Race: An amazingly nice finish

By on Dec 13, 2012 in Recaps | 0 comments

The season finale of The Amazing Race aired Sunday night, and Alex and I were riveted. We were rooting for Josh and Brent — partners, goat farmers, and subjects of the lifestyle show The Fabulous Beekman Boys — not just because they’re gay (though that’s a plus) but because they’re kind, moral people. That said, there wasn’t anyone in the final four teams whom we disliked: Chippendales James and Jaymes were charming and, bleach job aside, good-looking; twins Natalie and Nadiya were always good for a laugh; and Troy and Lexi were milquetoast and innocuous. But that changed in the first hour of the two-part finale. The latter three teams formed “the Dream Team” — an alliance against Josh and Brent. That alliance was mean, first of all — because the Beekman Boys had never done anything cutthroat or unsportsmanlike — and also fairly foolish — because, as...

Breaking Bad fan art as addictive as meth

By on Nov 19, 2012 in Fandom | 0 comments

Wrecked and the freedom of independent TV

By on Nov 3, 2012 in In Production | 2 comments

When my friend Liz Ellis asked me to spread the word about her new web series, Wrecked, I said I would be happy to. Not only because Liz is a fellow Hampshire College alum, and not just because she so-kindly donated her time as a college student to participate in a reading of my script, and not just because she’s a frequent reader and commenter of this here blog, but because she’s a writerly friend… and I will always support friends of mine, especially when they are fellow writers. I thought I would watch the episodes, find nice things to say, and write a few words on the subject. But I was unprepared for the awesomeness that is Wrecked. And now I feel I must kill Liz Ellis because she’s dangerously talented as a writer, a director, and — along with co-exec Charley Pope — a producer. Her actors are talented. Her editor, Nathianiel Buechler, is talented. Her...

TVs improbable seventh-inning stretches

By on Oct 13, 2012 in Raves | 0 comments

Seven seasons is an awfully long run for any TV drama, particularly a serialized one. Procedural shows like CSI and Law & Order shows have the privilege of a different storyline every episode, and even semi-procedural shows like Fringe aren’t required to serve an overarching narrative with every episode. The TV graveyard is littered with the corpses of series that exhausted their creativity before their episode order. One recent example of such a show on the comedy front is The Office: the producers and NBC announced that Season 9 would be the final season, but that decision came after we slogged through disappointing Seasons 6, 7, and 8. Some showrunners do the dignified thing and set a definite and unyielding end date for their series, like the masterminds behind Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Breaking Bad, and even the British Office. I can’t speak highly enough of this practice:...

A housekeeping note

By on Oct 8, 2012 in Announcements | 0 comments

I am now (happily) employed full-time by Wetpaint, a company whose media property, Wetpaint Entertainment (www.wetpaint.com), is “your go-to source for the hottest shows on television — the latest photos, videos, spoilers, gossip, fashion, and recaps.” As you more regular readers may remember, I used to work for the company on a freelance basis, recapping Grey’s Anatomy. But now I’m an assistant editor covering entertainment news, so there’s obvious overlap between this site and Wetpaint. Therefore, I’ll do a lot of my day-to-day blogging there, but I’m still committed to posting more Primetimely-specific posts right here. (And as a disclaimer: This entire blog reflects my thoughts and opinions and not those of Weptaint.) Despite this six-week interlude of late, you hopefully you won’t even notice of change of pace. In fact, you can expect the next post in the next few days! (Hint:...

Revenge: A series best served cold

By on Aug 5, 2012 in Raves | 0 comments

I shouldn’t have found Revenge enjoyable. It’s clichéd, it’s soapy, and its characters are not exactly diverse. And Revenge shouldn’t have been successful. It’s a complicated, heavily-serialized drama; and there are hardly any cops, doctors, or lawyers in sight. But if there’s one thing television has taught me, it’s that expectations and preconceptions mean squat. The story tracks the vengeance taken by Emily Thorne, (née Amanda Clark), whose father, David, was scapegoated for a terrorist-related money-laundering act by the wealthy Grayson family and later killed in prison. Years later, during her teen delinquent years, Emily learns of the framing and the coverup and enlists a Japanese sensei to show her the ways of revenge and uses the resources of a wealthy billionaire named Nolan (a former cohort of her father). After years of plotting, she...