Firing up the USA Show Generator 8000

Common Law, the latest model from USA’s light-hearted-mismatched-buddy-based-professional-procedural factory, rolls off the assembly line tonight at 10 p.m. (9 p.m. CST). You can read more about it, and the network’s model, in this CNN story that quotes noted USA Network scholar and friend of the blog Cory “Coriander” Barker. We here at The Vast Wasteland... Read more »

Mad Men: "Lady Lazarus" - Pete's draggin'

Once again, it’s time for Les Chappell, Cory Barker and me to put on a show and hope to wow Head of Desserts Mr. Belding. It’s the Mad Men roundtable on this week’s installment, “Lady Lazarus.” Cory hosts this week over at TV Surveillance. Here’s an excerpt from me: The elevator shaft fits with much... Read more »

Your obligatory Perfect Strangers video game post

Look, we’re all seasoned Internet veterans here. I’ve seen this. You’ve seen this. It’s a thing. But this blog is devoted to television, and I would be remiss if I failed to document what is clearly the most amazing development in the world of TV-related culture in…weeks? Years? Our natural lives? http://nothingsgonnastopmenow.com/ I’ve played this... Read more »
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Mad Men: "At the Codfish Ball" - Sally forth

Welcome to Week Six of the Barker Chappell Daglas Reviewing Trust, featuring my fellow traditionalists in the bosom arena, Cory Barker of TV Surveillance and Les Chappell of A Helpless Compiler. Grab a plate of head-on halibut and enjoy our take on this week’s episode of Mad Men, “At the Codfish Ball.” [For more three... Read more »

TV Tandem Podcast: Refreshingly Boob-Free Edition

Tis true: This week’s Game of Thrones featured nary a sex scene. It didn’t have time, what with trying to keep track of roughly 700 storylines at the midpoint of the season. We’re disillusioned…but not, y’know, “Sally Draper” levels of disillusioned. Join me, Julie Hammerle, and Andrew Daar as we discuss Mad Men‘s “At The Codfish... Read more »

The shared M.O. of The Cabin In The Woods and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Having experienced them both for the first time recently, I can confidently say that My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is an awful lot like Cabin In The Woods. Stay with me on this. (WARNING: Spoilers ahead for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Also for the cabin thing.) As you may know even if... Read more »
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Après The Raven, le déluge

Feeding moviegoers’ insatiable desire to see 19th century American icons become gothic-horror action heroes (no, really, that’s apparently a thing now), this weekend sees the opening of The Raven. If you haven’t scratched your heads at/laughed yourself silly over the ads yet, The Raven stars John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe. In it, the author... Read more »

Mad Men: "Far Away Places" - Friday night and trouble-bound

Les Chappell takes hosting duties for this week’s Barker Chappell Daglas Roundtable Review, in which we tackle the trio of stories that make up “Far Away Places.” Here’s an excerpt: We disagree to varying degrees here. To me, Peggy’s story clicked as a manifestation of the career fears she expressed to Dawn in “Mystery Date.”... Read more »

TV Tandem Podcast: Mad Men are from Mars, Westerosi Women are from Venus Edition

Sadism! Torture! LSD! Domestic violence! Shadow babies! Is it any wonder why Sunday night TV is so highly acclaimed? Julie Hammerle, Andrew Daar, and I return to break down the horror, possibly with a side of orange sherbet. Listen here or on iTunes, or drop some acid and maybe you can hear it piping out of... Read more »
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TV Tandem Podcast: Ken Cosgrove Is Living My Childhood Dream Edition

One thing is clear and incontrovertible: America demands more Hot Pie. Julie Hammerle and I take to the podwaves to try and indulge that desire, as well as talking about the rest of this week’s Game Of Thrones, “What Is Dead May Never Die,” and two more (sadly Hot Pie-less) shows from Sunday: Mad Men‘s... Read more »