As Seen On TV
Have you noticed that in the last several years, most of the “brilliant” TV shows on AMC, Showtime and HBO star these dangerous, psychopathic anti-heroes? From Dexter to Don Draper, Nick Brody to Rick Grimes, Walter White to the ultimate don, Tony Soprano, one gets the sense that while the rest of American culture is taking one step forward on progressive women’s rights issues, our beloved TV shows are moving us two steps back.
And what’s weird is how we love these horrible men. “I’m such a Carrie” no longer refers to the ultimate Bradshaw, but the bipolar Claire Danes on Homeland … the kind of gal who falls in love with a terrorist, despite the fact that he ends up subjecting her to electro-shock therapy treatments after they have sex. And they are still in love, or something! How sexy is that, ladies?
But wait, it gets worse…
Life imitated art in a New Jersey courtroom earlier today when David Chase, the mind behind The Sopranos, testified in the state’s federal court to defend his creative ownership of the HBO series.
Twelve years ago, it seems, he collaborated with a man named Robert Baer, a budding screenwriter and former prosecutor who set up Read More
Thanks to on-demand viewership, TV programming honchos really need to come up with something good these days. There are a few gems in this spring’s lineup: a cable drama (The Tudors), a generational comedic spin-off (The Winner) and real (!!) reality television (This American Life). Add already popular programs like Ugly Betty, The Office and Read More
Everyone is now so intoxicated with The Sopranos (including me) that the producers think they can do anything they want with us. It’s not a good spot, for us or them.
Last night’s season finale (which precedes a final season) offered one benediction after another, and just about every one felt unearned. The show Read More
Watching the latest episode of the Sopranos (Wow, great!), I was reminded of the art lesson I quote from Muriel Spark in a recent entry—
Fiction is lies. And in order to do this you have got to have a very good sense of what is the truth. You can’t do the art of deception, Read More
Spring in New York City belongs to the toddlers. I love to watch them, but I get nervous when they come too close. Their mothers make me anxious, too. For I am that most tired of clichés: the married careerist, who can’t choose between freedom and family, and therefore spends equal time reviling and desiring Read More
Another Victim Claims a Run-in With A.J. Soprano and Friends
Robert Iler, who plays Tony Soprano’s troubled teenage son, has been spotted again-and not on HBO. An Upper East Side mother visited the 19th Precinct on July 9 with her 15-year-old son in tow and complained that the 16-year-old actor was on the scene Read More
A lot of us know how Tony Soprano feels. His world seems to be coming apart. The takings-for-granted on which his life has been predicated are breaking down or are being dismantled by forces he doesn’t completely understand or, if he does, over which he seems to have lost control.
It’s not hard to see Read More
Most women I know think Johnny Depp has about as much sex appeal as a China doll or a Siamese cat-too
pretty, too passive. It’s male reviewers who’ve gone ga-ga over him as the
hippie pusher in Blow , rhapsodizing
over his delicate features and limp blond tresses. And of the exquisite
transvestite prostitute he Read More