January 19, 2014 - 5:18pm
HBO provides a new, star-studded and literary twist to the crime procedural genre.

True Detective, a new addition to HBO’s Sunday night lineup, is unexpectedly ponderous yet sharply assembled, showcasing the formidable acting chops of its stars, Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey.

January 14, 2014 - 4:46pm
As the new season begins, the women of Downton start to experience new found levels of power, influence and camaraderie.

Join me as I raise a glass to the ladies of Downton Abbey. The new season is all about female empowerment and friendship.

December 13, 2013 - 1:14am
These returning favorites and series debuts have TV lovers anxiously awaiting the new year.

It’s winter in Syracuse, which means all I really want to do is snuggle up on my couch with a giant mug of tea and some great television. Here are three excellent returning shows I’m looking forward to this winter. (Warning: spoilers!)

May 2, 2013 - 10:45am
It seemed like a bad idea, but NBC's "Hannibal" might have given a boost to the network's Thursday night lineup.

NBC is in the doldrums. Last place, dwindling viewership, their flagship shows (30 Rock, The Office) expired or expiring, their best show (Community) on the down and out, their former funny man (Jay Leno) all but dissipated into irrelevancy. The sole bright spot in a lineup so riddled with blunders and banality is Jimmy Fallon, who was recently promised the mantle of The Tonight Show host, though we all remember how that turned out for Conan.

April 13, 2013 - 10:53pm
The guest star in "The Surprise Party" makes this disappointing episode watchable. Barely.

Once a character is single on Smash, a new character seems to immediately appear and fill the spot. When Eileen needs news coverage of Bombshell, Richard shows up, when Julia helps Scott with the Hit List story, Scott reveals his feeling for her, and after Ivy’s unpleasant surprising party, Derek comes to cheer her up.

This out-of-nowhere match is especially notable in Karen and Jimmy’s relationship. All of a sudden, Karen can’t help falling in love with this just-met, bad-tempered bartender who can’t communicate with anyone. It is all too predictable.

April 9, 2013 - 9:05pm
The streaming and in-home delivery service recently began hosting one of the most imaginative cartoons around.

The Cartoon Network has recently made a number of imaginative and action-packed shows available for streaming on Netflix. Amongst the shows being released are animated series like Batman Beyond and Justice League, as well as Adult Swim shows such as Metalocalypse and The Venture Brothers. The most exciting addition, however is the first season of the Emmy-nominated Adventure Time.

April 4, 2013 - 3:14pm
Despite guest stars and consistent music, inconsistent episodes like this one may have sunk this show.

In this week’s episode “Parents, we see the two most valuable parts of the show: music and special guests.

April 1, 2013 - 9:45am
A serviceable episode focuses on the struggling directors, and adds some depth to Tom's character.

After last week’s fugues and feuds, “The Bells and Whistles” is a well-balanced and solid episode mirroring the two musicals “Bombshell” and “Hit List.”

Tom, trying so hard to get rid of Derek’s shadow in “Bombshell,” invites every actor to give suggestions about their parts, which turn out to be overwhelming. Derek, on the other hand, arrogant and self-indulgent, is having disagreements with Jimmy on every decision.
Their dilemmas are built in their personalities: Tom being kind-hearted and supportive, and Derek being pushy and arrogant.

March 24, 2013 - 4:46pm
Netflix's first foray into television production may be the beginning of a bright future for on-demand television.

If Netflix’s original series House of Cards represents a new model for television, the future is bright.

March 21, 2013 - 11:12am
The show goes back to its old, messy, uneven tricks, after a promising respite last episode.

Just when we think “Smash” is headed in the right way, it turns onto a bumpy road. Last week, showcasing conflict in the creative process with an amazing makeover of an old number, and Tom replacing Derek as “Bombshell” director, for once in this season the audience could look forward to a better show. This week, “Smash” shattered that hope with “Musical Chairs” an at best, uneven episode.

What “Smash” after this episode? “Glee.”