Telecuse

February 16, 2014 - 10:27pm
With America waiting in anticipation, here's all the information you need to know for the arrival of the new "Tonight Show"

Monday night, Jimmy Fallon will make his 11:30 p.m. time-slot debut as host of The Tonight Show and for #FalPals everywhere: not much will change.

According to a YouTube “Ask Jimmy” segment, viewers and fans can look forward to all of the Fallon favorites they’ve grown to love.

February 16, 2014 - 12:06pm
Reaching the halfway point of the first season, the characters are progressing as usual. But in this episode, the plot thickens.

For the first time since its premiere, True Detective has given us an episode that is more plot-driven than character-driven - but that doesn’t mean it’s lost its allure.

February 16, 2014 - 11:41am
As the current season is unfolding, the characters of Downton show a new light with the women all the while growing stronger.

Mrs. Hughes is everyone’s savior. She is everyone’s mother, everyone’s friend, everyone’s confidante. As Downton Abbey’s guiding light, she provides both a sensible moral compass and a gentle, loving touch of friendship for characters in need. 

February 9, 2014 - 10:53am
Julian Fellowes wields his drama for serious reflection on the present-day issues of racism and sexual assault.

This week, Downton Abbey played out some familiar story lines, but the conflict between pomp and circumstance (tradition and reality) played out in a way that moved the story forward - a movement sometimes lacking in the Abbey.

Just when I thought that Fellowes was going to abandon the interracial dating story that he teased earlier in the season, cousin Rose throws the whole household into the deep end.

February 5, 2014 - 11:10pm
A reflection and analysis of the super (and not so super) advertisements aired during America's biggest football game of the year.

What’s so great about Super Bowl commercials, anyway? Why do we care? As a good friend of mine pointed out on Facebook a few hours before the big game: “you guys know that there are commercials on literally every screen and surface of your life, every single day, right?” Touché.

January 31, 2014 - 10:30pm
Anna confesses her dark secret to Mr. Bates amidst an increasingly changing Downton estate.

 

This week’s episode of Downton Abbey was filled with a series of unexpected (and somewhat expected) reactions and subtle twists. And, of course, we continue to plod along with the series’ running theme, as Mary so aptly articulates: “The world moves on and we must move with it.”

January 31, 2014 - 9:39pm
Detectives Cohle and Hart's investigation leads them into darker territory while the show's writing dives into the existential complexities of religion and identity.

Continuing its virtuosic blend of character study and plot development, the third episode of True Detective, titled “The Locked Room,” is the series’ most riveting yet.

January 26, 2014 - 3:29pm
As the investigation into Dora Lange's ritualistic murder continues, detectives Cohle and Hart's true colors begin to reveal themselves.

In its second episode, True Detective continued to show its philosophical roots and showcase its writer’s talent for characterization.

Effective and engaging character study is not an easy feat to pull off. Constant exposition and personal narrative can make a show feel stagnant. We want action! Adventure! Escape!

January 26, 2014 - 3:00pm
As Anna and Tom Branson try to recover from their respective ordeals, a suitor arrives at Downton for Lady Mary's hand.

This week at Downton, upstairs we found the Crawley family recovering from their busy weekend of entertaining and moving back into the mundane reality of dealing with the estate’s affairs. And downstairs, harsh realities abound for some, and new opportunities for others.

Perhaps the most consequential new development was Lord Gillingham’s proposal to Lady Mary. Caught up in the fervent throes of residual childhood ardor, Gillingham breathlessly professes his love for the beautiful Crawley homewrecker - er, heiress.

January 19, 2014 - 4:40pm
As the current season begins to unfold, grave subject matter strikes at the heart of Downton.

What could be more surprising than Matthew Crawley’s death? How about the rape of one of the show’s most beloved and dynamic characters?

In a move no one expected - at least not so soon - Fellowes has again thrown a flaming wrench through the middle of one of the Abbey’s most enchanting love stories.

Sunday night around 10:00 pm, while watching and live-tweeting the Golden Globes, I saw this tweet from tv.com: