Category Archives: Entertainment Open Thread

Recap: The 2014-2015 Network Upfronts


by Kendra James

There was one clear winner at the network Upfronts this year: DC Comics.

Yes, DC Comics a company that hasn’t managed to do much this year except piss off their fans, came from behind, hurdled over the teen barrier that is the CW network, and dominated the fall 2014 pilot season. Thanks to pickups on NBC, FOX, and the CW, DC (in part with Marvel’s presence on ABC) has managed to leave CBS as the only network without a show centered around superheroes.

Of course, with a demographic needle pointed exclusively at the 45 and older column and two more NCIS and CSI spinoffs headed our way, it’s possible CBS just doesn’t care. Not that CBS was the only network with a line of uninspired pickups for the fall season– there’s plenty more of that (and the full details of DC’s television takeover) under the cut.

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Open Thread: Scandal S03E02: ‘Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner’

By Arturo R. García

Olivia (Kerry Washington) faces bad connections all around her in “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner.”

Upon second viewing, the thing that stands out about “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” is how it emphasizes the loneliness that seems to be at the core of Olivia Pope’s life.

Not to say she’s alone — far from it. But after the events of this week’s episode, it’s hard to think of any relationship in her life one could call good. And wonder where Shonda Rhimes will take that theme.
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Open Thread: Help Shape Our Media Coverage For The Fall!

This post brought to you by a first time Netflix user.

This post brought to you by a first time Netflix user with a very telling suggested watching list.

It took me less than one 24 hour cycle to watch a full season of Orange Is The New Black and about 4 days to watch 67 episodes of Nikita. I don’t know how or why I slept on that last one for so long, y’all, but accept my apologies and know that at this rate I’ll be more than caught up in time to provide commentary when the final season starts in January.

My slow uptake on Nikita combined with my, Arturo, and Joseph’s desires to make sure the community is getting the TV and film coverage that they want lead us to ask this:

As we begin the transition into season premieres and Oscars bait releases, what media are you looking to see regularly critiqued, discussed, and recapped this Fall?

You know we’re gonna keep you in the loop on Olivia Pope and her cliffhanger daddy issues, I’m even more committed to the vampires of Mystic Falls now that Janina Gavankar’s been cast on The Vampire Diaries  and once Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore get their show on the air we are so there. While we can’t watch everything, there are obviously some things you just don’t have to worry about. But readers make the R what it is, and we want to make sure you’re staying engaged, so please: shout out your choices in the comments below!


True Blood Open Thread 6.9: “Life Matters”

Hosted by Joseph Lamour

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Ed.’s Note: Laffy’s looking ferosh. Pairing your purple suit accessories
to your purple eyeshadow is living life at expert level.

I think this was the best episode of True Blood in quite some time, don’t you think? After the end of the hour, I realized I didn’t roll my eyes at nearly anyone. I’m thinking the last great episode was in Season 4 when Sookie and Amnesi-Eric first slept together (two seasons ago!) and also in the same episode a bewitched Jessica walked into the sun and I had to wait a whole week to find out she didn’t die. (I remember being pretty sure that I would have stopped watching in protest if the almost-death of Babyvamp Jess was an actual one. Given the frequency of characters meeting their maker (at least 1 per episode these days) I’m pretty sure I’ll consider a boycott if/when she does — knock on a wooden stake.

Shifting back to this past installment, the cast and crew of this HBO show sometimes show to us from time to time; during the gore and the camp and the bizarre, they hit it out of the park and remind us, “We can be super awesome. Our boss did in make Six Feet Under.” Keep it up, television show.

Discussion points with a side of SPOILERS for True Blood 6.9: “Life Matters” are under the cut:

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