Tragedy forces people to take a hard look at what they value and why; it stops everything and compels people to think about what rules matter, what they want and where they're going. You know it's a world gone terribly awry when Pete Campbell seems like a good guy.
Raise your hand if you were not breathing for the last minute and half of the finale as Alicia drank some wine and did a light load of laundry waiting for her mysterious guest. It was edge-of-your-seat exciting and totally shocking when she opened the door.
The past year has been great for telly and as we're only two weeks away from the 2013 BAFTA Television Awards, I thought I'd give you a little lowdown of who I think deserves to walk away with an award in the Comedy and Entertainment categories... and maybe those who shouldn't too.
Seeing all the hubbub at Tuesday night's premiere, one really begins to wonder why ABC cancelled these beloved soap operas in the first place.
Sooner or later, and usually at the most inappropriate time, some version of The Question ("Where do babies come from?") will emerge from your child's lips. Whatever the inspiration, our responses as Black Daddies tend to oscillate between evasion and deliberate vagueness ("Go ask your mother....").
It'd be easy to use half this review to point out "Sons of Anarchy"-"Vikings" parallels, beyond the Donal Logue connection. Both shows feature sex, violence and power struggles, and both programs tell the stories of subcultures going to war with other armed groups in order to take what they can (also: beards).
Tuesday marks the opening of another critical public hearing at the CRTC. It will be considering applications to expand the mandatory distribution of channels on the basic TV service. But, bottom line, if our own federal government refuses to kick in a few more million a year to show just how important Canadian culture is, then why should the rest of us?
Imagine a world without TV. Instead of tuning in for the latest family drama on Emmerdale, we'd talk to our own families. Instead of watching yet another endless football match, we'd go to the gym or take the dog out for a walk. Instead of watching the Masterchef contenders taking insults from the judges, we'd cook a meal and talk to our friends or family while eating it together.
Betrayals, surprises and turnabouts were so frequent in this week's "Mad Men," you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled on to an episode of "Game of Thrones" with groovier hair and better pot.
It's a very ambitious plan that will require a gargantuan effort on journalists' part given the stakes involved, as members of parliament and ministers are not obliged to divest themselves of business interests.
The problem with The Voice is that it's full of double standards and contradictions, shifting notably from what the shows principles were initially laid out to stand for.
The brisk period drama "Bletchley Circle" is about the effort to apprehend a criminal, but the atmospheric "Rectify" takes place at the opposite end of the criminal-justice process: It's about what happens when man convicted of murder re-enters society.
Last Friday afternoon April 5th, the Hilton in NYC hosted the Friars Club for the roast of Jack Black, which also seemed to double as the Friars Club ear and nose hair convention.
Mrs Thatcher won three elections in a row - so despite those who always criticised her - she definitely got through to large sections of the British public. And we can all learn some very useful lessons from her commitment to handling media interviews professionally - whatever our political views.
"Defiance" sets up plenty of interesting possibilities as it stakes out a diverting territory somewhere between the grittiness of "Battlestar Galactica" and "The Walking Dead" and the tidiness of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Revolution."
Taking festivals to a completely different altitude, Snowbombing is Austria's answer to your most hardcore lads holiday frantically shaken with the best bits of summer's hottest festivals.