'Blood & Oil' Wants to Be 'Empire' But It Just Isn't Slick Enough

In 1986, the return of Patrick Duffy as Bobby helped Dallas win its first head-to-head skirmish with hip, Technicolor rival, Miami Vice. The prime-time soap continued to dominate for the duration of the season and beyond. Now, almost 30 years later, Don Johnson, who once made America safe for neon blazers and shoes without socks, returns to TV with a prime-time soap of his own, Blood & Oil, which debuted on ABC on Sunday, September 27. ...more
Great article! I grew up watching "Dallas" and "Dynasty."  I loved the new revamped Dallas and ...more

Can Neil Patrick Harris — and Live TV — Get America Watching Variety Again?

Can Neil Patrick Harris break through multiple decades of viewer habits and convince them to watch television live again by promising The Best Time Ever? Image: NBC...more

Here's to You ‘Mr. Robinson,' But Why Are Most Pop Culture Teachers Men?

With kids all across the country getting ready to head back to school, NBC is launching a 6-episode series, Mr. Robinson, starring stand-up comic Craig Robinson as a struggling musician who takes a day job substitute teaching a high-school music class to pay the bills. (Because it’s trivial to land a teaching job, and you don’t need certification or anything.) Image via NBC ...more
Oops, 'scuse me, that should be "Dangerous Minds".  "Gansta's Paradise"  was one of the tunes ...more

Do TV Moms or Dads Fare Better in the Cutthroat World of NYC Parenting? Take One Guess.

What are the odds that two new TV sitcoms would premiere in the same summer, both of which feature the micro-issue of applying children to NYC’s ultra-competitive private schools as their underlying premise? Image via TV Land ...more
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'The Astronaut Wives Club' Looks Back at America’s First 'Real Housewives' Show

The Astronaut Wives Club, a limited run series based on Lily Koppel’s book of the same name, premiered Thursday, June 18 on ABC (right before the network’s 2-hour season 3 debut of Mistresses, which offered a pretty good idea of where ABC expected The Astronaut Wives Club to fit into its line-up demographically). Image: ABC ...more
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What's Behind All of These Shows Featuring Evil, Possessed Kids?

“We love to play games with our children,” generalizes the official website for the new show, The Whispers, premiering Monday, June 1 on ABC. “But what happens when someone else starts to play with them too? Someone we don't know.” ...more

15 of the Best and Worst Pop Culture Teachers Are Put to the Test

The end of the school year inevitably brings heated debate among parents and politicians about the value of tests  – for both students and teachers. Families insist that their children can’t be quantified by a single number, while educators reject being graded themselves or having their salaries tied to classroom performance. ...more
I love this post.  I actually wrote my dissertation in Education on teacher stories.  As for the ...more

Here's How ‘Allegiance’ is Totally Different from ‘The Americans’

At first glance, NBC’s Allegiance looks to be a painfully obvious rip-off of the FX hit, The Americans. Both feature a seemingly perfect, all-American family, Mom, Dad, older daughter, younger son – except Mom and Dad also happen to be Russian spies. ...more
I just read that Allegiance has been cancelled.more

Costner's ‘Black or White' Is Sadly Calculated to Be Stereotypical and Provocative

Black or White, which went into wide-release on Friday, January 30, is the story of a grandfather Elliot (Kevin Costner) who loses his wife in a car accident, and is then forced to fight off a custody battle for the granddaughter they’d raised since birth from her other grandmother Rowena (Octavia Spencer). I saw the film last weekend in a Harlem theater with my African-American husband.  ...more
I plan on seeing it.more

Why the Silliness of 'Galavant' Is Maybe Not the Worst Thing Ever

There are two ways to do a musical series on television.One is to set the musical aspect in a world where characters have a legitimate reason to spontaneously break into song. Shows like The Partridge Family, Fame, Glee, and Smash all took advantage of that trope, having their characters perform at any and every opportunity. ...more
I admit, I have a "sassy" sense of humor and just love this! I thought this show was just a ...more