• The Hollywood Reporter on LinkedIn
  • Follow THR on Pinterest
NOV
19
2 DAYS

'Homeland' Takes Baby Steps Toward a Creative Comeback

'Homeland' Takes Baby Steps Toward a Creative Comeback

This column contains spoilers for season four of Homeland.

I’m not quite ready to say that Showtime’s Homeland is back — it still has quite a bit of creative damage to repair since most of season two was bad and season three was heinously bad — but season four has turned in a few excellent episodes in a row that warrant watching.

Read More
NOV
14
1 week

'State of Affairs': TV Review

'State of Affairs': TV Review

Even though NBC touts on its website that State of Affairs marks Katherine Heigl's return to TV "in the role of a lifetime" — she's back on the small screen for the first time since Grey's Anatomy and a spotty film detour — the network really isn't doing her any other favors in support of the show.

Read More
NOV
13
1 week

'The Missing': TV Review

'The Missing': TV Review

The Missing, an engaging and haunting eight-part limited series about the disappearance of a young boy — told in 2006, the time of his abduction, and 2014, when new evidence emerges — is, unto itself, a remarkable piece of television. But if you put it in context with two other recent series, its achievements stand in sharper relief.

Read More
NOV
9
2 WKS

'The Comeback': TV Review

'The Comeback': TV Review

Before Lisa Kudrow’s The Comeback aired on HBO in June of 2005, the channel had already run four full seasons of Larry David’s cringe-comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm. Ricky Gervais had already completed the entirety of The Office. And so, too, had the entire six-episode first season of the American remake of The Office aired on NBC.

Read More
NOV
9
2 WKS

A Goodbye to 'The Newsroom' and Maybe Aaron Sorkin as Well

A Goodbye to 'The Newsroom' and Maybe Aaron Sorkin as Well

Anything written about Aaron Sorkin's HBO series The Newsroom is a postmortem at this point. The series kicks off its third and final season tonight, dead but not done. And yet, any time someone as talented as Sorkin is at the center of something — especially something that failed — it generates a lot of discussion.

Read More
NOV
5
2 WKS

Tim Goodman Picks the 5 Best Spy Shows of All Time

Tim Goodman Picks the 5 Best Spy Shows of All Time

This story first appeared in the Nov. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

With British spy miniseries The Game set to debut Wednesday night on BBC America, The Hollywood Reporter's chief TV critic Tim Goodman took the opportunity to pick his five favorite shows in the spy genre.

Read More
NOV
5
2 WKS

'The Game': TV Review

'The Game': TV Review

Even before the success of FX's excellent drama The Americans, it was a mystery why television didn't delve more thoroughly into the uniquely compelling world of spies, historically, as the film world has done so well. But with the acclaim — and audience — of The Americans growing, it wouldn't be unexpected to see a rapid increase in spy vs. spy series popping up everywhere (never mind that FX already has a great animated spy series in Archer).

Read More
NOV
3
3 WKS

'Sleepy Hollow': Wake Up, You're Making a Mistake

'Sleepy Hollow': Wake Up, You're Making a Mistake

As if Jane the Virgin hadn't already made the what-to-watch-live decision at 9 p.m. Mondays really easy, Sleepy Hollow goes and trips over its goofy foot.

Read More
OCT
28
3 WKS

'Benched' and 'The McCarthys': TV Review

'Benched' and 'The McCarthys': TV Review

Guy walks into a bar Tuesday night. Bartender tells him there's a new TV show premiering. Guy weeps, pleads for a drink.

That guy is a TV critic. And the same scene will be repeated Thursday night.

For the love of all things holy, can we have a week where we just watch what's already premiered? Stop with the new stuff, already!

Yeah, yeah, I know. Way back in the day we all dreamed of a year-round TV season so there wouldn't be any reruns, and shiny, new things would appear on our screens weekly. But nobody thought it was going to be this crowded.

Read More
OCT
28
4 WKS

Notes From a Cranky TV Critic: Tim Goodman's Musings on the Fall Season (So Far)

Notes From a Cranky TV Critic: Tim Goodman's Musings on the Fall Season (So Far)

This story first appeared in the Nov. 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

→ Good news in the “shows you heard a lot about but never saw” department: WGN America has picked up Manhattan (pictured above) for another season. Your task now is watching season one.

 

Read More
OCT
26
4 WKS

'Boardwalk Empire' Finale: What Was and What Might Have Been

'Boardwalk Empire' Finale: What Was and What Might Have Been

Oh, Boardwalk Empire, you confounding little gem. Even as you end, you’re not making it easy to send you off.

Read More
OCT
24
4 WKS

'Constantine': TV Review

'Constantine': TV Review

Most people have never heard of the comic book character Constantine, though many have heard of him through the Keanu Reeves movie of the same name, which actually doesn’t help. Friday at 10 pm, however, you can see the TV version with the premiere of Constantine.

The pilot is very spotty. That doesn’t help either.

Read More
OCT
14
1 month

'Marry Me': TV Review

'Marry Me': TV Review

This fall has been littered with sitcoms that want to get noticed so badly that they don't realize how badly they're going about it.

As in, yes, you're so incredibly annoying that I notice you and never want to come back.

Part of this is because it's a pilot, but most of this is because the system is broken and people making pilots are trying to pop on that first effort despite the damage that may be done.

Read More
OCT
13
1 month

'Jane the Virgin': TV Review

'Jane the Virgin': TV Review

Viewers who want to watch the fall's best new broadcast drama will have to do something that, for many of them, will likely be unfamiliar. They will have to find the CW. (On the other hand, plenty of new viewers discovered the channel with The Flash last week.)

Read More