It’s March, which is when a pop-culture website’s mind turns to thoughts of brackets. Over the past two years, Vulture has held 2012’s Drama Derby, a brutal dogfight to determine the best TV drama of the past 25 years (winner: The Wire), and last year’s Sitcom Smackdown for comedies (The Simpsons rules all!). In 2014, we turn to what is arguably the most dominant and proliferative genre of TV of the current millennium: Welcome to the Reality Rumble, a battle that will reveal the greatest season of the greatest reality shows! … [Read more...] about The Reality Rumble: What’s the Greatest Reality-TV Season Ever?
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According to the press release, Jax Media, the production company behind Haute Dog, completed production on the series over the summer “following full union guidelines and COVID protocols, with zero positive results from cast, crew and producers. Tests were conducted regularly across four weeks of production from load in to strike.” So rest assured: No dogs or Matt Rogerses were harmed in the making of this production. … [Read more...] about Matt Rogers to Host HBO Max’s
After Phil calls the police, they come to the house to investigate. They surround the house, guns cocked and ready for action. When the alarm goes off in Sterling’s expensive car, he goes outside and shuts it off with his keychain, which the police mistake for a gun (which echoes Trayvon Martin and his sinister bag of Skittles, which similarly was mistaken for a weapon). A hail of gunfire ensues, and the freaked out Andrew assumes he’s under attacked. … [Read more...] about Remembering ‘Amos and Andrew,’ the Forgotten Racially Charged Comedy That Feels Ripped From Today’s Headlines
New York was still the down-at-the-heels city of bankruptcy, blight, and seediness that ranged from the amiable to the menacing, so there were also, ambling up and down Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, a fair number of heroin addicts, prostitutes, and pimps who actually dressed like they did on TV shows and movies set at that time, in fake furs, neon hot pants, and spectacular platform shoes. As a small boy, I took in stride much of what I saw and heard. On the sidewalk, my mother would briskly move me and my brother past the junkies and sex workers and tell us not to stare. In the afternoons and early evenings, they would congregate on or around the small pedestrian islands just north and south of the 72nd Street subway station, officially called Sherman Square and Verdi Square but known to all residents (and immortalized in a 1971 Al Pacino movie) as “Needle Park.” At night, the addicts and streetwalkers would hang out at the large diner across the avenue, guzzling endless … [Read more...] about Real-Life Cops, and Me
The Goya’s a dupe, but that shade is real. Those two syllables — Har-rods — are fighting for their lives to get out of John David Washington’s mouth! The condescension in that scene — you’d think Harrods just filed for bankruptcy, not Brooks Brothers! What does Nolan have against the London department store? Who hurt him there, or who there hurt him? Harrods might as well be the Trump White House, Orlando during spring break, or Murray Hill on a weekend, the way Tenet casts it. And by that I mean: the worst place on the face of the fucking earth. (Poor Goya, I guess? I’m not sure he deserved this.) … [Read more...] about This One Line from