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  1. The End of an 'Empire': HBO's Onetime Hope for the...

    Andy Greenwald

    "Year in, year out: different dogs, same fucking bone." It's Nucky Thompson who says these words, early in the fifth season of Boardwalk Empire, but it's not hard to imagine an HBO subscriber expressing something similar. Since pr...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  2. A Transformative Talent: Robin Williams on TV

    Andy Greenwald

    Before Robin Williams, there were no aliens on TV. Oh, there was the occasional spaceman or E.T.: The mighty foreheads of The Twilight Zone or Star Trek; Ray Walston's bone-dry Favorite Martian. But when Robin Williams burst out of an egg, first...

    Blog | August 12, 2014
  3. TV Check-in: The Simple, Consistent Pleasures of ‘Shameless...

    Andy Greenwald

    It seems strange to call Shameless old-fashioned. After all, this is a series that, in its fourth season, has prominently featured a DIY Native American sweat lodge, an insurance scam featuring a child breaking his dying father's leg, and a 3-ye...

    Blog | March 17, 2014
  4. The Midseason TV All-Star Team

    Andy Greenwald

    At the midpoint of their seasons, Major League Baseball, the NBA, and the NHL all stick to a similar script. The majority of players - and, by extension, those who write about the players - get a brief, much-needed breather while...

    Blog | February 19, 2014
  5. The Andy Greenwald Podcast: William H. Macy

    Andy Greenwald

    Over the course of his long and impressive career, William H. Macy has gone from being one of Hollywood's most reliable "that guy" character actors to the guy. This Sunday marks the fourth-season premiere of Shameless, Showtime's scabrous family come...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  6. The Return of Girls: The Inevitable Growing Up of the Third Seaso...

    Andy Greenwald

    What I liked best about Girls in the beginning wasn't the subject matter or the setting, it wasn't the horror of its comedy or the humor of its drama. And it certainly wasn't the opportunity to lose myself in the dense, terrifying forest of think pie...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  7. Robin Williams, Michael J. Fox, and Television's 'Big Star' Probl...

    Andy Greenwald

    "The show makes the star, not the other way around." It's an old television-industry adage, one repeated nearly as often as it's ignored. No matter the shininess or popularity of a given celebrity, audiences have proved happy to shun them if the TV s...

    Blog | November 21, 2013
  8. The Upfronts: First-Place CBS Finally Takes Some Chances ... on B...

    Andy Greenwald

    The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the agents are drinking. It's upfronts season in New York! This is the week the broadcast networks throw fancy parties to announce the new shows they'll be cancelling in a few months and celebrate the r...

    Blog | May 16, 2013
  9. Girls: And It's Chill to Hear Them Talk

    Andy Greenwald

    Nearly everything on television — at least everything not on CBS — is aimed at twentysomethings, but very little of it represents them the way they really are. Most people in that decade aren't hyperactive post-teenage bone machines or pr...

    Blog | April 13, 2012
  10. Hollywood Prospectus Q&A: Michael K. Williams Talks to Us About O...

    Andy Greenwald

    With a vocal fan base extending from Facebook to the First Family, Omar Little was always the favorite to win our highly subjective Smacketology tournament. The incomparably gracious Michael K. Williams — the man behind the shotgun — took...

    Blog | March 14, 2012
  11. Smacketology: Day 5 - Bunk vs. McNulty and the Inevitable Final F...

    Andy Greenwald

    One of the more prescient observations made by Chuck Klosterman, the brash Herc to my more forgiving Carver, in our Wire--centric podcast this week was that we were unlikely to see many upsets in the Smacketology tournament. The reason being The Wire...

    Blog | March 09, 2012
  12. American Reunion Trailer: Alyson Hannigan, Others Return

    Andy Greenwald

    Time moves faster in our Internet-addled universe. It seems like just recently our collective nostalgia cannons were pointed squarely on the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind and that only mere days ago we were celebrating the return of animate...

    Blog | November 01, 2011
  13. The Big Year Trailer: Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, and Jack Black T...

    Andy Greenwald

    "When it comes to comedy, go big or go home," intones the voiceover towards the end of this first glimpse at The Big Year, a mid-life crisis buddy picture starring unlikely buddies Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, and Jack Black. Except to judge from the t...

    Blog | September 07, 2011
  14. Omar to Play Omar on Community

    Andy Greenwald

    Earlier this summer, on this very website, we discussed the HBO Recycling Program and, more specifically, how actor Michael Kenneth Williams would forever be Omar Little — whether he was in Baltimore or on Boardwalk Empire. Now comes word that ...

    Blog | July 25, 2011