EMPIRE Review: Fox’s Midseason Drama Says Watch The Throne

     January 7, 2015

Fox’s midseason drama Empire, created by Lee Daniels (The Butler) is all about the money, power, and backstabbing.  In Daniels’s words: “black Dynasty.”  Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is a studio head with enough clout to cancel meetings with the President, but he has no …

GALAVANT Review: ABC’s Madcap Midseason Musical

     January 3, 2015

If you’ve watched ABC at all in the past several months, you’ll already know something of their new single-camera series Galavant.  It’s a musical (of sorts) packed into a comedy format (of sorts) that takes its plot cues from The Princess Bride, …

Allison’s Other TV Bests of 2014

     December 25, 2014

In my intro to last year’s “Other TV Bests” category, I said, “if 2014 does even this half as well [as 2013], things should look pretty good.”  We have achieved it folks, and more than we could have asked for.  …

Allison’s Top 12 New TV Series of 2014

     December 18, 2014

Top 10 lists are tough.  The top TV shows this year, and in the last several years, have been difficult to contain in just one short list.  That was true so much so last year that I had to make …

ASCENSION Review: Syfy’s Newest Series Goes Retro

     December 15, 2014

Imagining the Syfy pitch meeting for Ascension writes itself: “Mad Men, in spaaaaaaace!”  It’s an easy sell.  Ascension follows the crew of an American space ark, sent on a 100-year journey in the 1960s, to find and populate a new planet.  In this telling, President Kennedy …