Tag Archives: The Sopranos

James Gandolfini Remembered

NAVA BRAHE: When The Sopranos premiered on HBO in January 1999, it was a very interesting time in my life.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Well said, Nava, and I don’t disagree with any of it. I just wanted to add my thoughts on just how much range I believe Gandolfini had as an actor, above and beyond the extraordinary set of emotions he deployed as Tony Soprano. Continue reading

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Review: Boardwalk Empire

ZOË RICE: When they said Boardwalk Empire was the Sopranos set in 1920′s Atlantic City, man, they weren’t kidding. This could be quite a good thing, but there will be some other key differences besides setting. One can’t necessarily know for sure what Boardwalk Empire will become based on its premiere. But one can know it’s worth watching to find out.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Simply put, the finest drama since Mad Men. And this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Much like the assistant coaches under Bill Parcells finding success, it appears the writing staff David Chase had with The Sopranos is headed for similar successes- in Matthew Weiner’s case, Mad Men, and in Terrence Winter’s case, Boardwalk Empire. Continue reading

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The State of TV

THOMAS DELAPA: Dazed and discontented viewers may well ask who took the “vision” out of television. It’s become our national id, where egos rule. But in an increasingly insular, home-theater society that wants its TV and MTV, nobody today is yelling “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going take this anymore.” Resistance seems programmed to fail. Like Chauncey Gardiner, the numbed voyeur of Being There, Americans like to watch.

NAVA BRAHE: Howard, I’ll give you The Daily Show, but I will not concede my belief that after The Sopranos finished, TV ended; at least for me.

JASON CLINKSCALES: I love television. I probably love it more because I’m the one who pays the cable bill, but I love it nonetheless. What I don’t love is how we talk about television. Continue reading

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HBO: Just another mediocre network/Still Not TV-HBO!

HBO’s best shows are long behind it.  Now the network needs to reclaim its big ambitions.

JEFF ELDRIDGE: It’s the static, predictable grousing of Nikki on Big Love.  It’s Tell Me That You Love Me‘s conflation of oral…

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Doogie Howser Legacy Smackdown: Neil Patrick Harris vs. Max Casella

HOWARD MEGDAL: Who knew that the teenager climbing through Doogie Howser, M.D.’s window would awkwardly jump down into America’s hearts? No actor has been in more important places in American acting over the past  15 years than Max Casella, who,…

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