For our bracket, we selected the 16 greatest, most influential shows since The Real World. (Yes, PBS’s 1971 An American Family was important, but a different animal from modern reality.) But to stage a more brutal fight, we did not pit the shows as an entity against each other: We picked each series’ greatest season. So many of these shows thrive on their consistency (read: repetition), with Survivor’s 28 seasons of alliances and blindsides, The Bachelor’s 18 journeys (and Bachelorette’s nine), and Top Chef’s restaurant wars. These reliable beats are part of these shows’ appeal, but when mercilessly judging them as a whole, it is easy to apply debits for this predictability. So instead we made our contest about the best seasons of these greatest shows: The Osbournes’ first, hilarious introduction to stars-are-just-like-us celebreality. American Idol’s second-season showdown between Clay and Ruben. Season one of The Hills, before … [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
The cover is so hideously ugly that it does a better job of scaring audiences away than roping them in. It depicts almost surreally unconvincing photo-shopped versions of Cage and Jackson handcuffed together yet running in opposite directions in a manner that suggests they’re mere minutes away from yanking each other’s arms off and collapsing into a bloody, viscera-strewn mess. Behind them Dabney Coleman can be seen driving a police car directly towards them, a crazed gleam in his eyes. It’s a sadly indelible image that speaks to what a weird, difficult sell the film is. … [Read more...] about Remembering ‘Amos and Andrew,’ the Forgotten Racially Charged Comedy That Feels Ripped From Today’s Headlines
In an era when all TV shows have age-suitability ratings and content guides, the vigor with which adult cop shows of the 1970s were marketed to children seems shocking. But in fact, immense energy was invested in embedding those series in the collective consciousness of children. Dell published 15-cent Mod Squad comic books, and Topps sold Mod Squad chewing gum. You could get a wheel of Hawaii Five-0 Viewmaster slides and click through color pictures of unsmiling, black-suited Steve McGarrett arresting Honolulu’s miscreants, or buy Milton Bradley board games based on Columbo, Starsky & Hutch, or Kojak (“Be a part of thrilling police action on the city streets”), which allowed young players to use informants to track down a suspect hiding in a building. I coveted the Adam-12 lunchbox, which had an illustration of Malloy and Reed helping a little boy on one side and on the other the two of them crouching with their pistols drawn, ready to fire on an unseen suspect. … [Read more...] about Real-Life Cops, and Me
What follows this line are two hours of complicated meaninglessness: people go forward in time and back in time and further back in time — whatever. The only emotional arc goes to Debicki, forced to play a woman who cares more about saving her son than ensuring the rest of the population’s survival. (In one especially memorable (but deeply puzzling) sequence, she’s told that if the mission fails, everyone on Earth will die. “Including my son,” she ponders aloud.) She and JDW aren’t in love, but might have crushes on one another bubbling just below the surface? No one in this movie even gets particularly angry. That glimpse of bitchiness — “You’re carrying a Goya? In a Harrods bag?” — is Blair Waldorf–level. It’s House of Woodcock redux. It’s positively Massie Block. It’s a moment most pleasing to me in Christopher Nolan’s career. It’s a flicker of humanity that does more to tether … [Read more...] about This One Line from