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Every day, small-screen addicts have the chance to check out dozens upon dozens of offerings: network police procedurals, basic-cable sketch shows, late-night hosts gaming with their guests, streaming sitcoms, Britcoms and rebooted series, premium-channel prestige dramas, off-brand reality TV and those unclassifiable oddities that reside left of the virtual dial. But here at Rolling Stone's new column, we're zeroing in on and counting down the five best moments of the viewing week — from the scenes everyone's been talking/recapping/tweeting about to the underseen, undersung performances and undeservedly neglected episodes you might have missed. »
Welcome to Camp Firewood! Or is it welcome back to Camp Firewood? Uh, welcome back to Camp Firewood, again, for the first time. It’s 10:47 p.m., 11 hours before the campers show up, and the gang’s all here, gathered around the campfire, jamming to “Jane” by Jefferson Starship. You might recognize this title sequence from Wet Hot American Summer: The Film, with the same general revelry, same title font, and same cut to the Guitar Guy as soon as the solo starts. Everyone’s having fun. Unfortunately, that fun has to end. The next day starts with orientation, led by camp director Mitch (H. Jon Benjamin), Greg, the boys' head counselor (Jason Schwartzman), and Beth. Beth! “Beeeetthhhh!” Thank god Beth and her jokes are here. “It’s a dry wit, it’s very funny,” McKinley explains. “Some of you were campers here last year, but now, you’re all 16 or 17 years old. »
- Brian Feldman
From ampersands to The Apprentice, from dinner ladies to Dirty Den, here's a selection of nerdy in-jokes from Doctor Who series 2...
Last month we took a look at Doctor Who Series One as it celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Specifically, we delved deep into the murky world of in-jokes and sweet nerdy references.
Let’s take another trip back in time and have a look at the more notable and interesting references and in-jokes from Doctor Who Series Two, starring David Tennant and Billie Piper, where the credit of “Doctor Who” had been changed back to “The Doctor”. Pfft, party poopers.
Old-skool fans would have been forgiven for being excited at the prospect, given that “New Earth” was a planet mentioned in the 1974 classic Invasion Of The Dinosaurs (though it didn’t actually exist in that story, it was a fake world). But all fans could get excited at »
We’ve touched on why The Writer’s Tale, the 2008 (expanded in 2010) compendium of correspondence between Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies and journalist Benjamin Cook, deserves a space on your bookshelf here.
In short, The Writer’s Tale is both a screenwriting masterclass and an unparalleled look behind the scenes of new Doctor Who. As well as following the production triumphs and emergencies as the show lurches “from one crisis to another”, it lets you witness story ideas being created in the wild. See pivotal Doctor Who moments tottering unsurely out of Davies’ mind like new-born giraffes and watch them transform into sleek, galloping beasts of majesty! Think of it like a classy David Attenborough doc on storytelling, with bonus David Tennant photos and chat about Tony from Skins. »
4 items from 2015
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