3 items from 2013
In 2013, Digital Spy has embraced all that UK and Us television has to offer - from the very best of comedy and drama, to the merely middling, to the absolute stinkers.
But now it's time to celebrate only the finest cuts - it's our top TV shows of the year, continuing now with 20-16.
20. New Girl
Funny and warm, New Girl has always been a show in flux - starting life as a vehicle for Zooey Deschanel, it gradually transformed into an ensemble show to make better use of its supporting cast, including season one's standout - Max Greenfield's scene-stealing Schmidt.
Heading into its second season, the show continued to change and grow and, while Schmidt still provided plenty of laughs, in 2013 New Girl was all about Jake Johnson's slobbish, simple but utterly endearing Nick Miller and - in particular - his on-off romance with Deschanel's Jess. In many ways, »
The fourth season of HBO’s mob drama “Boardwalk Empire” ends this Sunday. It’s an engrossing conclusion that brings heartbreak, tragedy and left-turn surprises you probably wouldn’t have expected. You’ll have to tune in Sunday night for more, but trust us when we say the underrated show is doing some of its best work this season and it’s must-watch TV in general, with one of the best casts on television right now (Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Jeffrey Wright, Michael K. Williams, Kelly McDonald, Shea Whigham, Michael Stuhlbarg and many, many more). “Boardwalk Empire” was of course created and conceived by Terrence Winter, the former “Sopranos” writer/producer turned showrunner and writer of this first-rate mob period drama. And “Boardwalk Empire” came to Winter via Martin Scorsese, who essentially gave Winter the non-fiction book “Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City” and said, »
- Rodrigo Perez
Cable TV and its alpha-males are certainly enjoying a surge in quality, but they're still no match for the great directors of film
The testosterone comes off Brett Martin's new book, Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution, like wafts of Brut. A short, stocky account of the rise of such shows as The Sopranos, The Wire, The Breaking Bad, Mad Men, it comes with the muscular thesis that cable TV has "become the significant American art form of the first decade of the 21st century, the equivalent of what the films of Scorsese, Altman, Coppola, and others had been to the 1970s or the novels of Updike, Roth. And Mailer had been to the 1960s." You see? Now that's what I call a thesis: beefy with name-drops, and a cultural frame of reference that could stun a herd of bison at 30 paces.
Martin corrals as hairy a »
- Tom Shone
3 items from 2013
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