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Some very hungry caterpillars are a threat to Chester’s Mill in this week’s episode of Under The Dome…
This review contains spoilers.
To quote a commenter under last week’s adieu-bidding review of Under The Dome, “DoG reviews plenty of other tosh, so why not this?”. Fair point, well made. So we’re back, people, and strapping in for the long haul.
Infestation was a murder mystery as only Under The Dome could deliver - full of sound and fury and lacking anything resembling procedure or common sense. Typically, the people of Chester’s Mill respond to a crisis with the calm sagacity of a junior high cheerleading squad evicting a wasp from their school bus, and this week’s axe-murderer plot was no different.
As is the way in the dome's brave new world, Angie’s killing was loudly investigated by everyone at once using »
Earlier this spring, the complete run of "Hill Street Blues" was released on DVD, and it was remarkable to see just how well the groundbreaking cop drama held up three decades later. Some elements of it felt dated, but on the whole, you could find common DNA with many of this century's best dramas. That's because for a long stretch in the '80s and '90s, "Hill Street" co-creator Steven Bochco was way out ahead of the curve, experimenting with what was and wasn't possible within the confines of a broadcast network drama, and in the process paving the way for this cable golden age in which we live. "Hill Street" popularized multi-layered, morally complex serialized storytelling in primetime. "NYPD Blue" broke down the barriers between network and cable with its raw language, sexuality and criminal subject matter, and the popularity of Andy Sipowicz (who would've been a villain »
- Alan Sepinwall
TNT unveiled its summer slate on Friday, announcing that it would air 10 original series — which, the network claims, is a record for basic cable. In addition to returning series “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Dallas” and “Franklin & Bash,” the network's summer slate will include the new crime drama, “Murder in the First,” from executive producer Steven Bochco (“NYPD Blue,” “Cop Rock”). The series will focus on one intense, complicated case across an entire season. See video: TNT Announces ‘Falling Skies’ Return, 2 New Drama Premieres The summer lineup will kick off on June 9 at 9 p.m. with the Season 3 »
- Tim Kenneally
Get excited, Blartians, a Paul Blart: Mall Cop sequel is closer than ever. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Parental Guidance director Andy Fickman is in talks to direct. The 2009 original made $183 million worldwide, which is still an unbelievable fact. Kevin James will once again don the iconic mustache and, as he did the original, co-write the script with magical cat voicer Nick Bakay. No word yet on plot, but we'd be happy with any of these options: Paul Blart: Mall Cop in Space, Paul Blart vs. Baul Plart, Paul Blart: European Mall Cop, Paul Blart: Poli de Centro Commercial, Paul Blart: Zookeeper, Paul Blart: Cop Rock, Paul Blart 2: This Time It's Blartsonal, Paul Blart 2: Electric Blartaloo, Paul Blart 2: Look Who's Blarting Now, or Paul Blart 2: Paul Blarter. »
- Jesse David Fox
4 items from 2014
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