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If one didn't know the melodies, the connections would not necessarily be made."Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy," airing on PBS' "Great Performances" Tuesday, Jan. 1 (check local listings), shows the very strong link between Jewish music and the sometimes mournful, sometimes joyful tunes that have dominated the Great White Way from the beginning.
"This isn't really a Jewish story," the filmmaker, Michael Kantor -- who also made the Emmy-winning "Broadway: The American Musical" -- tells Zap2it. "It is Jewish in the sense that [it] is exploring this phenomenon of this handful of writers, but they created an American art form. Only a few art forms are considered uniquely American -- jazz, abstract expressionism and the Broadway musical. So anything that deals with how these art forms came about deals with who we are as a nation.
"The Broadway musical is an amalgam of lots of different things," Kantor continues. "It is also incredibly entertaining. »
New Year's Day brings ten hours of AbFab. That's got to be a good beginning for the year.
The Av Club suggests that 2013 will be the year that ends TV as we know it. With DVRs diminishing the importance of time slots, the continued rise of cable and the demise of many era-defining shows like 30 Rock and Breaking Bad, there's a good case to be made that the medium has been putting off a big change for a while.
This feels like a spoiler, Once Upon a Time cast Sonequa Martin-Green — who made her Walking Dead debut in the midseason finale — to play a character named Tarmara. I guess I shouldn't get attached to her The Walking Dead character.
A Downton Abbey parody comic where Bates leads a double-life as a super-spy (and Thomas is obsessed with figuring out why Bates is always locked away polishing silver)? Sign me up. »
2 items from 2013
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