1. Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner reflects on the show’s legacy

    "I want to end ‘Mad Men,’ as a writer, the way I think the story was told."

     


  2. Your weekly streaming recommendation: Terriers

    For each week in the month of April, we’ll be recommending a binge-watchable TV show you might not have check out yet. This week: Terriers, an FX dramedy about a pair of scruffy PIs.

    One of the great virtues of video-on-demand is the opportunity to devour a TV show that deserved a lot more love when it originally aired. UnlikeFirefly, Arrested Development, or Veronica Mars, there’s virtually no hope for a belated revival of FX’s one-season wonder Terriers — but anyone who makes time for the 13 episodes we did get will be richly rewarded for it.

    Terriers follows a pair of scruffy, unlicensed private investigators attempting to scrape by in a small California beach town. Donal Logue plays Hank Dolworth, a recovering alcoholic who’s mourning the self-inflicted losses of both his career and his marriage; Michael Raymond-James plays Britt Pollack, a onetime criminal who has managed to turn his life around. As the partners fumble and banter their way through the lowest of low-rent cases, they accidentally uncover a larger conspiracy that could threaten everyone and everything around them. It also had one of the best TV theme songs in recent history.

    Terriers is alternately funny, tense, heartbreaking, and as twisty as any classic noir, with two stellar lead performances. Unfortunately, the show’s innate complexity also meant that FX never quite figured how to make it. Even near-universal critical accolades couldn’t attract enough viewers to earn Terriers a second season renewal — which is all the more maddening when you consider that the rise of DVR and video-on-demand platforms might have been enough to earn Terriers a loyal audience and another season if it had premiered just one or two years later.

    Fortunately, Terriers' first season works just fine as a standalone piece of television. The TV landscape is overrun with shows about cops, detectives, and killers, but Terriers stands out by making the dynamics between the characters far more compelling than any crime they’re solving. If you’re intrigued by the idea of a series that captures the beachside noir of Veronica Mars, the thoughtful character work of Mad Men, and the quick, savvy banter of Joss Whedon at his best, do yourself a favor and give Terriers a spin.

     


  3. I want to end Mad Men, as a writer, the way I think the story was told. That’s what I’m interested in. It is weird that, in the future, if anybody’s watching this show, they will know the whole story.
    — Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner reflects on the show’s legacy
     

  4. Are you a fan of Veep and salty language? You should check out The Thick of It.

     

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  6. So GM’s known for a decade about a deadly design flaw, waited years to attempt to fix it, botched the fix, threatened to recoup legal costs from anybody who tried to litigate the issue, and then when the sh*t hit the fan, decided maybe it’s time to promote Car Gal.
     

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  8. I just want to say that I am not a racist. I don’t even see race — not even my own. People tell me I’m white and I believe them because I just devoted six minutes to explaining how I’m not a racist.
     


  9. It really wraps it all up. We not only get to see them meet each other for the first time but also we’re jumping forward into the future so we get to see these characters and their relationships twenty years in the future.
     

  10. Watching not one, not two, but three Bar Refaelis simulate sex with a puppet is apparently too hot for Israeli daytime television.
     

  11. The show: SpongeBob SquarePants

    The experiment: One group watched SpongeBob episodes that were food related (e.g., “Chocolate with Nuts”). The other group watched non-food related episodes (e.g., “Snowball Effect”). Both groups had access to a bowl of candy.

    The result: ”Restrained” eaters (those who were dieting) ate more while watching the food-related episodes, but type of show had no effect on “unrestrained” eaters.

    The oversimplified takeaway: When SpongeBob gets hungry, there goes your diet.

    8 other scientific experiments that used ’90s TV shows to manipulate subjects

     

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