COMMENTARY: Your summer TV favorites … how good, how bad?

The summer television season is going strong, so strong that it can be difficult for TV aficionados to keep up. Here are some thoughts on the programming in these air-conditioned days … More »

INTERVIEW: Shuggie Otis brings new freedom to classic compositions

Shuggie Otis, the R&B musician responsible for such legendary albums as Inspiration Information and Freedom Flight, recently embarked on a nationwide tour, bringing his original compositions to fans both young and old. The multi-city route More »

INTERVIEW: Looking into the future with co-creator of Syfy’s ‘Dark Matter’

Dark Matter, Syfy’s new space drama, follows a group of six people who wake up from a deep slumber with no memory. Not knowing their real names, they call one another One (Marc More »

INTERVIEW: Daniels brothers return to Animal Planet as ‘Redwood Kings’

On the new season of Redwood Kings, Ron and John Daniels open up their client list to include another celebrity and many one-of-a-kind opportunities. Their skills of using reclaimed wood to fashion unbelievable tree More »

INTERVIEW: Bryan Fry snakes his way onto ‘Treasure Quest: Snake Island’

Treasure Quest: Snake Island is set to premiere 10 p.m. Friday, July 17 on Discovery Channel. The reality series follows a group of intrepid adventurers as they search for riches in the More »

INTERVIEW: Director Chaitanya Tamhane enters ‘Court’-room drama

Court, a new drama about India’s legal system, begins its cinematic run today, July 15 at New York City’s Film Forum. The movie is the directorial debut of Chaitanya Tamhane, and what a More »

INTERVIEW: Director John Madden revisits ‘Exotic Marigold Hotel’

John Madden, director of Shakespeare in Love and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, recently decided to take a second cinematic trip to India for the appropriately titled sequel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The More »

COMMENTARY: ‘Hannibal’ needs to live on

Hannibal, the gruesome and brilliant NBC show from Bryan Fuller, may soon end its remarkable run. The show is currently in the middle of its third season, but it appears NBC isn’t More »

 

COMMENTARY: Your summer TV favorites … how good, how bad?

A scene from TNT's The Last Ship, episode "We'll Get There." Photo courtesy of Karen Ballard.

A scene from TNT’s The Last Ship, episode “We’ll Get There.” Photo courtesy of Karen Ballard.

The summer television season is going strong, so strong that it can be difficult for TV aficionados to keep up. Here are some thoughts on the programming in these air-conditioned days …

  • BBC America’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is an enjoyable costume drama that takes a while to develop. For those fans willing to stay for the long haul, the miniseries event has some unexpected delights. The two central performances — Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan — make the show, and it’s difficult to see how the the literary adaptation would work without their spot-on, yet subtle takes on these magician roles.

INTERVIEW: Shuggie Otis brings new freedom to classic compositions

Shuggie Otis heads out on a national tour in summer 2015. Photo courtesy of Arnie Goodman.

Shuggie Otis has headed out on a national tour in the summer of 2015. Photo courtesy of Arnie Goodman.

Shuggie Otis, the R&B musician responsible for such legendary albums as Inspiration Information and Freedom Flight, recently embarked on a nationwide tour, bringing his original compositions to fans both young and old. The multi-city route comes at a time in the musician’s life when a new album is on the horizon and memories of his father, Johnny Otis, and the wild 1960s and 1970s are still fresh and filled with nostalgia.