Believe: Lack of Faith

by Ethan Alter March 11, 2014 6:05 am
<i>Believe</i>: Lack of Faith

How do you make a half-baked idea look like a polished piece of televised craftsmanship? Hire an ace shooter like Alfonso Cuarón to direct it. Exactly a week after picking up a well-deserved Oscar for helming Gravity, the Mexico-born filmmaker takes his talents to the small screen for Believe, a series he created and produced in conjunction with J.J. Abrams. And if you found some of the spiritual hokum in that multi-award winning blockbuster hard to take, be forewarned it plays an even more pronounced role here given that the show's premise is built around a little blonde girl in possession of some heavenly -- or at least otherworldly -- powers.

Change We Can Believe In … for TV

by Angel Cohn January 19, 2009 6:16 am
Change We Can Believe In … for TV

With Obama's landmark inauguration happening Tuesday, we're hoping that after he gets around to fixing all of America's problems, he'll be able to inspire some much needed changes on the TV landscape. We've taken a page from his list of campaign promises and come up with our own changes that we could really get behind.

Rake and Other Shows with Vague, Deceptive Titles

by Aly Semigran January 21, 2014 12:39 pm
<i>Rake</i> and Other Shows with Vague, Deceptive Titles

Despite what the title suggests, Rake the new Greg Kinnear show on Fox, is not about a rake or even a series of ill-placed rakes.. Heck, the name of Kinnear's character -- a lawyer with a bad boy attitude -- isn't even something like Rake Rexington, which is really too bad because then I'd be more inclined to watch this show. (His character's name is actually Keegan Deane… BORING.) Instead, the title here presumably refers to the "rakehell" characterization in literature ("An immoral or dissolute person"? Check!), as well as the term "rake" in poker (you see, the guy also gambles in this show). Sorry to bum you out, leaf-raking enthusiast, it looks like you'll have to wait a little bit longer. But don't feel bad about being duped by the vague title, because over the past few years that's become something of a trend on television. We've picked a few shows (including some upcoming new ones designed to trick us) with vague, deceptive titles, what they really meant, and what we actually want them to mean.

Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

by Rachel Stein March 5, 2013 3:46 pm
Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Today's news is dedicated to Les Moonves's loose lips.

Today's TWoP News: Friday, February 15, 2013

by Ethan Alter February 15, 2013 4:06 pm
Today's TWoP News: Friday, February 15, 2013

It's a Valloween unmiracle!

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