Cop shows are extremely unrealistic. In real life — and in shows produced by David Simon — criminal investigations usually last for weeks or months. There are no cathartic gunfights. Heck, most detectives never even fire their guns. And I’m sure there are sexy lady detectives, but I’m betting they don’t all wear expensive leather jackets to bloody crime scenes. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a little fantasy. The procedural genre gets a bad rap, but shows like Justified and Fringe follow the essential structure of the cop drama but make the format feel vibrant and distinctive. (The essential structure: “Cool, attractive, well-dressed law enforcement agent investigates colorful crime committed by eccentric guest-star criminal, and said crime somehow reflects thematically on the well-dressed law enforcement agent’s emotional journey.”) But there is one ridiculous trend in the modern cop drama that is unforgivable, partially because of its pure doofus impossibility, but mainly because it’s become an acceptable crutch for lazy writing. I am talking about the Cop Drama PowerPoint Presentation. READ FULL STORY
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It’s after 3:30 a.m. following Mitt Romney’s 8-vote win in the closest Iowa Caucus in history, and CNN After Dark is still live. No one gets to sleep until it’s time for CNN: Breaking Dawn! Except me — I’ll probably fall asleep in a minute.
Right now it’s just six people standing around a glass table, marveling at the seedy neon “CNN AFTER DARK” logo while the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” plays in the background. Anderson Cooper is trying and failing to disapprove of it. An hour ago, John King had wandered around behind all of them while talking on his cell phone…with his mic on! It took me two minutes to realize who was speaking and where he was — a true hidden gem of the newsroom.
Oh, God, now there are seven of them!
It’s been a long, strange trip, but two sleepy old Iowan ladies stole the show: Edith Pfeffer, Clinton County GOP Chairwoman, and Carolyn Tallett, president of the Clinton County Republican Women. “What do you mean, the numbers don’t match?” Edith incredulously asked John King (who’d called the figures from the Clinton County precinct into question), who stood alongside a hilariously motionless Wolf Blitzer during what Anderson Cooper called “the best live phone call ever.” It was such a hit that the gang called them AGAIN a few minutes later! Edith and Carolyn were trending worldwide, after all.
Watch the videos of Edith and Carolyn’s phone calls to CNN After Dark: READ FULL STORY
A new season (?!?!) of Finding Bigfoot premieres Sunday, Jan. 1, at 10 p.m. ET on Animal Planet, and I just might tune in to witness the stunning ineptitude of the “expert team of true believers” in person.
Frankly I cannot fathom why it’s taken them so long to find me, considering I moved to the West Coast SIX MONTHS AGO and have been dying to get discovered! Sometimes I even leave my giant sneakers outside the door in my Melrose Waste of Space apartment complex. How have the true believers not picked up on their stench and size? Yoo-hoo! Experts! I am RIGHT HERE.
Vote in the important poll below…. if you can find it.
That last one is coming soon to EW.com whether you like it or not!
Six more hours until the beautiful beef jerky runway show begins! (10 p.m. ET on CBS.) Check back after the show airs on the west coast, when I’ll have updated this post with my Top 6 (or more) Reflections. They’re gonna be deep!
Why I’m excited for the VS Fashion Show
6. Glitter train wreck
5. Celebs in the audience wearing sunglasses — are you serious? READ FULL STORY
There have been plenty of Lost crossover hints, thought nuggets, time travel mindf—ery, etc. offered up on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. But the Apollo chocolate bar hanging out near a hatch on last night’s episode really SPOKE TO ME. It’s candy, it’s a hidden gem, and I could have sworn the last Apollo had spent the summer melting in a mail/garbage/Dharma peanut butter landfill in the least-accessible corner of Doc Jensen’s office.
Candy for breakfast, anyone?
Also did anyone else really, really want Des and his lava lamp to be making their own kind of music down in that Storybrooke hatch? And he’d promise to little Henry, “I’ll see you in another life, brutha,” and we’d all piss ourselves trying to predict which nefarious beast or chiseled horseback hero Henry Ian Cusick should portray in the show’s alternate universe, Fairy Tale? He has to be down there somewhere.
Come on, Desmond, press the button. EXECUTE my fantasy!
On Tuesday, news broke that a period piece about actress Grace Kelly may soon be in the works. The script, titled Grace of Monaco and written by Arash Amel, reportedly focuses on Kelly’s life during a politically-charged six-month period in 1962 and is aiming to be compared to last year’s Best Picture winner The King’s Speech.
Despite a relatively short acting career, Kelly is one in a class of iconic actresses from Hollywood’s golden age. After starring opposite Gary Cooper in High Noon, she caught the attention of director Alfred Hitchcock and starred in three of his films — Dial M for Murder, Rear Window and To Catch a Thief — before retiring from acting at the age of 26 after she met and married Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Hitchcock attempted to replicate his star in subsequent films, to varying degrees of success, which contributed to the phrase “Hitchcock Blonde” and to the subtext of 1958′s Vertigo, in which Jimmy Stewart’s character creepily tries to remake a woman in the image of his lost blonde love. READ FULL STORY