Summer premieres haven’t quite started — except for The Killing this Sunday — and season finales are all behind us. You are all probably still watching and rewatching the new episodes of Arrested Development. Also, it’s that weird limbo week where no huge blockbuster comes out (Much Ado is next week, guys!). But there’s still some pretty great (or at least amusing) things out there. So check out this guide of what to download, stream, and DVR this week. READ FULL STORY
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Voting for EW’s 5th Annual EWwy Awards — honoring the shows, actors, and actresses readers believe deserved an Emmy nomination but didn’t receive one — ends Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. (Winners will be announced Friday.) For a deep dive into the nominees, click through the Comedy categories and the Drama categories. Or, cast your ballot now by voting in the 10 polls below.
And the Drama nominees are…
It’s Day 2 of voting for EW’s 5th Annual EWwy Awards, honoring the shows and actors snubbed by the Emmys, and already, a themed has emerged in the comments: That Supporting Actor race is brutal — whether you’re talking drama or comedy.
The comedy nominees are Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, and Aziz Ansari, along with Community‘s Danny Pudi and Donald Glover. (Vote here.) The drama nominees are Fringe‘s John Noble, Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Pitt, Mad Men‘s John Slattery, The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman, and Justified‘s Walton Goggins. (Vote here.) Which category is tougher? We’re resisting the urge to type a new poll. Here’s what readers are saying: READ FULL STORY
It’s September, which means it’s once again time for the EWwys, EW.com’s annual awards honoring the shows, actors, and actresses that should’ve been nominated for an Emmy but weren’t. This year’s nominees are a combination of those who made EW critic Ken Tucker’s Emmy wish list and those who readers felt were most grievously snubbed when the Emmy nominations were announced in July. Check out the nominees in the five EWwy Comedy categories and vote for your favorites here. Click through the nominees in the five EWwy Drama categories and cast your votes here. Polls will remain open through Sept. 13. Winners will be announced Sept. 14. There are trophies involved, to which two-time EWwy winner Courteney Cox can attest: READ FULL STORY
Breaking Bad is back!
You can pour over all the scheming and darkness with EW’s recap — and Ken Tucker’s review — but there’s another matter we want to discuss here in PopWatch: Are the wives on AMC shows just the worst people ever? Skyler got us thinking so last night.
Sure, you can argue Skyler is doing the best she can (her husband did just murder someone, after all). But her dealings with Ted last season were not the best.
You’ve also got Lori on The Walking Dead, and her affair with Shane. Of course, Betty Draper on Mad Men is certainly no dream. Although Don was less than an ideal husband (understatement of the year), Betty is a child with little interest in her own children. For argument’s sake, let’s also throw Sarah Linden from The Killing into the mix. Yes, yes, she’s not technically married, but she’s got to be in this poll for being the world’s most MIA fiancé last season — Rosie killer on the loose or not.
Mirror, mirror on the wall: Who’s the worst wife of them all? READ FULL STORY
The Killing was always a formally daring show. It’s not the first TV series to expand a single criminal investigation over the course of a season: Murder One and The Wire got there first. And it’s not the first TV series wherein every episode advances the plot forward one day at a time: David Milch used that structure in Deadwood and John From Cincinnati. Heck, The Killing is a remake of Forbrydelsen, a Danish TV drama much beloved by the sort of people who watch Danish TV dramas. The Killing‘s first season was compelling, a sidelong exploration of the far corners of a shadowy Seattle — rich-kid debaucheries, ethnic subcultures, backroom political bosses, front-room Mob bosses. The problem is that the show had a shaky foundation: the investigation into the murder of Rosie Larsen. When the season finale bungled the nonresolution of that plotline, the whole thing fell over like the world’s most beautiful Jenga skyscraper. READ FULL STORY
PopWatch Planner: 'Mad Men,' 'Game of Thrones,' and 'The Killing' return, and Spock beams down to 'The Big Bang Theory'
Judging by its record-setting opening weekend, the odds are ever more in your favor that you’ve seen The Hunger Games by now. Which means your schedule is that much more free to have it be overwhelmed by the DVR death-match looming next Sunday, when the second seasons of The Killing and Game of Thrones premiere, against the second episode of Mad Men‘s fifth season (and, oh right, there’s The Good Wife and The Amazing Race and The Simpsons and the final season of Desperate Housewives, too). It’ll be up to you to decide how the heck to navigate this scheduling minefield, but click here to see how EW TV critic Ken Tucker’s wading through it.
In between, Madonna’s newest studio album hits stores, Spock(‘s voice) comes to The Big Bang Theory, and Julia Roberts and Sam Worthington valiantly vie for second place against the Hunger Games juggernaut. But first things first, tonight marks the long-awaited, two-hour return of Mad Men. Enjoy your week!
SUNDAY, March 25
Mad Men season premiere — 9 p.m., AMC
We’ve waited 17 months, so the least Don, Peggy, Joan, Roger, and Pete can do is welcome us back with a two hour feast of gorgeous 1960s nostalgia and doleful glances into bottomless chasms of existential ennui, right? READ FULL STORY
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