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Time of Death: Life-Affirming TV

Posted on 11/1/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentDying is a subject most people would rather not talk about, let alone base an entire television show on. But on Time of Death, Showtime’s poignant, oddly beautiful docu-series that premieres tonight at 10, there’s no escape from watching life’s final act. The show follows real people who are terminally ill — medical treatment may keep them alive for a while, but there is no hope for recovery. All the main subjects of this show will die: It’s the rare TV …

Allison Janney Finds Satisfaction in ‘Masters of Sex’

Posted on 09/29/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentIf you have any qualms about watching nudity, masturbation and copulation, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, premiering tonight (9/29), is not for you. The miniseries about pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson shows us wired-up subjects giving their all for science, stroke by stroke, surging past taboos like Masters and Johnson did, climaxing in a heady new experience. Even for Showtime, it’s breathtaking stuff – yet Allison Janney is convinced, “The public is going to embrace this, they’re going to love …

‘Ray Donovan’: On Showtime, Really Mad Men

Posted on 06/28/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentI’m not sure where Ray Donovan is headed, but I am ready to follow. Showtime’s new drama about a Hollywood fixer-to-the-stars whose life could use some fixing of its own makes its auspicious debut Sunday (June 30) at 10 p.m.. The premiere is brash, confident and a tad off kilter — which makes it a lot like its title character, played with stoic but muscular bravado by movie and stage actor Liev Schreiber. Sunday’s opener packs in a few too many …

‘Nurse Jackie’ Gets an Assist From a ‘Dexter’ Mastermind

Posted on 04/14/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentWhen Nurse Jackie debuted in 2009, ingesting mass quantities of Oxycontin and Adderall, trading sex for pills, careening from raw emotion to mordant humor, she didn’t look like a strong candidate for longevity.  But here we are, about to embark upon Season 5, premiering on Showtime tonight.  Emmy winner Edie Falco’s emergency room anti-heroine has made it through rehab and is about to face her toughest challenge yet – sobriety. Taking her on that journey is the series’ new showrunner, …

Good TV This Week: Lisa Kudrow’s Quirky ‘Therapy’

Posted on 07/1/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentLisa Kudrow’s self-centered online therapist, Fiona Wallace, returns to cable television in all her vainglory tomorrow night (7/2), as “Web Therapy” begins what they’re calling its “Season 2.0” on Showtime.  If you haven’t already sampled it, this is an opportune time.  The largely-adlibbed show, transplanted from its internet point of origin on lStudio.com, is a hoot.  It’s also a celebrity magnet, with big names clearly having a blast playing with Kudrow in her psychobabble sandbox. This season, Conan O’Brien is …