TV for Grownups

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 …

Craig T. Nelson Talks Facing ‘Third Act’ on ‘Parenthood’

Posted on 09/15/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentOne of the reasons I love “Parenthood” is the acclaimed series’ consistent way of bringing us storylines that feel as real as what’s going on down the street or inside our own homes.  The show returns for its fifth season next Thursday, Sept. 26, including a storyline for Braverman family patriarch and matriarch Zeek and Camille (Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia) that certainly keeps up that practice. According to Nelson, “They’re being faced with a decision financially, and I think, …

Ricky Gervais’ ‘Derek’ Puts Laughs in a Nursing Home

Posted on 09/11/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentThe global success of The Office gave Ricky Gervais carte blanche to follow his creative whims. In the 12 years since then he has served as a scorched-earth host at the Golden Globes and produced a hilarious podcast series, The Ricky Gervais Show. His  TV programs Extras and Life’s Too Short (both aired stateside on HBO) have been classic Gervais: alternately funny and mean-spirited. His newest TV series, Derek, begins streaming its entire first season on Netflix on Thursday. Much about the show will be …

Blair Underwood is Not Our Mama’s ‘Ironside’

Posted on 09/8/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentWarning:  Do not tune into NBC’s new “Ironside” with any expectation of a show resembling Raymond Burr’s series of 40 years ago.  As star Blair Underwood himself attests, they really didn’t keep much outside of the name and the central conceit of a disabled lawman operating his own team.  Oh, and Underwood’s Robert Ironside tipples a bit of bourbon at the end of a long day, an homage to Burr. This “Ironside” is as different from that one as 2013 …

‘Last Tango in Halifax’: Love, Aged to Perfection

Posted on 09/6/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentThe rekindling of long-lost love is at the center of Last Tango in Halifax, the sterling new drama premiering Sunday at 8 p.m. on PBS stations (check local listings). Already a hit in the U.K. — it won Best Drama Series at this year’s British Academy Television Awards — it arrives in the U.S. just a few weeks before the start of a new network-TV season. It’s easily the fall’s best new series, albeit a short one: just six episodes. …

Arsenio Hall Hoping #backisbeautiful

Posted on 09/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentIt’s been 17 years since Arsenio Hall loomed large on the TV landscape, since his show was a pop culture force, since a visit with Hall was a must for those seeking to reach the “MTV generation.”  He returns in syndication Sept. 9 with The Arsenio Hall Show, 2013 style. “It’s kind of the same Arsenio, you know.  Less hair, less shoulder pads,” he says, his familiar raffish smile in place. Can the same Arsenio work in this radically changed …