Blog Profile / Slate: Television

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We’ll Always Have Parrots

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been bringing animals onto David Letterman’s show for 30 years now. My last appearance on Dave’s show—which was April 29—has been on my mind constantly for the past few weeks. What could I do to make the...Show More Summary

YouTube Killed the Studio Audience 

Attending the taping of a late-night TV show is not a comfortable experience. First, you’ll stand in line on a city sidewalk for hours—chilled by wind, or baked by sun—being herded like a fatted calf to an abattoir. Upon arriving atShow More Summary

We Were With Coco

Half a decade has passed since NBC canned Conan O’Brien as the host of The Tonight Show after 145 episodes, bringing his network career to an abrupt and inglorious end. Before Tonight, O’Brien presided over 2,700-odd installments ofShow More Summary

Extreme Makeover

On Thursday night’s episode of Louie, the series’ long-running tension between cosmetic and substantial character development gets literal: Louie (who in the Season 4 episode “Model” accidentally punched a woman) gets beaten up by another woman who is small, blond, and pretty. Show More Summary

Bourgeois Ghosts

The BBC’s miniseries adaptation of The Casual Vacancy, a pungent, unhappy novel-for-adults by J.K. Rowling, has an especially formidable bundle of expectations to clear. Like any television retelling of a book, it must do right by its (difficult) source material—then factor in the reflected glare of the Harry Potter properties. Show More Summary

More Like Crappyish

Shalom Auslander, creator of the new Showtime series Happyish, is a gloomy, guilt-ridden, miserable man. Professionally. That’s his schtick. Raised an Orthodox Jew, the fortysomething Auslander now makes his living peddling angsty personal essays about his tortured relationship to pornography, or to defecation, or to humanity in general. Show More Summary

The Female Gaze

The third season of Inside Amy Schumer opens with a musical number. “Milk, Milk, Lemonade” is a spoof of booty anthems starring Amy Schumer herself, with an assist by the impressively proportioned model Amber Rose, and it serves as a reminder that butts don’t just serve as a focal point for the male gaze; women also poop out of them. Show More Summary

The Comedians

Maybe if we all ask very nicely, Larry David will just come back with another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. That’s where my thoughts kept returning as I watched The Comedians, which premieres Thursday night at 10 and is FX’s latest...Show More Summary

Louie Season 5

Some spoilers for the Louie Season 5 premiere below. “I’m a boring asshole now, that’s what I am.” These are some of the first words we hear in “Potluck,” the premiere of Louie’s fifth season. The statement is presented as revelation: Louie’s frank self-appraisal in front of his sleeping psychiatrist. Show More Summary

How Black-ish Earned the Right to Call Itself Black-ish

Few people warmed to the title of Black-ish when the show premiered last fall. In fact, you could say that the name of Kenya Barris’ ABC sitcom actively outraged some folks (including, of course, the unfailingly charming Donald Trump), and rubbed most others the wrong way, regardless of their race. Show More Summary

“I Know Who You Are”

Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a spinoff—a program that gives viewers a second chance to spend time with familiar characters—would adopt second chances as its central theme. But who would’ve guessed that such a show would...Show More Summary

So Kinnear, Yet So Far

Rake, Fox’s cheeky new legal drama premiering Thursday night, has a title problem. In an unexpected turn, its main character, a gambling addict and lady-killing lawyer, is not named Rake. The title of the show is not a pun, just a reference to its leading man’s alleged personality. Show More Summary

Fleming. Ian Fleming.

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond begins with a quote from Ian Fleming himself: “Everything I write has a precedent in truth.” This heavily massaged four-part miniseries about the war years of James Bond’s creator, which begins tonight on BBC America, seeks to prove that Fleming (played by Dominic Cooper) should be taken at his word. Show More Summary

Hail to the Sleaze

The first episode of the second season of House of Cards ends by cursing out its audience. Not metaphorically. Just before the credits begin to roll, the camera closes in on the brand-new pair of spiffy, initialed cuff links owned by Machiavellian politician Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) that are neatly propped up in a jewelry box. Show More Summary

The Horrible Things That Men Do to Women

In the second episode of True Detective, Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) find themselves at a seedy trailer-park bunny ranch, where Marty becomes outraged at the presence of an underage prostitute named Beth (Lili Simmons). Show More Summary

The Banality of Duplicity

People like to joke that it’s not fair when someone extraordinarily beautiful also has a great personality. Life’s gifts should be handed out more equitably: The pimply faced loser should not also have to bear the burden of being a total drip, the supermodel should not be blessed with razor-sharp mind. Show More Summary

Better Than Silence

There are five movies based on the fictional world that Thomas Harris, over the course of four novels, has populated with FBI agents, colorful serial killers, and, most importantly, the cannibal psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter. One is a...Show More Summary

A World in Which Nothing Is Solved

Wondering what will happen next is a natural response to any good piece of serialized narrative art. Between chapters of Crime and Punishment readers likely gathered round the samovar to trade speculations on the fate of Raskolnikov, with a full month for their theories to foment. Show More Summary

Your God Is Too Small

How big is the cosmos? This is both a central question of Cosmos, the Seth MacFarlane–produced, Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted reboot of Carl Sagan’s widely watched and beloved 1980 miniseries investigating and elucidating our knowledge...Show More Summary

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