1. New Show ‘Madam Secretary’ Pales In Comparison With ‘The Good Wife’ 

    All these years in, I don’t have to spend much time raving about why I love The Good Wife. The legal cases they dramatize are as intelligent, and as multi-layered, as the characters, and the acting, from the guest stars as well as the regulars, is marvelous. Each week on The Good Wife, the show’s opening credits don’t show up until about 10 minutes into the show – and they always catch me by surprise, because by that time, I’m so involved with the plot, I forget that the credits haven’t run yet.  But when they arrive, with flair and a bit of dramatic punctuation, they always remind me, week in and week out, that I’m watching one of TV’s best dramas.

    -Fresh Air TV Critic David Bianculli 

    (Source: mymargulies)

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  1. Fresh Air TV critic David Bianculli reviews the 10-part Cinemax series The Knick, directed by Steven Soderbergh. It stars Clive Owen as Dr. John Thackery, “a medical maverick and pioneer who has more regard for new techniques than any bedside manner.” Bianculli says one of the good things about the show is its unpredictability: 

"The slowly blossoming beauty of The Knick, as a TV series, is that it moves in unexpected directions and at a thoughtfully deliberate pace. If you presume Dr. Thackery is going to bond with that young nurse, or the new doctor, right away, you’d be wrong. And medical cases, which at first appeared to be singular events, turn out to be continuing story lines where we watch patients heal, or fail to. And doctors, too, keep trying new procedures, and new equipment, in discovering the path to an enlightened new age of medical science.”
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    Fresh Air TV critic David Bianculli reviews the 10-part Cinemax series The Knick, directed by Steven Soderbergh. It stars Clive Owen as Dr. John Thackery, “a medical maverick and pioneer who has more regard for new techniques than any bedside manner.” Bianculli says one of the good things about the show is its unpredictability: 

    "The slowly blossoming beauty of The Knick, as a TV series, is that it moves in unexpected directions and at a thoughtfully deliberate pace. If you presume Dr. Thackery is going to bond with that young nurse, or the new doctor, right away, you’d be wrong. And medical cases, which at first appeared to be singular events, turn out to be continuing story lines where we watch patients heal, or fail to. And doctors, too, keep trying new procedures, and new equipment, in discovering the path to an enlightened new age of medical science.”

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  1. Fresh Air critic at large John Powers reviews the Danish political drama Borgen, about a woman who unexpectedly becomes Denmark’s prime minister. Borgen sets itself apart from other political dramas like House of Cards, Veep, and The West Wing: 

"I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a show that’s better at capturing the personal cost of political life. For Birgitte [above], power doesn’t so much corrupt as isolate. The more successful she becomes as PM, the more her private world dwindles. Her circle of friends shrinks, her children feel neglected, and her marriage to the funny, liberal-minded Philip — a onetime CEO who’s put his career on hold — starts to founder. Losing her knack for intimacy, she begins talking to him like a prime minister making points in a cabinet meeting."
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    Fresh Air critic at large John Powers reviews the Danish political drama Borgen, about a woman who unexpectedly becomes Denmark’s prime minister. Borgen sets itself apart from other political dramas like House of Cards, Veep, and The West Wing: 

    "I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a show that’s better at capturing the personal cost of political life. For Birgitte [above], power doesn’t so much corrupt as isolate. The more successful she becomes as PM, the more her private world dwindles. Her circle of friends shrinks, her children feel neglected, and her marriage to the funny, liberal-minded Philip — a onetime CEO who’s put his career on hold — starts to founder. Losing her knack for intimacy, she begins talking to him like a prime minister making points in a cabinet meeting."

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  1. Writers for comedian Sid Caesar included Mel Brooks (front, lower right) and Neil Simon (back row, upper left corner.) Both Brooks and Simon are featured on a new DVD release featuring Caesar’s writers telling jokes and stories.

    Writers for comedian Sid Caesar included Mel Brooks (front, lower right) and Neil Simon (back row, upper left corner.) Both Brooks and Simon are featured on a new DVD release featuring Caesar’s writers telling jokes and stories.

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