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TV review: ‘The Affair’ doesn’t cheat on intelligent storytelling

October 28, 2014
Showtime’s new high-concept drama “The Affair” is an intriguing, aesthetically pleasing and structurally innovative show. The two lead performances from British actors Dominic West — known for his role as rugged detective Jimmy McNulty on HBO’s “The Wire” — and Ruth Wilson are mesmerizing, as is most of the show. The show, from noted Israeli producer Hagai Levi, immediately attracted attention for its unusual premise. While soapy shows full of lurid premises and troubled marriages are all over TV, they don’t tell their stories in the way that “The Affair” does. Each episode is split into two halves: one depicting the affair between Wilson and West’s characters, each married, from… Read more

Opinion: ‘Honey Boo Boo’ cancellation a long time coming; Nick Jonas photos a bit shocking

October 27, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. Honey Boo Boo goes bye-bye Raise your hands. Throw a party. Eat some cake. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” has been canceled and I couldn’t be more excited! TLC pulled the plug on the reality TV smash after reports that Mama June (June Shannon) was dating a convicted sexual offender. Mark McDaniel, who spent 10 years behind bars for sexual abuse, was recently photographed spending time with Mama June and family, according to TMZ. June denies the dating rumors, but to be honest, I don’t really care if… Read more

TV review: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ leaves viewers with a satisfying conclusion

October 27, 2014
Note: This article contains spoilers for the show. If you are a newcomer to the series, refrain from reading. “Boardwalk Empire’s” finale Sunday night capped off an intense final season, which featured many character deaths and a plethora of plotlines, with a compelling dose of closure and visual poetry. Its captivating use of parallels, tight writing and outstanding performances made it one of the show’s finest episodes. “Boardwalk Empire,” as premier TV critic Alan Sepinwall and many others have noted, was always a show that was on the cusp of the TV “golden age.” Its crime drama premise and the involvement of legendary director Martin Scorsese made sure that it… Read more

‘Ellen DeGeneres’ interview shows Shia LaBeouf as a transformer

October 16, 2014
Shia LaBeouf came out from under his paper bag last week to do an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, and I was very curious to see what he had to say. I knew it was either going to be a complete train wreck, or a success story, and I’m happy to report that LaBeouf seems to be on the right track. In case you didn’t know, Mr. LaBeouf basically went bats— crazy this year. In his words, “Man, I went through, like, an existential crisis.” No kidding, Shia. He wore a paper bag on his head reading “I am not famous anymore” to a red carpet event in February and later… Read more

Opinion: Added streaming option can keep HBO afloat

October 16, 2014
HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler announced that the popular cable channel will offer a stand-alone streaming service, according to a Wednesday press release. That makes HBO the latest domino to fall in television’s transition to an on-demand all-the-time binge-watching service. HBO GO, which currently requires a cable subscription for streaming, has prompted many would-be viewers to plead for a streaming-only service to skip the cable middleman. In 2015, they’ll get their wish. This serves as the latest hit to cable companies, which are running out of ways to convince their customers not to switch to being broadband-only households. Cable packages tend to include superfluous channels on top of the… Read more

TV review: Season premiere of ‘Walking Dead’ demonstrates the illogical nature of the living, violence of the undead

October 13, 2014
  Note: This article contains spoilers for “The Walking Dead.” If you are a newcomer to the series or missed Sunday night’s episode, refrain from reading. With October comes change — green leaves to orange; blue skies to gray; fleshy, conscious humans to bloodthirsty zombies. ‘Tis the season — season five, that is. Sunday marked the season premiere of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” revealing the fate of the show’s dearly-beloved, disparate troupe of underdogs: Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Carl (Chandler Riggs) and the gang — ensnared in the clutches of a seemingly-psychopathic cannibal clan — and Tyreese (Chad Coleman), Carol (Melissa McBride) and baby Judith as they likewise converge on Terminus.… Read more

Opinion: ‘American Horror Story’ said to be ‘too scary’; Michael Phelps in the deep end again with DUI

October 6, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. “American Horror Story” too scary? Pop-culture powerhouse “American Horror Story” is slated to make its return to the small screen at 10 p.m. on Wednesday. America’s favorite televised gore-fest returns with its fourth season, subtitled “Freak Show,” and features many of its beloved cast members from seasons past. While season three of the horror series replaced some of the chilling terror of the first two seasons with a more twisted and campy humor, executive producer Ryan Murphy claims that “Freak Show” will return to the anthology’s terrifyingly taboo… Read more

TV review: ‘BoJack Horseman’ good for a peek at least, guilty pleasure at most

October 2, 2014
Netflix has done it again with another original series. But instead of orange jumpsuits and contraband, humans and animals live in a perfect fantasy in the animated “BoJack Horseman.” BoJack Horseman, voiced by Will Arnett, is a sweater-wearing anthropomorphic horse. After being a childhood star in the fictional ‘90s hit “Horsin’ Around” whose existence is a vacant shell of the childhood star (he starred in the fictional ‘90s hit “Horsin’ Around”) he once was. He lives in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills with his free-loading human assistant, Todd (voiced by “Breaking Bad”’s Aaron Paul), his feline agent and on-again, off-again booty call, Princess Carolyn (voiced by Amy Sedaris), and… Read more

Former Jay Leno producer shares ‘Tonight Show’ experiences with Ohio State students

September 29, 2014
As co-producer of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Jay Leno Show” for a combined 18 years, Dave Berg helped shape late-night television with his experience in journalism by bringing in people from the political world, which ultimately contributed to one of the first environments where news and entertainment merged. Berg came to Ohio State on Sept. 22 with his wife Mary, an OSU alumna, to speak about his experience with “The Tonight Show,” a period of time he also describes in his new book, “Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.” He spoke to several journalism-related classes, including Comm 4202, a magazine-writing class… Read more

Ohio State alumnus parodies devil’s deeds in new show

September 22, 2014
Delivering the word of God is the work of disciples. Delivering the word of Satan, apparently, is the work of a motorcycle gang.  Shane Cibella, a 2004 Ohio State alumnus, has lightly parodied the popular FX show “Sons of Anarchy” — which follows the lives of members in a motorcycle club — in the online series “Devil’s Couriers.” The emphasis is on the “lightly,” though. In Cibella’s opinion, he said, “Devil’s Couriers” stands alone.  “If you watch (‘Sons of Anarchy’), you get a little bit more of the inside jokes,” Cibella said. “If you don’t watch the show, it doesn’t really matter because you can just still follow what’s happening.”… Read more