Television

  • In the new HBO series Family Tree, Chris O'Dowd (above left, with the series' writer-director-producer Christopher Guest) stars as a guy who has just lost his job and girlfriend and fills the void by looking into his family genealogy.
    HBO
    2:29pm May 09, 2013
    Arts Arts

    In A Cluster Of New Sitcoms, 'Family Tree' Stands Tall

    Christopher Guest's new HBO comedy series follows a down-on-his-luck guy looking into his family genealogy. Guest, who pioneered the mockumentary style in cult classics like This Is Spinal Tap, co-created the show with Jim Piddock and star Chris O'Dowd.
  • Laura Linney and Alan Alda star in The Big C, now in its fourth season on Showtime. Linney took on the role not long before her own father died of cancer.
    Showtime
    3:20pm May 06, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Linney Mines 'The Big C' For Serious Laughs

    On Showtime's dark comedy series, Laura Linney plays a terminally ill cancer patient. The actress's own father died from lung cancer while the series was being made; her mother was a cancer nurse when Linney was young. These experiences, she says, inform her performance.
  • 2:25pm May 01, 2013
    Politics & Government Politics & Government

    The Strategy Of Putting Politics On TV

    The last couple of years have seen a proliferation of politically-themed television, including Scandal, Veep and House of Cards. Reporter, columnist and TV analyst Jonathan Alter talks about his new political satire Alpha House, and what's changed in how entertainment television does politics.
  • New episodes of All My Children will be airing on Hulu starting Monday.
    Hulu
    3:15pm Apr 29, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Two Daytime Soaps Return, But Will Fans Follow Online?

    When ABC canceled the daytime soaps All My Children and One Life to Live in 2011, millions of fans suddenly found themselves left without their daily guilty pleasure. Both shows are relaunching Monday, but they won't be on any TV channel — the soaps are going online.
  • Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner was also a writer and producer on The Sopranos for a time.
    Michael Yarish / AMC
    1:37pm Apr 25, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Matthew Weiner On 'Mad Men' And Meaning

    The creator of the acclaimed AMC series talks about his protagonist — Don Draper — as an aging existentialist looking for meaning in a chaotic world. He says the show's sixth season, set in 1968, is situated in that historical moment for a reason: to reflect a traumatic passage in Don's life.
  • Jonathan Winters on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1969.
    CBS /Landov
    5:20pm Apr 12, 2013

    Funny Man Jonathan Winters Dies

    He rose to fame in the 1960s with frequent appearances on The Tonight Show and roles in such movies as It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World. In the '80s, he was on TV's Mork & Mindy. Winters' comedy albums are considered to be classics. He was 87.
  • Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia
    Dan Bobkoff / NPR
    1:30pm Apr 12, 2013
    National National Economy

    Startup CEO Wields Small Antenna In TV Streaming Battle

    Television networks are up in arms. The new company Aereo is charging a monthly fee to provide a high-definition feed of the basic over-the-air channels, and the stations aren't seeing a penny of it. But CEO Chet Kanojia thinks he's figured out a legal loophole.