Star- and class-crossed lovers Alicia and Julio — you've gotta love 'em.
Gathered around a table recently with margaritas and wines in hand, we here at the Feed were chatting Mad Men and Grey's Anatomyand so on when one of us struck a nerve: "hidden" shows. You know, the fabulous, addicting stuff buried so deep on Netflix or cable that you might never find it.
We realized as we each took turns gushing on and on that we've all got one (or two, or three ...) shows we've happened upon, started watching with low expectations and gotten thoroughly addicted to for various reasons. We're willing to bet you have your own that you just have to gush about even when no one listens.
But hey, we're going to do something about it. In an occasional series, we're going to tell you about shows you should be watching and why.
First up: my mega addiction Gran Hotel on Netflix. There could be an entire section of my Netflix list (and, really, my life) called "things my sister got me into," but this is among the best. It's a Spanish drama that has been picked up in several European countries, and Netflix's description probably sounds like something you'd never watch: "To learn the truth about his sister's mysterious disappearance, a young man infiltrates a hotel in the guise of a footman and begins an investigation."
Netflix is missing all of the juiciness, so let me help. Set in a fictional seaside Spanish town in the early 1900s, Gran Hotel (also called "Grand Hotel" on Netflix) follows the inner workings of a fancy hotel (just wired for electricity!) and the ruthless Alarcón family that owns it and will stop at nothing to keep owning it. Think Downton Abbey on steroids in Spain. But with less #richpeopleproblems, more murder.
David Letterman at the end of the final taping of "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Wednesday. After 33 years in late night television, 6,028 broadcasts, nearly 20,000 total guest appearances, 16 Emmy Awards and more than 4,600 career Top Ten Lists, Letterman said goodbye to late night television audiences. The show was taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.
David Letterman left late night television early Thursday morning with a wave and no doubt:
"For the last time on a television program: Thank you and good night," Letterman said, signing off on a monumental television career with a farewell show not that different but much more special than the 6,027 broadcast before.
Unlike his variety show mentor Johnny Carson, Letterman's farewell was without heavy sentiment yet bursting with appreciation. Call it part of the difference Letterman made, not only in the way such shows were hosted and people spotlighted but what is funny.
Not that the butt of those jokes changed but Letterman altered the dynamic, adding irony and casualness that Carson wasn't allowed in his day. Primetime was never ready for Letterman. Juxtapositioning the Kardashians with the Gabors (look them up, kids) in his opening monologue was a straight line of celebrity through talk show history, and vapidness. …
Can't wait for 11:35 p.m.? CBS has released a little tease of David Letterman making his final entrance on tonight's Late Show with David Letterman (taped earlier today). Not too much happens, but it's kind of emotional nonetheless to see the legendary comic run out onto the stage for the last time. See it below.
Our Steve Persall (@StevePersall) will be writing during the last show and will have a recap here on The Feed shortly after it airs, so be sure to check back. In the meantime, read his interview with Letterman, in which they talk comedy, retirement and most touching of all, the life-changing realities of heart surgery.
In the soul-sucking third hour of The Bachelorette's two night premiere, the producers got down to it immediately so we wouldn't flee from our couches.
Chris Harrison and the spectre of doom met Britt Nilsson in the garden to break the news. "A majority of the men chose one woman," he teased before giving her the boot and ending this whole crazy experiment.
Britt was who we thought she was. She cried prettily and talked of love as she was run off the premises by a crew that probably just wanted to sleep at that point.
Kaitlyn found out what we already knew: ratings are important to ABC and a sexually liberated loose cannon is a much better protagonist than a person who might actually be in this "for the right reasons." Congrats Kaitlyn!
To celebrate, she made out with two men she met hours before and proceeded to squander her opportunity for vengeance in the first rose ceremony of the season.
#TeamBritt guys passed a brick when Kaitlyn walked back into the mansion and it was then that we got to see their true colors. Even fervent Britt supporters were sidling up to Kaitlyn with compliments before it was all over. …
KFC announced Tuesday that everyone's favorite mustachioed chicken fan would be reborn via Saturday Night Live's Darrell Hammond (good to know there are a variety of roles for men in Hollywood). Watch the commerical here.
"I've been gone for a while and boy-howdy have things changed," he says.
He goes on to mention double-sided tape and cargo pants, but DO NOT FEAR, THE SECRET RECIPE CHICKEN HAS NOT CHANGED. (He conveniently doesn't mention the Double Down.)
Who's next for a makeover? Our money is on the Domino's Noid.
Yes, as of yesterday, @POTUS has his own account. Predictably about 2 million people have already followed him, putting aside politics momentarily to revel in the coolness of tweets from the prez himself. (In case you were saying, "But wait, wasn't he already there?" Kind of. The @BarackObama has been around since 2007, but mostly run by campaign staff.)
"It's all fun and games until Chris Harrison shows up."
Those sage words from Kaitlyn Bristowe perfectly sum up the two-hour travesty that ABC called The Bachelorette season premiere.
Each time the host of TV's guiltiest pleasure showed up Monday night, he was bringing bad tidings.
First, Harrison had an interminable lead-in to warn the audience about the "controversial" premise ABC had been pumping for weeks -- there would be two Bachelorettes until the 25 suitors voted and whittled it down to one.
Next, he was whisking the women, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson from the last season of The Bachelor, into a room full of men and asking them to convince the group to let them stay.
The Harrison Reaper made his third appearance to tell the women it was time for the vote, changing the busker atmosphere funereal in an instant.
His highlight, though, was sending a security guard into the mansion to fetch Ryan M., who spent the night getting drunk, picking fights, slapping butts, making rape comments and stripping down to his skivvies for a solo dip in the hot tub.
"You don't seem to be here for the right reasons," Harrison said as the non-descript white van pulled up to spirit Ryan away. …
Wednesday night is a big night for goodbyes, with David Letterman stepping off the Ed Sullivan Theater stage for the last time and one of Tampa Bay’s most celebrated journalists and role models, Gayle Sierens, signing off as anchor at WFLA-Ch. 8 after a history-making career that is still in the NFL record books.
But they won’t be leaving before they both get tributes from their long line of admirers.
David Letterman The Late Show with David Letterman finale airs at 11:35 p.m. on CBS, and details have been scarce except that it will be “an hour filled with surprises and memorable highlights,” the network has said — and one last Top 10 list.
As the longest-serving late-night talk show host in history, with more than 6,000 shows on two networks, there aren’t many celebrities David Letterman didn’t get the chance to talk to over the years. And they have been lining up for weeks to return the favor. Meanwhile Letterman has spent his last week chatting up post office clerks and pricing hummingbird feeders at Home Depot to get ready for his first week of retirement. …
David Letterman's royal sendoff after 33 years of inventive television is deserved, if not preferred. For months his staff told guests to lay off the farewell talk, at the host's request. Then the urge to pay tribute "started up like a furnace" and Letterman's staff told him to "just sit there and take it."
Turns out it hasn't been torture.
"Like everything else, once I got a little bit of it I thought, oh, this is not so bad," Letterman said. "And it started to actually affect me."
For more of Steve Persall's interview with Letterman — which touches on their membership to the "Zipper Club" after open heart surgery and how Letterman made Persall cry — click here.
It's the Queen of Thorns vs. the Queen Mother in this week's episode.
If you ever thought you could get away with having a favorite character and rooting for them to never get hurt and/or killed, this episode should change your mind. But before I get into the heartbreaking details of the scene that closed out this episode, I’m going to ease everyone into ‘Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.’
The Queens of Tarts: If I loved the witty, passive aggressive banter between Margaery and Cersei, I LIVE FOR the show downs between Lady Olenna/Queen of Thorns and Cersei/Queen Mother. After dubbing each other the biggest tart in Westeros, they squabble over who’s fault it is that Loras is imprisoned. No matter how many witty jabs and threats you throw, Lady Olenna, you can’t go up against Cersei Lannister empty-handed
Ruling: Lady Olenna lost this battle, but I’m betting on her to win the war. …
This is the only photo from tonight's episode on AMC's press site. Do not ask me why.
Let me preface this recap of Mad Men's series finale by saying that formulating deep thoughts about a Mad Men episode 5 minutes, 10 minutes, an hour after it airs is sillier than the idea of Don doing yoga. Oh, wait, that just happened, didn't it? Yeah, uh, more on that in a bit. Anyway. If this show has done nothing else, it's shown us the important of looking at things over time. Since it started in 2007, Mad Men has taken us through an entire decade, almost in real time. It took its sweet time telling its story, the one about Don and Dick, Peggy, Pete, Betty, Joan, Roger; about moon landings and civil unrest and presidential assassinations; about advertising and families and gender roles and identity. It revealed things about its characters and its storytelling over time, forcing fans of the show to wait for big splashy payoffs like the dissolution of Sterling Cooper or Don's secret identity. (Remember when we didn't know what that secret was?) …
You know an Orphan Black episode is going to be great when it opens with the talking scorpion. Going inside the psyche of Helena is always disturbing. But Sarah has joined the party at Camp Castor and is locked up alongside Helena. All right, here we go! Operation Sestra Escape!
First, SCIENCE: We open with Dr. Virginia Cody and Rudy looking over the bones of that baby Sarah and Mark dug up last episode. Dr. Cody says the baby didn't live because it didn't have the right genetic sequence. But again, we're reminded that the living clone boys are "viable but defective." Sounds like a shirt from Forever 21. It could also describe every relationship I've ever been in. I'm excited to see what they learn from this "original" baby boy clone. Because then maybe we can stop saying "original sample" or "genetic sequence." …
Danny and Mindy's love lives on! Hulu picks up the canceled Fox show, "The Mindy Project."
My prayers have been answered. The TV gods will be blessing us with more Mindy Kaling and a beautiful half-Indian, half-Italian baby. Fox canceled the struggling show last week, but fans were hopeful for its return on Hulu.
This is pretty exciting for the streaming service, who has been jumping into more original and exclusive content. Watch for a new show from J.J. Abrams (Lost), and one from Amy Poehler, Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner (Billy on the Street). We're not sure, yet, if Hulu will release all 26 episodes of this fourth season at once (like Netflix did when it picked up The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt after NBC dropped it), or if it will release an episode a week, like Yahoo is doing with Community. (Reminder to myself: Google "Yahoo" and catch up on Community.)
"I am thrilled The Mindy Project has found a new home on Hulu, where so many of our fans are already watching the show," said Kaling. This smart lady knows her people.
The final episode of AMC's Mad Men airs Sunday night. And for a show that has a relatively microscopic audience (it rarely cracks the 3-million-viewer mark), it's had a permanent spot in our pop culture since it debuted in 2007. Sunday's finale of a show many consider to be one of the best of the past decade will no doubt be scrutinized for a long time to come. That's just what we do when TV shows end these days, even if one hour of a show (and especially this show) is not nearly as important as all that came before. Will Don Draper turn out to be real-life mystery man D.B. Cooper? (No way.) Will Pete Campbell end up with his own private jet and a mansion in Kansas? (Probably, because weasels tend to win.) Is this the last we've seen of Peggy? (Hope not!)
Maybe you don't watch CBS and somehow don't know that the network has "the No. 1 (insert description here) show," from No. 1 show NCIS to No. 1 comedy Big Bang Theory. But now you know.
Unsurprising given its ratings dominance, CBS didn't cancel a lot of shows (NCIS is going to outlive us all even if CSI is finally ending after next season), and therefore didn't order a lot of new ones comparatively speaking. Here are the five new fall ones, and two new midseason ones:
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