David Bianculli http://kplu.org en When Your Best Friend Is A Star — And You're Her Minion http://kplu.org/post/when-your-best-friend-star-and-youre-her-minion HBO has done very well in the past with comedy series that explore and expose the inner workings of show business, from Garry Shandling in <em>The Larry Sanders Show </em>to Ricky Gervais in <em>Extras. </em>Wednesday night, the network presents its newest entry in that self-obsessed Hollywood genre: <em>Doll & Em, </em>a British comedy series that's a vanity production in the most literal sense of the word.<p>It stars Emily Mortimer, the lead actress from HBO's <em>The Newsroom, </em>as an exaggerated version of herself. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:29:42 +0000 David Bianculli 15021 at http://kplu.org When Your Best Friend Is A Star — And You're Her Minion David Bianculli's Top 10 Shows: 2013 Was A 'Good Year For TV' http://kplu.org/post/david-biancullis-top-10-shows-2013-was-good-year-tv This was a good year for TV, says critic David Bianculli, and that had a lot to do with two new shows from Netflix: <em>House of Cards, </em>the American adaptation of the BBC political thriller series, and <em>Orange Is the New Black,</em> a dramatic comedy which takes place in a women's federal prison. "I was very impressed with the overall quality of what Netflix gave us," Bianculli tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. "... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:43:43 +0000 David Bianculli 12062 at http://kplu.org David Bianculli's Top 10 Shows: 2013 Was A 'Good Year For TV' Get 'Lost' In J.J. Abrams' Latest Show 'Alcatraz' http://kplu.org/post/get-lost-jj-abrams-latest-show-alcatraz Let's begin with <em>Justified – </em>because, frankly, that's the one that's got me the most excited.<p>This is a series that ended its previous season about as brilliantly as you can end one: With <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/28/134629395/timothy-olyphant-justified-in-laying-down-the-law">Timothy Olyphant</a>, as Deputy U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens, and <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/09/12/140040678/margo-martindale-a-justified-moonshine-matriarch">Margo Martindale</a>, as backwoods drug-kingpin matriarch Mags Bennett, sitting down for a drink of home-made moonshine. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 18:33:10 +0000 David Bianculli 3748 at http://kplu.org Get 'Lost' In J.J. Abrams' Latest Show 'Alcatraz'