The Week: Most Recent television recent posts.en-usMon, 28 Jan 2013 13:40:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent television from THE WEEKMon, 28 Jan 2013 13:40:00 -0500Did Glee rip off Jonathan Coulton's 'Baby Got Back' cover?<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="660" height="397" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>Up above is a clip from a recent episode of&nbsp;<em>Glee</em>&nbsp;called "Sadie Hawkins," in which the cast performs a folksy, sugary rendition of Sir Mix-A-Lot's decidedly not-for-polite-company 1992 hit "Baby Got Back."</p><p>Now, listen to the cover below of the same song from a YouTube artist named Jonathan Coulton. His version of the classic rap track was uploaded on Jan. 12, 2009:</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>Sound familiar? Coulton and scores of folks across the internet sure think so, alleging that the Fox show's creators stole the melody and stylings from Coulton's cover without permission.&nbsp;Here's what Coulton writes...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:40:00 -0500Mad Men season 6: Everything we know so far<img src="" /></P><p><em>Mad Men</em> fans, get your skinny ties and martini shakers ready: AMC's critically adored period drama will return on Sunday, April 7, with a special two-hour season premiere. "To be able to continue exploring the stories of these characters for a sixth season is an amazing opportunity," said series creator Matt Weiner in a statement. "We love mining this world and look forward to bringing the audience stories that we hope will continue to both surprise and entertain them." In the past, Weiner has been notoriously tight-lipped about <em>Mad Men</em>, which follows the dapper and somewhat enigmatic advertising...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:40:00 -0500Elmo's puppeteer accused of sex with underage boy: A guide<img src="" /></P><p class="s4"><span class="s1">In an allegation that's sure to send Tickle Me Elmo sales plummeting this holiday season, the man behind one of <em>Sesame Street</em>'s most famous puppets has been accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with an underage boy. Kevin Clash, 52, the voice of Elmo since 1984, has taken a leave of absence from the show to handle the allegations, which he vehemently denies; Clash does admit to having had a relationship with his accuser, but says that it did not begin until the accuser was an adult and that the affair "was between two consenting adults." The now-23-year-old accuser reached out to </span><span class="s2">Sesame...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 12 Nov 2012 12:43:00 -0500Glee's season premiere: Is the show back on track?<img src="" /></P><p>Once, not too long ago, critics and fans couldn't stop singing about Fox's <em>Glee &mdash; </em>but that time has passed. Though <em>Glee</em> still earns respectable ratings, it's no longer a massive hit; the show stumbled badly in its third season, frustrating critics and losing a quarter of its audience (if you look at the ratings drop from season 2's finale to season 3's). Last night, <em>Glee</em>'s fourth season premiered with "The New Rachel," an episode written personally by series creator Ryan Murphy. It tackled head-on the series' new narrative challenge: Many of the show's most popular characters graduated last...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kevin-fallon" ><span class="byline">Kevin Fallon</span></a>Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:50:00 -0400Could a Sesame Street movie match The Muppets' success?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Big Bird is heading to the movies. According to <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>, a new big-screen adaptation of <em>Sesame Street, </em>PBS's long-running educational children's series,<em> </em>is in the works (if still scriptless). <em>Sesame Street</em> has tried films before: 1985's <em>Follow That Bird</em> and 1999's <em>The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland</em>, both of which were character-driven narrative vehicles. And last year, of course, <em>The Muppets</em> movie scored big by resurrecting a related children's franchise.&nbsp;Can&nbsp;<em>Sesame Street </em>exploit that same nostalgia?&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"><strong>Absolutely: </strong>Obviously, this <em>Sesame Street</em> project was inspired...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 21 Jun 2012 14:24:00 -0400Mad Men's quiet finale: A disappointing end to season five?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">After an ominous and occasionally shocking fifth season, the <em>Mad Men</em> finale aired Sunday night. (Warning: Spoilers lie ahead.) Season five featured a sultry cabaret performance, a polarizing fat suit, the death of a major character, and fan favorite Peggy Olsen's exit from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. On Sunday night's finale, Pete's affair comes to a poignant end, Don helps Megan land an acting job, and Peggy quickly grows disillusioned with her new job. As the episode concludes, a beautiful blonde approaches Don at a bar and asks him, "Are you alone?" &mdash; cueing a quick cut to black. Was...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kevin-fallon" ><span class="byline">Kevin Fallon</span></a>Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:05:00 -0400Mad Men without Peggy: Still worth watching?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Is "You Really Got Me" Peggy Olsen's swan song? (Warning: <em>Mad Men</em> spoilers lie ahead.) Rumor-mongers claim that <em>Mad Men</em>'s Elisabeth Moss and her character Peggy Olsen, last seen quitting ad agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and triumphantly stepping into an elevator as the Kinks' punk classic played, may be leaving the hit AMC drama conclusively. Fans assumed the show would follow the character to her new copywriting job, but Olsen was absent from the most recent episode. Now, fellow <em>Mad Men</em> actor Jared Harris, whose character Lane Pryce recently committed suicide, may have inadvertently told...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kevin-fallon" ><span class="byline">Kevin Fallon</span></a>Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:42:00 -0400Jaguar vs. Mad Men: How the company is dealing with the show's unflattering portrayal<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Joining Don Draper, Peggy Olsen, and Joan Holloway as a major character on this season of <em>Mad Men</em> is luxury car company Jaguar. The show's ad agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce has been trying to land the Jaguar account and the portrayal of the automaker hasn't been particularly positive, tying prostitution and suicide to the brand. Now the company's top executives have expressed their mixed feelings about the story arc on the website <em>Jalopnik</em>. Here, a brief &mdash; and spoiler-filled &mdash; guide:<strong><br /><br />How has Jaguar figured into <em>Mad Men</em>'s plot?<br /></strong>Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce has been vying to represent...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kevin-fallon" ><span class="byline">Kevin Fallon</span></a>Wed, 06 Jun 2012 18:51:00 -0400The ill-fated search for the next Glee: A timeline<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Television history is littered with abortive efforts to bring musical storytelling to the small screen: <em>Cop Rock</em>, <em>Viva Laughin</em>, the list goes on. But after <em>Glee</em> debuted to enormous ratings in 2009, rival networks and studios took another run at the TV musical in a frantic effort to replicate its success. Tellingly, only one of the resulting concepts made it to air: NBC's erratic Broadway soap-opera <em>Smash</em>. The latest attempt, from <em>American Idol</em> producer Simon Fuller, is a musical drama about a fledgling California band. How does it compare to the other would-be <em>Glees</em> projects that have come &mdash...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kevin-fallon" ><span class="byline">Kevin Fallon</span></a>Thu, 10 May 2012 14:09:00 -0400Did Glee do Whitney Houston's songs justice?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><em>Glee</em> has made a tradition of paying tribute to music icons like Madonna, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and Michael Jackson through hour-long episodes devoted to their music and legacies. Tuesday night, the Fox musical series remembered Whitney Houston with an episode that featured seven of her classic hits, juxtaposing the characters' fears about graduating high school and having to say goodbye against their mourning over Houston's death two months ago. The show opened with an a cappella version of "How Will I Know" (Watch the video below.), and also included hits like "I Have Nothing" and "Saving...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kevin-fallon" ><span class="byline">Kevin Fallon</span></a>Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:05:00 -04008 Glee controversies: A slideshow<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">On Sunday, Fox celebrated 25 years of envelope-pushing TV programming. No current Fox show embodies that spirit more than <em>Glee</em>, the song-and-dance soap opera that has come under fire for its aggressively frank portrayals of teen sexuality, empowered gay students, and more. As the show's recent arc about a transgender character makes headlines, here's a look at some of <em>Glee</em>'s biggest controversies:</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 24 Apr 2012 17:02:00 -0400Mad Men: The 'Fat Betty' backlash<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">When <em>Mad Men</em>&nbsp;viewers got their first glimpse of polarizing housewife Betty Francis this season, January Jones' character was struggling to zip herself into a party dress and failing, despite the help of both her kids. The harsh truth: Betty's gotten fat. The surprising sight of Jones &mdash; pregnant in real life at the time of filming &mdash; outfitted in a body suit and prosthetic makeup quickly&nbsp;divided&nbsp;fans, and a bonafide backlash&nbsp;has erupted. (One fan has even set up a Twitter feed, @FatBettyFrancis, to mock the whole ordeal.) Here, a guide to the "Fat Betty" controversy...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kevin-fallon" ><span class="byline">Kevin Fallon</span></a>Wed, 04 Apr 2012 13:25:00 -0400'Zou Bisou Bisou': The scoop on the bizarre French song from the Mad Men premiere<img src="" /></P><p>The long-awaited fifth season premiere of <em>Mad Men</em> on Sunday arrived with both hearty critical approval and a veritable theme song of its own. (Warning: Spoiler alert.) Fans and reviewers are buzzing about the "bizarre, come-hither burlesque" routine that Don Draper's new wife, Megan, delivers at the surprise 40th birthday party she throws for him in circa-1966 Manhattan. The lithe young bride, played by Jessica Pare, performed a sultry version of "Zou Bisou Bisou," a hitherto little-known French ditty. Here, everything you need to know about the strangely indelible song:<br /><br /><strong>What was the scene?</strong><br />Though...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kevin-fallon" ><span class="byline">Kevin Fallon</span></a>Mon, 26 Mar 2012 14:25:00 -04007 reasons Mad Men's season premiere is 'insanely riveting'<img src="" /></P><p>"If Sunday night's two-hour return episode of Mad Men ended after the first four minutes, it would still put the show in contention to win its fifth straight Emmy as the best drama on television," says David Hinckley at New York's <em>Daily News</em>. That's tantalizing news for the AMC drama's passionate fans who've been starved without a new <em>Mad Men</em> episode for 17 months. (Tense negotiations between the network, studio, and creator Matthew Weiner led to a production delays.) When we last left Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, the ad agency's creative overlord Don Draper had startled everyone by proposing...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kevin-fallon" ><span class="byline">Kevin Fallon</span></a>Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:45:00 -0400Is Newsweek 'shilling' for Mad Men?<img src="" /></P><p>Major magazines tend to look back fondly on the 1960s, when the media landscape was dotted by a handful of towering names, but <em>Newsweek</em> has taken nostalgia to another level. Its new issue is dedicated to <em>Mad Men</em>, the retro TV phenomenon whose highly anticipated fifth season premieres Sunday. The cover &mdash; featuring Don Draper &amp; Co., and declaring "Welcome Back to 1965" &mdash; is even done up with a retro <em>Newsweek</em> logo and font. And in a dream assignment for advertising agencies, all of the issue's ads are designed in a clever '60s style of which Draper himself would approve. (Though there...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 20 Mar 2012 11:08:00 -0400Has Mad Men's spoiler phobia gone too far?<img src="" /></P><p>Another teaser for <em>Mad Men</em>'s hotly-anticipated fifth season, which premieres March 25, was released Tuesday, and once again, it contains absolutely no new footage, instead rehashing images from past seasons. (Watch the video below.) Meanwhile, media sites are leaking a letter that <em>Mad Men</em> creator Matthew Weiner penned to critics who were given early screeners of the show's two-hour premiere. In the letter, Weiner implores those reviewers not to spoil a single plot point of the episode. "I know you are aware how strongly I feel that the viewers are entitled to have the same experience you just had...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kevin-fallon" ><span class="byline">Kevin Fallon</span></a>Wed, 14 Mar 2012 11:50:00 -0400