Summer TV Report
Under the Dome: CBS shot its special-effects wad in the first episode. Since that cow-splitting, plane-crashing introduction, this Stephen King-based miniseries has just been tepid soap opera under glass. Grade: C+
Orange Is the New Black: Some of the humor is sophomoric and a few of the characters are cartoonish, but this Netflix comedy-drama about a well-off woman who finds herself in prison is mostly smart and entertaining. Grade: B+
The Bridge: Lots of plots and subplots in the first four episodes — maybe too many — but the lead characters are intriguing. Two quibbles: When did cigarettes replace the black hat as the prop that signals “villain,” and must every journalist on TV be written as a jerk? Grade: B
The Killing: Critics and fans who wrote off this series when it failed to resolve “the killing” at the end of its first season made a mistake, because this continues to be a great cop show. Grade: A-
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: June and clan are a likeable bunch, but the hillbilly novelty has worn off. At some point, subtitled English and fart jokes lose their luster. Grade: B-
Buttwipe of the Week … er, Month
Director of National Intelligence James Claptrap. If you are a high-powered government official, evidently you can lie to Congress, get busted for doing so, and be penalized by … nothing.
Quote of the Week:
“My vagina came out! Sorry, America … it just popped out!” — controversial houseguest Aaryn Gries (above) on Big Brother After Dark, having an oops! moment while climbing into a hammock
Fox News sex bomb Shannon Bream (above left at journalism school, and right at Fox) interviewed a doctor who told us that we should all be eating fruits and vegetables. I did not know that. Next thing you know, they will be telling us that smoking is bad.
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