Linda Holmes

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'American Crime': An Ambitious And Inventive Drama With Miles To Go

Thursday, March 05, 2015

American Crime opens as a bedraggled, initially almost unrecognizable Timothy Hutton takes the worst possible middle-of-the-night phone call: The police need him to identify the body of what they believe is his murdered son.

This phone call and this crime lie at the heart of the new drama series, created ...


'Mindy' And The Little Story That Just Might Work

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

My reaction to the initial revelation that Mindy Lahiri, the heroine (?) of Mindy Kaling's The Mindy Project, was pregnant was the same one I think a lot of people had: Oh, brother.

This was the case for two reasons. First, baby stories are notoriously difficult to make interesting, and ...


Of Con Men And Dames: How Margot Robbie Gets Robbed In 'Focus'

Monday, March 02, 2015

Focus, starring Will Smith as a smoothie con man with a heart of gold, is trying very hard to be a kind of film that only works when it seems effortless. Specifically, it seems to be engineered to be a close relative of Steven Soderbergh's 2001 Ocean's Eleven, in which ...


'Downton' Wraps Another Season Of Marriage And (Sigh) Muuuuuurder!

Monday, March 02, 2015

When Downton Abbey, which wrapped up its fifth-season run on PBS Sunday night, is fun, it's so much fun. And when it's not good, it's usually talking about Mr. Bates and Anna and somebody getting murdered.

The final episode — which aired in the UK as the Christmas special — ...


Will Forte Is 'The Last Man On Earth'

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Even were it not a strong show out of the gate, you'd have to give Fox's new comedy The Last Man On Earth, premiering Sunday night, at least this much: they know how to save on hiring extras.

Will Forte, a flexible and talented performer who's been looking for just ...


Small Batch Edition: 'The Sculptor' And Other Grand Graphic Novels

Friday, February 27, 2015

Petra Mayer of NPR Books sat down with our regular panelist Glen Weldon to chat about the massive graphic novel The Sculptor, by Scott McCloud. They talk about what the book does and what they wanted from it, and from there, they go on to recommend some other good reads.



Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Parks And Rec' And 'Better Call Saul'

Friday, February 27, 2015

Well, now that we're past the Oscars (whew!), this week's show takes us into some quality television, both departing and arriving. It also brings to the table our pal Barrie Hardymon to join me, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon for this smaller-screen chat.

First, we saw the end ...


Parks & Recap: The Finale

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Parks & Recreation finished its run earlier this week with the series finale. Brian and NPR's Linda Holmes wrap up their recaps of the show. 

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Not Just Eating Bugs For Money! A Story Of 'Survivor' And Strategy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The most famous scene in the first season of Survivor, back in the summer of 2000, involved the castaways, who were very hungry indeed, catching and cooking a rat, then tentatively picking meat off the bones. There was also a challenge that involved eating grubs as quickly as possible. This ...


'Parks And Recreation' Sets Off Into The Future

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

After seven seasons, NBC's gently acerbic, lovingly rendered Parks and Recreation ended its run Tuesday night with an extension of the final season's voyage to 2017. In further flashes to a few years or even decades later, we learned about April and Andy's kids, Garry's future as a beloved eternal ...


'Birdman' Wins Big On A Soggy Night At The Oscars

Monday, February 23, 2015

The rain that fell on Hollywood as the hours of red-carpet coverage wore on may have provided one of the evening's best visuals: actual people running around wearing plastic bags as they guided famous people out of limos, under umbrellas and to the waiting microphones of interviewers who wanted to ...


Watch The Oscars With Us

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The nominees are in, the arguments have been had, and the ceremony is all that's left of Oscar season. (Well, and the griping over what should have won.)

On Sunday night, we'll be where lots of other people will be: on Twitter. NPR film critic Bob Mondello will ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our Oscars Omnibus 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

We didn't get to tape our Oscars Omnibus live the way we planned (stay tuned for a make-up date for ticketholders), but we did get to sit down with our friend Bob Mondello to talk about all eight contenders in the Best Picture race. (For more on Selma, ...


The Oscars Are Coming, With 1 Big Hit And Few Close Contests

Friday, February 20, 2015

Linda Holmes and movie critic Bob Mondello sit down with Audie Cornish to talk about the upcoming Oscars.


Parks & Recap: Career Moves

Thursday, February 19, 2015

This week on Parks & Recreation, April & Andy make plans to move to DC for April's new job, and Leslie gets a new DC-based gig, too. Brian and friends offer their reactions.

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Making Peace With Peace: Snow Days And Seasons

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

So here we are, many of us in the D.C. area, doing what many in the Northeast — particularly New England — have been doing lately: looking out the window.

Let us put aside for the moment the question of whether offices are closed too much or too little. It's ...


Parks & Recap: The Candidate’s Wife

Thursday, February 12, 2015

This week on Parks & Recreation, Leslie upends expectations when she skips the traditional “pie-mary” pie-baking contest for candidates’ wives. Brian and friends offer their reactions.

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After 16 Years, Jon Stewart Is Leaving 'The Daily Show'

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The surprising announcement from Comedy Central suggests the show will carry on with a new host after its host of 16 years takes his leave later this year.

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Parks & Recap: Pawnee Palisades

Thursday, February 05, 2015

This week, Parks & Rec revisited the land dispute between Leslie Knope and the tech giant Gryzzl which bears some resemblance to LG's plans for a new HQ in the Palisades.

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A Skilled Cast Perks Up The Sweet And Funny 'Fresh Off The Boat'

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Fresh Off The Boat, a comedy premiering Wednesday night on ABC, is the rare series that features Asian-American actors in a show about an Asian-American family. It closely resembles ABC's Black-ish not primarily because both shows feature casts of color, but because both shows share a sort of emerging ABC ...