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Anne Frank lives!

After reading The Diary of Anne Frank, you really can't get anything done for the rest of the day. Anne's account of hiding from the Nazis gives you a profound sense of The Best and The Worst of the human race. >More
 United States of Tara: Me, myself and them

Diablo Cody's United States of Tara makes Showtime a must-subscribe premium station, just as The Sopranos did for HBO. The subject is the mutability of modern identity. >More
 Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution takes corndogs off the menu

In Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, the British chef arrives on our shores to change the way we eat, beginning with the statistically proven "unhealthiest city in America": Huntington, West Virginia. It sound like an annoyingly self-aggrandizing project, but Oliver is no British reality-series showboat on the order of Simon Cowell or Gordon Ramsay. >More
 High Society finds the worst people in the world

Reality series have long been engaged in a race to the bottom, each trying to showcase the most repulsive specimens of humanity. Barring the appearance of The Real Housewives of the Third Reich, however, the CW's High Society will likely be crowned the winner. Or should I say the loser? >More
 The Pacific recycles World War II clichés

Producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg collaborated on Band of Brothers, a miniseries about U.S. soldiers fighting in Europe during World War II. They follow up with The Pacific, another miniseries following the action in the Pacific theater. >More
 The Oscars won't suck

I say this every year, but I really think the Academy Awards will be better than usual. The producers are reportedly studying film of past disasters to weed out the deadliest elements (why has no one ever thought of this before?), and hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin are sure to be an improvement over last year's Hugh Jackman. >More
 Jay Leno rightfully returns to The Tonight Show

Jay Leno returns to The Tonight Show after the failed experiment of his primetime talk show, displacing successor Conan O'Brien. NBC has been savagely attacked for this series of moves, but I really can't see why. >More
 American Idol survives its cast changes

Before the new season began, I despaired over cast changes to American Idol. Paul Abdul left, and Simon Cowell announced he would leave after this year. The chemistry among the judges is at least half the fun on this beloved singing competition, and I thought significant departures would spell disaster. >More
 Antiques Roadshow finds valuable objects and stoic owners in Madison

Last July, Antiques Roadshow set up its booths and blue banners in Madison's Alliant Energy Center. Local folks showed their antiques to Roadshow's appraisers, who offered insight into the objects' origin and value. Now the three episodes filmed here will finally air, and I thought they'd give Madison a chance to look cool on national TV. >More
 Shear Genius hairstylists say the dumbest things

Shear Genius has a knack for finding the world's least charming hairstylists. The new season features the usual group of crude, arrogant self-promoters, who must create "hot" (read: horrifying) hairdos for a $100,000 prize. They're attended by a mentor who dispenses vapid advice like "make sure it looks like a hairstyle." >More
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