​Why Is The Strain So Much More Interested In Assholes Than Vampires?

The second episode of Guillermo del Toro's The Strain seems disinterested — almost maliciously — in advancing the plot. I thought this was going to be a show about a vampire plague as seen through science. So why do I have to watch all these terrible characters not getting eaten by vampires? » 7/21/14 2:45pm Monday 2:45pm

On Witches of East End, They Kill Blackmailers With Lightning Fists

So much went right in "The Old Man and the Key," after last week's soup of nothing. We have flashbacks to the family fleeing Asgard, where the dress code is white and revealing for women and hilarious facial hair for men; Dash's Hulk-style rage magic, and Freya's totally deserved romantic pain. » 7/21/14 1:30am Monday 1:30am

There Are 2 Plagues Under The Dome: A Rain of Acid Blood, And Microsoft

I'm going to tell you something I've never told anyone before: I was there during the pitch meetings for Under The Dome. The suits had a lot of concerns about whether this show could last more than one season without running out of story. But I managed to convince them that I had what it takes to go the distance. » 7/15/14 10:50am 7/15/14 10:50am

Salem Could Have Been Scarier If It Had Been More Historically Accurate

The first season of Salem has come to close with a good deal of blood and a major revelation, but as we reflect on the season, it's clear that the show missed an opportunity to mine its historical inspiration. While Salem went for gore and the occasional bit of shock value, it ignored the truly terrifying paranoia… » 7/14/14 6:15pm 7/14/14 6:15pm

Falling Skies's Villain Conference Is Today's Most Wonderful Cheesefest

They don't make villain conferences like this any more. One of the interchangeable aliens from this season of Falling Skies grabs a lump of coal and scrunches it into a red diamond, so he can have a teleconference with another alien, in a burning hellscape lifted from a Mortal Kombat game. » 7/14/14 5:36pm 7/14/14 5:36pm

Masters of Sex Is Trying to Do Something That's Almost Impossible

I am obviously the target audience for Masters of Sex because I love romances involving repressed men, but I am also a fan of hot sex scenes and laboratory dramas. Last night's premiere, however, reminded me that this show does something even harder than creating a story about kinky/repressed geeks. » 7/14/14 4:16pm 7/14/14 4:16pm

Last Night's Leftovers Was The Episode We've Been Waiting For

After a pair of episodes that wandered through the people of Mapleton, The Leftovers delivered a single, cohesive, character-driven story last night, focusing on Christopher Eccleston's sad sack reverend. It was by turns suspenseful, tragic, and downright grim—and it was just the sort of story we've been hoping The… » 7/14/14 10:30am 7/14/14 10:30am