Wednesday, July 3, 2013

From LA Examiner: 'The Bridge' Advance Review; Piper Kerman Talks 'Orange is the New Black' Adaptation; 'Switched at Birth' Photos...

Something that has always irked LA TV Insider Examiner about your typical network procedural is just how freely and willingly the shows through proper jurisdiction protocol and procedure out the window to allow its particular detectives to solve a variety of cases they normally would have to hand off. Thankfully, that seems to be irking others, as well, and those who are in a position to actually do something about it. The writers and producers behind FX's The Bridge (adapted from a Scandinavian series that played with similar themes but a very different political climate) are actually setting their serial killer crime drama on the topic, and it is making for one tense but so very rich piece of story... [MORE]

Just a few days shy of nine years ago, Martha Stewart was sentenced to 16 months in prison, the minimum sentence allowed for her charge of having insider information regarding stocks. Much of the world, especially the world of pop culture, responded in a different way than usual over celebrity sentences. Stewart was an entrepreneur, a soft-spoken, WASPy woman you could picture yourself sitting down and having tea with, and for many people, she resembled a crafty aunt. Notice was taken when she was delivered this sentence, even though it could have been so much worse, and there was a lot of talk in the media about where she would be sent; after all, prison is no country club, and everything about Stewart's look screamed country club. But by the time Stewart was sent to prison, a younger image of herself had already been serving the bulk of her own 15 month sentence. Piper Kerman wasn't a celebrity when she entered the system, so no one paid the mind they paid to Stewart during the trial or at the sentencing or even during her stay at Danbury. But she has certainly become a celebrity since, writing about her experiences within the system in "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman's Prison", which has now been adapted as a series coming to Netflix... [MORE]

"First Look: An alternate look for the Kennish family on Switched at Birth"

When LA TV Insider Examiner was a kid, we loved those photos where you were supposed to spot the differences. So when ABC Family released promotional images for Switched at Birth's upcoming "What If" episode, we couldn't help ourselves but study them that way. There might not be an image from the "real world" to hold side by side with these "alternate reality" images, but they're fun nonetheless... [MORE]

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