Detective drama The Killing is part of a new wave of "grimdark" TV shows.
In 2006, something bloody came to Showtime. Dexterexploded into the popular consciousness with a splat, giving us a lovable serial killer—the old trope of the antihero taken to an extreme—as the main protagonist of a strangely beautiful series that showed his violence in stark, nearly cinematic composition.
Taraji Henson stars as Cookie, a woman determined to get back on top of the world.
While we absorb the news of the distressingly white Oscar nominations, it’s worth taking a minute to recognize that the small screen is currently an amazing spot for women of color. For African Americans in particular, Shonda Rhimes changed the game with two back-to-back shows, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder, that feature complex starring roles for Black women. This month, Fox’s Empire has arrived, with its drama centering on an African American family that owns a successful record label.
For the first episode of Backtalk, Amy and I dig into President Obama’s State of the Union, smart responses to the increasing pile of allegations against Bill Cosby, and the surprisingly good TV show Jane the Virgin.
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A Vanderbilt football game in 2010. Photo by Larry Darling, via Creative Commons.
A rape trial began last week in Tennessee involving members of the Vanderbilt University football team. While our culture's discussion of sexual assault can, at times, recede into vague generalizations and faceless statistics, this case, with its graphic video and photographic evidence, offers a horrifying reminder of the crime's true nature.