You have to be willing to completely suspend disbelief in order to enjoy The Following. Otherwise, don’t watch the show because from the very beginning there are plot holes so big they could form new galaxies. Once you start watching though you won’t be able to stop. The Following is as addictive as it is unbelievable.

The show centers on convicted serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) and the ex-FBI agent who put him away Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon.) Hardy, who wears a pacemaker as a result of his near deadly encounter with Carroll, has written a book about his experience and descended into the life of a lonely alcoholic. He’s roused from his self-destructive spiral when he’s called back into service after Carroll escapes from prison.

The first couple of episodes, which set up Carroll’s use of Edgar Allen Poe’s writings in his crimes, are the weakest. The agents act astounded when they hear the phrase “The eyes are the window to the soul” as if this observation, which has become a cliché were a novel idea. This is heavy-handed, paint by numbers Poe symbolism that a middle school student could easily decipher.   Continue reading »

LouieLouie presents a fully defined world-view that feels totally real and relatable. The show has a matter of fact honesty that is stripped of any showiness or self-aware hipness and that may be its strongest point and the reason for its appeal. If you’re looking for a comedy loaded with witty banter and pop culture references, keep on clicking because you won’t find it on Louie.

What you will find instead is a character based show rooted in the experiences of an everyday guy who isn’t part of the cool, attractive crowd but one of the masses who just happens to be a comedian. Louie is a divorced dad of 42 with two young daughters trying to do his best as a father and a human being while suffering indignities big and small and occasionally messing up as we all do.

While Louie does present a three dimensional flawed individual who is socially awkward and often bewildered by those around him including his own daughters it also gives audiences one of the most nuanced and raw portraits of an adult male on television. As the season goes on, Louie emerges as a man with a clear set of principles rooted in a common sense and fair-minded broad view that the world doesn’t owe anyone anything. Continue reading »

Emily VanCamp as Emily Thorne on "Revenge"

I quickly became addicted to Revenge, a soapy thriller for the digital age. But, I had one misgiving when I reviewed the show back in November of 2011 and that was how far the revenge storyline could go. “Once Emily dispatches her list of victims or is found out, what’s left? Where do the characters and story go from there?” It seemed like my fears had been confirmed when the storyline took a dive for a couple of episodes toward the wind down of season one with Emily behaving uncharacteristically unninja-like, a boring murder trial, and the random appearance of a lover from Victoria Grayson’s past.

Not to worry. I’m happy to report the creative lull was short-lived and the writers have regained their senses. Revenge not only ended its freshman season in a literally explosive fashion but also delivered one of the best season endings ever with a closing montage set to Florence and the Machine’s “Seven Devils” that is a study in perfect leave them wanting more suspense. Continue reading »

Roscoe Orman

the brooklyn mouth speaks with Bronx native Roscoe Orman who has played Gordon on Sesame Street for 38 years. Orman attended The High School of Art and Design where he started out in the visual arts. Spotted by a producer in a school production, he began performing Off-Broadway during his last year of high school.

Orman discusses his theater roots and his time during the 60s with the Free Southern Theater based in New Orleans, an integrated company of actors who traveled throughout the South performing plays relevant to the civil rights movement.

Roscoe Orman in a production of August Wilson's Jitney

In part 2 of the brooklyn mouth interview with Roscoe Orman he starts off discussing his musical side and talks about the challenge of portraying a real life individual like Lincoln Perry, commonly known as Stepin Fetchit. He also delves into how he approaches the character of Gordon and his evolution over the years.

Orman says he knew instantly Sesame Street was not your average kids show and goes into how its diverse cast changed the face of television.

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