5 Thanksgiving Comedy-Dramas to Get You in the Mood for Holiday Cheer

What is your vision of an enjoyable family Thanksgiving dinner?  Perhaps the crisp, colorful fall day has relatives shaking off the cold as they enter your festive home warmed by a crackling fire, tantalizing aromas and a perfectly roasted turkey ready to be carved.  Or maybe not.  If you haven’t seen your relatives for months, do you end up gathering to feast or fight or both?  Does this sudden intimacy make you proud to share your adult accomplishments with the group or feel like you should be sitting at the children’s table? ...more
Lisa Thomson I'm so glad you enjoyed my movie list for Thanksgiving.  You can purchase Home for ...more

'Bates Motel' and 'Top of the Lake'; Twisted Tales Herald TV's Golden Age

I've said it before and I'll say it again...we are living in a golden age of television viewing. Fantasy epic Game of Thrones just started its third season on HBO. Emmy award winning period piece Mad Men is returning to AMC this Sunday. And currently we have two dark and thrilling original mysteries on the air; A&E's Bates Motel and the superb Top of the Lake on the Sundance channel. ...more
@Virginia DeBolt  It's so disconcerting (in a good TV way) to see the corruption of that town ...more

Where the Award Winning Actresses Are

If you want to see talented actresses plying their craft these days basic cable might be a better bet than your local multiplex.  Shows starring strong leading female characters are setting the ratings on fire in the cable world.  In USA Today, Holly Hunter comments: "The whole cable industry has been validated by that show's success," says Hunter, whose Grace, premiering July 23, will follow The Closer. "That it's a female lead has been great, not just for women but for everybody, because people understand that people want to watch women in the lead (roles)." ...more