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The Preppy Murder: Death In Central Park

“Before O.J. Simpson, the Preppy Killer — that was the trial of the century.” Former print and TV reporter Steve Dunleavy offered this quote when he was interviewed for the new AMC/SundanceTV docuseries The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park. Dunleavy was probably correct, as the 1986 killing of 18-year-old Jennifer Levin at the hands of 19-year-old Robert Chambers in New York City’s Central Park was a highly sensationalized case — the press nicknamed Chambers “the Preppy Killer.” But as this intriguing five-part, three-night series shows, it is worth looking back on the “Preppy Murder” not for prurient curiosity about […]

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The 100 Most Defining Shows Of The Decade

The past 10 years have yielded such an abundant mix of series riches, it’s difficult to whittle the best and buzziest shows down to a list of just 100. Let’s start by explaining the criteria for how this list was created. First, the decade spans from 2010 to 2019, and we only considered shows that were first introduced during this time frame, which eliminates favorites like Breaking Bad and Mad Men that ended in this decade but started prior. We only concentrated on scripted dramas and comedies — no reality, no documentaries, no sketch or news shows, and no young […]

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The Wonderful World Of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live!

Ariel, the title character of Disney’s classic animated film The Little Mermaid, famously sings about wanting to become “Part of Your World” in relation to the prince she loves and the surface-dwelling existence she thinks is preferable to her life undersea. While Ariel’s efforts to achieve that new life for herself lead to conflict and drama, the masterfully produced movie didn’t have much difficulty instantly becoming a lasting part of our world after it hit theaters 30 years ago, in November 1989. Thanks in large part to infectiously catchy Alan Menken/Howard Ashman tunes like “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the […]

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5 Questions With Meredith MacNeill Of IFC’s “Baroness Von Sketch Show”

If you haven’t caught IFC’s award-winning, late-night satire Baroness von Sketch Show (Wednesdays), you’re missing a good time. Just starting its fourth season, the all-female comedy series features Meredith MacNeill, Carolyn Taylor, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen. MacNeill is the only star who doesn’t hail from a comedy background (her costars are Second City alums), so when she commits to a sketch — oh boy, does she commit. “For me it’s such a fun, fantastic, freeing place to play really close to where it shouldn’t work when you’re pushing it that it does,” she shares on her often over-the-top absurdities. […]