The Drama of Television
Michael Douglas has endured a lot the past few years, from stage-four cancer to the imprisonment of his son. Now, as Liberace (of all characters), he gets yet another career rebirth, by Lynn Hirschberg; Arrested Development was so ahead of its time that it’s a small miracle TV finally caught up, by Will Leitch; the fate of her country-music show is up in the air, but Hayden Panettiere has no intention of ever truly leaving Nashville, by Amanda Dobbins; on the verge of majorly disappointing, or thrilling, viewers with Walter White’s final act, Breaking Bad showrunner Vince Gilligan talks good endings.
Plus: How to pitch, write (hint: get rid of a corpse and throw a party in the pilot), cast, and design a drama; Matt Zoller Seitz on why TV is just as much a director’s medium as a writer’s.
And: Forty-nine small-screen actors, writers, and other insiders on their viewing habits.
On the Cover: Michael Douglas. Photograph by Martin Schoeller for New York Magazine.
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The city councilman spends a day at the stop-and-frisk trial.
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Spiegelau glass, a compact digital scale, and more new stuff in stores.
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ABC Kitchen chef Dan Kluger has a simple solution to intensifying the flavor of fiddlehead ferns.
First look at Costata, Michael White's Italian steakhouse opening this week.
Betony serves seasonal modern-American from two Eleven Madison Park vets.
Flourish Baking Company creates a better energy bar.
Introducing a warmer, fuzzier Neapolitan-pizza tradition.
From cruisey meat markets to an actual meat market, a spirited crawl through the city’s newest bars.
Richard Linklater drops in again on Jesse and Celine with Before Midnight.
The multiple locations of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, revealed.
Into Darkness is an homage to The Wrath of Khan—and a deep draft of Klingon ale.
Stravinsky and Balanchine spend a weekend in the country with Nikolai and the Others.
Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read.
Readers sound off on Jeff Koons, The Great Gatsby, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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