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May 20, 2013 Issue

Cover Story

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.

Intelligencer

Killer Vines!

April showers bring May’s invasive species.

The Pop-Up City

Sohei Nishino’s aerial photographs are on view beginning May 17 at the International Center of Photography.

The Tinkerers’ Weight-Loss Program

Innovators hoping to achieve the lap band’s popularity have rolled out a flurry of imaginative products.

114 Minutes With Jumaane Williams

The city councilman spends a day at the stop-and-frisk trial.

Columns

Winning With Weiner

Don’t laugh—it’s not impossible.

Strategist

Best Bets

Spiegelau glass, a compact digital scale, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

“I’m a fan [of suits]. I juggle a lot of things: I work full time, and I have five young children, so it’s one less thing to think about.”

The Restaurant Review

A few menu tweaks later, the fusion-inspired Montmartre redeems itself.

In Season

ABC Kitchen chef Dan Kluger has a simple solution to intensifying the flavor of fiddlehead ferns.

Restaurant Opening

First look at Costata, Michael White's Italian steakhouse opening this week.

Restaurant Opening

Betony serves seasonal modern-American from two Eleven Madison Park vets.

The Urban Forager

Flourish Baking Company creates a better energy bar.

Now That’s Italian

Introducing a warmer, fuzzier Neapolitan-pizza tradition.

Fresh Drinking

From cruisey meat markets to an actual meat market, a spirited crawl through the city’s newest bars.

Culture

The Nine-Year Itch

Richard Linklater drops in again on Jesse and Celine with Before Midnight.

Where’s That Coffee Shop?

The multiple locations of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, revealed.

The Movie Review

Into Darkness is an homage to The Wrath of Khan—and a deep draft of Klingon ale.

The Theater Review

Stravinsky and Balanchine spend a weekend in the country with Nikolai and the Others.

To Do: May 15–22, 2013

Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read.

Departments

Comments: Week of May 20, 2013

Readers sound off on Jeff Koons, The Great Gatsby, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of May 20, 2013

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

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