On Loving and Hating Terrence Howard as Empire's Lucious

In the pilot for Empire, Lucious Lyon was pure evil, more of a straight-up villain than an anti-hero. This meant he had a long way to go to be likable. Lucious had the greatest potential character arc and the most tragic flaws to overcome, including homophobia. The writers have so far succeeded in making him one of… » 2/19/15 3:15pm 2/19/15 3:15pm

Viola Davis Is the Reason We're Watching How to Get Away with Murder

Six episodes into How to Get Away with Murder, I've asked myself, "Why am I still watching this?" While the freakish twists and cliffhangers make for good shock value, I barely care about the supporting characters. The reason I've stayed dedicated is, without a doubt, Viola Davis' performance as Annalise Keating. » 11/06/14 6:00pm 11/06/14 6:00pm

Where Are All The Female Mentor Characters?

Think of 30 Rock, first season, third episode. Jack the-Great-and-Powerful Donaghy is setting up Liz No-I-Don't-Need-Any-of-Your-Help-Especially-Not-with-Dating-which-I-Don't-Have-Time-for-because-I'm-All-About-My-Career-Thanks-a-Lot Lemon with his friend from out of town. Jack catches her in the hall and tells her… » 11/07/11 3:40pm 11/07/11 3:40pm