Homeland is More Relevant Than Ever Thanks to its Prescient Focus on ISIS

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

Homeland is more relevant than ever thanks to its prescient focus on ISIS

"It’s as if the show’s writers … were dictating the newspapers of tomorrow,” says James Wolcott, noting that the Showtime series “precogged what was coming” in Paris. "I don't know if Homeland is the best show on television,” he  adds, "whatever that means ... but it's the most important show on TV in 2015, and not just because of its powers of prognostication. It’s gotten under the anxious skin of the here and now with heightened realism rather than by raising a fantasy construct or adding ornate wings to its own mythology."


The Man in the High Castle
decked out NYC subway cars in Nazi symbols, upsetting passengers

“I shouldn’t have to sit staring at a Nazi insignia on my way to work,” said subway passenger Ann Toback. “Half the seats in my car had Nazi insignias inside an American flag, while the other half had the Japanese flag in a style like the World War II design,” she added. “So I had a choice, and I chose to sit on the Nazi insignia because I really didn’t want to stare at it.”


Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes poster announces: “He’s Back”

“Hold on to your globes…”


ESPN airs an ad for the film Concussion during Monday Night Football’s pregame show

The placing of the commercial for the upcoming Will Smith film, which came after a discussion on an NFL player’s real-life concussion, is noteworthy because ESPN and the NFL are partners and the film paints the league in a bad light.


NBC reaches equal time agreements with 4 Republican candidates

John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, James Gilmore and Lindsey Graham are expected to get 12 minutes of time during the primetime hours of Friday and Saturday, and during this week’s SNL repeat, in response to Donald Trump hosting Saturday Night Live.


Latino leaders weren't satisfied after finally meeting with NBC over Donald Trump's SNL-hosting controversy

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met last Wednesday with executives from NBC Universal and NBC News. The problem was that they were unable to address the matter because SNL is under NBC Entertainment.


Felicia Day joins the Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival

The “geek superstar” tweeted: "Yes it’s true, I am going to play Dr Forrester’s daughter on new @MST3K! Will terrorize the hell outta @jonahray!”


Jessica Jones
teaser references Daredevil

The Netflix drama’s Twitter account released unaired footage of Jessica Jones reaching for a Nelson & Murdoch, Attorneys at Law business card.


Modern Family’s Reid Ewing confirms he’s gay, says: “I was never in” the closet

Days after his plastic surgery addiction revelation, Ewing tweeted that he thought a guy on TV was “hot af,” prompting him to confirm that, yes, he’s gay.


Chrissy Teigen: I had nothing to do with Tyra Banks’ exit from The FABLife

"I dunno if you guys know how bosses work but if Tyra and I were fighting as hard as you're saying, I would be the one off the show,” she tweeted, responding to tabloid reports.


CW announces DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’s premiere date, unveils a new trailer

The Arrow/Flash spinoff premieres on Thursday, Jan. 21, where it’ll be joined by The 100.


CW moves The Vampire Diaries and The Originals to Fridays

With DC Legends of Tomorrow taking over Thursdays, The Vampire Diaries and The Originals will air on Fridays, starting Jan. 29.


Watch an unaired Inside Amy Schumer sketch featuring Girls star Jemima Kirke

Schumer stars in a sketch of an engagement photo shoot gone wrong.


The Walking Dead
responds to Game of Thrones’ bloody Jon Snow poster

"And you guys thought WE were torturing our fans…,” tweeted The Walking Dead Twitter account, with a link to the Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow tweet.


The Bachelor creator: We're having our best season in 7 years

Mike Fleiss tweeted: "It's not too early to give thanks for the upcoming season of The Bachelor... My favorite season since Jason and Molly!"


Here are 7 possible subplots for a Hey Arnold! TV movie

The Nickelodeon film could make a lot of use of the social media phenomenon that’s taken place since the show left the air.


Check out the trailer for Jimmy Kimmel Live’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens special

J.J. Abrams and his much of his cast will be on tonight’s special Kimmel show.


Comedy Central orders Corporate, a dark workplace comedy

Corporate follows two lower-level executives who are forced to do the dirty work for their bosses at one of the largest corporations.


Presenting the most recycled Scandal storylines

From “Olivia and Fitz making up” to “Olivia and Fitz breaking up.”


Aziz Ansari has had quite a year

In 2015, Ansari went from closing out Parks and Rec to star of Netflix special Live at Madison Square Garden to co-author of the book Modern Romance to Netflix critically acclaimed comedy Master of None. "It wasn't any kind of coordinated thing," says Ansari, who is prone to laugh at his own successes. "The book, the special and the series … it just kind of worked out that they all fell into place this year."


The Simpsons gives a shoutout to Hartford, Connecticut and its connection to Howard Stern

"Welcome to Hartford: The city where Howard Stern met Fred Norris,” read a sign on Sunday’s episode.


Broad City stars spoof Tomb Raider

Check out Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson collaboration with Xbox.


Seinfeld fans tells Julia Louis-Dreyfus to dance, Curb Your Enthusiasm fans tell Larry David, “I’m a Jew!”

"That's f*ckin’ hilarious,” Louis-Dreyfus says in a joint GQ interview with David. "I generally say 'Congratulations,’” responded Larry David.


H. Jon Benjamin’s inability to play the piano didn’t stop him recording a jazz album on the piano

The Bob’s Burgers and Archer star’s first LP, Well, I Should Have…, drops on Friday.


Black Jesus rants against the commercialization of Christmas

Watch a preview of Friday’s holiday episode.


Steven Moffat: Why John Hurt replaced Christopher Eccleston on Doctor Who’s 50th-anniversary special

Moffat looks back at the struggle to make The Day of the Doctor, which aired two years ago tonight.


Vincent Kartheiser says his post-Mad Men roles have felt the opposite of Pete Campbell

That includes his role as Gov. William Bradford on Nat Geo’s Saints & Sinners.