Technical difficulties kept me off the blog for some time yesterday. My apologies.
In case you missed it, my review of "The Amazing Spider-Man," which hits cinemas today, is here.
HBO has ordered new seasons of "The Newsroom," the latest erratic effort by Aaron Sorkin, and vampire saga "True Blood." I have expressed my reservations about "The Newsrroom," but Maureen Ryan and Jace Lacob have a detailed discussion of Sorkin's women issues here.
Alessandra Stanley of the New York Times committed another bonehed error recently, and you can find a discussion of how it happened here. But the explanation does not get around what should have been a simple solution: a DVR. Then Stanley could have had a recording of "Today" to double-check instead of going online. Does the Times not have one?
I keep waiting for a press-release followup to CBS's Twitter announcement that Poppy Montgomery's "Unforgettable" has been un-canceled and will return in Summer 2013. I guess that makes me an old guy.
Those of you interested in urban birdwatching should take note of these official words:
Each year, more than a million birds make a migratory pit stop in New York City's Central Park - and they don't go unnoticed. The revealing documentaryBIRDERS: THE CENTRAL PARK EFFECTchronicles one year in the life of the extraordinary array of wild birds that grace Manhattan's celebrated patch of green, and the equally colorful New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration, when it debuts MONDAY, JULY 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The debut of the Oscar®-nominated documentary short "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom," whichshows how nature can be a rejuvenating as well as destructive force, follows at 10:00 p.m.
Other HBO playdates: July 19 (5:00 p.m.), 21 (10:00 a.m., 5:20 a.m.), 24 (11:30 a.m., midnight) and 29 (2:00 p.m.)