All articles by Sarah Hope

New Web Series Offers Look at Monica Lewinsky’s Life in Manhattan

‘Monica’ is a comedic, compassionate web series

Monica Lewinsky is back! Again! A new web series—dubbed, simply, Monica by independent filmmaker Doran Max Hagay brings to life a 2001 New York magazine profile of Lewinsky's life in Manhattan. Think of it as a reimagining of this put-upon paramour for the digital age.



Where to find your favorite Oscar winners and nominees on TV

What are this year’s Oscar winners doing on TV?

The Academy Awards are over for another year. In a few weeks, when we've seen (or reseen) all of the winners, and can't get the infinitely talented people who won (or didn't win) out of our minds, it will be time to visit their other work. Many of this year's Oscar winners and nominees, both in front of and behind the camera, have done (or will soon be doing) great work on TV, too.



Matthew Perry’s “Odd Couple” Reboot Has Potential

The original Odd Couple sitcom debuted on ABC in 1970.

If all goes well, Matthew Perry might finally make his triumphant return to TV comedy this week. With a team of veteran and new comic stars in front of and behind the camera, The Odd Couple, which premieres Thursday on CBS, could be the start of a great reboot we didn't even know we wanted. But without the kind of great comedy writing that marked the original, the stitching between the series' excellent parts could completely fall apart.



Better Call Saul Is Better Than You Ever Thought It Could Be

AMC’s prequel tells the origin story of lawyer Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad

Black and white. A woman pours a dark grain onto a white surface, and rolls the whole thing up. She cuts the roll into discs, and arranges them in a pan. She bakes the cinnamon buns and slathers them with icing.



Super Bowl Commercials 2015: Solemn, Smart, Not Too Sexist

A few favorites

The trailer for the 2012 documentary film Miss Representation opens with a quote from author and activist Alice Walker:



New PBS Documentary Hopes to Open Eyes and Inspire Action

Independent Lens: “Stories are Powerful”

Most of us turn to TV for great stories that entertain and allow us to leave our own lives behind for a spell. But TV, with its focus on visual (sometimes visceral) storytelling, can also serve as an important source of education. It allows us to see how people in communities outside of our own live—be they gay communities, communities of color, rich communities or poor communities. This week, a new documentary series from PBS's Independent Lens brings us into the horrifying worlds of sex trafficking, poverty and abuse—worlds that exist not only in faraway lands, but right here in our backyard.



Amazon’s New Pilots Tackle History, Crossroads

Sarah Hope outlines Amazon Studios’ fourth season of original pilot shows.

In light of Amazon Studios' first Golden Globe win for Transparent, and the announcement that Woody Allen will direct a new half-hour comedy next year (his first foray into TV), there is considerable buzz around their fourth pilot season, which boasts seven new comedies, dramas and docu-series, and six new shows for kids.



Golden Globes Winners Are Evidence of a Brave New World in TV

Groundbreaking television series and breakout stars took home Golden Globe Awards. Sarah Hope sums up the night of the awards.

At the end of December, I noted that it has been a great year for television. That point was underscored on Sunday night, when several new, groundbreaking television series and breakout stars took home Golden Globe Awards.



Friends – Then and Now

On New Year’s Day 2015, Friends was finally made available in its entirety for instant streaming on Netflix.

One test of a truly great TV series is whether or not it stands the test of time. Will the jokes fall flat ten years later? Will the outfits be a dead giveaway that this was made in (and for) another time? Is the writing good enough that outdated hairstyles don't matter? (Note: hair always matters.) In 50 years, will the alien invaders understand why we loved it? Will they love it?



Winter Binge Pick: The Killing

A U.S. reboot of the Danish police thriller ‘Forbrydelsen’

In my pocket, on my phone, tucked in the bottom thread on my digital to do list, I keep a list labeled "Consume." It's a running list of TV shows, films and books to check out when I have a few hours to burn on a good binge. And what better time is there to binge than during a post-Holiday Syracuse winter?