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Lucifer and Damien: Evil needs a hug

April 01, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Television No Comments →

Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar.

WE KNOW that evil is at large in the world — you only have to read the news to be reminded of this. This year, the spirit of evil, a.k.a. the devil is the headliner of two new television shows. How does he measure up? Can traditional biblical evil compete with the more recent representatives, such as Lorne Malvo in season 1 of Fargo, The Purple Man in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, or Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones?

I must report that in its current TV incarnations, Fox’s Lucifer and A&E’s Damien, evil is a pathetic underachiever. This is good news if you expect the worst parts of Revelations to come to pass any minute, and bad news if you demand smart, well-made television. Lucifer and Damien are evidence that the devil does not exist, because if she did she would smite their producers, or at least send them a plague of boils. (No, wait, those are the good guys.)

Read our TV column The Binge at BusinessWorld.

Bradley James as Damien Thorne.

Our countdown to Game of Thrones Season Six begins now.

March 30, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Television No Comments →


The new season of Game of Thrones starts on April 24, and since I am looking forward to it almost as much as Ricky was looking forward to the Madonna concert, I asked Ricky to reprise his ilang tulog na lang series for my favorite TV show.

P.S. That is not a spoiler, you’re just really late.

Deny it all you want, he’s alive.

Would you watch a travel show hosted by these two?

March 21, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Projects, Television, Traveling 6 Comments →


Me and Pepe Diokno (With our advertising team Crizza and Mick at the back). Yes, it’s an odd combination, but in a good way or a bad way?

John Oliver is the voice of sanity for these troubled times

March 14, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events, Television 3 Comments →


EVERY GENERATION has its voice of sanity. In the 1950s when the McCarthy witch hunts threatened the same freedoms it claimed to safeguard, America had the esteemed news anchorman Edward R. Murrow. In the 1970s when the oil crisis, the Watergate scandal and the unwinnable war in Vietnam shook American self-belief, it was the unimpeachable anchorman Walter Cronkite. In the early decades of television, the audience looked to news anchors to help them understand the world. Anchormen were solid, trustworthy, the foundations of a world that made sense.

But the world grew bigger and scarier, and then it was no longer enough to have the news delivered on TV every night. There were too many questions and unsatisfactory answers. Those in charge were hiding things; the people didn’t know whom to trust anymore. So they turned to someone who did not claim to have all the answers. Not only did he not profess to know the truth, he even described his nightly broadcast as a fake news show. He shared the audience’s anxiety, and he dealt with this anxiety by laughing in its face.

Read our TV column, The Binge.

Your boyfriend Tom Hiddleston stars in John le Carré’s The Night Manager

March 02, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Television 1 Comment →

Our column in BusinessWorld on Friday is about BBC One’s spy drama The Night Manager starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki. (Tobias Menzies is in the trailer!) Here’s a preview for the Hiddlestoners, who are legion.

Hiddleston is the boyfriend of the Internet, and his every smile and gesture is analyzed and rendered as GIFs on Tumblr. He was an electrifying Coriolanus in the Donmar Warehouse production that was broadcast live in cinemas, and a contemplative Henry V in The Hollow Crown. He has been the handsome, rather diffident foil to the luminous Rachel Weisz in Terence Davies’s The Deep Blue Sea, the fabulous Tilda Swinton in Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, and the ferocious Jessica Chastain in Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak.

Hiddleston made the ladies more scintillating through his presence, but in each case his character seemed weak and not in charge of his own destiny. They seemed like iterations of his most-recognized role to date: Loki in Marvel’s Thor and Avengers movies. While technically a villain, Loki is too adorable to fear or hate: he’s a naughty schoolboy rebelling against his parents. Good for Tumblr and writers of fan fiction, but limiting for such an intelligent and gifted actor. He needs a character who is free to be himself, unshackled from the past, who owns his own flaws and bad decisions. Then he will become the star his online legions expect him to be, in the league of Redmayne and Cumberbatch. Will The Night Manager be that role?

Read our column, The Binge.

At last, John Oliver takes down Trump and reveals Drumpf

March 01, 2016 By: jessicazafra Category: Television No Comments →

Wake up!