What is it like to have The L Word back? The answer is: very welcome, though with reservations. But at least television’s only all-lesbian drama is returned to bright, familiarly glossy life, its old-meets-new group of characters looking way more diverse than before. (Warning: light spoilers follow.) On Sunday night, Showtime’s The L Word: Generation Q begins, 10 years after The L Word went off the air. Its original showrunner Ilene Chaiken has passed the baton to playwright-turned-screenwriter Marja-Lewis Ryan, who has had many tough decisions to make (one: get rid of that god-awful Betty theme song). While the original show had many fans, it also had just as many critics—some, like this reviewer, serving as both. Like the original, Generation Q centers on a group of friends—in this case, returning leads Bette (Jennifer Beals), Alice (Leisha Hailey), and Shane (Katherine Moennig) as well as a younger, queerer cast of newcomers, namely androgynous fuckboi … [Read more...] about It’s Great ‘The L Word’ Is Back. But What Does ‘Generation Q’ Want to Say?
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Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant after missing Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Chargers with a left knee injury. Before practice, coach Vic Fangio said Miller’s knee had “improved.” Right tackle Ja’Wuan James (knee), limited to 32 snaps in the first 12 games, practiced fully Wednesday and Fangio expects him to be available, but left the door slightly open to stick with Elijah Wilkinson. “How we’ll play (James), if we play him, remains to be seen,” Fangio said. “One of the things is Elijah has been playing pretty (darn) good, too. (James) isn’t ready to play an entire game anyway so we’ll figure it out.” RELATED: Injured Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco takes notice of Drew Lock’s NFL debut, patience amid rookie season Per The Denver Post’s game charting, Wilkinson has allowed no sacks, one knockdown and three pressures since replacing James … [Read more...] about Broncos Briefs: Von Miller returns to limited practice work after missing Chargers game
When is a double-digit lead in the second half not safe? When you’re the Broncos and the overall offensive ineptitude is magnified. Exhibits A-C were squandered halftime leads of 17-6 (Jacksonville), 13-3 (Indianapolis) and 20-0 (Minnesota). And Exhibit D nearly arrived last week, when the Broncos raced to a 17-3 lead over the Los Angeles Chargers late in the first half, but needed a Brandon McManus field goal as time expired to win 23-20. So what gives? We know the Broncos are offensively challenged in general — their 16.5-point average is 30th in the NFL. Is it the youth? Is it offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello’s play-calling? Is it coach Vic Fangio’s occasional conservative game managing? Heading into Sunday’s game at Houston, we choose all of the above. Rookies sometimes do rookie things. Scangarello’s first NFL play-calling journey has left him open to criticism. And Fangio’s mitts are undoubtedly on some of the play-safe decisions, … [Read more...] about Not dynamic in the first half, Broncos offense has been dreadful in second half
In his NFL debut last week, Broncos quarterback Drew Lock faced five or more Los Angeles Chargers pass rushers on only six of his 34 drop-backs. Against the Houston Texans on Sunday, he may face six blitzes by the end of the first quarter. Whereas Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley relies on a four-man rush led by Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel is expected to have a different plan, one predicated on pressure. “It could be hard,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said. “You never know what (Crennel) is going to do on defense. I’m sure he’ll mix it up with some pressure and some coverage and maybe a look or two we haven’t seen from him yet.”Despite being 8-4, the Texans’ pass defense statistics are wretched: They are 28th in yards allowed (262.9), last on third down (47.8%), tied for 28th in interceptions (six), tied for 26th in sacks (25) and tied for 27th in most touchdown passes allowed (25). But … [Read more...] about Task for Broncos rookie quarterback Drew Lock in second start: Figuring out Texans’ pass rush plan
The mystery about Broncos right tackle Ja’Wuan James’ status continued Friday when coach Vic Fangio wouldn’t commit to him playing Sunday despite being a full practice participant. James, whose left knee has limited him to 32 snaps this year, is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Houston. He also practiced fully last week but was scratched against the Los Angeles Chargers. If James is active, Fangio said there’s a “good chance,” he starts, “but he won’t play the whole way.” Elijah Wilkinson, who has started 10 games in James’ place, would split time with him. Approached by The Denver Post in the Broncos’ locker room, James declined to comment about his recovery and his anticipated role Sunday. Right guard Ron Leary (concussion) was ruled out and will be replaced by Austin Schlottmann, who played the final nine snaps against the Chargers. It will be Schlottmann’s first NFL start.Outside … [Read more...] about Broncos Briefs: Despite being full in practice, Ja’Wuan James’ status for Sunday unknown