2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
FX’s Cold War-era spy thriller “The Americans,” which premiered in January, has already been approved for a second season with 13 episodes. The show has been compared to the Showtime espionage hit “Homeland”; the Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman wrote in January that “It’s too early to really judge ‘Americans’ against ‘Homeland,’ but if the latter is getting away from what hooked you in the first place, then you might find what you’re missing on ‘Americans’.”
Indeed, “The Americans” debuted with high ratings, and although fewer people tuned in after the first few weeks, ratings company Nielsen has attributed the decline to increased viewership on DVRs.
The show stars “Felicity” actress Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys of “Brothers and Sisters,” who play KGB agents placed in America during the Cold War. The relationship between the two, who are in an arranged marriage, becomes increasingly complicated as their passion grows and the Cold War escalates. Writes Goodman: “‘Homeland’ turned out to be determined to get all the spy stuff out of the way so a love story could bloom. On ‘Americans’, the love story has a wealth of incredible emotional layers, but the emphasis always is on the spying.”
The series was created by Joe Weisberg of “Falling Skies,” a former CIA officer-turned-screenwriter and producer.
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Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.