Category Archives: Television

TCA Does the Right Thing About Cosby

It was the least worst thing that happened to him Tuesday. But after a discussion of more than a year, the TV Critics Association has voted to rescind the 2002 Career Achievement Award given to Bill Cosby. It was the first time the TCA ever rescinded an award, and it didn’t come easy. After an [...]

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Nixon Introduces Jane Fonda Documentary

The lengthy documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts” (HBO, 8 p.m.) begins not with any men who define four of the five “acts” in which the film is divided. It starts with Richard Nixon on one of his tapes, just musing. “Jane Fonda,” he says on the tape from September, 1971. “What in the world [...]

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who is America?’

Heavy prothetic makeup is the vehicle for Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest devilish comedy. Lest anyone imagine he is Ali G or Borat, he’s padded with all kinds of altering makeup  to lure the famous and not so famous before his cameras under false pretenses in the elaborate prank undertaking “Who is America?” (Showtime, 10 p.m.). [...]

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A Quick End for ‘Roseanne’

“Roseanne” was never as political as all the writing about the show. It actually seemed to make sense that her old working class character, resurrected after 20 years, might be a Trump supporter in her old age. With the brilliant Laurie Metcalf as her political opposite it seemed to work in the show’s reboot premiere, [...]

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A Chat With Reality Star Eddie Money

Add Eddie Money to the long list of rockers, from Ozzy Osbourne to Bret Michaels and Joe Jonas, to open their homes to reality TV crews. His new series “Real Money” (AXS TV, 9;30 p.m.)  chronicles life with his grown kids, who are also members of his backing band when he tours. Money, at 68, is [...]

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Al Pacino Becomes Joe Paterno for HBO

Al Pacino has specialized in playing actual people for HBO films, from Roy Cohen to Phil Spector, Jack Kavorkian and now Joe Paterno, in an understated and effective portrayal of the beloved Penn State coach whose image was tarnished by its proximity to the considerable claims of sexual misconduct of his former defensive coordinator, Jerry [...]

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Comic Nimesh Patel Keeps Topical

The comedian Nimesh Patel was in town this week, playing the Improv. His first D.C. show, he says, came in opening for Michael Che at the old LivingSocial on H Street. It was the Che connection that helped land his “Saturday Night Live” gig last fall, where he writes as part of the “Weekend Update” [...]

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The Top 10 Lists of 2017

As much as I’m honored to be among the 55 TV critics participating in the 2017 Uproxx TV Critics Poll  of what’s best on television and streaming, I really have my reluctance about Top 10 lists in general, never feeling they actually mattered. Some participants have gone to Top 20 because they don’t have the discipline [...]

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‘Mrs. Maisel’ Begins Marvelously

The pilot episode for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon, streaming) is so fresh and entertaining, I almost started tearing up my (premature, yet due tomorrow) Year End Top 10 list. It stars Rachel Brosnahan, who was such a standout in “House of Cards,” now doing something completely different – a wisecracking, well-appointed Upper West Side [...]

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Rolling Stone Pages Through 50 Years

The 50th anniversary of Rolling Stone is being marked a number of ways, from a biography that publisher Jann Wenner has already disavowed (and is being well-reviewed) to this two part documentary from Alex Gibney and Blair Foster, “Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge” (HBO, 9 p.m.) that takes a swing from its heyday. While [...]

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