Category Archives: Television

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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Another Live Night for Chris Gethard

At a time when huge teams of writers script nearly every moment of late night comedy shows, with filmed bits are carefully shot in advance and even the nightly “live” shows taped hours in advance to accommodate editing, truTV’s freewheeling “The Chris Gethard Show” (11 p.m. ET) adheres to the fearless, no-net thrills of live [...]

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A Few Thoughts on the Emmys

You may notice from my lack of Emmy picks, red carpet attention or speculation on how Stephen Colbert will do as host, that the results of the 69th Academy of Television Arts and Sciences weren’t of much concern to me either. Yes, I’d agree that “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Atlanta” deserved to win, and i [...]

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Homework for a Nation: ‘The Vietnam War’

There is something undoubtedly daunting about “The Vietnam War” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings), the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick epic that begins the first of its 10 episodes tonight. The sheer weight and depth of 18 hours — presented night after night over two weeks — makes it seem burdensome as homework (There [...]

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McCain and Kerry Agree on Vietnam

There will be scores of community talk-backs associated with the Ken Burns-Lynn Novick opus ”The Vietnam War” that starts Sunday on PBS. Perhaps none will be as prestigious as the one this week at the Kennedy Center, that featured three Vietnam veterans that rose to heights in the government. There, Sen. John McCain, former Secretary of [...]

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