Category Archives: Television

A Few Thoughts on the Emmy Nominations

Emmys are likely the least of our concerns; the recipients only rarely reflect the best of what we think is on TV, the nominees are stuffed with the same old names in most cases. There are the occasional glimmers that signal hope, as in the nominations released Tuesday: Ramy Youssef among the outstanding lead actors […]

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New Streamer Peacock Spreads Wings

Peacock, the streaming service named after the NBC logo, begins spreading its feathers today — for free. It’s got thousands of hours of largely NBC programming, scads of “SNL” clips, early glimpses at late night shows, everything that was on NBC, Syfy, Telemundo, Bravo and USA last night, a decent library of hundreds of movies […]

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True Crime and a Whole Lot More

The documentarian Liz Garbus must have felt an intense kinship to Michelle McNamara, a true crime blogger who kept amassing information on a topic in order to fashion it into compelling art. For her latest film, she tackles McNamara’s obsession with a prolific rapist and killer in California in the 1970s and 80s that became […]

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Goodbye to ‘Cops’ and ‘Live PD’

Police have yet to be defunded, but “Live PD” has suspended production, just days after “Cops” announced its demise just before its 33rd season start. In each easy-to-produce reality show, cameramen tagged along the forces of blue to watch them stop, question, arrest and sometimes harass citizens who largely seemed poor, people of color, or […]

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HBO Max Launches With Scant Originals

Ready for a new streaming service with a monthly fee? HBO Max is here, bringing with it the entire catalog of HBO shows, but also the wealth of AT&T and Warner Bros. products from “Friends” to “Big Bang Theory” to “Wonder Woman” “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Matrix” and “Batman.” There seems fewer original new […]

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Remembering Big Bird’s Caroll Spinney

Sad to hear about the death at 85 of Caroll Spinney, a puppeteer who gave joy to generations of kids who may have never heard his name. But they sure heard of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch too, both of whom Spinney gave life (and voice) to for 40 years. News of his death […]

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Dave Chappelle Snares Mark Twain Prize

The 22nd recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Sunday was a hometown hero, comedian Dave Chappelle — a perfect pairing, said comic Sarah Silverman, since “you both love using the n-word.” The marching band of his Washington D.C. alma mater, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, joined in on […]

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The Brash ‘Florida’ Show That Could

The last great new series of the summer comes to TV after a rough ride through two earlier companies. First announced as an AMC project, “On Being a God in Central Florida” (Showtime, 10 and 10:45 p.m.) was bumped to lowly YouTube Premium before being picked up on premium cable, where its first two episodes […]

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‘Fleabag’ Leads Winners at TCA

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — “Fleabag” flew at the 35th annual Television Critics Awards Saturday night, and David Milch was honored for a lifetime of television writing as well as his last great opus, “Deadwood.” Phoebe Waller-Bridge – a winner last year for co-creating “Killing Eve” – won program of the year for the second season of her […]

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Don’t Miss Terrific ‘Perpetual Grace LTD’

Whenever people ask for a TV recommendation, I have always offered “The Patriot” (Amazon Prime, streaming), Steve Conrad’s quirky, low key but effective European spy thriller that has had a couple of seasons (still online, go to it!) and is awaiting a green light for a third. In the meantime, Conrad takes his same sensibilities, […]

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