Last night I watched the Hulu documentary Too Funny To Fail, a documentary about The Dana Carvey Show that aired on ABC in 1996. It’s hard to believe that the show was on 21 years ago. Even harder to believe is the caliber of writers and performers that were on the show. Dana Carvey (SNL) … Continue reading The Dana Carvey Show
So, basically all men are awful. (sigh) It seems like every day there is some new revelation about some jackass who has defiled, or attempted to defile, another person. Just NOW, an alert from the UK Daily Mail came through that four more women are accusing Bill Clinton of sexual assault. I am honestly ashamed … Continue reading Men Are _____.
Once in a while a show comes along that is poised to change television for the better. Fleabag is that type of show. And I was so thrilled with it, I just wanted to throw this out into the ether so people can get hip to it. All six episodes of the first series are … Continue reading Fleabag
The television industry is predicated on deceit; whether it be scripted, unscripted (aka reality) or news, it’s always been that way. But before we jump into the fray, let’s address the elephant in the room. There is no such thing as reality television: there are scripted shows and non-scripted shows. Make no mistake, the non-scripted shows are … Continue reading The TV Problem
The hubub surrounding the Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer” is justified. The docu-series is about Steven Avery, his nephew Brendan Dassey and their convinction in the murder of Teresa Halbach. Somewhere around the end of the series it dawned on me that as fascinating as this case is, and it’s fascinating, it really highlights the way … Continue reading Much Ado About Something
“I think we should banish expectations and re-instate wonder.“* Consider it re-instated. Season three of the Sundance Channel’s show “Rectify” wrapped up last night with a few tears from the actors (and this viewer) and an uncharacteristic hint of optimism. For the past month I’ve tried to muscle up words to describe how good the … Continue reading Rectify – The best show you aren’t watching.
Wake the kids, phone the neighbors, its returning. No really, it’s coming back.
CBS news correspondent Bob Simon died tragically on Wednesday night. New York Times columnist David Carr died tragically last night. Two tragic days for American journalism. David Carr wasn’t from the east coast, he was from Minnesota. David Carr didn’t go to an Ivy League school and wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his … Continue reading David Carr
So about one year ago (January 13, 2014) I wrote about Charlie Brooker’s television show, Black Mirror. I said you should really be watching it. Last week, Brooker was interviewed for WNYC’s On The Media and talked about it, A Paranoid Reflection of our Digital Age. Because all too often people have come up to … Continue reading Black Mirror is now on Netflix. No more excuses.
2014. Done. Over. I’d ask you where the time went and all that jazz, but then I would sound infinitely older than I really am. I can’t afford that…no, but really where did the time go? I won’t bore you with some sort of year-end wrap up. Well, not in the traditional sense anyway, the … Continue reading And So It Ends
So I tried. I did. I tried to stay out of this whole Bill Cosby kerfuffle but after reading David Carr’s excellent piece I figured that as both a student & critic of media, it was time to contribute to the fray. Not because my opinion matters all that much, you know what they say…opinions … Continue reading The Bill Cosby Thing
Yea, that’s right, that Zucker doesn’t need anything from us to convince himself and the corporate war lords, past and present, that he is the go to television executive. I just finished reading this profile by Gabriel Sherman on the Zuckster, the guy with the brown fingered touch, from the 10.5 New York Magazine. It’s a … Continue reading Jeff Zucker doesn’t need you.
So much for that whole “innocent until proven guilty”, huh? So much for the sanctity of marriage and therapy, huh? Look, whatever Stephen Collins did (and it’s allegedly horrible behavior) his career is over. There is no erasing the stink of child molestation, regardless of guilt or innocence. However inappropriate his alleged behavior may have … Continue reading The Stephen Collins Thing
The unedited version of my good-bye email to NBC. Colleagues, Ralph Waldo Emerson famously wrote “Life is a journey, not a destination.” And so it is. Today is my last day here at NBC. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking one of three things, “Oh no!” or “Who the hell is this guy?” or … Continue reading So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good bye
Last night was the season two premiere of FX’s The Bridge. And the show came flying out of the gate, introducing a cacophony of story lines. Which I am sensing is becoming a pattern with FX shows. Kurt Sutter did it last year in the premiere of his Sons of Anarchy and Sutter was able … Continue reading The Bridge – Until I’m One With You
Yesterday NBC unleashed its fall schedule on advertisers and will now spend the next few weeks (or is it months) doing back room deals, faking projections off an archaic and fictional Nielsen ratings system, trying to sell them on their shows. I think NBC will be very successful this year and see an increase in … Continue reading NBC Upfront Analysis
“Everything we have done, or will do, we’re gonna do over and over and over again.” Rust Cohle True Detective Episode 5 That is basically the centuries old concept of the Eternal Return or, in more recent philosophical terms, “time is a flat circle”. Hell if I know what that really means, but I can … Continue reading Time Is A Flat Circle
I first read about Lena Dunham in an article about her movie Tiny Furniture. That was 2010. Intrigued, but inherently lazy, it would take another year for me to actually see the movie…and that was only after being reminded about it from an article I read somewhere highlighting the show she was developing with Judd … Continue reading Girls (not yet broads)
HBO has a long history of developing and producing some of the best scripted programming on television and True Detective will rank among them. These days it’s rare to see a show that can fire on all creative cylinders. FX’s Louie comes close, AMC’s The Walking Dead is on its third or fourth show runner … Continue reading True Detective – TV’s Best Show
Pilot Order Analysis Last year, I provided some analysis and predictions for the shows NBC presented at their upfront. How did I do? Well, there were a total of 13 shows presented at the NBC upfront and if we factor out the MIA shows but leave the neutral in (not predicting is still a choice), … Continue reading Take Me To The Pilot – NBC & Fox
You should watch Black Mirror. You’re probably not watching Charlie Brooker’s brilliant show Black Mirror because it isn’t easy to find on American television. In fact, I am not sure where to find it except on bootleg sites. It’s not on BBC America, it’s not available on American iTunes, Netflix or Amazon. Frankly, it’s … Continue reading Black Mirror