Four TV Thoughts

Four TV Thoughts

In which I admit I was wrong about “Severance,” why CNN+ is failing already, what I like about Apple TV’s Friday night baseball, and why giving IMDb TV a new name won’t make it any more popular.

Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert Gottfried

I can’t claim to have known Gilbert Gottfried, who has died at age 67, but I have a couple of stories to share about him, including the day he dropped in on my radio show for a few minutes.

Would I Lie To US

Would I Lie To US

A year ago, I wondered why no US television networks were airing comedy panel shows — so popular in the UK — in primetime. Now that The CW has added an American version of one of my British faves, here’s my review.

Frank Ferrante’s Groucho

Frank Ferrante’s Groucho

As a longtime Marxist, I was thrilled to finally get to see Frank Ferrante’s one-man show about Groucho Marx, which I’d heard so much about from my friend Mark Evanier. Here’s my review.

Headline Of The Month

Headline Of The Month

No need to embellish this pitch-perfect headline from Rolling Stone’s website today.

Movie Review: “Ambulance”

Movie Review: “Ambulance”

My review of Michael Bay’s new movie, with Jake Gyllenaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as bank robbers who use the title vehicle as their getaway car while being pursued at high speeds through LA by police. This will not be on my Best Of 2022 list.

Movie Review: “All The Old Knives”

Movie Review: “All The Old Knives”

Here’s my review of a thriller with Chris Pine as a CIA agent tasked with uncovering which of his colleagues (including Thandiwe Newton and Jonathan Pryce) was a mole that helped some jihadists who hijacked a plane full of passengers.

None Of Our Business

None Of Our Business

Rumors about a famous couple having an “open marriage” should be dismissed as exactly what they are — none of our business.

TV Review: “Pieces Of Her”

TV Review: “Pieces Of Her”

My review of a Netflix series starring Toni Collette as a woman who pulls off an act of heroism and then has to deal with the consequences — while her daughter tries to unravel the truth about her mother.

Jeopardy 1964

Jeopardy 1964

Here’s the unaired 1964 pilot for “Jeopardy!” I’ve added my observations about it, including the differences between the original and modern versions of the show. If you’re going to watch, do it soon, as the video will disappear after April 6th.

Best Rock Harmonica Song Ever

Best Rock Harmonica Song Ever

The tune is “Whammer Jammer,” which Magic Dick performed when he was in the J. Geils Band several decades ago. Here he is doing it more recently, with guitar accompaniment by Shun Ng.

Vegas Encore

Vegas Encore

I spent last weekend in an entirely unmasked Las Vegas. To be honest, I didn’t wear one while playing poker, walking around town, and observing people, either. Here are a few stories from my trip.

Rule #1 Of My Fight Club

Rule #1 Of My Fight Club

Here’s why you’ll never hear about me smacking someone in the face — or any other body part — over something they’ve said, as Will Smith did to Chris Rock at the Oscars Sunday night.

Oscars Thoughts

Oscars Thoughts

There was a point in last night’s Oscars telecast when the headline would have read: “Deaf Man And Openly Queer Woman Win Oscars For First Time!” But those accomplishments were overshadowed by Will Smith’s toxic masculinity. Here are my thoughts on the whole broadcast.

Movie Review: “The Lost City”

Movie Review: “The Lost City”

Here’s my review of the new Sandra Bullock/Channing Tatum adventure-romance-comedy, which looked to be a ripoff of “Romancing The Stone,” but turned out to be better than I expected.