Random TV Thoughts

Random TV Thoughts

The Woodstock ’99 documentary that’s airing this month on HBO (and streaming on HBO Max) is a remarkable record of the disaster that three-day event became. From a sanitation failure on the first day, leaving attendees to wallow in human waste, to...
Double “Jeopardy!”

Double “Jeopardy!”

Six-day champion Matt Amodio has been so good at “Jeopardy!” that the other contestants have had no shot. That’s how other long-running champions have dominated the game and run up serious win totals. His take of $74,000 on Thursday was the...
TV Review: “McCartney 3,2,1”

TV Review: “McCartney 3,2,1”

In 2018, I wrote a piece bemoaning that whenever Paul McCartney is interviewed, he’s asked the same old questions and ends up offering up the same old answers he’s recited for more than 50 years. At the time, I came up with ten questions I’d ask Sir...
Emmy’s Big Problem

Emmy’s Big Problem

Since the Emmy Awards nominations were announced Tuesday morning, I’ve seen the usual number of professional TV critics offering their lists of snubs, surprises, and predictions for who and what the winners will be in September. But I’ve also seen quite a...
Reviving “Later With Bob Costas”

Reviving “Later With Bob Costas”

I’ve been binge-watching some episodes of “Later with Bob Costas,” which followed “Late Night With David Letterman” on NBC from 1988 to 1993. In those days, I captured every episode on VHS tapes but, after watching them, I re-used them,...
Jon Stewart’s Ridiculous Rant

Jon Stewart’s Ridiculous Rant

When Stephen Colbert returned his “Late Show” to the Ed Sullivan theater Monday night, his first guest was Jon Stewart. Normally, they make a pretty potent duo. But, for some reason, Stewart went off in a direction that surprised me. He seems to have...