TV Review: “Hacks”

TV Review: “Hacks”

I’ve written several times how movies and TV shows about standup comedians almost always fail when it comes to scenes of the comics on stage doing their acts. The problem begins with the casting of actors who have never done standup comedy. Acting like a comic...
Mini-Review: “Ted Lasso”

Mini-Review: “Ted Lasso”

I don’t know why I didn’t latch on to Apple TV’s “Ted Lasso” when it was first released several months ago, but I just caught up with the first season and was pleasantly surprised. As an American college football coach recruited to take...
In And Out Of Jeopardy

In And Out Of Jeopardy

Since I’ve written about all the other “Jeopardy!” guest hosts, I suppose I should say something about the current clue-giving temp, Anderson Cooper. Bottom line: he’s doing fine. Cooper is comfortable being on TV, understands the formatics,...
TV Review: “Secrets Of The Whales”

TV Review: “Secrets Of The Whales”

On Earth Day, Disney+ is streaming a new four-part National Geographic docu-series, “Secrets of the Whales.” I’ve watched the first episode, which focuses on orcas, as shot in New Zealand, Norway, Argentina, and Antarctica by NatGeo divers and...
Bring Back Panel Shows

Bring Back Panel Shows

My wife is a big fan of the “Up” documentary series, which began in 1964 with a group of 14 seven-year-old British school kids of different socio-economic backgrounds. Those interviews became the basis of “7 Up” and the sequels “14...
Jeopardy’s Temporary Quarterback

Jeopardy’s Temporary Quarterback

I’ve been writing something almost weekly about “Jeopardy!” so — with the Dr. Oz debacle behind us — why stop now? It seems to me that, during this run of guest hosts, the show’s clues have been much easier. All was normal during...