Random TV Thoughts

Quickies on HBO’s Woodstock ’99 documentary and “Small Town News,” Apple’s “Schmigadoon,” and the impending return of Netflix’s “Money Heist.”

Double “Jeopardy!”

My thoughts about Levar Burton’s stint as “Jeopardy!” guest host and the dominant performance of current six-day champion Matt Amodio.

TV Review: “McCartney 3,2,1”

My review of the Hulu documentary “McCartney 3,2,1,” in which the music legend tells stories I’ve never heard about some Beatles, Wings, and solo songs, with special insight into his talents as a bass player.

Emmy’s Big Problem

Emmy Awards nominations have drawn the usual pieces of commentary and speculation from critics. But one prediction I can guarantee is that viewership will be down again this year — not because of politics, but math.

Reviving “Later With Bob Costas”

I’ve been binge-watching some episodes of “Later with Bob Costas,” remembering how good his one-on-one conversations with guests were, and wondering why NBC hasn’t revived them for its streaming platform, Peacock.

Jon Stewart’s Ridiculous Rant

Here’s why I was surprised to see Jon Stewart go off on a rant about the origins of COVID-19, in which he sounded just like the kind of TV personalities he used to mock on “The Daily Show.”

“Jeopardy!” Update

Some thoughts on Mayim Bialik’s stint as “Jeopardy!” guest host, and where she stands in the pantheon of potential permanent new hosts.

Don’t Give Him Credit

I saw an article claiming the decline in ratings for the cable news networks in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year was proof that those outlets missed having Trump drive viewership. Nope, that’s wrong.

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