TV Review: “Genius: Aretha”

Here’s my review of the Aretha Franklin bio-series that aired this week on NatGeo (and is streaming on Hulu), bolstered by a great performance by Cynthia Erivo that couldn’t cover up the flaws in the production.

What I’m Watching

Looking for something to watch? Here are mini-reviews of five streaming shows I’ve seen recently which you may want to add to your queue.

How Is Katie Couric?

Several people have asked my opinion of Katie Couric’s stint as guest host of “Jeopardy!” Here’s my response, including why she won’t get the job permanently.

Did You Really Cut The Cord?

More and more people are cutting the cord by dumping cable TV in favor of streaming services, but are they really saving money and getting enough content? I break down the numbers.

A Missed Magical Opportunity

While watching Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us” the other night — as we have for a decade — an idea occurred to me that I’m surprised hasn’t been exploited yet. I give way this million-dollar idea here.

What I’m Watching

My recommendations for streaming shows about a French “gentleman burglar,” the filmed version of a Broadway mega-hit, a series about PR pros helping clients get past career crises, and a high-concept coming-of-age adventure.

It’s Ken Jennings’ World

Some thoughts on Ken Jennings’ debut as guest host of “Jeopardy!” yesterday, as well as another trivia show he’s now associated with that debuted last week, “The Chase.”

Two Subtitled Suggestions

Here are my reviews of an award-winning Swedish TV series and an odd, funny little Italian movie that made me happy I’ve gotten over my dislike of foreign content with subtitles.