Another Feather in David E. Kelley’s Crowded Cap

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Couldn’t Have said it better deadline.com

It took awhile for one of the legends of great television in the mid-1990s to realize the genius of Peak TV. David E. Kelley was the matter of great television in Picket Fences, Ally McBeal and The Practice, all of which won Emmys for either Best Drama or Best Comedy. But he became far too formulaic even in his best shows in the first decade of the new millennium and it seemed the Golden Age had left him behind.

In the past few years, he has returned guns blazing. Big Little Lies remains on my list of great shows as either a limited series or a real one, and this season’s The Undoing looks like it will be another triumph for Kelley and Nicole Kidman, who already won an Emmy for her work with him. Now for the first time since Harry’s Law was cancelled in 2013, Kelley has returned to broadcast television. And for the first time in a very long time, he’s nowhere near a courtroom or Boston, for that matter. …


Candidates For The Next Host of Jeopardy

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No one can replace him. But someone should succeed him. en.wikipedia.org

I will not deny it: it has been immensely difficult watching the last two weeks of Jeopardy since Alex Trebek’s passing. After seeing the memoriam the series producers did the day after he died, dimming the lights on the set for him. And watching Alex going about his business so nonchalantly, even though we know from reports that he was almost always excruciating pain would be hard enough had we not seen him making references to a Tournament Of Champions we now know he will never host. …


Dramas That Helped Me Escape The Drama Outside

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He helped a lot en.wikipedia.org

It’s easy enough to say that there has been so much drama in the world around us that it’s hard to imagine wanting to watch any show that makes us want to see even more. But the fact there have been more than a few series in the last four years that have made us be very glad that Peak TV is still going on.

I’m going to deal mainly with series as opposed to limited and anthology series (I’ll deal with them in a future article). I’m also going to focus mainly on shows that aired the majority of their episodes over the past four years. The Americans was one of the greatest shows in history, but the lion’s share of it aired prior to the 2016 election. …


Comedies That Made Me Feel Happy

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Comedies like this were immaculate janethevirgin.fandom.com

Throughout my years of reviewing television, I’ve always given a lot more attention to the dramas than the comedies. Maybe it’s because in the era of Peak TV, it’s always be easier to see the power in a well made drama then look at the intricacies of comedy, which is always harder to explain. And, given that I have a bizarre sense of humor; it’s always been a bit difficult for me to appreciate truly brilliant comedies.

But over the past four years, we’ve needed to laugh more than ever. And considering how hard direct satire has been (I’ll deal with that in a separate article) trying to experience things that make you feel happy and joyful in different way has been something that I have come to treasure over the last few years. …


Second In A Series On TV in the Age of Trump

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It’s not what you think tvguide.com

From practically the day after Donald Trump’s upset win as President, dozens of writers on both the right and left have been trying to explain how it happened. There have been arguments for his appeal to racist elements on one side, the sexism on another, the worst aspects of our nature overcoming the best, etc, etc.

I actually think the reason Trump became President is far simpler than that. He hosted a successful reality show for more than a decade, which made him a national celebrity. …


First In A Series About TV in the Last Four Years

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Where We lived was bad enough time.com

For the majority of my time at this blog, I have done my level my best to try and simply criticize television without looking out at the world around us. I thought that was probably the best way to do my job, without any political or personal bias. But now that the election is over and the results are irrevocably in, I feel that now is the time to look back at how the political landscape has affected television and my views on it.

Let’s start with an irrefutable fact: it has been really hard to enjoy any form of art for the last four years. Television’s job, I have always thought, was to provide equal parts entertainment and escapism. But given the high toxicity that has seeped into just about every element of our lives for the past four years, escapism in any form has been very hard to come by. It’s hard to go to a movie or watch a baseball game or even watch your favorite sitcom without being able to fully escape just how painful the world around us has become. It’s been painful for the viewer, and it been damn difficult for the artists who’ve done so. …


Who Was Alex Trebek?

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The answer is…ew.com

How many television personalities in any era have the longevity of almost forty years? When Johnny Carson left the air in 1992, the world missed him, but how many of my generation even know his name? So many of the men and woman who made up television for decades in the 20th century — Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar — are remembered from black and white footage and will probably be gone when the last viewers of them disappear into the ether.

But even in era where everything is disposable, it’s difficult to imagine the world forgetting Alex Trebek. Jeopardy will no doubt continue in some form in the years to come — it did exist before Trebek was known to anybody — but that person will only succeed Trebek; they will not replace him. …


A Welcome Return to a Brilliant Network Sitcom

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back-ish in black-ish tvline.com

I’ve been a huge fan of black-ish almost since the premiere. It was one of the most brilliant sitcoms of the 2010s as well as one of the most relevant series on network TV. The entire family of series, including the delightful grown-ish, have been favorites of mine for awhile. Unfortunately, during Season 3, This is Us premiered and has run against it for the past three years. I’m well aware that all this while I could’ve been streaming it, but I have a busy schedule and have mostly watched it in syndication over the past two years. Then, earlier this year, it was shifted to Wednesdays at 9:30 and I finally had to time to look at some brand new episodes. …


A Great Series Finally Faces Reality

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cnn.com

After the scalding ending of This is Us fourth season, when nearly forty years of resentments between Kevin and Randall boiled over, it would be easy for the show to start right on in its new world. To its immense credit though, the writers decide to put the Pearsons in the reality we find ourselves facing. …


The Undoing: Another Notch for HBO’s Limited Series

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What are they hiding? den of geek

From the opening sequence of The Undoing, where pictures of a pretty young child with red hair playing in a field to ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’ to the opening moments where we see Nicole Kidman in a huge loft apartment getting ready for work with her husband and young son, it’s easy to make the assumption that this is just going to be another Big Little Lies pastiche, set in New York instead of LA. I have no doubt some critics will make the same jump, considering this is yet another adaptation of a best-seller turned into a limited series by David E. Kelley. …

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After years of laboring for love in my blog on TV, I have decided to expand my horizons by blogging about my great love to a new and hopefully wider field.

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