Better Late Than Never: The Crown Season 4

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It was never a fairy tale romance nbcnews.com

Among the many, many achievements of Netflix’s magnificent series The Crown is that it manages something that very few series — even in the age of Peak TV — — manage to accomplish. It shows how the flaws in each generation get passed down from father to son, or as in the case of this season, mother to son. As the series progresses into the 1980s, the show shifts its focus from Elizabeth and Philip (Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies are still extraordinary) to the troubled Prince Charles. …


A Refreshing Look at a Tired Trope

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The Lambs Never Stopped Screaming imdb.com

A confession before we begin: I never much cared for The Silence of the Lambs. Yes, I’m fully aware that without much of the profile-based procedural wouldn’t exist (which wouldn’t have been a great loss, IMHO) and there’s a very good chance that Dana Scully’s character would never have evolved the same way (which would have been a huge loss) but for all the brilliance of the performances and the direction, I’m not sure the world has become a better place because of it. Hannibal Lecter was played to death after Ridley Scott’s…


A Perfect Union of Animation and Imagination

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Let’s go out and play! denofgeek.com

In my many columns over the last few years, I believe the field I have given the least attention to is animation. This isn’t because I don’t appreciate it — I do — or that there isn’t a lot of good animated programs out there — there definitely are — it’s just because I don’t have enough time to pay attention all of the great series out there.

But over the years I have grown increasingly fond of the animated series that show up on Cartoon Network. I will admit that I never…


We Know They Have It, So Why Not?

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The answer is…variety.com

I have mentioned in numerous articles how much I love Jeopardy. And, given that it’s one of the most popular game shows in history, one would think that this new world of streaming television could find room for it in its seemingly endless archives. But it’s always been tricky finding the series on line — which presents an interesting problem.

Given how quickly everything seems to end up on YouTube these days, one would’ve thought there would be a record of Jeopardy going back at least twenty years. And while you can…


One of the Biggest Reasons Network TV is in Trouble

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The more things change, the more things stay the same nme.com

Last night, I accidentally saw the last few minutes of Riverdale. I was a fan of the show early on, but halfway through the third season, I got sick of the series, mainly because it was just way too dark even for my taste, and I was starting to find the storytelling repetitive. I accidentally tuned in to the last few minutes of what was probably going to be the premiere of Season 5 in a pre-pandemic world, and this was what I saw.

The story had jumped ahead seven…


A Rare Personal Reflection on Jeopardy and Me

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These boards are like coming home to me mentalfloss.com

Throughout the years I have often referred to my great love of Jeopardy. Every year or so, I mention that the series has been a constant in my life since childhood, that the champions were at one time more familiar to me than actual friends, and how much the late Alex Trebek has meant to me. What I have not really gone into is how much certain elements of the show have always appealed to me and have, in their own way, been a calendar.

I have mentioned on occasion how special…


Better Late Than Never: Ted Lasso

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Clear eyes, full ‘stache, can’t stop laughing. ringer.com

Ever since I saw the first episode of Scrubs, I have always been one of Bill Lawrence’s biggest fans. I truly believe that show was the best comedy series of the 2000s — I’d compare it favorably over Everybody Loves Raymond and Will & Grace without blinking. He’s had some inspired shows in the past ten years — the very funny, if admittedly poorly titled Cougar Town, and the undervalued and underwatched Ground Floor and Life Sentence. It took me awhile to sign on to watching Ted Lasso his latest venture (I’ll explain why…


And I’m Actually On Board With Most of them

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They all deserved their nominations. Yes, I actually said that. ew.com

It’s rare that I choose to comment on the Screen Actors Guild Nominations for Television. This is partially because they are not as extensive as the Critics Choice or even the Golden Globes, but its also because they have a nasty habit of giving the awards to the same people and series over and over again. Alec Baldwin won the prize for Best Actor five consecutive years and they were nearly as excessive for Orange is the New Black.

That said, they’ve been doing a much better job the last few…


Part 2: Limited Series/Supporting Acting Awards

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i’M Fine with their nominations. The rest of them? Not so much ew.com

BEST TV LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

It was inevitable, given the vast array of Limited Series that were brilliant this year, that there were going to be disappointments. Rarely, however, have I felt more let down. I’m glad to see The Undoing and The Queen’s Gambit nominated, and I can understand the logic behind Normal People and Unorthodox. But I wished they make up their minds about whether Small Axe is a movie or TV.

And now I’ll vent. Nothing for Fargo or Little Fires Everywhere or even I May Destroy You?. Almost nothing…


My reactions to this year’s TV Nominations, Part 1

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Explain to me again why he’s here indiewire.com

The Golden Globes nominations for television are always hard to figure out. More often than not, they tend to recognize what is a current sensation rather than seasoned performers. And often if they recognize you in your first season, they may never acknowledge you again. Even when they do, there rarely seems to be a consensus between the acting and the series.

You got a certain feeling with this year’s nominations as well. There were a lot of good choices, don’t get me wrong. But the scattershot nature of the process…

David B Morris

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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