TV critic at The New York Times. Also, the occasional film. Theater too.

‘Scream Queens’ Season 1, Episode 10: Giving Thanks — Season 1, Episode 10: 'Thanksgiving' It was a pretty tepid "Scream Queens" until the cover came off that turkey tray. Gigi, you don't look so good. Yes, Gigi had apparently been roasted to a succulent gray, but the net body count for the episode ended up flat, because Hester, after seeming to die last week, turned up alive.
Nov 24, 2015

Maybe you got into tonight's #ScreamQueens more than I did? If so, berate me in recap-land:

Thanksgiving TV Fare: Wild Animals, a Tame Train and a Tribute — One channel hopes your most fervent Thanksgiving wish is to be bored to death. Another is convinced there's nothing people want more than to rewatch movies they've already seen a zillion times. Yes, it's Thanksgiving week, so stunt programming is popping up all across the television landscape.
Nov 25, 2015

Need some Christmas-themed nostalgia? @HISTORY starts #Christmas Through the Decades tonight, a show I cite here:

‘Blindspot’ Season 1, Episode 10: All Your Idea — 'Evil Handmade Instrument' Monday night's episode of NBC's "Blindspot" certainly hit this recapper close to home. More on that later. First, kudos to Martin Gero, the show's creator, and his crew for managing a startling final flourish two episodes in a row. Last week, it was the deaths of Patterson's boyfriend and the outlaw Guerrero.
Nov 23, 2015

Well then! My #Blindspot recap needs your comments. And if you don't have some, you may also not have a pulse:

Review: In ‘The Pilgrims,’ Ric Burns Looks at Mythmaking — First there was " Saints & Strangers," a pretty good dramatization of the Pilgrims' story on the National Geographic Channel. Now comes the PBS take on the same subject, " The Pilgrims," an episode of "American Experience" on Tuesday night. With the documentarian Ric Burns at the helm it goes deeper, as you might expect.
Nov 26, 2015

RT @NEHgov: TONIGHT! Watch NEH funded "The Pilgrims" premiere on @PBS at 9pm ET #PILGRIMSPBS NYT review:

Review: ‘Saints & Strangers,’ a Thanksgiving Story Told in a Native Tongue — In "Saints & Strangers," National Geographic's compelling two-part film about the Mayflower settlers and the first Thanksgiving, the cast members playing American Indians speak their lines in an almost extinct language called Western Abenaki. It's a bold choice, both because of the challenge for the cast and because it means much of the film is subtitled.
Nov 22, 2015

Dramatization of Pilgrim story begins shortly on @NatGeoChannel. I thought it was pretty good. Review: #Thanksgiving

Review: ‘Sweet Micky for President’: How a Pop Star Came to Lead Haiti — One of the decade's odder political stories is revisited, without much illumination, in "Sweet Micky for President," a documentary by Ben Patterson about how the current president of Haiti, Michel Martelly, came to win that office. It's a friendly and shallow look at the ascendance of a pop-star-turned-politician whose presidency, now more than four years along, has hardly been a panacea.

Bit of edge helps 'Man Up' — Bell is Nancy, a 34-year-old woman who has been striking out on the dating scene, thanks to a quirky (she recites dialogue from "Silence of the Lambs") and somewhat abrasive personality. Through a serendipitous sequence of events, Jack mistakes Nancy for a blind date a friend has arranged for him to meet.

Review: ‘Criminal Activities,’ a Crime Yarn With John Travolta — John Travolta gets Godfather-y in "Criminal Activities," a spunky crime yarn in which he does fine work but is overshadowed by a guy who spends most of the film tied up in a chair.
Nov 20, 2015

There's a screenwriter named Robert Lowell? That takes gumption.…

Review: ‘Drone’ Documentary Examines a New Weapon — This probably isn't the best moment to find a receptive audience for a film that questions the American use of drone strikes in the war on terror. Regardless of whether armed drones would have been useful countering the attacks in Paris, those events have many people locked into a "whatever it takes" mentality when it comes to fighting extremism.

‘Scream Queens’ Season 1, Episode 9: ‘Ghost Stories’ — Season 1, Episode 9: 'Ghost Stories' Sorry this recap is late. For the past 12 hours I've been frantically trying to lock down the marketing rights for red and blue toilet paper. It was a high-revelation, high-body-count night on "Scream Queens" Tuesday, with Niecy Nash and Nick Jonas both getting a lot of work and responding with Emmy Award-winning performances.
Nov 18, 2015

Big news! I'm going into the paper-products business, and I don't mean newsprint. #ScreamQueens recap:

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Nov 29, 2015

RT @MylesUdland: Here's my argument for why advertisers should ditch social media.

Nov 29, 2015

RT @MattRosoff: Nailed it: "But really, only news junkies and media people are going to care when Twitter dies."…

Nov 29, 2015

The gent was one of the best when I was at the Courant in the 1980s, and he stayed so throughout a great run.…

Nov 28, 2015

How long are we stuck with James Franklin? Awful season. #PennState

Nov 28, 2015

RT @Tfris17: I cant believe that i pay american currency to watch penn state football play on saturdays

Nov 28, 2015

I decline to wish William Blake a happy birthday. Dude couldn't even spell "tiger."

Nov 28, 2015

RT @DGisSERIOUS: The lawyer who got my colleagues out of Turkish prisons and tried to get Rasool out was shot dead today:…

Nov 28, 2015

RT @RockapellaMusic: TONIGHT, Saturday, November 28th Rockapella is in Manchester, IA at the Hanson Auditorium to kick off their...

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