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

A Last Call For ‘Cougar Town’ — In the world of television, being flashy and new gets you attention. So does being dumb and tasteless. But what keeps TV percolating are the shows that fit neither profile; they're just reliably good week after week, season after season. One of those, "Cougar Town," has its final episode at 10:30 on Tuesday night on TBS.

Joe Assadourian, of ‘The Bullpen,’ Visits His Former Cellmates — OTISVILLE, N.Y. - It's a familiar enough homecoming scene: A successful performer returns to his old stomping ground and puts on a show in the gymnasium because he wants to give a little something back. Joe Assadourian, who has been starring in a one-man show in Manhattan since last June, made his pilgrimage Thursday, but the gymnasium he performed in wasn't in a high school.

Review: ‘Home,’ With Rihanna and Jim Parsons — The short, squat creatures that turn up in animated movies may all be starting to run together in your mind, which makes finding a distinctive voice for such characters all the more important.

Review: In ‘Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,’ Battling an Opportunistic Killer — Early in Monday's first installment of PBS's "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies," a statistic about cancer 's toll in the United States is offered to convey the magnitude of the subject. "More will die from cancer over the next two years than died in combat in all the wars the United States has ever fought, combined," the narration says.

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Review: ‘Killing Jesus,’ Biblical Tale Retold, Softer on Its Politics — If you're a devotee of a particular religion, you probably don't want the story on which its whole belief system rests told by someone facing challenges to his credibility. But that's not even the main problem with " Killing Jesus," which has its premiere Sunday on the National Geographic Channel and is based on a book by Martin Dugard and the embattled Bill O'Reilly.

Review: ‘The Barber’ Stars Scott Glenn as a Suspected Serial Killer — Scott Glenn handles the balancing act required of him in "The Barber" with his usual skill, playing a guy who might be just a harmless haircutter or might be a serial murderer with a habit of burying young women alive.

Review: ‘The Big Picture with Kal Penn’ Looks at the Data Driving the Stories — The world seems to be adjusting to legalized marijuana, but can it adjust to Kumar as a statistics-wielding socio-scientific analyst? The National Geographic Channel gives us a chance to find out Monday when it begins "The Big Picture With Kal Penn," a series featuring, yes, the guy beloved by the stoner world as half of the "Harold and Kumar" movies.

Review: In ‘Harvey Beaks’ on Nickelodeon, Life Isn’t Disney Perfect — Perhaps your children are still obsessed with that danged "Frozen" movie, with its inescapable anthem and its spun-off books, ice-skating show and video games. If so, sit them down in front of "Harvey Beaks," an animated Nickelodeon series that begins on Sunday night.

Review: In ‘Lonesome Traveler,’ a Folk Music Journey Unfolds — " Lonesome Traveler " is full of familiar songs prettily sung, a sort of jukebox folk musical. Too bad it didn't aspire to be more; still, it sounds great. The play, written and directed by James O'Neil, gives a drive-by history of folk music in the last century, or at least the largely white version as embodied by groups like the Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul and Mary.
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Mar 28, 2015

Come out tonite to @OnStageAtKCC for @GodlightTheatre's "Cool Hand Luke." I'm hosting a talkback after. Should be fun. #theater #brooklyn

Mar 28, 2015

RT @HESherman: Back in world via theatre, "Joe Assadourian, of THE BULLPEN, Visits His Former Cellmates.” @genznyt @nytimestheater:

Mar 27, 2015

From @KenBurns and company on @PBS, a thorough, sometimes wrenching look at the war on cancer. My review: #CancerFilm

Mar 27, 2015

RT @nytimesarts: "The highest praise I can give “Get Hard” is that it is not quite as awful as it could have been." @aoscott

Mar 27, 2015

RT @nytimesarts: Joe Assadourian, of ‘The Bullpen,’ Visits His Former Cellmates

Mar 27, 2015

RT @LLSusa: DID YOU KNOW… LLS funded researcher Dr. Grupp treated Emily Whitehead? #somedayistoday #cancerfilm

Mar 25, 2015

The new @CancerFilm from Barak Goodman and @KenBurns on @PBS is quite the emotional roller coaster. Review coming Saturday. #CancerFilm

Mar 25, 2015

RT @brianMT: I want to publicly cop to the fact that I'm 35 years old and just ran out of gas tonight for the second time in six weeks.

Mar 25, 2015

RT @amyvirshup: How much would you pay for a 212 area code? Some people shell out as much as $1000 says @nytpatrick

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