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

Television’s Hissing, Yowling Animal Parade

nytimes.com — So much to do during Thanksgiving week. Make up the guest bedrooms. Prepare the dinner. Eat the leftovers. Nap. Eat more leftovers. Nap. Repeat for six or seven days. In short, no time to watch any television, except maybe a football game.

‘Me, My Mouth & I,’ Joy Behar’s One-Woman Show

nytimes.com — "She was way too divisive and loud among other things," a commenter using the name juneinct posted in 2013 under an article on Joy Behar leaving "The View," the ABC daytime talk show. "If she never appeared in public again, I would be extremely happy."

'The Newsroom' Recap: Enter the Love Police

artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com — Season 3, Episode 22: "Main Justice" "The Newsroom" has never been a sluggish show, but the pace is certainly quickening as it heads toward its conclusion. That's why recaps are vitally important. We need time to pause and reflect on the most burning question of this final season: Which couple do we want to see succeed and live happily ever after?

Hey, I’m Going 55. Cough Up the Cash.

nytimes.com — Don't think about this too hard, or you'll be dismayed, but paying people to drive at the speed limit seems to be a better behavior modifier than pointing out to them that they might run over a small child or frail grandmother (or get a ticket).

‘All Relative,’ a Comedy From J. C. Khoury

nytimes.com — "All Relative," a tepid romantic comedy written and directed by J. C. Khoury, thinks it's being surprising, but really it's merely weaving several male sex fantasies together and making nothing insightful out of the resulting story.

‘Little Hope Was Arson,’ a Documentary of Texas and Religion

nytimes.com — There's nothing fancy about "Little Hope Was Arson," a documentary on the 2010 church fires in East Texas, and that's the beauty of it. The filmmaker, Theo Love, presents the people in the story as they are, without passing judgment and without apology, whether they are investigators or pastors or just ordinary folks caught up in the inexplicable.

Alcohol’s Sudden TV Renaissance

nytimes.com — Poor alcohol. It used to have very little competition for television time, since other mind-altering substances were illegal and thus rarely given starring roles. But lately an old newcomer, marijuana, has been generating the TV and Internet buzz, as it were, as relaxed laws have made pot eligible to be something other than the basis for stoner jokes.

PBS Offers Programs on Killer Whales and Killer Landslides

nytimes.com — From the episode titles on Wednesday, it might seem like theme night on PBS, and, in a way, it is. "Nature" has an episode called "Invasion of the Killer Whales," and right afterward in many markets, "Nova" has one titled "Killer Landslides." But the unifying concept isn't something borrowed from the horror-and-disaster-flick world.

'Sleepy Hollow' Recap: My Mama, the Ghost

artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com — "Sleepy Hollow," Season 2, Episode 9: "Mama" All right, you have our attention again. A week after an episode that left me - and other commenters - with "Sleepy Hollow" fatigue, the series came back with one of the season's more compelling installments on Monday night.

Kate Robin’s ‘I See You,’ at the Flea Theater

nytimes.com — If you still enjoy that favorite sport of the "i" age - complaining about the omnipresence of electronic devices and the shortage of real conversation - the Flea Theater has a play, and a woman, for you.
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Nov 24, 2014

Nice comment string building on recap of last night's #TheNewsroom. Which couples are you rooting for? nyti.ms/1xVzhaF #Newsroom

Nov 21, 2014

RT @RachelNichols1: Eating sour-cream-and-onion-chips immediately before having to put on a Hazmat helmet to shoot a lengthy scene... Not my smartest move.

Nov 21, 2014

RT @JenniferMudge: My phone #autocorrect -ed "upstate" to "upstage". IT KNOWS ME & MY LIFE. #creepy

Nov 21, 2014

A rather liked a doc called Little Hope Was Arson that opens today in NY. Review: nyti.ms/11KJitX @LittleHopeFilm

Nov 20, 2014

RT @peterbakernyt: +1 MT @davidjoachim: Gentleman, helluva financial mind. Will be missed RT @talkingbiznews: Floyd Norris taking buyout talkingbiznews.com/?p=65989

Nov 20, 2014

RT @jessicahgreen: Bravo @genznyt for Alcohol’s Sudden TV Renaissance nyti.ms/1tgMLWZ. Why is there no wine show on TV?

Nov 20, 2014

RT @amyvirshup: Great @nytimes obit of Mike Nichols, Acclaimed Director of ‘The Graduate,’ Dies at 83 nyti.ms/1qyeIiz

Nov 20, 2014

Sure, winning isn't everything, but winless teams in high school football playoffs? Good stuff here from @NYTSports: ift.tt/14OlgPW

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