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

Parallel Exit Performs ‘Everybody Gets Cake!’ at 59E59 — In its humor, "Everybody Gets Cake!," the comedy troupe Parallel Exit's new show at 59E59 Theaters, is a throwback. Specifically, it's a throwback to 1968. That is the year "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" took television by storm (after having been introduced as a television special in 1967). "Everybody Gets Cake!"

In ‘Black Sails’ From Starz, Pirate’s Booty Is at Stake — The best pirate series introduced in 2014 that wasn't canceled returns Saturday night, its gnarly men still gnarly, its brothel still doing a booming business, and its allegiances and morality still ever-shifting.

‘Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter,’ Behind the Scenes With Martha Hill — Making a documentary about a well-known figure from the creative side of the performing arts - an actor, a singer, a writer - is easy, and common. Making one about any of the countless people who further the arts from behind the scenes is more difficult.

‘Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation’ at Morgan Library — Abraham Lincoln probably never envisioned the Internet, but he wouldn't have been surprised by the tenor of the average Internet comment board. Among the documents that make up "Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation," an engrossing new exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum, is a letter not by Lincoln but to him, from a disgruntled Louisianian who signed himself "Pete Muggins."

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Puss in Boots comes to the rescue in Netflix series — Eric Bauza replaces Antonio Banderas as the voice of the title character, although the exotic accent and, equally important, personality are more or less the same. The new series takes place in San Lorenzo, an innocence-saturated city that is hidden from the nasty real world by a magic spell until Puss, in the premiere, accidentally disarms its protective shield.

'Sleepy Hollow' Recap: A Surprise Return, and a Relationship That Won't End — We learned an important lesson from Monday night's episode of "Sleepy Hollow": We can all cross "art restorer" off our list of possible alternate careers. A serial killer from the 1700s managed to create havoc in our time via a painting that was being displayed by Sleepy Hollow's historical society at an event attended by Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and his wife, Katrina (Katia Winter).

This Cast Works Without a Script — Haven't we already seen ride-along shows set in Louisiana? Yes, we have. So what's different about "Nightwatch," which begins Thursday on A&E and follows police, firefighters and ambulance workers on the overnight shift in New Orleans? Well, it has Dick Wolf's name attached to it.

On TV, Young Women as QB, Spy, Private Eye — Mel Gibson's character got to explore one mystery of the universe in the movie "What Women Want," but a far bigger enigma - as any parent who has tried to raise one knows - is what teenage girls want.

‘The Adventures of Puss in Boots,’ a Netflix Series — Animal Planet is preparing yet another "Puppy Bowl." The Hallmark Channel is readying "Kitten Bowl II." It's good to see that at least one animal out there aspires to be something other than an insufferably cute ersatz football player.
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Jan 25, 2015

Is it too late for the makers of the Franklin Ball Pump and Maintenance Kit to buy a Super Bowl ad?

Jan 24, 2015

I'm worried that this Patriots/Belichick/ball-inflation controversy is somehow going to be a distraction for the athletes in the #PuppyBowl.

Jan 24, 2015

@JenniferMudge Saw your little musical (again) last night. So, so good. Congrats.

Jan 24, 2015

RT @BenHoffmanNYT: Lou Amundson and Dennis Rodman may have dabbled in not scoring very much, but Charles Jones perfected the art.

Jan 24, 2015

RT @ledgeshotel: Here's a very nice shout out to Ledges Hotel by the Queen of Organized Chaos who shares her wedding memories,...

Jan 24, 2015

RT @ClydeHaberman: NYT public editor tackles paper's policy on vulgarism, incl my recall of an Ed Koch situation:

Jan 23, 2015

Today's @espn headline that seems like a @TheOnion headline: "A-Rod Meets With Bonds to Get Hitting Tips"

Jan 22, 2015

@MoniqueSondag It was gonna be an item from my TV/film swag pile, but Google tells me you probably sent me half this swag in the 1st place.

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