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

Before I became a full-time television critic for The Times in August 2011, I was a sort of multipurpose freelance critic, reviewing television, theater, film and the occasional book once I’d completed my day job as an editor at the paper. What I learned as a freelancer still holds true now that I’m a full-time critic: The best part of the gig is being able to bring some ...

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Television: Subscribers of Amazon can weigh in on 3 pilots — On Friday, Amazon posted three new comedy pilots as part of its Pilot Season. Under the program, subscribers vote - based on the single episode of each series - which will be picked up. The contenders are "I Love Dick," "The Tick" and "Jean-Claude Van Johnson."

Jill Soloway of ‘Transparent’ Aims to Challenge With ‘I Love Dick’ on Amazon — Amazon is posting three new comedy pilots on Friday. You know what they say in baseball - if you get a hit one out of every three at-bats, you're in the Hall of Fame.

Review: Daniel Radcliffe Battles Homegrown Extremists in ‘Imperium’ — Daniel Radcliffe might seem a long way from Hogwarts in "Imperium," a bleak movie about an F.B.I. agent's undercover foray into the world of neo-Nazis, but then again, maybe not. In the child-friendly " Harry Potter " films, Harry was perpetually doing battle against the wizarding world's version of racism and a toxic hatred that seemed to grip those around him like a disease.

Review: In ‘Spaceman,’ a Pitcher Specializing in Brashness — Anyone going to "Spaceman" with the expectation of seeing a version of the major league career of Bill Lee, the pitcher known by that nickname, will be frustrated, maybe even annoyed.

Review: ‘War Dogs,’ an Absurd (and True) Gunrunning Tale — "Based on a true story," the movie "War Dogs" says, and indeed it is. Which proves conclusively that truth is stranger than fiction. The film, a comic drama, is about two school chums who are reacquainted in their 20s and, improbably, become arms suppliers to the United States military.

A Week of Mel Brooks in Brooklyn — What's moronic, tasteless and celebrating its 35th anniversary this year? "History of the World, Part I," Mel Brooks's 1981 cameo-filled collection of ersatz historical episodes. Janet Maslin, reviewing the film when it came out, complained that "many of the jokes are either meanspirited or scatological, or both," and these days the best way to watch it may be with an accompaniment of grub and alcoholic beverages.

A Luxury Liner at War, a Submarine in Peril — The Queen Mary, put into service 80 years ago, was built as a passenger liner, but World War II altered its mission, a transformation explored in "Mighty Ship at War: The Queen Mary," which airs Sunday, Aug. 21, as part of a daylong nautical theme on the Smithsonian Channel.

Review: ‘Elvis Lives!’ (And Not Just in Your Head) — Thinking people everywhere know that Elvis Presley is alive. We just disagree on the details, like where and how, and what his hair looks like these days. All of us, though, are probably going to be disappointed in the rather bland possibility presented in "Elvis Lives!," a Tuesday night movie on AXS TV.

Review: Gauzy Clichés Swaddle ‘Chesapeake Shores’ — Here in Cliché Shores, you can live a quiet, sanitized life surrounded by all those hackneyed themes and characters you expect from lightweight escapist paperbacks. Scruffily handsome ex-boyfriend from your high school days? Yeah, he and his three-day beard are here. Father who wasn't home often enough when you were a kid?

Review: In ‘Nine Lives,’ a man’s life is like a litter box — Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner and Christopher Walken at least chose to be in "Nine Lives." The cast member you really feel bad for is the cat. It presumably was forced into the job by its manager, or agent, or whatever. Its résumé may never recover.
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Aug 24, 2016

Boy did I see a good play the other night @MintTheaterCo. Review coming along later in the week.

Aug 23, 2016

Inexplicably, the Russians seemed uninterested in my private notes on bad reality shows and third-rate sitcoms.

Aug 23, 2016

One of my faves, "Adam Ruins Everything" with @adamconover, returns tonight on @truTV. The world will be better off as a result.

Aug 23, 2016

Should u come to  on 9/9 just because I'm on the bill? Yes. But if u need more, how about @BradLaw77 & @CassandraKub?

Aug 22, 2016

@petercambor I'm just following the old "Write what you know" rule. Change planes is all I've ever done there. Never been out of the airport

Aug 22, 2016

At the airport, you can get off an arriving flight, then walk to another gate and get on an outbound flight. 

Aug 22, 2016

Dear Speedo and that hair-removal biz: I can take over those lucrative Lochte contracts. Though I may kill more sales than he would have.

Aug 22, 2016

@jeanniegaffigan @JimGaffigan @tvland I can just barely make him out hiding in the pine tree in the back.

Aug 22, 2016

When Dana and I were in college together, I knew one of us would become a successful author... 

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