Category Archives: Contemporary TV

Update: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: a Musical with Modern Sensibility + a Classic Heart

Updated 12/12/16 – New info in italics. A few months ago Netflix released the results of a fascinating study. By analyzing viewing patterns across 25 of their most popular TV series – both originals and acquired – they were able to … Continue reading

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ABC’s “The Muppets” isn’t Perverted, It’s Hilarious

I was all set to hate The Muppets until the conservative Christians stepped in. For months now, Disney – they own this piece of your childhood, too – has been bombarding social media with promotion for ABC’s “reimagining” of The Muppet Show (1976-81), hyping the … Continue reading

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Lifetime’s A DEADLY ADOPTION is Brilliant – And Don’t Believe Anyone Who Tells You It’s Not

For 30 years, Lifetime has been making predictable movies about women in peril, marriages on the skids, and adorable children in danger. These competently produced but uninspired films usually feature familiar faces from TV and provide disposable diversion for the channel’s … Continue reading

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TV is Dead, Long Live TV!

“That people will only watch television like this in the future is so obvious,” Jerry Seinfeld said this week at the Hulu upfront event for advertisers in New York City. Seinfeld was talking about streaming of course, and his message … Continue reading

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50 Years of THE ODD COUPLE

The Odd Couple has been rebooted so many times in the last half century it’s difficult to keep track without a Felix Unger-style spreadsheet. So, as sloppy sports reporter Oscar Madison and persnickety photographer Felix Unger move in together again, this time on CBS in the … Continue reading

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Ian McKellen & Derek Jacobi Get “Vicious” in New PBS Sitcom

Last Updated: 7/9/14 10:30 a.m. In the second episode of Vicious, a new British sitcom on PBS, over-the-hill actor Freddie Thornhill is invited to a fan club screening of an old Doctor Who episode in which he played a villain. … Continue reading

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