The Televised Verbal Smackdown Felt Around the World
TVFirstLook (Oct. 4, 2012)
Ouch. Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has been practicing for last night's debate for weeks, according to his team. It paid off. Mitt delivered 90 minutes of punches with a smile - and with wide eyes that spent most of the night searching for President Obama's eyes, whose face was often slumped over in defeat.
Funny Stand-Up Comedian is an Even Better TV Show Host
TVFirstLook (Oct. 4, 2012)
If you have ever watched comedian Gabriel Iglesias perform his routine, you know this: he's chubby (or fluffy). And he's pretty funny. He may not be the funniest comedian out there. But he consistently delivers laughs.
Not Everyone Loves CBS's Elementary (Although, We Do)
Wired (Oct. 4, 2012)
Elementary (CBS, 10pm) - If I want a contemporary takes on Sherlock Holmes, there’s Sherlock on BBC America. If a want detective eye candy in the 10pm Thursday night slot, I already have Patrick Jane in The Mentalist. If I want Sherlock Holmes and Watson in New York City, I already have Goren and Eames in Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Important Work Shaped Into a Compelling New Show
TVFirstLook (Oct. 2, 2012)
Every once in a while a TV show quietly exposes an ugly side of life and sets about fixing it. Rarely, as in the case of Nat Geo Wild's Animal Intervention (9pm), it then fashions that into a compelling, entertaining show.
Emmy-Winning Homeland is Cant-Miss-TV
San Francisco Chronicle (Sept. 28, 2012)
Last Sunday's Emmy Awards left viewers and critics with more than enough to argue about for a year or so, but the one thing virtually everyone agrees on is that the awards to Showtime's Homeland (Showtime - Sunday, 10pm) and to the show's two stars, Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, were completely justified.
The Good Wife's New Season Starts Strong
Newsday (Sept. 28, 2012)
The Good Wife (CBS - Sunday, 9pm) - A strange new client walks in the door. As long as his money is good, Diane (Christine Baranski) and Will (Josh Charles) don't worry too much about his past.
CBS Legal Drama is Well Made But Isn't Great
USA Today (Sept. 28, 2012)
CBS, on the other hand, is betting that most people don't feel like struggling through a sci-fi show's complexities at the end of the work week, and would be more interested in a highly polished, proficiently made, thought-free hour of popular entertainment.
666 Park Avenue Takes a While to Take Hold
New York Daily News (Sept. 28, 2012)
A stylish ambience and a familiar cast might not be enough to make 666 Park Avenue (ABC - Sunday, 10pm) into another unlikely Sunday night hit for ABC.
CBS's Sherlock Holmes Update is Rock Solid
The Hollywood Reporter (Sept. 27, 2012)
Elementary (CBS, 10pm) - There was every reason to believe that a disaster was in the making when CBS decided to do an American version of Sherlock Holmes, especially after the modern-day British Sherlock had been so acclaimed. And yet -- super-simple deduction -- there also was every reason to believe that the franchise would be perfect on CBS, home to television’s best procedurals.
Shawn Ryan's Last Resort Delivers This Season's Most Exciting Premiere Episode
Variety (Sept. 27, 2012)
Last Resort (ABC, 10pm) plays like a high-stakes chess game, with shifting loyalties and ample uncertainty regarding who can be trusted.
Is The Neighbors This Year's Worst Sitcom?
Boston Globe (Sept. 26, 2012)
ABC’s The Neighbors (9:30pm) is this season’s awful sitcom, the one that defies all kind of sense. It makes you want to ask ABC, as Seth Meyers asks in his new SNL news segment, What are you doing?
Jimmy Fallon's Idea for a Show Needs a Rethink
USA Today (Sept. 26, 2012)
Guys with Kids (NBC, 8:30pm) was co-created by Jimmy Fallon, who says he saw some guys carrying their kids in Baby Björns and thought it would be funny to do a show about them. Unfortunately, that seems to be about as far as his thinking went.
Outrageous Animated Comedy is Funny When It's Not Awful
TVFirstLook (Sept. 25, 2012)
Tonight, while CBS is a half-hour into airing the series debut of what will be one of the 2012 fall TV season's critical darlings, Vegas, Comedy Central will debut an animated show about frequently fornicating animals and reprehensible park rangers from executive producer Daniel Tosh (Tosh.0).
Old-Fashioned Style Works Great for Dennis Quaid in Vegas
Kansas City Star (Sept. 25, 2012)
Co-created by Nick Pileggi (Casino), Vegas (CBS, 10pm) is the kind of show John Ford could have sunk his choppers into. It not only has a white-hat-wearing good guy in Dennis Quaid and a black-suited villain in Michael Chiklis, it also spins on that most American of themes: the civilizing, for better and worse, of the wilderness.
Ben is Annoying Even When Ben is Perfect
New York Daily News (Sept. 25, 2012)
Ben and Kate (Fox, 8:30pm) - Kate Fox (Dakota Johnson) knows Ben (Nat Faxon) because she’s his sister. She’s been giving him her tickets for years.
The Mindy Project is Good If You Like Mindy
Boston Globe (Sept. 25, 2012)
Despite a few flaws, The Mindy Project could evolve into an interesting hybrid, an anti-romantic-comedy romantic comedy. On the show, which premieres Tuesday night at 9:30pm, Kaling plays Dr. Mindy Lahiri, a talented OB/GYN whose private life needs all kinds of work. That’s the project of the title.
In its first season, 2 Broke Girls demonstrated it's possible to hit paydirt on CBS with a comedy when the casting and chemistry are right, even if the writing is formulaic.
Mike Rowe Lifts a Glass to Booze's Shaping of America
TVFirstLook (Sept. 19, 2012)
No matter what you think about Mike Rowe, the deep-voiced host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs and an ubiquitous narrator, over the years he has created a "Mike Rowe Style." Not taking himself too seriously, he turns the cameras around onto themselves, exposing the charade of TV and making snarky jokes that bomb as often as they make you laugh.
Powerful Civil War Documentary Suffers from Its Length
TVFirstLook (Sept. 18, 2012)
Death has had a huge impact on the United States of America. From 1861 through 1865, some 750,000 soldiers were strewn bloody, dead and dying in villages and in the fields of farmers and slaves during the Civil War.
Plot Holes May Bump Off The Mob Doctor
Shari Anne Brill, TVFirstLook (Sept. 17, 2012)
Now that House has hung up its shingle, Fox has launched a new medical drama in its place.
Downton Abbey Season Three Debuts in UK to Rave Reviews
TV UK MSN (Sept. 17, 2012)
Downton Abbey - With a gloriously-crafted mini-society of characters to play with - plus a couple of new faces (watch out for O'Brien's gangly nephew) - there is so much to enjoy.
J. J. Abrams' Revolution Likely Facing a Dim Future
Variety (Sept. 17, 2012)
[Revolution - NBC, 10pm] the J.J. Abrams-produced series deals with a lingering conspiracy and battle for survival.
Violence, Sex and a Comfortable Season-Three Groove
Variety (Sept. 14, 2012)
After the scintillating highs and surprises of its second season, Boardwalk Empire (HBO - Sunday, 9pm) returns following a passage of time, which can always be a trifle unsettling. In short order, though, the program finds its groove, with new rivals, shifting relationships and strained allegiances, all set against the intoxicating backdrop of the booze-running 1920s and wildly corrupt Harding administration.
Revamped The X Factor Tries Really (Really) Hard to Be Good
TVFirstLook (Sept. 13, 2012)
Ugh. The X Factor (Fox, 8pm) isn't awful. It's just not very good.
TVOne Goes Inside the Often Dark Lives of Parolees
TVFirstLook (Sept. 12, 2012)
The best documentaries and TV docu-series take you inside the lives of people that are utterly unlike your own. On shows like A&E's standard-setting The First 48 that's the lives of murderers and the homicide detectives tracking them down.
Bumpy Start for Fall 2012's Most Anticipated New Talk Show
TVFirstLook (Sept. 11, 2012)
There's no doubt about it. Of the five new talk shows debuting this fall, Katie Couric's show Katie comes with the highest expectations.
Ryan Murphy Sitcom Shows Loads of Promise (and Potential Peril)
Variety (Sept. 11, 2012)
NBC's most promising new half-hour, The New Normal (9:30 pm) exhibits some of the excesses audiences have come to expect from Glee and Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy, but also contains heart and a message.
Blistering New Season of FX's Incredibly Great SoA
Press & Guide (Sept. 11, 2012)
Sons of Anarchy, the extraordinary biker drama on FX, kicks off Season 5 (10pm) in typically blazing fashion. There's a crash on the highway, lots of gunfire, violence, explosions, some kinky sex ... and that's before the opening credits even roll. Best of all, there's the introduction of new cast member Jimmy Smits, looking like we've never seen him -- all tatted up and rocking a salt-and-pepper goatee.
All My Children's Susan Lucci Hosts Deadly Affairs
TVFirstLook (Sept. 7, 2012)
With each new original series from Investigation Discovery, there is increasingly an ID style - murder done light, sort of like an Agatha Christie mystery. In a good way.
Syfy's Ghost Hunters Still Good But Grant Wilson is Missed
Detroit News (Sept. 5, 2012)
Ghost Hunters (Syfy, 9pm) - Grant Wilson left the show a few months ago at the midseason finale to pursue other interests, among them the gaming company Rather Dashing Games. Grant was my favorite, and the show suffers a bit for his absence. The hunts are still fun (and tonight’s episode is a doozy), but co-founder Jason Hawes doesn’t have the same rapport with his other teammates.
Incredible Documentary Series May Be Too Graphic for Most People
TVFirstLook (Sept. 4, 2012)
Any show that makes you feel faint may be too true to real life, no matter how good it is. Chicago Trauma (Nat Geo Channel, 10pm) is better than good - it's bordering on great. Yet, it is so extremely graphic that it may be too much to watch.
High-Powered Leslie Blodgett and Dylan Lauren are Commanders in Heels
TVFirstLook (Sept. 3, 2012)
If nothing else, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network is admirable for trying to make television entertaining while delivering a positive and inspirational message. It doesn't always do that well. But it always does it admirably.
Coma Miniseries Starts Strong But Crashes Like a Derailed Crazy Train
The best thing about Coma, the Ridley Scott and the late Tony Scott remake of the 1978 movie that Michael Crichton adapted from Robin Cook's book, is that the first part on Monday (A&E, 9pm) is gripping, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable. Although, it has its flaws.
Inspirational Movie Has a Universal Message
BeliefNet (Aug. 25, 2012)
Somebody's Child (GMC - Saturday, 7pm) - Asked why he wanted to do the film, Michael Jai White said “The script attracted me. One wonderful thing about is that it’s about a family and it’s not necessarily a black family. I feel it’s a very universal story.”
Harvey Keitel Heads Up Great TV-Movie Cast
New York Post (Aug. 24, 2012)
Fatal Honeymoon, airing Saturday night (Lifetime, 8pm), re-examines the case of Tina Watson, a 26-year-old American from Alabama who drowned while scuba diving in 2003 in Queensland, Australia.
Discovery Delivers Another Solid Unscripted Alaska Series
Boston Herald (Aug. 24, 2012)
Discovery, already home to such Alaska-set series as Bering Sea Gold, Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice, Flying Wild Alaska and Gold Rush, keeps the state’s cameramen employed with this new unscripted series.
Watered-Down Religion Makes for a Bland Game Show
Washington Post (Aug. 23, 2012)
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy of “you might be a redneck” fame is the show’s host, and beneath his cheesy mustache grin, one detects weariness, a half-there quality of a man contractually obligated to middle-American blandness. It’s a Bible show, so he can’t tell any real jokes.
Burn Notice Losing Its Spark in Tonight's Season Finale
South Coast Today (Aug. 23, 2012)
When Burn Notice began, it had some of the whimsy pioneered by USA shows Psych and Monk. It was more tongue-in-cheek than cloak-and-dagger. Tonight's finale has plenty of shootouts and explosions, but it's not that much fun.
Mike Rowe Gets Dirty Down Under
TVFirstLook (Aug. 22, 2012)
If nothing else, Australia is beautiful. It's got an endless coastline, the stunning barrier reef, shimmering skyscrapers in its cities, tree-lined streets in the 'burbs and an orange-y, dusty expanse in between, from coast to coast. It makes for a great TV backdrop.
Syfy Reality Show is Best When It Sticks to Make-Up
TVFirstLook (Aug. 21, 2012)
Syfy's Face Off (9pm) is a Project Runway-type show where the contestants compete for $100,000 for slathering on the most incredible special effects make-up. Like, in tonight's premiere, when they create a character that would seamlessly fit into Star Wars' cantina scene.
Photographer Nigel Brennan Recounts the Terror of Being Abducted in Somalia
TVFirstLook (Aug. 20, 2012)