Ordinary Joe

Fall is back! Midseason is back! Pilot season is back! Seasonal broadcast TV development is back on track! Ordinary Joe had no ordinary path to series. It was originally written in 2009 by Matt Reeves. The pilot wasn’t ordered by NBC until January 2020, in that fateful before-time, the script having been bought but not […]

Ted Lasso

Apple TV has as close to universal appeal as 2020 will allow in “Ted Lasso.” Fans range from the celebrities I follow on Twitter (including actual Europeans that like “football”) to my own parents. And now, me. Ted Lasso is charming, funny and unselfconciously sweet. The saccharine optimism is refreshing. It’s offset by every other […]

Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy is charming. Surrealist, violent, colorful; lush with dark corners and sharp edges. If you like pithy, flawed, disdainful heroes then here’s a whole family of them. “There’s no such thing as good guys or bad guys, there’s just people going about their lives.” Number 5 to Luther, The Umbrella Academy episode 105 […]


The reboot of Beverly Hills 90210 was a fantastic summer mini series!!! It was a campy fictionalized meta story about the cast, playing themselves, coming back for a reboot. I loved every minute of it!

True Detective Season 3

True Detective season 3 was a masterpiece performance by Mahershala Ali.  The story was a slow, dark mystery.  In the end, the most satisfying moment for me was the penultimate scene when the music started: Jon Batiste’s “Chopinesque” and “St. James Infirmary Blues” from his 2018 album “Hollywood Africans.”  This soundtrack matches perfectly with the […]

American Woman

The first show I’m watching on the brand new Paramount Network is Alicia Silverstone’s “American Woman.”  First it surprised me by only being a brisk half hour, then the glamorous style and Alicia Silverstone’s wonderful presence won me right over.  Cheyenne Jackson in a gay kiss never hurts either!  Mena Suvari and Jennifer Bartels round […]

If you’re not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast.

Comedy nerd, or enjoy conversing with the elderly?  Watch “If you’re not in the obit, eat breakfast” from Carl Reiner and co.  I’ve been reading the perfect book companion, too: Judd Apatow’s “Sick in the Head” which consists of 600 pages of interviews with many of the people in this film and basically any comedian […]