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3 Documentaries You Should Watch About the Tulsa Race Massacre
"Marks the 1/100 anniversary of the beginning of the Tulsa Race massacre, one of this country's worst recorded incidents of racial violence. Starting on May 31st 1921 and armed white mob aided by complicity or complacent officials killed as many as 300 men, women and Children in the area known as Black Wall Street. Burning it to the ground. Numerous events are taking place this long weekend to mark the centennial, although disputes rose when particularly high profile event was canceled, reportedly in a disagreement over compensation for three elderly survivors who were supposed to take part. But other events are proceeding and there are lots of opportunities to learn more about this traumatic but consequential moment, including numerous TV projects. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans has picked three documentaries, which he says you should not miss. For a long time. The Tosa race massacre was the attack America forgot and obliterated Tulsa, Oklahoma's prosperous black own Greenwood district, also known as Black Wall Street. The riots by white moms was hushed up by local officials and overlooked in history books. But that is changing as several TV outlets mark the centennial with documentaries on the massacre and its aftermath. It's an effort educate Americans on a horrendous attack, which burned down over 1200 homes and killed between 103 100 people. Among the best and most cinematic of these efforts is the history Channel film Tulsa Burning the 1921 Race Massacre Co directed by Emmy winner Stanley Nelson and executive produced by MBA star Russell Westbrook. This film opens with Reverend Robert Turner, pastor of Historic Burn in a M E Church who regularly visits Tulsa City Hall with a Bible in a bullhorn, reminding residents of the atrocity You are standing in a crime scene referred Turner Pastors. The church where black people hit in a basement tow avoid white moms 100 years ago. He now supports efforts to excavate a local cemetery where victims of the massacre rumored to have been dumped in unmarked graves in passing the
Bryan Cranston on new TV drama "Your Honor"
"Bryan cranston. The star of amc's breaking bad returns to series television for the first time since that show left. The air in a new showtime miniseries called your honor which begins on sunday. Cranston plays a new orleans. Judge whose life is torn apart after his teenage son gets into some sudden and very serious trouble are tv critic. David be cooley. Has this review bryan. Cranston had played the goofy dad on the fox sitcom malcolm in the middle then. Redefined himself brilliantly as walter white. The meek high school chemistry teacher in breaking bad. What made walter break. Bad was the sudden news that he had contracted terminal cancer leading to a series of increasingly momentous decisions. In the new showtime miniseries. Your honor cranston returns to series tv playing another character who gets some sudden life changing news. This time he plays. Michael desio a compassionate judge in new orleans and a single parent raising his teenage son after the death of his wife a year ago in an unexpected tragedy. On the day of that saturday anniversary the sun adam played by hunter. Doohan experiences an unexpected tragedy of his own after leaving flowers at the convenience store where his mother was an innocent bystander. Shot by robbers has an asthma attack while driving away he searches for his inhaler on the passenger seat and as he takes his eyes off the road he slams into a motorcycle driven by another teenager. Adam after returning home tells his father what happened next. Where did this happen. Okay okay so would be the new hospital. Then the emeralds. Taken to what in new orleans and i don't know well the police must have sex. Overweight drove away before the tried to can give you called nine hundred time to try to at least yes or no please. I could breathe okay. I got you guys. This ten part series begins like the. Hbo mini series the night of following a young man. He descends deeper and deeper into a horrifying spiral of accidents and consequences that engrossing 2016 mini series was created by peter moffett who adapted it from his own british series. Moffitt is the adapter of your honor as well but this time he's not working from his own story showtimes. Your honor is his new version of a twenty seventeen. Israeli drama called ca- votto which has the same basic plot and is available of sample on youtube but for this adaptation for the united states. The location is changed in new orleans and other elements are given an american spin from police brutality. To local criminal activity one thing stays the same though. And it's thing that makes your honor so gripping from the start the father doing the right thing as both a judge and a citizen escorts his son to the police station to turn them in with an explanation but when he gets there he sees the father of the victim and recognizes him as a powerful local mob boss. All of a sudden the judge realizes that to turn his son in would be to signed his death warrant so from that point on. What is the right thing to do. And how many people does he have to enlist or deceive to do it. There's a certain flavor of breaking bad this because we're essentially put in the position of sympathizing with and rooting for a person who's breaking and avoiding the law but that's not a complaint because breaking bad may be the best tv drama series ever made and bryan cranston once again crafts a marvelously nuanced and empathic performance. And in your honor. He's not alone. The executive producers in addition to moffitt in cranston include robert and michelle king the talented creators of the good wife. So both the characters and the legal twists are fully drawn hundred. Doohan as the judge's son has the same relatable acting skills cranston and needs to since he carries most of the show's opening our and other riveting characters and actors abound michael stool barred from. Tv's fargo plays. The mob boss and hope davis plays his wife as very fierce and involved sort of carmela soprano to his tony and while margo martindale from justified in. The americans doesn't show up as the judges mother-in-law until episode four. Wow is she worth the wait. The writers on your honor include moffitt himself and the directors include clark johnson. An actor and director way back on homicide life on the street and edward. Berger who did a marvelous job directing another showtime miniseries patrick metros showtime provided only four of the ten episodes of your honoring advance. Each one. both impressed and surprised me and made me hungry to see the next cranston's michael ziada is smart enough to think on his feet and almost every scene requires him to do just that to avoid exposure endanger and to protect his only son whatever the repercussions to others the series title. Your honor isn't just the judge's work title. it's also at the center of the show. When it comes to your family would you do to save them. And what effect will that have upon your moral code your relationships with others and your honor
"tv critic" Discussed on Animal Radio
"My dog friendly magazine presents the 12th annual cross-country pet adoption tour get your licks on Route 66 along with media sponsor animal radio and car sponsor Legends Car & Van Rental with compassion sponsored. Xymox Advocate sponsored Brutus, bone broth camping sponsored and Community sponsor hands on gloves. The tour travels down America's favorite Highway stopping at shelters along the way support adoption events and to raise money in the first eleven years the tourist helped to place over 14,000 pets into new forever homes live on 250 friendly.com to see where the tour stops near you off and come out for a safe fun way to support your local shelter. And who knows you might just find your new forever friend. This is animal radio with us. Now TV critic for the Boston Globe. Matthew. Gilbert is during this time. How you doing? You mind if I call you Matt? No, not at all. You're the kind of guy that you really didn't like dogs. They were actually afraid of dogs weren't you? I was terrified of dog, you know, I grew up in a home where we never had a dog. My mother was also afraid of dogs. And so if I saw dog it just it seemed so mysterious and unpredictable and I thought they were dirty too if I touched a dog accidentally took my hand would Buzz until I could wash it and it's happened up until your forties or I would say. Yes, and totally early forties. Yes. What a cock changed you. Well, I think you know, some people find a dog and they fall in love with the dog and then they that kind of becomes their bridge to falling in love with another person from birth. Happened the other way around I met a person who is now my husband and I fell in love and he's a dog person. And yeah, and I had to kind of loosen up and and gradually I relaxed around dogs because I was constantly having to be around them. I began to trust them and wage reached a point where I couldn't imagine living without a dog and I mean just told you that when I touched a dog I couldn't wait to wash my hands now. I mean, I kiss my dog go beyond mouth, you know, I can't get enough of touching him. I feel very drawn to him in attack time. You did see where Toby was cleaning an hour before he kissed her mouth, right? We blocked those things. Yeah, you got a lot of making up to do but what happened was I got this, you know, so we finally got this dog, Toby and even the Dead On the TV critic and kind of the sort of person who spends most of my time in front of the T or just with my husband or one two friends. Toby wasn't having that he had to get out. He had two player. He's an extremely social dog. I found him pulling me to the dog park and it became ultimately a great experience for me off at that. Take away from your work. I mean if watching TV is your job by the way Great Gig if you can t create can get paid for it, but did that take you away from your job? Did you find that it was you took me? I have distractions from work also, and I'm just wondering how this affected you. Well, it depends whether or not my bosses are listening. Okay. Now, I'm just kidding. You know, I don't think it did take away from my work time because I would come back from the park and I still do I come back from the park refreshed, you know, sometimes I'm sitting in front of my TV or my computer and I'm back. Not really being productive. The best thing that I can do is to leave and come back. Yes re-energized and the park is a great place to do that. Yeah, it took the dogs get you out from behind the TV which is and you know, what they have this new dog TV where the have you seen this on DirecTV to have dog TV. That's my biggest fear is that me and the dog will be sitting in front of the couch potatoes TV all day now, I'm a big people Watcher at there's gotta be a lot of people to watch at a dog park I can imagine. Yes, you got oh, yes all different types of thoughts about some of the crazy people there. Oh crazy. No dog people who are crazy. What do you mean? It's one of the things that I love about the culture of subculture of the dog park is that it brings in people of all ages all different walks of life. And so you find yourself talking to and rub Elbows with people that you might normally never meet, you know, there are people and and some I think my favorite dog park type is the person who loves to talk, you know the person who because they're in this semi Anonymous place and they're among these dogs who are having such a good time. They feel like they can just tell you everything about themselves. You know, I'm a sort of good listener. I love listening to people's stories. So, you know, there are these people it's like I call it Dam burst age. I mean you're standing there and they're telling you their entire life story, even though you don't know their names very eccentric and very sweet. So I love that which is another thing you notice never know their names, you know, their dogs names, but you never know their names exactly which can be you know, it's you know, it's funny that the dog park and I noticed crazier the person is yeah the probably the better pet owner or pet parents. They are they love their pets that that's what I've noticed more crazier. They are off. I'm saying crazy. I'm just talking about the ones you look at and say that one's it not but usually they they make better the best pet owners. I agree with you a hundred percent. I some of the people that you met and you think this person is crazy and I better not make eye contact and before you know it you're touched by them because you can see how much they love dogs. And and what what is a good dog owner they are and it's you know, it really is a nice common ground that you have with you know, when mention Common Ground, you know an incident that happened to me one time. I was out with my dog a little tiny dog and bird man was approaching me and he had tattoos on his face and the tire he was definitely in a gang and I was there by myself and I was a little frightened and I kind of held my purse close and held my dog is any he was coming right towards me and the guy gets close gets down on his knees and starts talking baby talk to my dog and tells me about a dog that he had when he was younger that looked just like my dog and went home. Say he opened up and it was like we knew each other forever. I love that story. By the way, if you go to the dog park and you don't see any crazy people you're the crazy person just to let you know when I'll tell me the book is and we barely mentioned the book. It's called off the leash and it's about obviously your trips to the dog park it about my trips to the dog park. It's about everything we've been talking about. Okay, you know, it's about my transformation from a more-or-less introvert to a more outgoing and social person. Thanks to talk to my dog and the dog park it's called off the leash. The author is TV critic for the Boston Globe Matthew Gilbert. Thank you so much for hanging with us today. Oh my God, this was delightful. Thank you. Have yourself a great week by by this is an Abarth Rick radio..
'Woke' draws humor from a Black cartoonist's political awakening
"Is a new comedy on Hu Lu, about a black cartoonist who's about to launch a new A political comic when he's harassed by the San Francisco police. The show about his journey from complacency. Toe activism is out today and here's NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans with a review. As woke, begins. Cartoonists Keith Night spelled K E F is on the verge of the biggest success of his career. His cartoon toast and butter is so popular fans on the bus in San Francisco recognized I Love Toaster, but to make it So you keep night. I am funny. I didn't think people Happens all the time. And he's about to finalize a national syndication deal put together by a powerful agency to reach a mainstream audience. But there's a problem with the promotional materials. You guys lighten my photo that looked like Sammy Sosa. I might go back to my own comic strip O trust me. No one's gonna ever accuse you of being too black. Okay? I'm sorry. What? What? It's what we like. About two year Your crossover index is in the 95th percentile here being made to be champion. The data. I don't see color as you can hear. Keith Night played with an authentic, charismatic comic timing by Lemorin Morris has a well practiced ability to shrug off Microaggressions. He explains his attitude and a conversation with a different fan played by Sasheer Isa made last year, But I'm not controversial. You're black cartoonist here controversial just by existing. Why is it that as people of color always having to stand for something Just the cartoonist because the world's racist place and that's why I keep it light. But when San Francisco cops mistake him for a mugger, draw guns on him and handcuffed suspects, trauma leads him to see inanimate objects as animated living things, encouraging him to be well. Woke right talking trash key, and that ain't even close to No one. But you know, we're not even this's case. This is all wrong. This is how woke adds new layers of funny to a situation that easily could have been predictable and pedantic, especially when comics like Cedric the entertainer and the Cold Buyer are voicing the objects. This is a pitch perfect comedy released at just the right time, encouraging us to laugh at all of the absurdity surrounding today's racial and social politics, while also reminding us of why staying woke is ultimately so important.
Entertainment Companies Express Solidarity With Black Lives Matter
"Log into your Netflix account and you will see a new category this week the black lives matter collection Amazon prime and HBO are also featuring black TV and film making at the same time HBO Max has pulled from its library the classic film gone with the wind until it can give audiences context on the movie on how it romanticizes slavery in the south during the civil war now all these entertainment companies and plenty more have expressed solidarity with black lives matter and they're highlighting a lot of good shows also some not so good shows for some guidance I want to bring in NPR's pop culture critic Linda Holmes Highlander hi and our TV critic Eric deggans Herrick Hey let's start with one movie that had shot to a lot of people's viewing here is it just the help from twenty eleven and then came this huge backlash Linda I'm gonna throw this to you first because I know you just wrote a column about the movie and and some of the problematic elements that prompted this backlash yeah the help is a film about black maids in Mississippi in nineteen sixty three but it sees their story very much through the eyes and the experiences of a young white woman played by Emma stone who decides to write a book about them and it's very much about her as the person who saves them and help them out that's a classic Hollywood trope of the white savior and you know file a Davis who plays able in one of the maids has talked about this herself and said she regrets doing the film because of that focus on the white character rather than on the maids huh to the point about problematic elements of of some of the show's Erica each item will be honest and say I grew up watching and loving gone with the wind I imagine there are a lot of people out there thinking of a TV show or film that they have loved and thinking there's actually some pretty problematic characters and storylines and there it is a critic how do you think about this one of the things I always recommend is paying attention to how characters of color are treated by the story line are they fully realized characters with their own goals with their own values or are they constantly sacrificing themselves in order to aid a white protagonist I think that Linda makes a great point in her column where she talks about how the black maids and they help are constantly risking their jobs and their lives to help this white protagonists who just wants to like write a book about them and and and the question is always you know what are black characters are characters of color are doing for themselves do they seem like a collection of stereotypes or do they seem like authentic people who may have flaws are they like there to move the story along what do they really have agency and finally with gone with the wind you know what idolizes the antebellum south and it idolizes the south that was enslaving black people you know what what is the story ultimately saying is good and what is it saying that's negative and does that really line up with your values as if you were you have to constantly ask yourself these things Linda to Eric's point about that we should be aware as we watch black characters on screen are they authentic characters are they fully realized characters what are some things you would recommend viewers look for well I what I want to say first that I think if you're a white person like I am who who is trying to kind of do better and understand better what you watch is always going to be just a compliment to whatever real work you're doing watching a movie is not enough of course and that's why in a lot of ways what I recommend to people and I hope people do it's just change persistently consistently durably change the mix of creative voices that you are listening to and that you are giving your eyeballs too and not only when they are specifically addressing race so you know watch makayla Cole's new HBO show which is called I may destroy you if you're looking for something that's new if you want to go a little older and a little more mellow one of my favorite romances as the two thousand found love in basketball it matters a lot just what you're putting into your own eyes as far as representations of people I think it can be really hard to undo repeated exposures to something with conscious explanations of it I I I would push back against one element of that and say that I do think that one reason why people may have felt more comfortable voting for a black man to be president is because we saw a black man as president on both the hit TV show twenty four and the popular movie deep impact and so I do think that what we allow characters of color to do in film and TV shows expands our idea of what we may accept people of color doing in real life Linda give us a recommendation or to Eric did you want to weigh in here what what would do you recommend that people watch if we are trying to
Tim Burgess, Snowpiercer on Netflix, cult movie Adam & Paul
"Welcome back to big mouth. The media strip of pop culture podcasts. Were time has become an infinite loop and yet still managed to stay yes. We're happy not going anywhere at World Zoom again and I can spot sean pattern of those inboxes. Hello Charlene how are you well? I'm alright I'm all right. Thank you and you have you not bad busy week. He said rhetorically weirdly. Busying notice that we're very shows of pop news in the pop firmament in the in the endless paralysis of now but a party. Boy George has written six or seven albums. Lockdown is a good thing. I think that's amazing and I think he should release every single track. Nothing should go in the volt and we should hear the unexpurgated unagitated boy George knockdown albums. They should be locked with boy. George Yeah definitely I think he needs an added support says Dasa. He's he says I'm not saying every single thing is good so I'm saying if you wanted it down to eight tracks the eight best trucks or George Comeback while we're speaking of albums. What did you think of Lana del Rey announcing that she's GonNa Call Hanyu Album Chem trails? Washington up fantastic. Hasn't she going to Matt a bit? She's GonNa little bit crazy. Maybe she just needs opposite town and I loved her last album. That MS billions. What could change US stick Allen because she her whole sorts of I've analysis to trip to myself everybody complains? She goes rage. Tweeting about them and yet it's such a malady created thing that she is She's a whole load of contradiction subsequently gigantea all of pop string anyway special. This week route settings a big mouth. It's Telegraph TV critic. Guardian Culture writer on Kane. Doug owner start Newington. Michael Hogan how you doing Michael. Hi I'm goodson. Y'All at your window shows you. 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Yeah it's interesting obviously about TV so in a way that hasn't stopped but what always they've run out of TV. They outlandish leaving. Eastenders runs out in a week's time I think and the ultras run out already. I is about to start doing special coronavirus episodes so yeah. It's very old and we've seen a lot of people on zoom looking awkward a bit like this bomb. The tally which is most modern family did this before anybody didn't they? Would that brilliant episode? Where class took an apple. She can only interact with the family. Five watt up to face time twitter because she's one of the girls off and got married to a radio boyfriend. The entire upset takes place on the screen and it was genius. Unfortunately old tally is like not now what I mean now. I think things like I got news for you can of quite painful but then you know Johnny Burqas and John Nova shows actually really. 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"tv critic" Discussed on The Full 48
"Time. Which mentioned of course my all time favorite sports night. I was disturbed to see to actually had not watched. I don't if you saw the list Allen but I had not seen most of the shows on their list of of sports related Sports adjacent shows so Friday lights was number one which I never did. See and I know people have raved about that over the years. That's excellent that. I would highly recommend that one. The white shadow was number three on their list. That was when I watched a little bit of in real time and somebody sent me the DVD package at some point. That I have sitting here if I ever could actually reconnect. Dvd player have Brock Meyer at four eastbound and down at five coach which I never saw at six. The League at seven are listed eight. There was another one. I had a lot of friends who really loved are less. I watched it once. Thought it was just just that I didn't. It didn't hit for me. I'm I'm with you on that one. Glow speed racer. That was a throwback cheers on this list. Because that's the best of all these shows he's former. Red Sox relief pitcher. That's a good point. I don't think they put it on here. I'm scrolling scrolling celebrity. Death match is on here. I love the athletic. But that's a bad job by them if not on that list. They've got hanging with Mr Cooper at seventeen. I think because of a Charles Barkley appearance. I think they're if you're if you're getting hanging with Mr Cooper in the top twenty and I should I should qualify. I'm not sure if it's actually top twenty all time or just the twenty that they decided to highlight okay. Did you have a sports Selection I would say Friday cheers in various orders would be the to purely just sports sports. It would be Friday night lights. But there's so much sports discussion in in cheers like my daughter and I have been having a big debate lately about whether cheers or the simpsons did better by Wade boggs when Wade Boggs. Cami out on. Both of those shows for instance. That's that's actually a great comparison or a great discussion point. I like that one actually the simpsons as a Lotta sports adjacent stuff like that that I found when I used to do more like audience Q. In a was the answer to almost any. What's the best fill in the blank? Is Always the simpsons. Because they've been on so long and they've done everything so it's like you know what show has the best song he's it's the simpsons. Joe Is the best episode about sports. It's the one with the Springfield nuclear power plants softball team and on and on and on. I really did. Tv The book that wound up being the number one show. So it's the answer is his absence. Just assume if I haven't mentioned the simpsons I'm thinking about this substance right all right go Ben Binge the simpsons and then get everything else all right so the NBA. Maybe restarting here soon. So maybe we will stop binging and we'LL START BINGEING playoff games with no fans instead which will be bizarre was start here to see your knicks. Go to the bubble or are you fine with just like saying you know what we got to see sixty something games of RJ Barrett. Let's just you know. Let's let's see what we get in the lottery and go for next year. I'm mostly don't want to see them play because there's no point to it and you know the the only good thing that people could probably get injured but there's a couple of reasons. Why maybe they want to do it. One because in typical knicks fashion. They won a couple of games against really bad teams right before the quarantine happened so they messed up their lottery. Odds I think they were like third and other six or something like that so if they could come back and just lose every game I would be happy about that and also I would like to see our new president of basketball operations. Leon rose actually like see the team in action and our interim coach Mike Miller and action a little bit before he has to make decisions on what to do with all these guys. I don't know that like seeing. That was tell him any more than he could get from. Just watching all the other games but it might not be the worst thing in the world but that also assumes that Leon rose is actually going to be good at this job about which. I'm deeply skeptical. We don't know yet. That's the thing you know Leon's been around the game along time. He's he's obviously very smart individual and he was incredibly successful as an agent. But that doesn't mean you're necessarily going to be successful. As a team president. He started to put together a front office and it took a while. They're the bulls. Put One together and like you know one tenth of the time. That's fine as long as you get to the right place and it seems like they've got some good people coming in and so that's the real key you know. I I always say like no matter what people think about whether it's Leon rose or anybody else taking over president of basketball operations for any team the thing to keep an eye on as who they hire because yes in many respects though you are where the buck stops and you the final decision maker. What's really important is being a great manager and getting great people who know talent who know the cap who know the CBA who know player development who knows sports science. You know all these other things and if you get all those people and you just listen to them and you're a great manager integrate executive you don't have to be the guy who knows who take with the seventeenth pick. You just need to have great knowledgeable people around you and I think to Leeann roses credit. I looks to me like they're putting together a better front office than I think what they've had so we'll see other than retaining Scott. Perry who I think is tops out at mediocre. I've liked the other hires. I would have been happier. Or they had brought in Karnishovas instead of letting him go to the Bulls. We'll see we don't like you say we know nothing. But the hires other than Harry have not been have seen promising so far. I'm also not convinced that anybody should be going to the bubble other than playoff teams personally. So I've been on record with this if we're to assume that in July things are still kind of where they are now looking to change in the next sixty days so we'll see where we are as a country and where the viruses at that point but I just think that if we're acknowledging that there still risk and clearly there is or you wouldn't be going to lockdown in Orlando then will then minimize the risk. Fewer people is better than more people. Fewer teams better the more teams and fewer tests used is better than more tests used and look the NBA's other motivations obviously are revenue and TV Games to account for and all this stuff. And I get that and maybe you want to give every fan base something to be interested in when when they restart but just go to the playoffs. You've got your teams in each conference. If you WANNA make it you know six in each conference. I'd be fine with that if you want to go to ten and a half a couple of playing games maybe but like the Knicks. The cavaliers the hawks the warriors like just Dave packed it in and the idea of break. There's also Allen. I think that there's this danger to this would be for your team in the others. These guys haven't played in months and you're trying to get them to get back into basketball shape to play a handful of exhibition games under lockdown that they know me nothing and then go back into nothing again back to back to off season. It just doesn't it doesn't feel logical to me and it doesn't seem like it's the best outcome on a basketball level and may not even be great for just eh injury concerns. So yeah I mean the Knicks possible outcome would be they come back. They play these games. Mitchell Robinson blows out a knee. Because HE'S OUT OF SHAPE. You know yeah. The the Knicks cannot afford any setbacks. Know if I'm the knicks like I wouldn't even play. They've got to me two guys who were like really like. I don't think there's much beyond that protect RJ Barrett Mitchell Robinson. Let the rest those guys play you know the warriors you're not playing steph curry and Draymond Green and Klay Thompson is actually healthy. You and available to. I'm not playing him either. Like any of these teams. I'm not plan trae young. If I'm the hawks like I just what is the point of these? This handful of Games in Orlando and I think you have to deal with that too. What what's the? Nba GonNa tell these teams. You must play your stars in these meaningless games of a season. That's already gone like I. It's I don't know it's fraught Alan. I think it's fraud. Yes that's a very good word. Our are you looking forward to it? Those a basketball fan in general knicks or no knicks are. Are you happy that we will my pleasure from the NBA? Season is not comfortable watching the Knicks early covered like this has been a really good year for basketball. And what with the Lakers have been doing with the clippers? Have been doing the bucks. Toronto LIKE A. It would have been so much fun if this had not happened to see traditional playoff see who came out of it on top. That would have been awesome. This is going to be weird. And it's going to be like which team is able to get back up to speed. The quickest which is able to avoid getting sick is able to avoid getting injured given the layoff solder. No but I'm I'm excited. I remember when the Knicks went to the finals and ninety nine after the lockout season and that was a weird year two and they were not a typical eight seed when they did it. But like I. If there's playoffs I will be happy to have them to watch. But I certainly don't want I'm uncomfortable with the idea of anybody putting themselves at risk for my entertainment yeah and especially unnecessarily so it's one thing for the NBA. We've got to get going we've got. We need to finish the season which you know. Hey I could argue the point there even but But okay there's a spectrum there and finishing a season and having playoffs and crowning a champion is one thing having regular season games just feels. I was responsible. It would be too strong of a word. It feels unnecessary. Feels like you're you're putting people potentially in harm's way for really no no good reason at that point and again all of this exists on a spectrum and you can say well there's no reason have to have an NBA champion. That doesn't matter I get it. It's it these are these are tough issues. I would not want to have to be Adam. Silver making these decisions right now so that people like me can then say well. Actually you should let well. This has been fun. I know you've got. In addition to all of your TV critic duties you are of course parent and you've got kids. I believe somewhere else beyond the posters that I can see in your background and and some fatherly duties as well so I don't want to keep you too long. Any final thoughts advice to are still locked down friends out there in the universe who are looking for entertainment the two other shows. I would recommend which didn't bring up earlier..
"tv critic" Discussed on Even the Rich
"Look for years the folks at Fox News. Let trump come on the air and mixed political opinions with that. Rich Guy Bravado. Is it fair to say that without Fox? News trump never would have had the space to develop his political persona. I CANNOT IMAGINE. Donald trump the political figure much less donald trump the president without Fox News. You know a lot of people say and there are some truth to this that without being with star of the apprentice. He wouldn't have been an interesting enough celebrity to get on Fox News and without Fox News. He would not have had that access to the Republican base that allowed him to become a Republican powerbroker and then a legitimate candidate for president he would have just been the guy who used to be that loud mouth businessmen from New York who had that reality show on. Nbc That was successful for a while and then had this kind of cheesy celebrity version for a few years and that would have been it but you know what Fox News did for him. Was You know in part what cable? News does for a lot of marginal celebrities. Which is that it brings on people. Who are good at television. Who are good at pushing buttons and saying provocative things and entertaining an audience and bringing them on to engage their audience and shoot shoot their mouths off and Donald. Trump was great at that and he loved doing that. What element of Cable News that kind of allowed? Donald trump to make himself into this universal gadfly commentator is this TV thing of treating the symbol of a thing as equivalent to that thing. Donald Trump starts appearing a lot on cable news around the time of the financial collapse in two thousand eight. Y exactly is this real estate guy who surreal show. Well he's on TV every week playing a businessman. Of course he knows things about money. Let's have him come on talk about you know whether. Leman brothers should be bailed out in the logic of television that makes perfect sense and he was always willing to play that part and play up to the hilt so I wanted just end by talking a little bit about The TV show succession. Why do you think it has? You've caught people's attention the way it has. And why do you think it's done so well? I think there's an aspect to shows like this. You know opening a window onto secret inaccessible rarefied type of life not just the extremely wealthy but the extremely powerful and however well the family in succession actually tells the story of the family or families that they're based on in very you know titillating getting this sense of being allowed to peek behind the curtain. I also think that there is something that is very zeitgeist in succession and its particular focus on a media and entertainment family and snus. Which is that you know. I think it plays in to this sense of there. Being certain very powerful very connected oligarchs coup are not just able to control a lot of money but to control and determine the direction of the culture even the politics of the world. And you know that's certainly a big elements in the story of the Roy family in succession. So how accurate does it really feel to you? I mean not necessarily as a portrait of the Murdoch's but as a show as you've said about a particular kind of family this alter wealthy politically sophisticated media savvy family. It does something that feels very accurately of the moment. That passed soaps about rich families. Hadn't done there was always an attraction to Dallas and dynasty and seeing the lifestyles of the rich and famous how fabulous it is and but you know the soap operas. Tell you that they're really unhappy. So you can feel better about your life but there's this particular brilliantly cynical edge to succession that touches on this aspect in this image of wealth that we have now. Which is that. These people are not just very wealthy and very influential. But they're they're in a sense untouchable they're able to live on a different legal and moral plane than anyone else and and you know they can be you know responsible for deaths and chaos and ruin and walk away relatively unscathed even if they have their own battles among themselves. There's this sense in succession. That they don't really see themselves as belonging to the same species and the rest of us that I just think like rings. Remarkably true this notion of you know you have just gotten rich. You don't just have a big house you've kind of elevated yourself among the mundane plane of human existence and that is the thing I think simultaneously fascinating and horrifying about it. Yeah so why? Do you think we're drawn to characters like the Roy's who are you know repulsive but they're totally riveting they are people who don't necessarily have to have the same worries or fears as us. They are insulated from our mundane concerns in a lot of ways but they do have identifiable flaws and anxieties and weaknesses that I think makes a show like succession interesting and absorbing to watch on a human level. You know there always this sense in this family of never being sure whether you're safe never being sure what your place is always being in the sense that you're being set in competition among your your siblings and and the other people around you if there is something that is not necessarily redeeming about the Roy family but at least you know understandable and sympathetic about them. It's kind of the sense particularly among the Roy kids. They're kind of survivors of this collective trauma and collective trauma being raised by. Logan Roy has worked them and made them into terrible people in a lot of ways. But it's also kind of a really lousy thing that happened to them that they are still dealing with and coping with even as responsible adults. I actually just started watching succession. A lot of people are like you. GotTA WATCH YOU GOTTA. Watch it and it's interesting I Because at first. You're like okay. Who Am I routing for? And it's like no one you know like you just don't know if I was like okay. Well Roman seems funny. And then you're like okay. No maybe not it's interesting so Yeah I mean it kind of goes into you. Know a lot of people talk about the end of the anti hero on TV. You know after Don Draper Tony Soprano. We've kind of had enough of these powerful white people who behave badly. Do you think the succession is kind of a rebuttal to that idea? I don't know if I even think of the Roy's as anti heroes in the same way that Tony. Soprano was I mean I suppose in some ways in that they are people without traditionally noble qualities. Who you nonetheless find fascinating. That's true but why look at the Roy's I almost feel like it's something different than the Sopranos or breaking bad where it's like giving you this example of a person and you're seeing their moral journey or you're learning about their their depravity you notice it's a show that makes a lot of reference to Greek and Roman mythology. It's in the show that really rewards. You're having taken classics in school. And when I watch. I almost think that it's attitude to them that they're like are equivalent today of the Greek gods and the old stories in which the gods might come down and intermingle with mortals. Sometimes and their stories might intersect with ours. But they didn't really have the same morality that humans did and they weren't really sort of held to the same standards. They're like they're kind of these trans human beings you know whereas Tony Soprano is a terrible person and a monster. But he's also like a really. You know fallible human made of media flash mortal person that you can you can understand on that level You know I think that for me is where succession is something. A little different and interesting. We're so happy that you took the time to talk to us. This is so much stuff that I didn't know I'm listeners. Didn't know and yeah where we're so happy to have you thank you so much. Thanks for talking to you. Thanks again to James Poniewozik. His book audience of one available wherever books are sold so Amazon right next week. We're leaving the Murdoch's behind and turning our attention to a dynamic duo who built a dynasty relying on their insane talent hard one business skills and then each other Jamesy and beyond say what happens when two of the biggest stars on the planet fall in love launch multi-platinum billion dollar music empire and almost lose at all. I'm warming up my pipes. Now if you enjoy this episode please subscribe on Apple podcasts. 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"tv critic" Discussed on Even the Rich
"Let's talk a little bit about the TV landscape in the eighties One of the shadow characters in the Murdoch story is CNN Rupert had a lot of envy for the network success and it inspired him to start Fox News. So tell me a little bit about how. Cnn started and why it was such a phenomenon CNN. Launches in Nineteen Eighty S is often the case with these things was was the brainchild of egomaniac tycoon. There is a Leitmotif though we stay repeating through was business as you know but the significant thing about CNN what made it different from other TV news. That came before it is that its mission is twenty four hour cable news filling up all the time that there is in the world at all times you would be able to tune in as events warrant. There are high-minded arguments for this that they made founding CNN. You know which which is that suddenly news would be available to people. At all times people would be more informed and therefore they would be better informed. You could give people more detail and people would have access to more information but it also creates business imperative which is different from the business imperatives and the sort of presentation of traditional network news and traditional network news. You're trying to bring in an audience and often you're bringing them disturbing news but you are trying to reach a broad network news audience so you want to appeal to his broad swath of the public as possible and you don't want to alienate people because you want them to stay tuned to your network and watch whatever you're putting on in primetime part of the challenge of a twenty four hour Cable News Network is that you need to get people tuning in even when there isn't big news going on in the world necessarily and she walked them to keep watching that creates different imperative of tone you want to agitate your audience and you know sometimes insight them you want to appeal to sensationalism or at least to controversy. And so you do that by creating the impression that there's big news going on all the time even when there's not big news you hosting and establishing argument shows like crossfire which started on CNN. I believe in nineteen eighty two and became the model for much of what we now know. As cable opinion shows in other words all of this creates a different tone and sensibility because it tastes kind of a different approach to news to attract viewers to a twenty four hour news network. It seems like one of the things that CNN was really good at in the early days was basically turning the news into a spectacle you say the moment that really established this was in nineteen eighty seven when An eighteen month old baby too. Well most of US Remember Baby Jessica For those who don't just. Can you tell us a little bit about what happened? And why was it so important so this was the classic emotional? Tv news story about a little girl who fell down a well in Texas. There was a lengthy a dramatic attempt to rescue her and with CNN. You suddenly had a situation that played to that kind of network strings which is to say it could latch onto a story like that and just cover the hell out of it all the time. And you know this would be echoed writ large with you know say the Gulf War in nineteen ninety-one rather than giving you a sampling of the news. Going on here and there and there it would latch onto a big story and create an emotional narrative around that story and there will be highs and lows and disappointments and and terror and emotion and weeping and you would stay glued to this basically soap opera ties story until it was resolved. And maybe even after it was resolved in a way I think the something like the UV Jessica story which was great ratings for CNN showed what would prove to be the real strength of cable news very often which was latching on to these marathon type stories and turning them into serial narratives of their own. Which you would see repeated in everything from war to the OJ Simpson trial to the impeachment of President Clinton. So Fox News was kind of born of Jealousy. Murdoch basically wanted a network that could compete with CNN and to build that he hired Rodger. Ales is can you just talk about who Roger Ailes was? And how did he help? Build the network. Roger Ailes was somebody for whom his interest in politics and his interest in television had always merged he started off early on as a producer on the Mike. Douglas show a talk. Show run out of Philadelphia. Through which work he hooked up with the Richard Nixon campaign in nineteen sixty eight became a media consultant and grew to that campaign who mangala produced these sort of Proto reality shows for Nixon called the Nixon answer in which he would take questions in kind of a staged roundtable format. On prime time TV he really innately stood in a way that the Nixon sixty eight campaign understood the power of creating not only a television persona but television imagery that had a profound effect on viewers. That you know if you presented Nixon as a fighter in the arena. Taking questions from all sides he would look open and forthcoming and brave. Even if what you were actually creating was a very sort of manufactured. Tv production so so he bounced back and forth between television and politics through a lot of his career. One of his insights was that there was a kind of a connection between modern political strategy. And the ethos and business of cable TV programming which was that everything was niche. Now you know. We weren't in the three network era where you're trying to succeed by broadcasting something for everybody just as in politics you could succeed by identifying a base and playing it and giving it red meat in cable television you identified a niche that was under served or hungry for a certain sort of content. And he served only that you know you. You can't play to your television base you from the beginning. Fox News of course was a very different kind of network than CNN. And this is really interesting. You wrote that. I told you the news was important. Fox told you the news kicked ass. Can you of just tell us what you mean by that and describe the Fox News Ethos besides Fox's political perspective slash agenda one distinction between it and its competitors? I think it goes back in a way that kind of Rupert Murdoch tabloid Sensibility. Which is that. It always had a great sense of the ship and entertainment sensibility. Even in its you know sort of rougher early days when it was still figuring itself out it light flashy graphics. It had a sense of high energy among its anchors and commentators. It wasn't necessarily like trying to communicate a sense of gravitas and seriousness. So much as one of feistiness and excitement know and in in kind of the same way that Rupert Murdoch's tabloids compared with Stodgy or broadsheets. Kinda tried to grab you by the LAPELS. And you know tell you you know there was juicy stuff going on in the world that you should be excited about. I think that you know that that sort of aesthetic as much as it's you know politics or the politics of its host was one big thing that attracted its its viewership to it. Yeah I hate to make this reference but all I can think about honestly as anchorman two when I watched that very recently. And just this idea of like. Let's make this news exciting whether it's news or not basically oh absolutely. Yeah you know ails. You was a true believer politically. Obviously he was a partisan but he was also thoroughly a TV guy and he had an entertainment sensibility. He had a sense of. You know what looked good and what looked slick and he believed that you know. Tv should not look like a sort of you know stayed respectable news room of the air. It should look like TV and it should get in your face and it should be shiny and it should make you excited and do all those. Tv things have a certain amount of GLITZ and razzle-dazzle to it so the hosts of Fox News basically railed against Raunchy liberal minded TV shows like the simpsons and married with children. And of course the irony is that Rupert Murdoch's empire made those shows so can you talk a little bit about the two. Fox's there's you know how Murdoch basically manufactured the fuel that kept the Fox News Fire Burning. This sort of goes back to a paradox. Sort of self sustaining paradox. That you see in Rupert Murdoch's newspaper career. Which is that you know. His newspapers are conservative. But it is. Also this sort of populist trashy conservatism. Where on the one hand? They're appealing to these political movements..
"tv critic" Discussed on Even the Rich
"From wondering. I'm brooks friend and I Marisha skidmore Williams and this is even the rich part time with the Murdoch's is coming to a close but it's been one hell of a ride. I've got to save for me. The highlight was when you read these super steamy diary. Yeah I bet you didn't expect elected officials but to make an appearance on this show Hopefully it won't be the last before we close the book. On the Murdoch's there's something I think. We should talk about all of the glowing feedback. We've been getting about our flawless Australian accents. Well I did have something else in mind. We've been calling this season. The real life succession as shoutout to the HBO show now for any listeners. Who Don't watch it's about a family called the Roy's at the head. There's this old guy who built a global media empire. He can't bear to let go of and below him are a couple of kids angling. Takeover sounds familiar right. We know succession was inspired by the Murdoch's but what does that really mean while today. I've got the perfect person to help me answer that question. James Poniewozik James is the chief television critic for the New York Times Dream job. I know he's also the author of audience of one. Donald Trump television and the fracturing of America. It's a fascinating book about how Cable Changed Politics. I feel like Rupert played a role there. Oh just wait and see. Hbo's New Romantic Comedy Thriller. Run is the next must watch series from Executive Producers Vicky Jones and phoebe Waller Bridge catch up on what vulture calls the level escapist. Fantasy and variety cheers wildly. Fun Starring Donal. Gleeson and two time Emmy winner merit. Weaver watches the pair embark on an unpredictable train. Ride across the country finding out that neither person is exactly who they say they are. Episodes are available to stream on. Hbo OR HBO now and soon on HBO. Max Watch new episodes Sundays at ten thirty PM only on. Hbo.
New show 'Defending Jacob' is a homecoming for Chris Evans
"Superhero movie star Chris Evans plays a more down to earth role in defending Jacob it's a limited series on apple TV plus about a prosecutor whose son is accused of murder NPR's TV critic Eric deggans says the show which debuts today fits into a troubling trend in television there was a growing genre of TV drama in our streaming saturated times that I have given INEC the almost quality drama now these shows have big stars lofty concepts gritty premises and huge ambitions but they're not quite good enough to be the next handmaid's tale or succession if there were fewer streaming services around they might not have even gotten may which brings us to apple TV pluses defending Jacob and the character played by star Chris Evans Andrew Stephen barber can you state your occupation please as an assistant district attorney in this building for ten years was so you're no longer employed as a prosecutor for Middlesex County is that correct yes that's right any barber is sitting in some sort of proceeding answering questions from a supercilious prosecutor about the worst of it and his family's life playing Barbour Evans hides the chiseled good looks that made him such a hit as Marvel's Captain America behind a bushy brown beard and an air of defeated resignation but let's not move too fast here first consider the crime that set all this
Introducing the Movie Director Game with Sam Esmail
"We have a special sort of conversation. Here we're joined by Mister Robot. Creator the Creator of the film comet The director of Amazon's homecoming. Yes Sam. Esmail saying what's up. Hello how are you? I'm so excited to be here. I'm such a fan. Oh that's very sam. You wanted to play a game with us. I did now. I want to know why you wanted to play that game with us and I also want you to explain the game. Well explaining it okay. I'll let me start by saying I'm a huge film. Learn as I think anybody who listens to the watch probably already gust. And I've always played this game with all my film nerd fans and so I figured one when I started listening to your podcasts. Which obsessed with a huge fan of I figured especially with Amanda Sort of counterpoint? To talk to your thinking Shawn's like I just thought this'll be a fun game to play the game. Basically and again. This is sorry for listeners. Who are not going to be in on this because it's so inside. It's not even that insight. It's but it's it's really not OK okay. I won't apologize here. We go is a good game in and you deserve it. It's the best director per decade and the best director who die who had their debut. That decade does that make sense. Did I explain this? Should we use an example to help people understand it? What's an example that we won't? Won't you trample on the choices that we've made here? Well we look at this decade. We had we had like a number of actually great film. Directors made their debut Jordan. Peele with get ou- Greta Gerwig with Lady Bird Vince Gilligan Man. This favorite with El Camino until nineteen many wonderful. Thanks well actually. Gertler made no thanks. But it's it's it's it's it's. It's good to bring up Vince. As an example because he actually that was his feature directing debut which is all coming up. Now the thing is it's not necessarily not saying what's the best directorial debut? Just the director that we appreciate. The most made that debut made their debut in that decade so I think that there's a couple of semantic complications around now and you know as well as I do that there are student films. Their short film features so. Let's lay the groundwork. Because Vince directed episodes of Britain. He directed the pilot breaking bug which I think was in the prior decade but we're talking feature directorial debut so that seems easy to Parse. It's not as easy to Parse as it seems. Now tell me why well. Are you talking about dual are GonNa be Spielberg is is a particularly complex example? Because of nine or you're talking about nine gallery 'cause that's TV while he made a movie when he was seventeen called firelight for five hundred bucks and is that a film. Is that a feature film even his parents saw. I wouldn't say a featured like a debut meaning. It was released in movie theaters got it. Okay commercially available. Commercially available attack. Those are good ground rules. I'm glad that we established that play into my less later on. I do consider to be because it didn't get released in theaters. Well it is a feature film but it was not this little guy but that is considering his feature debut his first full length movie right what. What's the movie after that? Then Land Express okay all right so yes we'll stick to that okay before we play the game now. The people understand the game I want but just add one other thing the interesting thing about this game and I think will when we go through. We'll see it's where the decades are hard because there's just so many amazing options and where the decades are not A. There's not a lot of options. I just find the conversation around that to be interesting because lanes a little bit about where movies are and where they're doing exactly specifically the nineties which I thought was just a burst of like creative inspirational film makers and then the very decade after the ONS which I struggled I struggled to find. I have some counterpoint to that point but I I wanna use this as an opportunity to pick a bone with you. Oh Wow okay I resent you. I resent your your appearance on this podcast because what I what we need. What this podcast needs is people like you making movies and television shows will but you love movies and you film in a very discreet way. Yes but and I mean I guess we're going to get into it right now. It's gotTa think about think about indie filmmakers. What happened let's say Ryan Kugler? Who Loved Fruitvale? Right mazing what happened to him. After he made fruitvale he went into the machine he went into the machine. And that's what's happening with a lot of these other directors and that. That's the difference between the nineties and now so I think. Pta came out with holiday today. Is he making you know Batman in two years and by the way no not dissing on Batman? I'm excited for When Matt Raises Version of it? Because I'm a fan of his but I think it's just the industry is dictating a lot of what directors are doing now and you know and not to 'em this point that's the machine that we're in right now so and that's more reflective of the decade so t to to get to my TV point. Tv's where you get to make the interesting shit. I don't know if I could have made mister robot as a feature in fact I tried well. That was my fault. Got a little long winded. With how long was that? That forty five. Our film now That feature from I wrote ninety pages of wasn't even into act tune. That's when I realized I was in trouble. Was there a divergent path for you where after comet you could have just doubled down and said I'll stay. I'll continue to stay kind of broke but I'll keep making movies will. Yeah I mean that was the plan I was going to make Mr Buzzing indie feature and got stuck with it and Steve Golan Who You know owns anonymous content who Read the pages of Missouri Button at the time detective had just come out and he just He had just produced. That and I thought women that will this is fucking coal. And I don't need to do anything with this. I don't need to refashion the script that I had in mind and fitted into this to our box and honestly I was just really more. I remember thinking I was way more excited about true detective than I was about anything. Elsa came out there. Trust them into. What are your thoughts on true detective because I have no idea? I don't love thank you. Yeah I think I think I see yes. The first season I think true detective on its face is like a accomplished piece of television filmmaking and also I'm a huge fan of cary Fukunaga always and forever Perhaps not for the same reasons. Assess it to me actually wrap. It was such a turning point. Anything his best thing that he's done. I'm not even going to say Jane Eyre Okay. I haven't I haven't seen that I haven't seen the new Bond movie I but I'm really looking forward to it because I'm also a bond person and also I just you know I think true true detective as this carries best thing. I think that's probably true but my issue with detective is not actually true detective itself. It is the dialogue around your detective. And also I think that's a pivot point in terms of when and how we started evaluating TV in terms of tracking shots and the actual just the athletic like filmmaking as a way to bring the an experience. What is this athletic yet? Flex now and then on twitter people are now saying slaps what what is all? I don't understand that you want to explain the Internet. Let's start with the athletic because Amanda I. I've heard you use a lot and I've I've been on a lot of sets of never heard anyone say the words. I think the first person he was at my friend on the TV critic Philip asking and I think it puts its finger on this idea of money that you bring her up because she wrote this she wrote. It was a harsh. I mean whatever I respect her reviews she dissed my one episode of Mister Robot whereas all one tracking shot. I assume yes is what you mean by athletic because I do think that Filmmaking and TV and everything is more than cameras and more than where the camera is and there is such a absolutely station online. The damore as more aspect of filmmaking and I think that the tracking shot is caption of that and just like. Oh Wow. Did you see what he did. That was so cool. Oh my God. The camera is moving. You know don't you think it but don't you think has a to me every every sort of choice that you make with the camera has an effect and yes to some extent it it takes you out of it and draws attention to itself but to some extent. I really I mean what do you think of the Copacabana Sean? And I and I and I do. Actually I think even tracking protective is effective. But you know we're doing a podcast right now. That isn't essentially about how we talk about. Film and like establishing a Canon of source. And the cannon is so reliant on where do we put the camera and what did they itch on showing us an either. Don't respond to that artistically at some point. I'm just like Yay like fancy camera. Shots you got it. Congratulations to you but I do also think it distracts from the other equally important. I feel making that. Don't get enough credit. I think code is also a specifically athletic is code for Masculinity. You know it's code for this sort of The might of the male filmmaker. Now that's not always true if you watch like strange days for example. Kathryn bigelow is doing a lot with the camera yet. It is unorthodox and cool and might have what would otherwise be deemed kind of masculine energy. But I do think that true detective and largely the dialogue like you're saying was about a lot of dudes being like Yo. This is sick now. Personally I thought it was sick. Oh okay but I I would. I was not a fan of those scripts and I don't think that story is very strong but I thought that was really well
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the 2021 Golden Globes
"Tina fey and Amy Poehler will share host duties for the golden globes next year polar herself shared the announcement at a TV critics meeting Saturday just a week after the ceremony aired with Ricky Jr face as host a tongue in cheek polar said the network was glad the pair found time in their busy schedules to take on the globes they have hosted three times
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host Golden Globes in 2021
"Only a week after this year's golden globes we now know who will host next year's golden globes if you watch the golden globes last Sunday you may have gotten the impression that host Ricky Jr vase didn't want to be there perhaps that was due to was rather free when mentioning that this was the last time he intended to MC not to worry Ricky next year's hosts are Tina fey and Amy Poehler announced Saturday at a TV critics meeting in California the duo has hosted the golden globes three times before said polar tongue firmly in cheek there are no two funnier people
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the 2021 Golden Globes
"Weekend but we already know who will host next year's golden globes and who won't if you watch the golden globes last Sunday you may have gotten the impression that host Ricky Jr vase didn't want to be there perhaps that was due to was rather frequent mentioning that this was the last time he intended to MC not to worry Ricky next year's hosts are Tina fey and Amy Poehler announced Saturday at a TV critics meeting in California the duo has hosted the golden globes three times before said polar tongue firmly in cheek there are no two funnier peep pull
Is 'The Morning Show' enough to make Apple TV+ a top streaming contender?
"Apple's new series the morning show is a star studded project featuring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon it's also the highest profile show debuting Friday on the company's new streaming service apple TV plus NPR TV critic Eric deggans says it's a powerful drama which might also remind you of a certain former NBC news anchor the morning show begins with a bomb shell and it's centered on morning TV anchor Mitch Kessler played by Steve Carell Kessler's coanchor Alex Levi played by Jennifer Aniston has to explain it all to America I'm bringing you some sad and upsetting news miss kestler my co host and partner of fifteen years was fired today for sexual misconduct levy is hurt and angry especially since the show's executive producer Charlie played by mark Duplass knew the network was investigating Kessler HR has been looking into it for a few weeks I didn't want to drag you in I was trying to protect you Alice okay we knew about this and you didn't tell me my honor partner my TV husband is a sexual predator now you should not have been involved in this conversation if this all sounds familiar that's because the morning show one falls like a fictionalized version of the fall of X. today show star Matt Lauer the former NBC anchor was fired in twenty seventeen amid allegations of sexual harassment and rape the story might have thought stale a few months ago but recent reporting on the former NBC news staffer who accuse Lauer of rape and the former anchors recent the Nile to put the issue back in the headlines Kessler also echoes the denials that Lauer offered in real life he admits sleeping with subordinates but says he never forced anyone they can't just take my life away based on hearsay they have documented complaints Mexican place about what that I had affairs since when is it a crime so now we're engaged twenty years of my life is now locking me out you know what everything's changed but they forgot to send home the morning show can feel like a long string of self absorbed overly entitled characters screaming at each other but in between the outburst is a percolating drama about how the meat to move make can shift power to women marginalized by clueless middle aged male bosses Aniston's Levi gets a no nonsense local TV reporter played by Reese Witherspoon hired as our co anchor in a meeting with top executives levy makes it plain she's taking control of the show the party you guys never seem to realize is that you don't have the power anymore the news division is held up by my show are you actually trying to justify your actions listening I don't need to justify anything we are doing this my way because frankly I've let you bozos handle this long enough it's the kind of speech you hope Savannah Guthrie gave to NBC executives after all our got fired the show also explores the denial of powerful men who refused to recognize their own predatory behavior and one telling moment Carell's Cussler tries to commiserate with a film director also accused of sexual misconduct played by Martin short I don't even understand what their messages are sending out the that women are not allowed to be in possession of their sexual choice when they fix it unless they lose sight of the issues I actually feel bad for the kids because there's nothing sexy about consent well that came out wrong and and and that was creepy the morning show with stylish and fast paced the biggest project among nine original programs kicking off the new apple TV plus service it's also a close look at how what TV news organization and by extension all of us handles the new environment ushered in by the meat to movement whether that's worth four dollars and ninety nine cents a month his apples multi
Apple TV Plus early reviews: Are the new shows any good?
"This Friday apple will launch streaming service apple TV plus with four very expensive original shows the tech giant isn't the only big name marching into the streaming battlefield next month Disney will launch its own Perform Disney plus NBC HBO Both Have Plans to follow suit Friday TV critic Caroline Fram key check out apple's new series and she gave me her down road I've seen at least one episode of four shows launching the morning show See for all mankind Dickinson all of which have producers who have come from TV they're not totally new The morning show obviously features probably the busiest stars Reese Witherspoon Steve Carell and Jennifer Aniston which is probably the biggest actor coup for any of the apple show's coming synthesis Jennifer Aniston's first regular TV role since friends good morning I'm bringing you some sad had upsetting news and while I don't know the details of the allegations to throw me under the bus Mitch Kessler my co host and partner of fifteen years was fired today you know see and for all mankind are both alternate history shows that I think is actually a very interesting see is as an alternate future in which almost all humans have lost the ability to see some say site was taken from them by God to heal the air for all mankind as an alternate history of what if the Soviet Union made it to the Moon I was about being first turns out the stakes are much bigger those are interesting concepts but what they do with it isn't particularly interest thing that was really striking to me in your views in an a two way you had with one of your other variety critics is that felt that they weren't daring that given what else is out there on streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Amazon prime that they weren't willing to go the extra mile and actually take a risk yeah and I think that would obviously agree disagree with me I think the morning show particular feels like it did belong on network six years ago despite trying upbringing timely elements they obviously had to bring in some of me to Dickinson shirts trying for those who don't know Dickenson is about emily Dickinson but it's about her as a feisty teenager played by Hailee Steinfeld one purpose that is to become a great writer it definitely does a lot stylistically it has a lot of you know bass heavy rap music that comes in every so often is played by wiz Khalifa it's very cw in the vein of Riverdale but I do think looking at the four shows overall there's this weird sense I got that all these shows might have been more interesting if they came out five years ago you know they're all very shiny expensive versions of things I feel like we've seen before or that have been innovative previously but in twenty nineteen I don't know I feel like I need a little bit more from them to really stand out when there are so many shows if you were to step back and say this is clearly the market that apple is going after could you define what that audience might be I don't know that I can say that because I'm not sure apple can either think that this first of shows is a confusing one because all seem to be sort of going for a different audience Dickinson's kind of going for a CW teen thing for all mankind feels very AMC to me morning show I think I said my column feels sort of ABC CBS all access question mark and see is like a game of thrones got lost I I just don't know where what they were trying to do with the four of them combined I think feels like they were casting a wide net and it just feels like some of these shows are kind of splitting the difference in not playing it very safe they're not really taking aside and maybe that felt safer apple but it it's not very interesting TV no in one of the challenges for apple is they don't have the library that say Netflix or Disney plus has so they we are making almost a pure play on these shows and if they don't have a show that people have to watch the question is I guess would people spend five bucks a month just to watch Jennifer Aniston and that seems to be the proposition doesn't it the content library is a big part of streaming services and I feel like Apple has kind of underestimated that they to their credit are pricing it relatively low five dollars a month is definitely the lowest price by pretty wide margin for any of the streaming services right now though I believe that Disney plus will not be much more expensive and again they have all these movies all these other shows that will be available just for people to have so even if you're not interested in one of the original shows you you're probably gonNA subscribe so you can watch all the Disney stuff right and that's the issue right because even as people are cutting maybe their direct TV subscription or their cable subscription if you start doing ala carte pricing where you're getting Netflix Amazon prime you're getting Hulu Oh you're getting Disney plus a couple of bucks here pretty much your back to a hundred plus a month patch what would be the argument for subscribing to apple right now or maybe are there other shows that they're hoping will continue generating momentum and he you have to imagine it's the latter especially because they have been signing more and more overall deals with other creators or shows down the Line Affonso Koran recently assigned TV deal which I find very interesting Jason Kanaan's and Friday Night Lights signed an overall deal there and in general these overall deals for creators like Ryan Murphy if it can get people
Hostless Emmys Hit All-Time Ratings Low
"The Emmy awards were last night and for a second year in a row the ratings hit it and all time low but bad news for broadcast. TV was good news for streaming joining me to recap the ceremony is the chief TV critic at Variety Daniel Daniel Diario. Hi How are you. I'm good. I WanNa ask you this whole idea of the hostess award show. It feels like it's not going away anytime soon. If you were to grade the as on how they handled it. What kind of Marx would you give them. I would give the EMMYS a failing grade for how they handled filling in the gaps without got a host. I thought all of the interstitial bits all of the comedy all the attempts to explain to the audience what TV was fell totally flat. I will say one positive fringe benefit was that I noticed that fewer stars were being played off and the longer speeches were more impactful and more thoughtful every other aspect of the production. I thought didn't work and I missed the presence of a kind of guiding intelligence. Let's listen to the speeches that did get to run a little bit longer. This is Michelle Williams accepting her emmy for playing gwen Verdon and Fosse Verdon and so the next time a woman especially a woman of color because she stands to make fifty two cents on the dollar compared to her white. Male counterpart tells you what we need to order to do her job. Listen to her the. I think it's important to note Michelle. Williams has simone history with this. She went back for some re-shoots on the movie all the money in the world. She got paid a thousand thousanddollars. Mark Wahlberg got a million and a half so this is a personal issue for her but it feels like the really did discover something by not playing Michelle. How Williams off absolutely I think I mean I feel as though if you think back a couple of years when Nicole Kidman won for big little lies she ultimately we got to give a long speech about what she learned about domestic violence in the role but she was kind of fighting with the orchestra in a way that kind of sapped the dignity and meaning of the moment the fact that Williams was able to kind of speak in Kristalina way as composed she was carrying across these points that were personal to her relevant to the project relative to Hollywood. I thought it was really important on unfortunately with the viewership being what it was. I'm not sure how many people saw these great points but I I still think it was important. Let's talk about the viewership because it does appear that the ratings were an all time low for the Emmy Broadcast and it does. I feel like what was celebrated. Last night was not network television. I think Saturday night live with the only network show that picked up any emmy's in the primetime ceremony last tonight. Does it feel us if this is a network show that celebrating stuff that you would never see on any network. Yes it feels as though this is a network show that not only we celebrate stuff that doesn't air on network but stuff that never could I mean fleabag show. I greatly admired that was the night's big winner in comedy is so so far beyond I think what the great network watching still extant mill American audience is accustomed to that basically could come from another planet. I think what this means for. The EMMYS is an existential question going forward of what the show can do and where it should even be. Would this be better better served. If we put the Amazon Netflix would be better served. We put it on
Eric Deggans, HBO And NPR discussed on Morning Edition
"Green sketch comedy has been a staple on television from its very beginning but a sketch show created written directed by and starring black women it's something new NPR TV critic Eric deggans as HBO's a black lady sketch show debuting Friday is well worth the wait this is a sketch show you never knew you needed until it appears in a burst of groundbreaking comedy let's start with your take on one of those YouTube marriage proposal videos featuring a flash mob or Ashley Nicole black reacts a little more realistic you just lost your job I quit my job to devote myself to organize this flash mob full time you cringe you told me you got fired this is what you always wanted
'Veronica Mars' Fares Better Than Most Reboots
"The TV series Veronica Mars created by rob Thomas starring Kristen bell as the young private investigator already has had several lives it began as a drama series on UPN in two thousand four back on the title character was in high school it lasted three years outlasting U. P. N. with its final season moved to the C. W. network then there was a standalone reunion movie in twenty fourteen funded by Kickstarter and shown on HBO and now there's a new eight episode sequel series available on Hulu one that arrived earlier than expected and according to our TV critic David Bianculli is even better than expected to here's his review the original Veronica Mars premiered on television fifteen years ago which in TV terms was a whole different era David milch is HBO series deadwood which just reunited it's cast for a fabulous TV movie premiered that year so did two major hits for A. B. C. lost and desperate housewives in the year two thousand four also brought us the premiere of NBC's the apprentice Kristen bell hit the ground running that year is Veronica Mars an outcast high school in the fictional California beach town of Neptune she worked part time as an investigator for dad's private eye firm like a modern day Nancy Drew but her narration in the opening episode showed she had a little Sam spade going as well this is my school if you go here the parents are either millionaires are your parents work for millionaires in California a town without the middle class if you're in the second you get a job fast food movie theaters many marks or you can give me my after school job telling philandering spouses or investigating false injury a lot of times past since then and a lot has happened to Veronica by the end of the original series she had gone from high school to college in the twenty fourteen movie she abandon law school and now is the new eight episode Veronica Mars begins she's on familiar ground again back in our hometown working again for her dad's detective agency and still providing her very own right near H. I spent my first nineteen years trying to escape my home town of Neptune made it out and after a decade away decided not to needed me and I needed it I was wrong on both counts Neptune didn't need another private investigator it needed an enema this new season over Annika Mars was supposed to arrive this Friday but who presented a Mars panel at the San Diego comic con fan festival last Thursday which happened to be bells thirty ninth birthday Hulu surprise the actress and the fans and TV critics by unveiling the entire new season early as a sort of birthday present so viewers can now see all over Annika Mars the telemovie is available on HBO and the show's first three vintage seasons and the new fourth one are streaming now on who the new season borrows a bit from jaws with a series of deaths threatening to close down the beach town during the summer tourist season except it's not a shark doing the killing it's a serial bomber
'Game of Thrones,' 'Veep,' 'Big Bang,' seek final Emmy nods
"Off the headline is game of thrones Veep two shows that have dominated at the Emmys are both going away in the same year conventional wisdom has told us that well game of thrones is the front runner for the outstanding drama and the Veep the front runner for the outstanding comedy ME but people as you know spoiler alert did not like that final season the game of thrones the great being over the finality particular came right before voting actually began so the question is did that impact things and on the comedy side there also is a sense that maybe there is so much political fatigue that people may have been a little tired of the themes that V. sort of swam in even though it was a strong finale if I do say so myself but that's left both categories potentially open to spoilers but Joe what do you think is the TV academy too predictable and ultimately will fall into line with the shows that everyone's predicting will life be front runners you know Mike I will defer to you on most things any related or spot anybody else other than myself I am not in any expert however I will say I do think at least in the nominations I'll be shocked if game of thrones doesn't get a whole bunch of nominations that cast his beloved and the cast is not to be held responsible for the writers I think is going to be a disconnect between Twitter and TV critics verses academy members who mostly still think it's a great show now whether or not they wind come September is another question there yeah you know there could be a whole bunch of surprises but in terms of either show not getting a whole crap town of nominations I think it's highly unlikely that we will see plenty of game of thrones and Veep nominations now here's a prediction that you can back me up on and no matter what happens on Emmy nomination morning there will be plenty of disappointments and part of that's just because we do live in this era of peak TV but there's still only seven slots for drama and comedy and that leaves not a lot of room for new comers or for shows that haven't been nominated in the past now you and I've talked a lot about why not just expanded to ten but makes total sense right I think it's a no brainer at this point there's enough great television programming that if the Oscars can certainly stretch it out to ten nominations as a potential there's no reason you can't have that on the TV side as well where there's so many outlets making TV and so many great TV shows being produced at the same time I also feel like an egg we've talked about this over the years like you and I privately it's ridiculous that the TV academy doesn't bring back an old category which is best new show the fact is you know TV is a continuing medium and we have shows that continue to get nominated year after year and that's fine a lot of shows produce great work every year they should be nominated about I feel like one way to recognize the fact the TV's also involving medium that continues to create new things every year is to do a best in show category and maybe even some best new debut performers there are lots of different ways that the TV academy could find ways to recognize things and honor some of its best even if all these award categories on ultimately end up on TV yeah the the problem that the TV academy faces now is the fact that TV has splintered so much that two comedies look like dramas dramas look like comedies you've got talk shows some of which are are variety shows some of which focus on single topics you could like splinter a lot of these categories but they'd academy fears of category proliferation and what that means and and you don't want to for our show as a result so they run into a lot of these issues and and even when it comes to expanding categories to more nominees then suddenly they have to offer more tickets to more nominated up people and that certainly may pull back from the the amount of money that they make as well there's still a business yeah the academy of even though it's a nonprofit they still need to make your money as well in order to stay in business so a lot of issues that are hard to solve but ones that we're continuing to talk about as awards continue to be perhaps even more important to these different outlets those money problem nothing that intense around set read his things of Netflix and Jeff Bezos at Amazon could get together over weekend and pull out their wallets he would change comes loose interest and fund all those you know maybe there needs to be a secondary venue where people can can attend watches I look as I don't know but those sorts of issues seem to be secondary to the fact that TV ought to do a better job honoring its own in mall I am a long known and loud and noisy skeptic of enemies and the imports in which the town puts on them because I feel like at the work really should be validation up and the amazing paycheck as don draper walks once said that's what the money is for if you're going to be involved in the enemies and you're gonna make a big deal anyway then you might as well have those categories reflect the breath of the amazing error of television we're looking for right now well get ready now the nominations are coming out phase two of campaigning is just about to begin
"tv critic" Discussed on Fresh Air
"Dot com slash beauty for all your at fifteen years ago the rules changed when it came to sexual violence on cable and I think probably would not get any arguments about that statement but give us some examples of the shows that you think changed the rules. I'm sure so game of thrones. We'll probably be in there her. That's true this is such a complicated subject. I mean for one of those shows that that changed things was the sopranos actually because that had a much talked about scene in which Dr Melfi was raped and what what was fascinating about the scene was the that it happened to a main character <hes> it was a central part of the show but they also did this very interesting thing with which is that she was tempted to get Tony the main character of the show to venture her as a mobster because he could be violent and she didn't do that and so the absence of action was itself a kind of interesting storytelling and that seemed serious and thoughtful and artistically powerful and daring in a way that a lot of T._v.. Treatments of sexual violence hadn't been and there had been there had been other portraits of rape and sexual violence earlier. I'm not saying that had never been on T._V.. But some of them had been very lurid <hes> in you know on and then you you know T._v.. Was Largely Network television at the time and there were just things that you couldn't talk about on T._v.. Because advertisers object to them they seemed Lord and unsettling <hes> in the wake of the Sopranos and on you know Oz actually came before the Sopranos on and the the more open doors of cable <hes> there was a little bit of an arms race I feel <hes> as far as increasingly graphic portraits of sexual violence and there's been a lot of feminist criticism of this you know this is Lauren and and it's tacky and it's pornographic and exploitation and that's absolutely true of some shows but I've always made the argument that it was in the aggregate a good thing on many shows that even have been criticized for this because it was a side effect of making female stories central to television and I'm sexual violence happens to men too but when you start taking women's lives seriously <hes> sexual violence and all sorts of different things sexual harassment and just many many subjects that were not dealt with on T._v. or going to be part of those stories and so sometimes there would be this criticism of shows like I'm trying to think of specific shows that had this aspect in them like the there's a range of shows that were about women that had backstories that involved the women having been raped or having those experiences. Sometimes they were cheaply done. Sometimes they were well done. I mean there is a one on scandal where or character had a backdrop story and there was a lot of complaints that it was just an excuse for why she was evil. I actually thought it was a thoughtfully done story and I thought this was a lot of shows I have. I have a piece about Kimmy Schmidt that talks about that. Show is a coded show about a woman who experienced this horrible sexual violence and the way it affected her but I'm interested in shows when they do this. Well and I criticize them when they do it poorly but I don't think you can make a blanket rule that says rape on television harmful the criticism that was <hes> at game of thrones. I think is about how the show portrayed sexual assault to me. I never had a problem with the fact that that show is sexually violent. I mean to be extremely flippant about it. That's literally the subject at the show. It's like about a rape. Oh verse it's about a universe in which sexual violence is central to how power is expressed in. It's the the best parts of that show are about the question of how not just women but any man whose excluded from power works their way through a violent patriarchal system. It's about literally as a game. It's about like the strategy of how you work that like if if you marry somebody you're playing piece there's all these ways of handling trauma on that show. The problem is that sometimes that show had seen that really did seem cheapen repellent to me or just confused about what they were doing like. There's a notorious scene between the brother and sister characters where the director the Creator and the writer seemed to have completely different. Ideas about what's happening so you know my main thought is it's. It's good for complicated human subjects to be part of the art on T._v. and it's bad when they're done poorly but that's sort of an obvious point so it it's definitely something that I've ridden about a lot though and frankly it's part of both of the shows that I was interested in at the start buffy and the Sopranos. That's subject is central to both shows so you know it's it's. It's something that is unavoidable if you're writing about T._V.. Right now when you do think that a scene is handling sexual violence in just <hes> <hes> an exploitive way of voyeuristic way and you say that in print do you worry about being <hes> <hes> being interpreted as being prudish because I know that's an issue for you. You're always checking yourself and making sure am. I going to sound just prudish. Am I being prudish. Like what am I saying. It is an issue for me but at the same time I don't know one of my you know different writers have different solutions from their rating and when I'm stuck on something one of my solutions is just be honest like be honest about your response I their stuff in this book where I actually talk about that <hes> anxiety about being prudish or being censor but there are times that I actually think it is okay to talk about the morality of art I mean again. I think it varies. One of my favorite pieces in this book is about the show law and order S._V._U.. And it in an attempt to take that show seriously because that is a popular show that is all about sexual violence and you know it's a law and order network show which quite deliberately I I wouldn't say it's shoddily made in a way. It's very well made but it's it's Eh. has these like corn. Repetitive structures that any regular viewer of the show knows are like that like I. It's you know you always know when a famous person appears at the beginning of that show they will end up being central to the crime and then there are these ridiculous scenes where people find body in there chitchatting. I mean it's fun to watch for that. Reason and part of what I write about in that piece is the fact that the the formal network cheapness of the show is part of what makes the sexual violence on the show bearable viewers. It has a huge female audience like the notion that sexual violence on T._v.. Is there because men want to watch a rod pornography of violence against women as I don't think accurate I mean crime shows are very popular with female viewers and I think there are good reasons for this <hes> those are Cathartic artistic expressions of common experiences and fears and so there's a way in which I talk about S._V._U.. As being a different kind of fantasy which is that it's a fantasy fantasy of a police system that care so deeply that victims of sexual violence that it will have a almost super naturally wonderful female cop help you out through the most horrible experience of your life and work very hard to get you justice and often. That's not something that exists so I think that's part of the appeal of the show but that show is often not on the critical radar like things like that that are legal procedures and shows that are formulaic are often something people don't take very seriously but those are important parts of the culture and also. I'm not excluding myself. I was obsessed with S._V._U.. Like I watched probably every episode of that show so you know I had good reason to write about it. Where does cable news figure? You're into your T._V.. Watching and your T._V. Criticism you know I hate cable too. I think it's been really harmful but I do try to watch it sometimes. I haven't ridden a lot about it <hes>. I will say that whenever something's going on I just watch Fox Wchs I feel like I'm very obviously a progressive liberal the certain stripe I have certain opinions. I Watch M._S._N._B._C. Sometimes C._N._N.. Sometimes but to me it's much more valuable to be aware of what they're talking about on Fox so oh I watched that network relatively consistently and I'm aware of all the people that are on it. It's hard to talk about news and it's possible that I should write more about it. It's funny because the question of you know I write about T._v.. I mostly write about scripted shows comedies and dramas I sometimes right about reality and I have occasionally branched out and written about other things but I sometimes meet people who never watched the shows that I write about an only watch sports news in it's basically it's just they have a completely different vision of what T._V.. Is and if I had all the time in the world I would write about all these things but yeah I mean I when I'm most interested in in terms of cable news is the way that it interacts with the Internet because at this point I feel like it and this is true of late night comedy shows also there's a strange looping relationship between shows that are basically designed to create hot little viral clips that go around and <hes> and the relationship between the whole and the particle that goes out there is I think hard to get a grasp on but I you know look. I don't like a lot of the talking head stuff. I find it much more useful to get minute through reading stuff. I think that there's a very tiny bandwidth for T._v.. News we're a complicated story can get reduced to something very small. It's not it's not that's not universally true their stuff on Cable News. I found helpful well. I mean there's visual and audio things that inform you in a different way but I have to say I do generally have not a dismissive but a frustrated attitude toward it as a new source and as a part of civic conversation so you're very active on twitter. I know you like interacting with other people who love and watch a lot of television. What's the best and what's the worst way to use twitter as a TV critic? What what lessons have you learned about that? The best way to use it is to use the access to a global TV audience to get recommendations because it's basically like just dipping into a hive mind especially when I'm looking for shows that I'm not paying attention to that are great. The worst way to choose it is to get into arguments with people that I think that's with anybody on twitter and you know something. Everybody learned their lesson in time because it's it's you know I often say this. It's like it's like shouting through a straw. It's just this very narrow strange thing that said I'm too positive about twitter I know because it's a disastrous medium but I actually had fruitful debates on twitter but it definitely is not the ideal environment for it so I don't recommend that others try that don't try it at home. Emily bound thank you so much for talking with us. Thank you so much. Emily Nussbaum is the TV critic for the New Yorker. Her new collection of reviews and essays is called. I like to watch arguing my way through the T._v.. Revolution tomorrow on fresh share our guest will be Pulitzer Prize winning novelists Colson Whitehead his new novel set in the early sixties is based on the true story of a notorious Florida reform school where many boars were beaten and sexually abused dozens of unmarked the graves were discovered on the school grounds. The state shut down the school in two thousand eleven. The novels called the Nicholl Boys. I hope you'll join us..
Elton John biopic 'Rocketman' to premiere at Cannes
"Depending on where you're watching TV. You can get a very different picture of what it means to be a Muslim, especially a Muslim American. Fox News recently suspended host Janine Pirro. For her comments challenging the patriotism of Muslim congresswoman Ilhan, Omar Brian Kilmeade, a host of FOX and friends also questioned Omar's loyalty, but on other networks, depictions of Muslims have been becoming a lot fairer and more nuanced. And in some cases, their faith is used for comedy, which is a lot different than ridicule. A few years ago, author and religious studies scholar resum s lawn came on the frame, and he talked about why that evolution was important. I feel like as a Muslim in ECE middle easterners. We will never be a part of American culture until people start making fun of us on television. And so I am desperate for the day in which we finally have like a Muslim all in the family. Really? So where do things stand? Now. The rain Ali is the TV critic at the LA times. And when she came into our studio this morning, she cited the Hulu series Rami starring Rami Yousef as an example of a show that humanizes it's Muslim characters and lets you laugh at and with them. Oh, it's fantastic. It's such a breakthrough show in many ways, you know, half hour comedy, you know, lead character is a practicing Muslim, but also millennial growing up in New Jersey about all these things you never think that you would see Muslims paired up with it's like sex sex more sex, stating really edgy comedy. But also with you know, practicing Muslim. So there's themes inside the mosque there's themes during Ramadan. And it's it's hysterical. Let's talk about Ramadan. He talked about how his stand up comedy translated into this series. Here's rob a use of when he was talking with us. Not that long ago. I was fasten during Ramadan doing standup. I start talking about it. And I'm like, yeah. You know, I believe in God and us feel the room go what like. 'cause you know, most comedians punchline like, you know. Yeah. Then we go to church right church is like a joke. You know? And so I would be like that's not my reality. And and very quickly. I realized just talking about my reality made the crowd kind of turn their head like, oh, that's what's real to you. And so that became clear to me that, you know, all I really had to do is just talk about that stuff. Right. And all those things are at odds with each other. And you would think, you know, maybe this is a little too specific. And it's like, no not at all. Just exactly what you said. It goes very wide by being kind of specific and those very areas, but it's also he's the son of immigrants. He's you know, his his friends are Muslim but their varying degrees of it. So it's really nice to see that too. It's not like, okay, I Muslim. So therefore, oh without means. You do all these things. It's like, actually, no it's just like being Catholic or Jewish or whatever it is. And he shows that beautifully and that gets to a bigger point you wrote about this about a month ago in the LA times before Rami premiered. And was about the various ways that Islam is depicted on television. And you wrote at the time, I'm quoting you. Now, never before have American viewers seen Muslims covered by the media with such a broad range of images and narratives as they have this month. Where would you say the patterns of negative depictions of Muslims fall? I think in scripted, you know, for the longest time it's been obviously the terrorists. But then as we got, you know, the wars in Iraq, and, you know, nine eleven we were in Afghanistan, we were kind of looking at Muslims just in terms of war. You know, either the women wailing over the body or the enemy in American sniper. And I think since then, you know, there's been an interest and understanding more. But oftentimes, even those good intentions don't quite work out the way, they're supposed to be now what we're seeing with these new members in the house representatives Rashida to leave Ilhan, Omar, you know, you're seeing that there's different. Creations of what Muslims are doing in public life. I know that sounds ridiculous. But really we've only seen like three or four different kinds through the media. So now, we're seeing, you know, people in government now we're seeing comedians in unfortunately with what happened in New Zealand. You're seeing very human reactions to you know, what had happened to everyday normal people. And you're seeing how the government there reacted to it. Look these are citizens they were under attack rod than than what's been going on here of the mistrust from the government towards Muslims. No. What I think it's a very important point that we all understand how we got here and how popular culture and TV and news contain JR. The way that we think and change the way that we think stereotypically, I think something that we're seeing is there are even kind of small characters or small moments in series where there is a different way of looking at this issue. I'm thinking about Matthew weiner's series, the Romanovs because fleetingly he did something that would have been expected. A couple of years ago. Right. I mean, he has a character in there who is kind of the help essentially she's like a made that's coming into help and an elderly woman. And you know, normally she kind of probably would have been aside character she wears job. She's practicing, but she essentially becomes a central character in this episode. And there's a love affair that happens. And there's an a really deep understanding between an older Parisian with kind of very set ideas of what it means to be French. But she's also kind of realizing we'll that's changing and she's doing it through this character who is Muslim. I've never seen anything like that before. And I thought it was pretty amazing. I mean in a series that wasn't that great any other kind of under the radar series right now that you think people should stop find it somehow and check it out also documentary called the judge, and it was out on PBS few months ago. And it really follows a woman who is Palestinian, and she is. Is the first female judge on sharia court of law into officials slumming clause profound Cuban have a woman president run country and women not allowed to drive in another. And if that sounds like what the it it. It really is. Because it brings you in not only to what sharia lot is. And what that looks like because it's a family lie. It's court. It's you know, divorces things like that. But it also kind of shows you woman maneuvering, very patriarchal system being the first of her kind, and she's like this power house. It's really interesting look at SRI Alah the Muslim world women in a slum. It's it's just kind of got everything all in one.
"tv critic" Discussed on KQED Radio
"But our TV critic David beyond Cooley says there's never been one even remotely like the new series premiering tonight on the F X network is called what we do in the shadows. And it's based on a film from New Zealand. Here's David's review over the decades television has taken some significant new approaches to the ever-evolving vampire legend, the vampires as a persecuted social class in true blood, the vampire as avenging hero in Buffy, the vampire slayer and angel back in the nineteen sixties there, even was the vampire is tragic romantic figure in dark shadows of cult series, the managed somehow to build a daily soap opera around vampires, which is and where wolves what we do in the shadows premiering this week on FX takes the dark shadows. Trick and applies it to yet. Another TV. John RA the comedy series specifically the fake documentary comedy series. It's like the office only with fangs and occasional spurts of blood. And it's also got a bit of the odds. Couple in its comedy veins because the show is about a small group of vampire, roommates, male and female sharing the same layer who really don't get along that. Well, the original incarnations of what we do in the shadows came from New Zealand where Jemaine Clement and Tyco what Tiki wrote directed and starred in a comedy short in two thousand five followed by a very funny feature film in two thousand fourteen both of them have substantial pop culture standing what Tiki directed. The recent Thor ragnarok movie and Clement is one half of the goofball musical duo flight of the conchords for this new FX version Clement is creator and both he and what Tiki direct and write several episodes. The new creative addition is co writer Paul Simms. As a writer on the Larry Sanders show, and the creator of NewsRadio what they've done for. This. New weekly TV version is populate the story with entirely new characters. Clemson what Tiki no longer star, and they transplant the vampire layer and the action from Wellington New Zealand to Staten Island, which somehow is Justice funny as are the jokes. They choose to resurrect like the time when a visiting elder vampire, emerges from his coffin to address his followers and notices the camera crew, filming the action office style. I called you. No way. Rule that what I just said. You world. Recording is our life lie to turn the future. It's a documentary through the cameras. Look, even here feeling me. Yes. It's kind of the natural piece. You were saying him centuries have passed and you have not gone kid. You you hide.
Disney Closes On $71 Billion Acquisition Of Fox's Entertainment Business
"Support for this podcast and the following message. Come from e-verify, delivering the technology to help employers verify work eligibility for new employees evolving to support the needs of your workforce at either five dot gov slash go. Let's go higher. Many a movie begins with this brass fanfare. It's the signature of film by twenty first Century, Fox just after midnight that music and the studios behind it became part of the Disney empire NPR. Tv critic Eric Dagens has been following a huge merger and he's on the line. Eric morning, Dan. Yeah. You know, I'm reminded that chipmunks did a version of that. Maybe we'll get to hear that we can hope for that. We can hope for that. Okay. So that combines with the people who did when you wish upon a star on and on how big a deal is this. It's a huge deal. One of the biggest media deals in recent history. Regulatory agencies across the world had to sign off on this deal, including the US department of Justice, which may Disney sell off a bunch of regional sports networks that FOX own just to keep them from dominating too much of the sports TV industry here. So yeah, this is this is a big deal. What does Disney get? I mean, what what that had the label FOX on. It goes over to Disney. So this is a seventy one point three billion dollar deal and involves two of the biggest studios in Hollywood. So there's a lot of names involved in this and TV and film that folks will recognize so so Disney gets outlets like Twentieth Century, Fox television, which produces shows like empire and modern family. They get FOX animation and National Geographic partners. Now, FOX meanwhile has created this slimmed-down company to include a lot of the stuff that Disney didn't by. So they have Fox News channel, FOX business network. The FOX broadcast network and Fox Sports. And in fact, the former speaker of the house Paul Ryan was named to the board of that new FOX corporation, so Rupert Murdoch's family, which of course, is controlled FOX Murdoch keeps the stuff which we can imagine is closest to his heart like, the Fox News channel and gets rid of some of this other stuff, right? A company that's a little more focused on news and sports. Okay. Couple of consequences here. One. You could imagine a bunch of layoffs as these two companies, consolidate is that likely. Yeah, there's a lot of concern in fear at lower levels in the entertainment industry that thousands of people could lose their jobs when Disney starts to consolidate its film and TV properties. We've already heard about some of these bigger executives who are going to shuffle around. You know, there's some folks from FOX high level TV executives that are gonna move over to Disney to help run their TV outfits, and then a big -secutive for maybe AMC was moved over and took a job running, FOX entertainment. So this is going to be interested and will this change? What we see? Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. And this is another step in the streaming wars in a way, you know, Disney is getting bigger to compete with Amazon net. Flicks. The, you know, everything from Star Wars to dub dead pool is going to be in the same home, the Saint corporate home, they have the streaming service called Disney plus starting up so they're going to get a lot of material. That they're getting a controlling stake in Hulu, which is another streamer. There's a sense that some of the more adult oriented stuff might end up on Hulu and the more family stuff might end up on Disney. Plus, and then there's the question of what's going to happen with Disney owned ABC and FOX broadcast network once they have twelve months to really develop some new programming for each of those broadcasters, and we should note the Twentieth Century, Fox and Walt Disney pictures are both financial supporters of NPR and we've been listening to NPR TV critic, Eric Eric. Thanks. All right. Thank you. This message comes from NPR sponsor. Comcast business. Business has always been driven by innovators. That's why Comcast business is helping you with technology that provides better experiences. Comcast business beyond fast.
"tv critic" Discussed on To Live
"Do you like that same. Well first of all. I like this episode so just one of my favorite episodes of t._v. I'm big thirty rock fan and i like comedy a lot and i like sitcoms. A lot and i like a lot of meta comedy and the episode that this is in is called. Rosemary's rosemary's baby and i don't know if you've watched it but it's the one where carrie fisher plays her hero who is who's female l. television comedy writer from the nineteen seventies who's become incredibly <hes> like just rundown important. She's living in a neighborhood hang. Remember what it's called like a little bosnia or something like just like his made no money and had to leave tv because she could not get her stuff me and and engages <music> ongoing meta debate about what kind of comedy is political comedy an edgy comedy and meaningful comedy on tv because she keeps encouraging her basically basically to quit quit by saying. You're a sellout you're working for n._b._c. You're making this kind of schlocky comedy show and so. She is quitting so in the middle of this episode where there's this ongoing. I'm going to date that. They're having including debate about racial humor and what kind of humor is offensive. What kind of humor not offensive. It's like it's sort of about laughing and all of these old t._v. Shows they have the scene which is literally a demonstration in seen form of the kind of comedy that at thirty rock does it engages in all of these racial limitations that he's doing but it's crazy way where they're all actually about t._v. E invitations so that he's doing an imitation of good times and j._j. And good times and stuff like that and also it's just a tour of course performance but every every time i look at the episode liberty look at that scene newness new things and this time i've actually forgotten that when he starts to the do the imitation of tracy family he doesn't doesn't do a racial imitation. He actually just tries to do it as himself. Then tracy's like that's not like my dad. You should do my dad and the other thing is i once had this long conversation with somebody about the role of the sort of very earnest wait therapist women wearing her beige. She's like very perfectly style l._t._v. the sort of like the way in which this completely hilarious towards thing that just keeps expanding and including new characters and then in depth and everything keeps being broken up by other comments from the other character through she's like that's just jason's like reminding the audience. That's j._j. From dynamite she's like this is not what you're supposed to be doing and then tracy says when he does the white imitation he says now you're just engaging hurtful racial stereotypes anyway. It's just it's just my jam. I'm like i like a lot of different kinds of comedy on and a lot of comedy on t._v. Isn't very funny lately because most comedy shows are sad and upsetting and about sex and relationships in they're on cable and they're dromedaries until somebody comes up with a better name and i like a lot of those shows that there's something about a certain kind of hard joke writing that they did on this show. Oh that i think is very beautiful and kind of mathematical and this is a well filmed scene but it's a network sitcom. It's not doing anything thing particularly film mick but i still think it has unbelievable potency because it's just the close ups of these performances that are especially his performance alex. Alex will do a lot of bad things and make a lot of annoying comments and all of this kind of stuff and they'll still kind of be like that was still a good seen right. Stop making terrible comments alec. I would like to appreciate your senior. Are you able to divorce yourself that would just see jack donahue rather than just a general the issue in life right now but anyway but but you know we talked about how <hes> in class studied tv writer scripts because that's just sort of the pure distillation of the writers vision whereas you look at the produce show and millions of other decisions have been made from everyone from the line producer to director someone yeah disagreed example of well into the strive if thirty rock they're writing for the talents of their cats. You would not right absolutely any other sitcoms. We don't have our entry is great in the scene like it really doesn't work without his. He's completely ernest shifts from one one thing to another things like this is not working then and it's right it's also there's a real sweet yeah. That's the other thing the show is. You said it was very much about mentor. Protege relationship alleged perfect. What we're seeing here betrays the job. Although it's interesting because at the end he's part of the theme of the scene is i don't need my family. This is my family my work family and many shows. That's a very warm thing on parks and recreation. That's a very warm thing. One thing i always appreciated about thirty rock is he's not really a warm show. In that way i mean the people do care for one another but they're they're incredibly damaged characters who also sort of waver between being people being archetypes and and their their relationship with work is completely screwed up but celebrated but if i have this obsession with how many workplace shows there are on tv which i'm convinced her about about the fact that t._v. is so frequently written in writers rooms so t._v. Creators keep creating shows that are either in this case a direct portrayal of a writer's room or in the case of a metaphorical. You know like there's a lot of shows that have a crazy boss and a bunch of eccentric people that they're trying to get to work together. Those are all shows about writers rooms on back to talking about mad men and breaking. I think are both just sort of metaphors for writing eaters. They're fighting with the people who work with them very strong very clear visions like show others have and they're very dictate to'real and it's like shows that are a little often. I lagaan sit-coms. There's a whole stream of shows that are all meta shows about tv. You know dick van dyke and going back to your show of shows being then replicated on dick van dyke in sort of get traumatized in a writer's room and you create a narrative about gang that works together and they yeah so for anybody. That doesn't follow a million twitter. You make mistakes. She's a great follow on twitter but you recently tweeted something. This is my worst nightmare. This is where it all goes off genuine. What did i tell them very curious. How sort of what the decision processes and this there is one and you tweeted shows. You just watch maniac. You didn't like it. You watched forever on amazon loved. Many many people i wanted to love forever. Forever was made by a bunch of people whose work i really like. I'm i had reviewed those shows. So it wasn't like i wasn't i wasn't i do. I do do what you're asking about which is educationally tweeden opinions that is not actually a tethered to a review that i wrote in the case of that. I was trying to get people to recommend shows to me that i would like better than those shows because i know because i was frustrated. I didn't want to write a series of sort of you know not. They're they're not full on pans but like the maniac one was but like the mixed reviews of shows that i found disappointing i i don't that's not to me an enjoyable joyful thing to do. I mean frankly. I would rather have a show that i actively disliked but i thought was very powerful interesting and worth talking about so i tweeted that because i wanted people not to recommend forever. I tweeted it. I tweeted a summary of a few shows and i was saying fine me something off the beaten track. I was using twitter the way i often do as kind of a global fishing expedition for people to mention too and it's been very effective like all right to come in with a recommendation well actually i ended up then going to two other television critics and because we all have to work together a little bit because there are so many screeners that like like <hes> i reviewed you which is a lifetime which i really like and i would never i would never found you if if if like i chat chat with other critics and say what screeners have you looked at that good because two way of there there is a level which it's not about mimicking other people's opinions about group like a mind like a hive minding what's promising check in with someone somebody recommended maniac maniac and like it's not as though people are just repeating each other's opinions but it's useful. It's useful to find out what what's if you watch something that people are buzzing about and you hate it. You might you chad some critically lichens. It's ju- watches my missing something. That's not it's. It's not exactly athenian. Occasionally i mean i'm friendly with ellen seven wall and he like statler and waldorf and like we really disagree about a lot of things there are other shows we agree on to do occasionally. You talk like that but i feel like people actually yet once in a while. If you really baffled by people's responses the things you might just ask a friend. What did you think of this but i do find that helpful just because there are so many shows that shows get lost and if i have i have one one friend who likes. She watches a lot of things that are on lifetime in the c._w. That i've missed and like she watches a lot more reality. Even i do so. I actually find her a very reliable person to go to and say what am i missing. I particularly want to find things that are not on the five channels. That just happened to be watching watching out. Completely and netflix is impossible because it's like a university of shows are so how many i'm just sitting spending his whole panel just complaining about how much t._v. There isn't so boring but i mean a lot of people complain about that these days. It's a great thing though the t._v.'s leash right. I mean it's sort of for a complete. Is you know i spent years praising t._d. Having any audiences because i felt like vastly improved t._v. Not to have to appeal to everyone. People could do experimental. Little things. Take risks at this point. It's actually gone past the point where there are great niche things that i can point to and things like fleabag in you know like trying to think of what little cool things clause which i like but high maintenance is tiny show on but i i watched lovesick when it was called recommended your reds heads. This is my one that i was cooling. Country wasn't quite i reviewed it was called skurdal refund and i did it because my wonderful friend who watches shows like that recommended into lovely show but but i do think that the problem is that a this isn't a problem insofar as it's obviously good for there to be many different kinds of television shows but it does become harder to draw attention to any particular show as the crowd kind of moves from one thing to june other. I mean people do want something shared talk about so and i have to say there's been this year has been weirdly disappointing year for tv. There haven't linden many things that i've watched this year that have been for the way that i would. I know we can conversation about forever. I forever had some termi elements. Eh one element my wonderful <hes> okay so us when we're questioning of up to you guys in new york times uh-huh rainer of james poniewozik was hired as a tv critic but now you know this presidency has essentially turned him into a pundit. Have that is not true. That's all the time also rates about in the context of politics so much to the point that he's really writing a book about trump now right now. You feel like nick having a t._v. President has changed t._v. Criticism well. It's the least the tiniest issue of having trump is president is like how's it very good but that is actually the most important thing i would have to say james reviews consistently. I think he's one of the absolute best critics end he he while there are things that you unavoidably right about trump when you right about like roseanne i wrote a review of roseanne that touched on the relationship with trump but but jay goes i mean he reviews other t._v. Shows he just happens is to be one of the best people at writing about trump on tv. I say why i haven't done that. I wrote one essay that i have. I don't think it's tabatha it. I wrote it about trump in the and the apprentice in order to do it. I watched most of the apprentice <hes> <hes> which is not available to people by the way so i had to use magical powers to access it for political reasons or it's not available for i assume mark burnett based razors seles like it's not available.
"tv critic" Discussed on Eating For Free
"Sure sure that's twenty hoping that works out for you i really hope that works out for you that explanation completely checks out ooh archly i have something i wanna talk about so there was an article that came out in vinnie fair and i was wanting to kind of ask your opinion on this because neither of us are like tv critics writers but basically the vanity fair writers tv critic came out with saying that peak tv is killing tv critics oh my god i actually conceal already and she basically made this argument that like in two thousand ten there were like two hundred scripted series and two hundred critics in association to you know basically keep track of all this okay and used to be able to get away with having like one or two shows that you kept up with and most shows got the chance to be critically reviewed and received because back in the day like you kind of gauged what to watch on tv by what the critics are saying so and she said that as a tv critic she also felt that it was her responsibility to focus in buckled down on shows that might not have the mass critical appeal well of flagships like modern family or game of thrones yeah hits compared to now scandal how to get away with murder etc and she was like i made it my mission to buckle down on shows like her last was jane the virgin which as we knew kind of had like an underrated for season and then exploded.
"tv critic" Discussed on KQED Radio
"And our tv critic david in cooley has loved them all david is also a big fan of hollies other fx tv series legion which began its second season two weeks ago but david says that tomorrow night's episode of legion is one of the strangest and most compelling hours of tv he has ever seen here's his review i've been watching tv professionally for a long time now and nothing excites me more than seeing something new not new as in the premiere of a new series but new as in something unexpected unpredictable something i've never really seen before the extreme version of that when it feels like i'm on some sort of amusement park thrill ride and just holding tight when the visuals the sound and the story are equally exciting and unusual has happened to me three times now the first time was in the eighties with the first musical hallucination in dennis potter's the singing detective the second was in one thousand nine hundred ninety with the third episode of david lynch's original twin peaks the one with the red room and the little dancing man and the third well if you watch legion tuesday night on fx you'll see the third legion in its shorthand description doesn't sound very promising much less extraordinary it's based on a marvel comics series and has all about a mental patient named david who's nations and violent episodes maybe manifestations not of madness but of untapped and unknown mutant powers if the premise of legion doesn't sound like the basis for a brilliantly original tv series and it doesn't just remember when a largely unknown guy named noah hawley announced he was making a tv version of the coen brothers deliciously weird movie fargo but with an original story and set of characters who thought he could pull that off yet he has three times already and legion which has yet to draw the notice it deserves has become even better in season two it's not only the best marvel comics adaptation on tv better even.
"tv critic" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Our tv critic david in cooley has loved them all david is also a big fan of hollies other fx tv series legion which began its second season two weeks ago the david says that tomorrow night's episode of legion is one of the strangest and most compelling hours of tv he has ever seen here's his review i've been watching tv professionally for a long time now and nothing excites me more than seeing something new not new as in the premiere of a new series but new as in something unexpected unpredictable something i've never really seen before the extreme version of that when it feels like i'm on some sort of amusement park thrill ride and just holding tight when the visuals the sound the story are equally exciting and unusual has happened to me three times now the the first time was in the eighties with the first musical hallucination in dennis potter's the singing detective the second was in one thousand nine hundred ninety with the third episode of david lynch's original twin peaks the one with the red room and the little dancing man and the third well if you watch legion tuesday night on fx you'll see the third legion in its shorthand description doesn't sound very promising much less extraordinary it's based on a marvel comics series and is all about a mental patient named david who's hallucinations and violent episodes maybe manifestations not of madness but of untapped and unknown mutant powers if the premise of legion doesn't sound like the basis for a brilliantly original tv series and it doesn't just remember when a largely unknown guy named noah hawley announced he was making a tv version of the coen brothers deliciously weird movie fargo but with an original story instead of karaoke actors who thought he could pull that off yet he has three times already and legion which has yet to draw the notice it deserves has become even better in season two it's not only the best marvel comics adaptation on tv better even.
"tv critic" Discussed on Here & Now
"Piece of television they there's an african american expert in the group and he was able to talk about his coming out story and you know how tough it is sometimes for the folks in black culture to accept the someone is gay and the guy who's coming out is coming out to stepmom whose hispanic and so you get a sense of how african american culture and hispanic culture deal with gay people it's just an interesting way to bring that concept forward but again not in a way where the show is drastically reinvented or were there really tinkering with the formulates stood gentle step forward into modern times and it sounds like an eric i talk to you every week i feel like i have a good sense of this with you now it's either a watch her a don't watch this one sounds like it's a watch i'd say it's a watch you know i i i think the people who buy into the original spirit of the the first show will like this version i will say you know the one thing that that bother me about the original version of the show in in it's something that's in the back of my i bring with this one as well is you know stave being gay men with this idea that gay men are the authority on fashion they're the authority on find foods there the authority on how to overcome inhibitions in your life that felt like a we're comps it to me when the show was originally on and it feels even weirder in modern times so that's the one part of the show where you may sort of be like do we have to organize the show around this concept does there their sexual orientation have to be a part of it you do find as the show progresses that their sexual orientation is an important part of the show but there is that when dynamic that does bother me a little bit and i'm not sure what to do with that because i like so much of the the rest of the show that i'm sort of willing to overlook that little voice inside myself that say you know the core could see to the show feels a little antiquated in a little stereotypical it's npr tv critic earth dagens talking with us about the reboot.
"tv critic" Discussed on KPCC
"The tv critic at the hollywood reporter and he joined us in between presentations by the fx network today while it's still early on in the press to her i asked him based on what he seen so far what the broader story is that the tv industry wants to convey what would happen bid by here dumb luck of gad who we've added start the press tour with uh fox on day one and ethics on d two and because of that pesky little uh fox disney acquisition deal that you may have heard a thing or two about that's been kind of the dominant narrative of the first few days of press tour so so that's been the story that we've been hearing a lot about and we've been hearing about it in this kind of on be walk cookie dough kind of form where everyone is like oh it's going to be business as usual it's still twelve to eighteen months away and yet all we're doing is sitting back in our chair going buoyed the changes are duty bigger than anyone is telling us the changes are gonna be somewhat dana waldman enduring newman who are the fox tv group chairs have to say specifically if anything about the disney deal what they had to say was business as usual it will take twelve to eighteen months before they know anything for sure but they both remain confident that it will be business as usual and nothing will change for at least twelve to eighteen months so yeah anyone has insecurities on that side of things certainly those the insecurities we're not going to be aired in front of the rim of two hundred fifty tv critic tarun work so the other thing that's been going on is the flurry of sexual assault and harassment accusations there's mortgage today involving rape allegations against crash filmmaker paul haggas and at the tpc as affects head john landgraf address the louis c k issue the comedian had a generous deal the network and had many shows what did landgraf have to say about luiz he k or one of the first thing he wanted to make clear and again one aptitude whether or not what what to believe it of the degree to which one wants to believe it is bid fx had some awareness of the rumors but only in the sense.
"tv critic" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Nu was the opposite because like your mother you know your mother had died your father was working you are alone at home watching tv a lot and and for you you fath it was probably happy that you had television for companionship and for something to you up to occupy he while he was out in our favorite did you have babysitter uh no no i was a latchkey kid before there was the the term um and my dad and i would watch tv on sunday night when he came home and we would play two out of three games of chess and whoever one got to control the tv for the night and uh but no matter which one of us one we both picked the smothers brothers comedy hour and i wrote a book i ended up writing a book about that and uh it all ties together with me i'm a fairly simple person you can sort of trace in a not only does everything that i care about eventually show up on tv so i get to write about it which is why i love being a tv critic but i think it is so much of of me can be traced the tv it's kinda it's kind of simple that way what was a family tv shows that you watch when you were growing up and did you relate to them since you didn't have a mother how you are levin i was ten when she'd idea so uh you know you didn't have a mother there she was she sick before uh she was sick for a few years before yeah yeah so even when she was alive it wasn't your typical family sitcom or a family drama type family well you know it's funny one of the things that happens in the book not to deflect question i'll get to the answer but ken burns and i or the exact same age he had a very similar upbringing he had a sick mother and uh he thinks that the reason why he started to care about history was because his mother was dying of cancer and he.
"tv critic" Discussed on KQED Radio
"You had to wake up early plus the with homework so so on so here's somebody who crates like one of the best tv shows madman and he wasn't allowed to watch tv joost of the time his in go ahead and and you was the opposite because like your mother uh you know your mother had died your father was working you're alone at home watching tv a lot and and for you your father was probably happy that you had television for companionship and for something to you up to occupy he while he was out in our favorite did you have babysitter uh no no i was a latchkey kid before there was the the term um and my dad nye would watch tv on sunday night when he came home and we would play two hundred three games of chess and whoever one got to control the tv for the night and uh but no matter which one of us one we both picked the smothers brothers comedy hour and i wrote a book i ended up writing a book about that and uh it all ties together with me i'm a fairly simple person and you can sort of trace in oh not only does everything that i care about eventually show up on tv so i get the right about it which is why i love being a tv critic and i think it so much of of me can be traced v it's kinda it's kind of simple that way what was a family tv shows that you watch when you a up and did you relate to them since you didn't have a mother how you are levin i was ten when she'd idea so uh you know he didn't have a.
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"Was in the early eighties i was a tv critic at the akron beacon journal and cheers was the was actually last one week dead last in the ratings it was one of the best shows on tv and it was being rejected by everyone and so uh just because the seventeen 100 people at the time that were nielsen families and had these nielsen ratings boxes attached to their tv sets this is at readings were done at the time and so there's so many in every city and that's it they they determine what lives on what dis so i wrote a column basically inviting any nielsen family within range of cleveland akron uh to come to my house on thursday night's and i would let the watch whatever they wanted to watch on my tv and i would feed them and give them liquor in all they had to do was to turn their tv sets to nbc before they left so that cheers would get credit and he would stay on the the air i got two calls the next day one was from a representative of the ac nielsen company threatening to sue me because apparently you can't do that um but luckily under the form of satire i'm protected as a critic so that's okay even if i was serious i could say i was satiric go and the other the other thing was that i got a call from granting khor at ed mtm productions at the time and thank me for doing that did your column you review have an impact on the survival of cheer no no i did i did i not mentioned that i was in accurate at that time but it's a it's a great story here one of them integrate stories in your new book and if you're just joining us my guest is our tv critic david beyond cruelly and he has a new book of the platinum age of television from i love lucy to the walking dead has tv became terrific david let's take a short break here in we'll be right back this is fresh air.
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"And then meant it was such a powerful performance and play and i hadn't red death of a salesman before and tv gave me that and and tv made me laugh and tv entertain me and i ended up going to college to want to be a tv critic at a time when film studies were still new and tv studies were nonexistent and i sort of cobbled together my own major did you read tv reviews when you're reina yes there was a guy in the miami herald the jackie anderson that i read every morning and a cleveland amory in tv guide and and those were the people will let me know that the job there was a job out there to write about tv now in your interview with matthew wigner who created madmen he mentions that he wasn't allowed to watch tv by his parents on weekday nights or sunday night's it was school the next day and he had to wake up early pleso as homework so on so here's somebody who crates like one of the best tv shows mad and he wasn't allowed to watch tv joost of the time his religion go ahead and nu was the opposite because like your mother you know your mother had died your father was working you're alone at home watching tv a lot and and for you you father was probably happy that you had television for companionship and for sending to you up to occupy you while he was out in our favorite did have babysitter no no i was a latchkey kid before there was the the term um.