A review of NBC’s wonderful new Friday night series First Dates, which is narrated by Drew Barrymore and is full of charm and delight.
When Food Network announced Iron Chef Gauntlet, it said that “the elite culinary skill, strategy and stamina of Iron Chef America returns,” and called the show “a fresh reboot of the fan-favorite franchise hosted by the incomparable Alton Brown.” I’m all for a reboot, but based on the premiere, which you can watch below, it’s essentially the same show… continue reading
Brief reviews and thoughts about MTV’s Stranded with a Million Dollars and Fox’s Kicking and Screaming, both of which have entertained in surprising ways.
A review of the controversial, questionable podcast Missing Richard Simmons, on which Dan Taberski explores Simmons’ disappearance from public life.
This month, more than 35 podcast producers are sharing recommendations for podcasts as part of the “trypod” (try podcasts) campaign, while podcast listeners are using that hashtag to recommend their favorite audio shows.
It’s an excellent opportunity for me to introduce an expansion of my coverage into the world of unscripted entertainment. I’ve been thinking about covering podcasts for a while. Okay, you might be thinking, Isn’t there enough reality TV to be covering? Aren’t there shows you could cover instead of podcasts?
A season-end review of CBS’ Hunted, a sometimes-thrilling, slickly produced show on which the rules aren’t clear and the hunters have an absurd advantage.
A review of Spike’s documentary series Time: The Kalief Browder Story, which tells the story of an innocent 16-year-old who was imprisoned for three years.
Netflix’s first reality competition series, Ultimate Beastmaster, arrived today. While it owes a lot to NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, it turns out that the genius part of the show’s business strategy turns out to be its best creative move, too. The draw here is not Sylvester Stallone, who appears in the trailer and the introduction, monotoning his way through some scripted lines before evaporating, but rather… continue reading
Tim Gunn agrees: Project Runway Junior is the best Project Runway. And its second season—which began its conclusion last night on Lifetime—hasn’t changed that at all. This is a talent competition that is everything a talent competition should be: challenging, joyful, emotional, and all together wonderful, a celebration of art and struggle. From Tim Gunn to the edit, the contestants are treated… continue reading
Science Channel’s MythBusters: The Search is looking for new MythBusters, but the real fun comes from something other than the competition.
Love Survivor’s brutal challenges? Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge offers little more than well-shot physical challenges, and that’s its strength.
A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath is a compelling series that enlightens with emotional, painful stories from those who’ve left the church.
GSN’s latest talent competition is Window Warriors, which challenges retail display merchandisers to create windows for real-world brands.
Animal Planet’s new series Ocean Warriors picks up where Whale Wars left off, following not just Sea Shepherd, but others who work to save the oceans.
Antarctica is an abstraction: nothing but miles and miles of ice, inhabited only by sea life and the occasional expedition. That was my conception of the seventh and southernmost continent on our planet before I watched Continent 7: Antarctica (National Geographic, Tuesdays at 10), which quickly expands what Antarctica is, showing it to be a place full of life—and not just… continue reading