The look inside The New York Times is often compelling reality television. But there’s also something missing.
A review of ABC’s American Idol, which continually revealed itself to be more than I expected—and became worth watching again.
A review of Netflix’s new documentary reality series about the mysterious case of a pizza delivery man who robbed a bank and then was killed by a collar bomb.
My new reality TV competition obsession from the UK has amateur designers redecorating rooms in buildings already blanketed with history.
In an attempt to get big ratings, MTV has reunited most of the cast of Jersey Shore, who get drunk and party. Okay.
Nicole Byer hosts Netflix’s wonderful baking competition, which dispenses with the usual reality TV chicanery and phony, hyperbolic stakes, and just has fun.
The new A&E reality series should be called Marcia Clark Recaps A Famous Case. A review of its premiere.
A review of—and behind-the-scenes details about—National Geographic Channel’s trippy new Darren Aronofsky-produced, Will Smith-hosted series.
ABC’s American Idol has a strong, protective, and playful judging panel, but has not lost its mean streak.
A review of E!’s Citizen Rose, a two-hour documentary about Rose McGowan’s activism, art, and pain.
A review of Relative Success with Tabatha, Tabatha Coffey’s new Bravo show on which she helps struggling businesses, but it isn’t quite like her previous series—starting with the fact that she hugs someone.
Undercover High, which sends adults into high schools to find out what’s going on, has all the right pieces: an important social issue, public education, that needs more public discussion and attention, and a prime-time series is a great place to start; a polished production, with efficient storytelling and smooth editing; and charismatic young stars, both the 20-somethings who are pretending to be high school students and some of the actual high school students themselves.
If you need a television show to invite you inside from the cold, and wrap you in a warm blanket of food and family, The Big Family Cooking Showdown is here for you, and it’s brought The Great British Baking Show‘s best flavors with it. The cooking competition, which is on Netflix, aired earlier this fall… continue reading
High school classmates reuniting after 20 years to once again put on a production of Into the Woods in their high school auditorium, mentored by Kristen Bell and a team of Broadway talent: Why isn’t this already a full series? It was a special that aired last night on ABC called Encore, and turned out to… continue reading
Guy’s Big Project, which stars Guy Fieri as he tests, mentors, and narrows a group of contestants who want their own food travel show like Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, gets closer to being human than any show I’ve seen on Food Network in years.