V.29 No.32 | 8/6/2020
The Show Must Go On
“Muppets Now” on Disney+
Clearly shot in the puppeteers’ own homes and filled with a bit more improvisation than previous iterations, “Muppets Now” is mostly hit and miss. If the writers, producers and performers can find a way to break through the formulaic segments and embrace a bit more of the original show’s manic and anarchic spirit, “Muppets Now” will make for a joyful weekly treat.
V.29 No.31 | 7/30/2020
“Brave New World” on Peacock
“Brave New World” feels less like a farsighted glimpse into a future world of wonder and more like an unoriginal, corporate groupthink-produced sci-fi soap that uses successful contemporaries like “Westworld” as a photocopied blueprint.
V.29 No.30 | 7/23/2020
Property of Netflix
“Cursed” on Netflix
Netflix’s “Cursed” is an attractive but convoluted attempt to thread the extremely wide needle eye between “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and “Game of Thrones.”
V.29 No.29 | 7/16/2020
A Mild Burning Sensation
“Floor Is Lava” on Netflix
“Floor Is Lava” challenges contestants to cross a room without touching the floor. But since this is a TV show in 2020, it’s amped up with plenty of hyperactive CG graphics and an over-the-top set that constitutes the sole reason for the show’s appeal.
V.29 No.28 | 7/9/2020
NBC streaming shows its feathers
On July 15 broadcast network NBC’s first foray into the world of streaming begins with Peacock. Yes, like CBS All Access, you’ll soon have the privilege of paying for all those sitcoms you used to watch for free on a broadcast network. NBC proper won’t be going away (for now), but this is definitely a glimpse into the future of Hollywood.
V.29 No.27 | 7/2/2020
Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures
Artemis Fowl on Disney+
Despite its literary history, Artemis Fowl reads like a generic mash-up of mystical YA series Harry Potter and Percy Jackson (with a dash of Men In Black for good measure).
V.29 No.26 | 6/25/2020
Networks cancel police cam shows
Social change, driven by the massive wave of protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, has resulted in the cancellation of a pair of popular docu-reality TV shows about police.
V.29 No.14 | 4/2/2020
Tiger King Is A Quarantine Must-Watch
Tiger documentary is Meth Fueled Madness
Maybe you’ve had a friend tell you that you’ve got to see it and they can’t tell you why. Maybe seeing Joe Exotic literally everywhere has piqued your interest enough to just lose a whole work day of viewing time to see what the mullet is about. Here’s why you need to watch Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.