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NEW SEASON, NEW JUDGES FOR AMERICAN IDOL; CRITICS REACT

January 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

American Idol returned to the air for its 12th season Wednesday night with critics noting that the show’s focus was not so much on the new crop of performers but on the three new judges, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, and Keith Urban. In the Los Angeles Times, TV critic Mary McNamara remarked that all three […]

TV REVIEWS: KATIE

September 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Katie Couric seemed to send out a message on her very first afternoon talk show: don’t expect any heavy lifting this time around. Although she once remarked that her tombstone ought to read “Perky No More,” Couric appeared to be as perky as she ever was on the Today show, no longer attempting to affect […]

CRITICS: OSCARS AMOUNT TO TEDIUM TV

February 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Film critics wasted no time banging out reviews of Sunday night’s Oscars, with several of them posting their assessments of the affair within minutes after the ceremonies concluded. Indeed, Daily Variety‘s Brian Lowry posted his (negative) review of Billy Crystal’s opening as if he were racing a legion of tweeters. Actually, many of the reviews […]

TV REVIEWS: SMASH

February 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Pinning its recovery hopes on a show about a Broadway show, NBC is launching Smash tonight (Monday) with a $7-million pilot that will be followed by a weekly series costing $4 million per episode. (The network has also reportedly spent as much as $25 million to promote the series.) If the public’s reaction is anything […]

TV REVIEWS: THE GOLDEN GLOBES

January 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In the end, the TV critics concluded, Sunday night’s Golden Globes telecast amounted to yet another letdown, not so much because of the choice of winners — best drama: The Descendants; best comedy or musical: The Artist — but because of the commonplace performance of host Ricky Gervais. All of the critics had sharpened their […]

OLBERMANN RETURNS — AS IF HE NEVER LEFT

June 21, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The oft-fired/oft-hired Keith Olbermann, lastly with MSNBC, returned to the cameras Monday night on Al Gore’s cable channel Current TV — and television critics agreed that it was as if he had never been gone. “He is the same fast-talking, hard-charging, unapologetically self-righteous defender of his version of liberal ideology that he always was. Only […]

BOOK REVIEWS: BOSSYPANTS BY TINA FEY

April 5, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Tina Fey is garnering some of the most admiring reviews since her take-off on Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live during the 2008 election campaign. Only this time, they’re coming from book reviewers, who are praising her comedic writing skills

TV REVIEWS: THE KENNEDYS

April 1, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

So what was all the fuss over The Kennedys all about? That’s what the critics of the eight-part miniseries debuting Sunday on ReelzChannel appear to be asking. Certainly, they say, the series has its faults — many of them, according to most — but nothing really to get all that riled up about. Why the […]

CRITICS ON 83RD OSCARS: SAME OLD, SAME OLD

February 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

One would be hard-pressed to blame Deadline.com’s Nikki Finke’s early release of the full run-down of Sunday night’s Oscar telecast for the fact that not a single surprise materialized during the entire show. “Predictable” was the description used by many TV columnists in their assessment of the affair. Virtually all of the favorites won: best […]

TV REVIEWS: “24” FINALE

May 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics bade farewell to 24 with generally respectful reviews but little acclamation. “Taken simply as two hours of TV, it was exciting in its own insane way,” wrote Robert Bianco in USA Today. “And the ending was, at least, suitably bittersweet. … It just wasn’t the ending, or the last season, a great series deserved.” […]