TV: Reviews and Interviews

In 2016, I transitioned from the music beat to the TV team, contributing on-deadline coverage of breaking news as well as events such as Comic-Con, TCA. I also reviewed various comedy shows, new TV series, recapped the last season of ‘Game of Thrones’ as well as trend analysis and on-set interviews.

  • TV and Comedy Reviews

Recap and analysis: ‘Game of Thrones’, the final season
Ep. 1 | Ep. 2Ep. 3 preview: Who will die? | Ep. 3 | Ep. 4 | Ep. 5 preview: This won’t end well | Ep. 5 | Finale preview | Ep. 6: No one’s very happy

Review: ‘Deadwood: The Movie’ closes out a beloved series on a bittersweet note (May 30, 2019)

Review: Hulu’s ‘Shrill’ offers rare pleasures on the strength of Aidy Bryant (March 14, 2019)

Jon Stewart defends Samantha Bee, challenges his audience in return to stand-up in San Francisco (2018)

The Trump era raised the stakes, but comedy (and Clusterfest) goes on (2018)

Roseanne Barr leaves her Trump-tweeting behind (somewhat) in a stand-up stop in Vegas (2018)

White House Correspondents’ Dinner and the ‘Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump’: What a difference seven years make (2018)

In the dark world of ‘Black Mirror,’ the brightest moments stand out (2017)

More Reviews: ‘Flight of the Conchords’, ‘The Rookie’, ‘Champions’, ‘Deception’, ‘Living Biblically‘, ‘Absentia’, The Avett Bros. in ‘Make It Last’, ‘Happy’, ‘The Orville’, ‘Too Funny to Fail’, ‘Wisdom of the Crowd’, ‘Spielberg’

  • TV and Comedy Profiles and Interviews

By design, ‘Lodge 49’ is the ‘least aspirational show on TV’ (August 9, 2019)

Lisa Hanawalt flies high with the surreal ‘Tuca & Bertie’ (May 3, 2019)

‘Game of Thrones’ is blockbuster TV. Why it may be the last of its kind (April 12, 2019)

Seven shows vying to become heirs to ‘Game of Thrones’ (April 12, 2019)

The creators of ‘High Maintenance’ traffic in human connection (March 16, 2019)

‘Bodega Boys’ Desus and Mero make the leap to Showtime (Feb. 21, 2019)

An absurdist look at ’80s Wall Street in Showtime’s ‘Black Monday’ (Jan. 18, 2019)

The Woolsey Fire hits close to home in making the upcoming TruTV comedy, ‘Tacoma FD’ (2018)

Inside the Laugh Factory’s Comedy Camp, where comics help troubled kids spin darkness into laughter (2018)

‘Sex and the City’ at 20: How the HBO series revolutionized TV (2018)

The stars of ‘Westworld’ on how a futuristic series grew more timely in the era of #metoo (2018)

Bill Hader breaks out of the ‘SNL’ mold with the surprisingly dark ‘Barry’ (2018)

On Camera: Stephen Colbert on his love for ‘Stranger Things’ and his promise of nudity at Sunday’s Emmys (2017)

Explainer: What ‘SNL’s’ coast-to-coast live move says about our streaming habits, second screens and the Trump factor (2017)

From refugee camp to Hollywood: Brothers who write for CBS comedy ‘The Great Indoors’ on their journey and the immigration ban (2017)

More Comedy/Stand-up Coverage: Fred Armisen & Maya Rudolph, ‘Abby’s’, Bobcat Goldthwait, Clusterfest preview, Sarah Silverman, Judd Apatow and ‘Crashing, ‘Wyatt Cenac’s ‘Problem Areas’, HBO’s ‘Animals’, A requiem for Sean Spicer as a comedy fixture, Sebastian Maniscalco and the Comedy Store, Melissa McCarthy, Catastrophe’s’ Rob Delaney, On set with Showtime’s ‘I’m Dying Up Here’, Emmy nominations: ‘SNL’ and late-night comedy nods

More Interviews and Features: On set with ‘Legion’, Jodie Whittaker meets Comic-Con, ‘Pod Save America’, Eclipse 2017, ‘American Horror Story’ cast at Halloween Horror Nights, ‘Exeter’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, Upfronts 2018, ‘I Feel Bad’, The end for ‘Roseanne’?, ‘Yellowstone,’ ‘Planet Earth II’, On set with ‘Future Man,’ Comic-Con: Superhero damage and state government, ‘Me, Myself, and I’Questions from the ‘Game of Thrones’ season finale, Recap: ‘Game of Thrones’Viceland’s ‘What Would Diplo Do?’, Obituary: Gwen Ifill,  ‘Big Little Lies’‘Lemony Snicket’, Documentary Now!’, Obituary: Morley Safer, Recap: ‘Idol’ vs. ‘The Voice’, Recap: ‘The Wire

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