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 and the TCAs. I also reviewed comedy shows, 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 | Ep. 3 | Ep. 4 | Ep. 5 preview | Ep. 5 | Finale preview | Finale: No one’s happy

‘Deadwood: The Movie’ closes out a beloved series on a bittersweet note 

Hulu’s ‘Shrill’ offers rare pleasures on the strength of Aidy Bryant


Who shaped comedy in 2018? Hannah Gadsby, Drew Michael, and Donald Trump 

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

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

Roseanne Barr remains unbowed in a stand-up stop in Vegas

White House Correspondents’ Dinner and the ‘Roast of Donald Trump’


Oscars 2017 have never mattered less yet continue to stand for more

More Reviews: ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘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’

The CW’s ‘All American’ pays tribute to Nipsey Hussle

Lisa Hanawalt flies high with the surreal ‘Tuca & Bertie’

‘Game of Thrones’ is blockbuster TV. Why it may be the last of its kind

The creators of ‘High Maintenance’ traffic in human connection

‘Bodega Boys’ Desus and Mero make the leap to Showtime

An absurdist look at ’80s Wall Street in Showtime’s ‘Black Monday’


The Woolsey Fire hits close to home in making ‘Tacoma FD’

Inside Comedy Camp, where comics help troubled kids spin darkness into laughter

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

The stars of ‘Westworld’ on how the series grew timely in the era of #metoo

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

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

More Comedy/Stand-up Coverage: Fred Armisen & Maya Rudolph, ‘Abby’s’, Bobcat Goldthwait, Clusterfest preview, Sarah Silverman, From refugee camp to Hollywood, Judd Apatow and ‘Crashing, ‘Wyatt Cenac’s ‘Problem Areas’, What ‘SNL’s’ coast-to-coast live move says about our streaming habits, 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 Stories: The heirs to ‘Game of Thrones’, 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,’ Bill Simmons and HBO’s ‘Any Given Wednesday,’ 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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