Broadchurch: ITV’s Answer to The Killing - May 8, 2013

From ITV, the network that produces Downton Abbey, comes Broadchurch, an eight-part crime drama/mystery. It is set in present-day (fictitious) Broadchurch, an English seaside tourist […]

Small Stakes Storytelling: HBO’s How to Make it in America - October 18, 2011

“Can’t knock the hustle” I’m amazed at how much fun it is to watch the characters in HBO’s half-hour comedy-drama How to Make it in […]

Louis CK: Auteur for the Small Screen - August 30, 2011

There’s a lot of good TV out there. These days, if someone asks me what I’m watching, though, the first thing I say is “Louie“, a […]

Review — The Killing: The Danish Original, Season One - April 27, 2011

Forbrydelsen (The Killing) When I heard that the TV show The Killing, now airing on AMC, is actually a re-make of a Danish series, Forbrydelsen, (more […]

Therapy as Drama – HBO’s ‘In Treatment’ Starts its Third Season - October 30, 2010

The third season of HBO’s In Treatment started this week. The first four episodes are, by all accounts, outstanding. An unusual formatFor those unfamiliar with […]

Spot the T.O. Landmark! Three New TV Shows Filmed in Toronto - August 5, 2010

Rookie Blue, Covert Affairs and Unnatural History — all filmed in our fine city of Toronto; and, they’re not the worst shows ever, either… Spot […]

Matthew Weiner, Creator of Mad Men, Talks About the First Episode - July 27, 2010

For Mad Men fans only. On NPR’s Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviews Matt Weiner, the creator/writer of Mad Men about the first episode of the […]

Summer TV Pilots Have Arrived — 6 New Shows, Briefly Reviewed - July 14, 2010

A spate of summer TV pilots have appeared in the last week or so, in the UK and North America. Get the quick low-down right […]

Review: Louis — a New Comedy on FX - July 8, 2010

The comedian Louis CK, who had his own HBO show called Lucky Louis, and has been a staff writer on shows like Conan O’Brien, has […]

60 Minutes – Reinvented as a Podcast - July 5, 2010

60 Minutes, America’s most successful and critically acclaimed TV news show (77 Emmys and millions of viewers) is now podcasting. I’ve listened to a half […]

Liars, Damn Liars, and Economists - July 4, 2010

Is economics a science? If economists can’t accurately predict market failings, what good are they? Throughout the Western world, at least, graduates of economics programs […]

The Good Guys – tops Modern Family as My New Favorite Comedy - June 17, 2010

It’s official —  The Good Guys has taken over Modern Family as my favorite TV comedy. I’ve posted about The Good Guys already. The new […]

Pioneer One — Low Budget Drama That Delivers -

What kind of TV show can you make for $6000? Apparently, a pretty good one! Pioneer One is a new drama being produced (and shared […]

2-part British TV series “Going Postal” is a fun ride - June 1, 2010

Going Postal is a visually stunning and playful series based on a book by Terry Pratchett. It’s sort of Great Expectations meets Brazil in feel. […]

Promising new buddy comedy from Fox, The Good Guys - May 22, 2010

Looks like The Good Guys, a new tv comedy from Fox, is going to be good.  Fans of Life on Mars (the British one), will […]

Strike Back: Jason Bourne meets James Bond…. Sort of…… - May 17, 2010

Strike Back, a new six-part British TV spy thriller has its moments, but succumbs one too many times to action-hero cliches to be worth checking […]