TV Reviews

 Jeff York

HBO’s “Watchmen” Advanced the Classic Comic in a Timely Fashion

HBO’s “Watchmen” Advanced the Classic Comic in a Timely Fashion

Adaptations for film and TV are a tricky lot. Is the source material filmable? Is what worked on the page or stage a guarantee it will translate properly to the screen? Even the length determined for an adaptation can affect the success of it. The decision to adapt Watchmen as a 2.5-hour theatrical release in […]

 Jeff York

Netflix’s “Unbelievable” Tells Its Procedural with Nuance, Care and Patience

Netflix’s “Unbelievable” Tells Its Procedural with Nuance, Care and Patience

With cop shows proliferating our screens these days, writers have had to stretch their imaginations to come up with novel approaches to the whodunnit. Amazon Prime’s Carnival Row told a Ripper-esque mystery in a make-believe world populated with fantastical beasts and fairies. The murders at the core of HBO’s True Detective series are usually ones […]

 Jeff York

5 Ways “Mindhunter” Expounds on Narrative Control

5 Ways “Mindhunter” Expounds on Narrative Control

One of the fascinating aspects of the second season of Netflix’s drama series Mindhunter concerned its themes of narrative control. The series created by Joe Penhall, based on the true-crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, is now in year two. The sophomore year was even more intriguing than the first. While the […]

 Jim

“Write What You Love And What Scares You” Stacy Osei-Kuffour Discusses Writing On Emmy-Nominated ‘Pen15’

“Write What You Love And What Scares You” Stacy Osei-Kuffour Discusses Writing On Emmy-Nominated ‘Pen15’

There is no shortage of TV shows dealing with the awkwardness and changes involved with being a teenager. Pen15 (that’s a number at the end, not letters) was created by Casual actress Maya Erskine who plays the eponymous role of Maya and Anna Konkle (Rosewood, Maron). Note, these accomplished actresses, now well past their teen […]

 Jeff York

How The Final Season of “Game of Thrones” Torched More Than Just King’s Landing

How The Final Season of “Game of Thrones” Torched More Than Just King’s Landing

This article contains spoilers. The playwright Wendy Wasserstein once said that she thought the biggest mistake women made as they came to power in businesses traditionally run by men was that they acted like men. Is that the problem at the core of why many Game of Thrones fans were put off by its final […]

1 2 3