REVIEW: Frankie Drake Mysteries

Wendy Crewson chews the scenery to bits in Monday night’s opening episode of Frankie Drake Mysteries. Trust a TV veteran to get the tone just right. Crewson guests as a gold digger with a secret that links her to the main character, flirty, flapper-era detective Frankie Drake (played by Lauren Lee Smith). The series premieres… Read on



Down to the last seven episodes of Episodes

Episodes is one of those lost-in-the-clutter shows that seems tailor-made for TV critics. It takes all the excesses of network television and pampered celebrity indulgence and rolls it all up into a big, venal ball. The satire hits some pretty broad targets, but it hits them smack in the bulls-eye. I thought this series might… Read on


Likable cast play unlikable Friends From College

Studios and networks have been trying to ripoff Friends for years. The latest attempt comes from a worthy source: “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” writer/producer/director Nicholas Stoller. He was in New York a month or so ago with Cobie Smulders and Fred Savage promoting their new series Friends From College. The eight episode series is available for… Read on


REVIEW: Alison Brie comes ready to rumble in GLOW

The latest in the current wave of “female gaze” offerings, GLOW body slams its way onto Netflix June 23. All ten episodes are currently available for streaming. Set in the early ’80s, the series is based on the actual “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” TV series that was a thing back in the mid-’80s when Hulk Hogan was… Read on



Critics weigh in on David Lynch’s new Twin Peaks

“Filled with giants, dwarves, monsters and ghosts, Twin Peaks most resembles a modern fairytale written on LSD then heavily redacted by the CIA.” That’s Mark Lawson’s take in The Guardian on Sunday night’s reboot of Twin Peaks. The Showtime series is seen in Canada on CraveTV. Their publicity department send  over a large crumpled box… Read on


Downward Dog is doggone funny

Stick around after the season finale of Modern Family Wednesday for the series premiere of Downward Dog. The early “summer series” will move to Tuesdays at 8 p.m. the following week. Based on a web series, Downward Dog is about a struggling millennual named Nan (Allison Tolman from Fargo) who is adored by her pooch,… Read on


Great News is a blast from TV newsrooms past

Great News is good news if you are looking for a traditional network sitcom. They still make them, critics be damned; Matt Leblanc and Tim Allen and Kevin James and other familiar faces make a nice living cranking out comfort food for millions who don’t have FX or HBO or Netflix. Executive producer Tina Fey… Read on


Finding Love: TV’s top romantic comedy

How much do I love Love? Let me count the ways. Season Two of the Judd Apatow-produced Netflix rom-com dropped less than a month ago. A third season has already been ordered. The 12 new episodes find our heroes, Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus (Paul Rust), right where we left them at the end of Season One.… Read on