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2020 in Review: The Best Performances – Television

BEST ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIESSchitt’s CreekThe four principle cast members finally got their due, each picking up an acting Emmy. But the show had a full bench of brilliant performers, including the always hilarious Chris Elliott as Mayor Roland … Continue reading

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2020 in Review: The Best Shows – Honorable Mentions

Animaniacs No show had a bigger chance of whiffing than this revival for Hulu. But the new writers and returning voice talent made it just as funny and subversive as the original run. They jettisoned all the other segments that … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 6 Dec 2020

NEW SHOWSThe Mandalorian – “The Believer” (A)I hope Bill Burr comes back for a death-defying mission every season. BINGEINGAnimaniacs – Season 1 (B+ average)All my fears about this reboot disappeared as soon as they made a joke about urban decay … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 22 Nov 2020

NEW SHOWSThe Mandalorian – “The Jedi” (A-)Other than some cut-scene quality dialogue, this was a thrilling episode that will still mean ore to people steeped in Star Wars lore. That cold open was phenomenal. BINGEINGSuccession – Season 2 (A average)An … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 15 Nov 2020

NEW SHOWSThe Mandalorian – “The Siege” (A-)Couldn’t ask for much more. Yes, there was another mission and another gun battle, but it was exceptionally thrilling, and featured Baby Yoda eating blue macarons. I’m not immune to that. BINGEINGSuccession – Season … Continue reading

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Emmy Guide 2020: Limited Series and TV Movies

LIMITED SERIESLittle Fires Everywhere (Hulu)Mrs. America (Hulu)Unbelievable (Netflix) Unorthodox (Netflix)Watchmen (HBO) Should and will win: WatchmenCould win: Mrs. AmericaShould have been nominated: Briarpatch (USA) The skinny: It’s not quite Watchmen all the way down. (We’ll get to that in a … Continue reading

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Emmy Guide 2020: Comedy and Variety

COMEDY SERIESCurb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) Dead to Me (Netflix)The Good Place (NBC)Insecure (HBO)The Kominsky Method (Netflix)The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime)Schitt’s Creek (Pop) What We Do in the Shadows (FX) Should and will win: Schitt’s Creek Could win: The Marvelous Mrs. … Continue reading

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Emmy Guide 2020: Drama

DRAMA SERIES Better Call Saul (AMC)The Crown (Netflix) The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)Killing Eve (BBC America)The Mandalorian (Disney+)Ozark (Netflix)Stranger Things (Netflix) Succession (HBO) Should win: Better Call SaulCould win: OzarkWill win: Succession Should have been nominated: Mindhunter (Netflix) The skinny: Even … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 9 Aug 2020

NEW SHOWS Perry Mason – “Chapter Eight” (B+) / season finale Checks all the boxes it needs to, with a post-script that sets up what should be an improved Season 2. But I’ll be thinking about that final scene with … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 2 Aug 2020

NEW SHOWSPerry Mason – “Chapter Seven” (A) The best episode yet with a thrilling climax. Mason’s quick transformation from hacking neophyte to experienced attorney is a little shocking, but his scene with Pete proves it’s not just a put-on. BINGEINGI’ll … Continue reading

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