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What I Watched This Week: 6 Oct 2019

NEW SHOWS Saturday Night Live – “Phoebe Waller-Bridge/Taylor Swift” (B+) A mostly successful episode thanks to Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s deft maneuvering in playing all different types of characters. “Mid-Day News” was probably the best non-political/non-game show sketch they’ve done in a very … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 29 Sep 2019

NEW SHOWS Saturday Night Live – “Woody Harrelson/Billie Eilish” (C+) / season premiere All my hopes of new cast members and Alec Baldwin’s public threats to quit the show were dashed in the cold open, which was just a bunch … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 22 Sep 2019

NEW SHOWS 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (B-) Not sure if this was as successful a hostless endeavor as the Oscars, but it didn’t drag and they ended on time, so that has to count for something. The Righteous Gemstones … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 15 Sep 2019

NEW SHOWS The Righteous Gemstones – “Interlude” (A-) A crazy ’80s fever dream of an episode, one that doesn’t have many laughs. But it contextualizes every character and relationship effectively. I’m no Sugarland fan, but Jennifer Nettles is extraordinary as … Continue reading

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Emmy Guide 2019: Drama

DRAMA SERIES Better Call Saul (AMC) Bodyguard (Netflix) Game of Thrones (HBO) Killing Eve (BBC America) Ozark (Netflix) Pose (FX) Succession (HBO) This Is Us (NBC) Could win: Succession Should win: Bodyguard Will win: Game of Thrones  Should have been … Continue reading

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Emmy Guide 2019: Comedy and Variety

COMEDY SERIES Barry (HBO) Fleabag (Prime) The Good Place (NBC) The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime) Russian Doll (Netflix) Schitt’s Creek (Pop) Veep (HBO) Could win: Barry Should win: Fleabag Will win: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel  Should have been nominated: American … Continue reading

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Emmy Guide 2019: Limited Series and TV Movies

LIMITED SERIES Chernobyl (HBO) Escape at Dannemora (Showtime) Fosse/Verdon (FX) Sharp Objects (HBO) When They See Us (Netflix) Could win and should win: Chernobyl Will win: When They See Us Should have been nominated: True Detective (HBO) The skinny: Almost … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 1 Sep 2019

NEW SHOWS The Righteous Gemstones – “They Are Weak, But He Is Strong” (B+) Walton Goggins arrives as Baby Billy Freeman and tears the roof off the place. The show grows darker in its final moments, and it’s becoming clear … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 25 Aug 2019

NEW SHOWS The Righteous Gemstones – “Is This the Man Who Made the World Tremble” (A-) A nastier, funnier episode than the premiere. But then it pulls off one of the most jaw-dropping twists I’ve seen on TV in some … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 21 Jul 2019

NEW SHOWS Big Little Lies – “I Want to Know” (A-) / season finale About as satisfying is possible, though of course the final shot is a tantalizing tease for an as-yet-unannounced Season 3. This season definitely had some issues, … Continue reading

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