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Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Netflix's Insatiable has received very scathing reviews
Critics have called the controversial Debby Ryan-starring comedy-drama everything from "almost unwatchable" to "an utter disaster" to "a bloated mess."
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 12:04AM EDT
Can the TV recap survive in the Peak TV era?
Source: The Ringer
TV recaps changed the way we view television, immortalizing classic episodes of shows such as Lost, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Sopranos. But as Alison Herman points out, "the streaming model, with its seasons designed to be binged on one’s own schedule rather than watched live as a collective, has made the recap less essential as a place to process a show’s events until the next installment airs. Social media has supplanted comments sections as a meeting site for like-minded enthusiasts. The sheer volume of Peak TV has winnowed the number of shows with a following large and dedicated enough to merit a recap down to a handful of blockbusters and prestige stalwarts."
Posted Wednesday 7/04/18 at 12:54AM EDT
Acclaimed science fiction writer Harlan Ellison also spent time as a TV critic
Source: The A.V. Club
Ellison, who died last week at age 84, did some small screen work that included writing the beloved "The City on the Edge of Forever" episode of Star Trek. But as shown by his IMDB writing credits, he had a fractious relationship with writing for the small screen and the big screen -- a relationship that he got to delve into during a three-year stint in the 1970s as TV columnist for the Los Angeles Free Press. The essays, in which he'd critique everything from the host of teen music shows to newsmagazines, were compiled in the books The Glass Teat (1973) and The Other Glass Teat (1975). As William Hughes explains, Ellison was "an insider with an outsider’s soul, Ellison looked at the mass media and saw the most powerful informational weapon in the world being used primarily for the dissemination of mediocrity and meanness, and he pushed back against it with all his considerable talent, wit, and ire. He was pretty on-point about the Smothers Brothers, too."
Posted Tuesday 6/19/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Killing Eve and FX lead TV Critics Award nominations
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Sandra Oh-starring BBC America breakout spy drama from Phoebe Waller-Bridge earned five nominations, topping The American's four nominations. Atlanta, The Good Place, The Handmaid's Tale, Barry and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel each had three nominations. FX was the most nominated network with 10 nods, followed by Netflix and NBC. ALSO: TCA Awards has launched category designed for late-night shows.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Is Peak TV slowly killing the work of TV critics?
Source: Vanity Fair
The number of scripted primetime shows is expected to surpass 500 this year, according to FX boss John Landgraf, who has been compiling the numbers for years. That staggering number has become burdensome for TV critics. It's not just that there are more shows than ever, it's that shows are longer in the streaming era, and they come with more episodes to review. “If you watch a show for Netflix, it might be 102 minutes each, and if you get 10 of those, you need to see all 10 to be able to assess it," says Maureen Ryan, who is leaving her Variety TV critic job. "A lot of times, it’s not that good and you feel like, ‘O.K., for the sake of writing this review, I should probably watch 4 of the 10 episodes.’ That’s four solid 60-minute chunks of your life.” ALSO: TV criticism is now like book criticism -- you have to find the most interesting things to write about.
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Should TV critics stop reviewing bad shows in the Peak TV era?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Why should critics devote their limited time to obviously bad or mediocre television when there are so many good TV shows out there to review?
Posted Thursday 9/14/17 at 2:43PM EDT
CBS won’t allow TV critics to review Star Trek: Discovery until after its debut
Source: Entertainment Weekly
CBS is trying to keep the CBS All Access show under wraps. In fact, the show has been shrouded in so much secrecy that, according to Entertainment Weekly, “even the show’s cast hasn’t seen an episode yet.”