The annoying Mr. Chu

alex trebek and arthur chu on jeopardy

I like games: “Ticket to Ride,” Hearts, “Mafia,” Pinochle … and of course, “Jeopardy.” Especially “Jeopardy.” It always brings out the show-off in me. I love to pop off answers before the contestants can. Behold my genius, friends and family! No matter that my confident answers are often wrong — hey, I not wagering actual money. So I have a grudging admiration for Arthur Chu, even as […]

‘Downton’: Time for another dead Turk?

downton abbey season 4 lady mary

Did you catch the season premiere of Downton Abbey on Sunday? I see at least 10.2 million of you did. My take: Two solid hours of boredom. I don’t want to be one of those people who finds fault with all things popular, but I do think this show, like Mad Men, has completely lost its mojo. Let’s just say I don’t have any strong urge to […]

The sound of the snarkmeisters

It's like the man said, Carrie: "Haters gon' hate."

We were talking about the insane Twitter flame-fest that erupted during and after NBC’s live version of The Sound of Music. What the hell was up with that? I was shocked and saddened. What do people expect of live television? Something really classy like the f*%$#ing Grammy Awards? Look, the original Sound of Music was corny even when it was new, and this stage version didn’t add […]

The not-so-quick and ‘The Walking Dead’

Just another day at the apocalypse.

The zombies of The Walking Dead have the reflexes of Play-Doh, zero tactical awareness, and a top speed of 1.2 miles per hour. Yet somehow they are able to take down major characters week after week. That’s just one of the problems I have with this show. I’m coming up on the end of Season Three via Netflix and there are so many new faces it’s beginning […]

My last bit of praise for “Breaking Bad’

Into the sunset.

I know: Nobody comes here to get the final analysis on Breaking Bad. But I can’t say goodbye to the best TV show ever made without saying something about it. Those of you who’ve never seen the show are free to to go. I promise, my assassins outside won’t track you down later. First of all, memo to David Chase: This is how you end a critically […]

Meandering along with ‘Mad Men’

Yes, people really did dress like this.

Well, mark me down as one of those who thought Mad Men kind of sucked this season. The New York Times’ Alessandra Stanley catches a large ration of shit from commenters for suggesting as much, but she’s right: Stories you expect to be linear, like literature, have become circular, like soap opera. Plots are being recycled, and the only thing that keeps the show remarkable is its […]

‘Game of Thrones’: Feel-good romp of the year

It goes downhill from here.

I watch Game of Thrones, but I’m never quite sure if I like it. I felt the same way about the five (so far) weighty books in the series. It’s too much. The whole thing is a vast, often plodding yarn that has way too many characters — not all of whom are very interesting. There are so many people wandering around in medieval garb that you […]