A vote for the Nazis

man in the high castle scene

You may have heard that Amazon, in its bid to dominate even more of your life than Facebook, is now soliciting audience opinions on which shows it should develop. Right now there are about a dozen pilots, available here for free. To be honest, most of them look dreadful, but I did take a look at “The Man in the High Castle” and decided to vote for […]

Fun with vampires

That's the last time I use the drive-thru.

We all have our guilty pleasures, and one of mine at the moment is “The Strain,” the TV adaptation of the books by Guillermo del Toro. It’s all about vampires taking over New York City. It’s like “The Walking Dead,” except, you know, with vampires. And an evil presence orchestrating the whole thing. You can see why it’s a guilty pleasure. But bear with me. These aren’t […]

American History ‘R’

roosevelt art

The past really would be just a bucket of ashes except for what it can teach about the present. The new PBS series “The Roosevelts” has at least one good lesson: In America, strong presidents are better than weak ones — unless you are a member of the foreign-tyrant or corrupt fat-cat community. We viewed all seven episodes over the past week. It’s compelling stuff. But you […]

‘Fargo’ in Bemidji

Strangers in an emergency room.

‘Fargo,” the FX series, may be the best thing I’ve seen on the small screen since “Breaking Bad.” We finished it last night, after paying two bucks an episode via Amazon Prime. I like the pay-as-you-go method; if a show starts to stink you can save yourself some dough and make a statement at the same time. “Fargo” doesn’t stink. I’m not saying it was perfect. There […]

Vicar with a heart

Heart-to-heart in East London.

If you only watch the Hulu promo for “Rev.,” you might think it’s just another “Vicar of Dibley” or “Father Ted” — a catchphrase-heavy sitcom about zany vicars and their zany congregations. It’s actually a lot better than that. Having just watched the third (and probably final) season on Hulu, I consider it another of those miniature BBC masterpieces, like “The Office” or “Fawlty Towers.” I say […]

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 […]