Category Archives: Television

Sinking ships: The inevitable disappointment of TV coupledom

Relationshipping, or “shipping” for short, is the act of rooting for the romantic pairing of the particular couple either in real life or within a fictional context. Shipping exists in…

Fantasy: ‘Disenchantment’ fails to cast a spell

By JIM SABATASO Correspondent It’s unfair to compare “Disenchantment” to “The Simpsons” and “Futurama.” Unfair, but inevitable. The series, which premiered on Netflix last month, is the latest from Matt…

Represent: ‘Random Acts of Flyness’ is an engrossing exploration of African-American culture

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Whenever there’s a discussion about representation of nonwhite culture in popular media, there’s inevitably someone who will make the case for the preservation of white-European culture….

Craft works: ‘Making It’ is a creative escape

By Jim Sabataso Correcpondent In my recent discussion of summer popcorn television, I left out a crucial subcategory: reality shows. While I’ve never been able to get down with soapy…

Popcorn TV: In praise of the low-key summer binge

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent With so much capital “I” important television out there, it’s easy to get blinders on as you leap from one buzz-worthy new show to the next….

Small-town terror: ‘Castle Rock’ has potential to thrill

By JIM SABATASO Correspondent Anyone who grew up in a small town knows they have their secrets. You hear whispers of tragedy, scandal, and sin, furtively spoken of in hushed…

A cruel joke: ‘Who is America?” asks a question we may not want answered

By JIM SABATASO Correspondent Sacha Baron Cohen has made a career of putting one over on people. On “Da Ali G Show” (2000-2004), the British comedian and master of disguise…

HBO faces the future

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent HBO was always something different. The premium cable channel has told us as much over its 45-year history with its haughty tag line, which boasted, “it’s…

Power Man: ‘Luke Cage’ delivers a strong sophomore season

By Jim Sabataso Sweet Christmas! Now, that’s how you make a season of television. When “Luke Cage” premiered on Netflix in 2016, it was a distinctly different thing. It was…

Uncivil discourse: Michelle Wolf comes out swinging with ‘The Break’

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Michelle Wolf is having a good summer. The comedian and former writer for “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “The Daily Show” has quickly emerged as…