Category Archives: Television

Family business: ‘The Americans’ sees threats from all sides in season 4

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent There’s a scene in the second episode of “The Americans” season four where Paige (Holly Taylor) confesses to Elizabeth (Keri Russell) that she has told Pastor…

Glutton for punishment: ‘Daredevil’ season 2 is a solid, but fractured sophomore effort

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Marvel’s Netflix series have the benefit of existing in a charmed, if dark, corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unlike the blockbuster films, like the upcoming…

‘House of Cards’ is an improvement but still has nothing to say

Jim Sabataso Correspondent The prospect of watching yet another season of “House of Cards” seemed more like a chore than a pleasure. I’ve never been a huge fan of the…

Time warp: ‘11.22.63’ is a thrilling trip into the past

Jim Sabataso Correspondent If you could go back in time to change history, would you do it? It’s a fun game of “What If?” that can set the imagination soaring….

‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’

Jim Sabataso Correspondent When FX announced Ryan Murphy’s new true-crime anthology series “American Crime Story” would be tackling the O.J. Simpson trial, I was skeptical. Murphy, whose previous projects such…

Clowning around: ‘Baskets’ finds humor in failure

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent With such a long list of credits to his name, it’s rather remarkable that it’s taken this long for Zach Galifianakis to step out of supporting…

Lost in time: ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ has yet to find itself

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Marvel Comics may be beating DC in both output and execution at the box office, but the Distinguished Competition has been dominating the small screen. Yes,…

Killing it: ‘Deadpool’ is for the fans

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent The road to a “Deadpool” movie has been a long and bumpy one. The wise-cracking, motor-mouthed X-Man character, created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld in…

Cold cases: ‘The X-Files’ is a welcome, if not essential, revival

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Add “The X-Files” to the list of previously canceled TV shows currently getting on the reboot/revival bandwagon. The cult series, which aired on Fox from 1993-2002,…

Big issues: ABC’s ‘American Crime’ is difficult but rewarding television

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent When the first season of “American Crime” premiered last winter on ABC, it was a refreshingly sophisticated and trenchant take racism and prejudice in American society….