Category Archives: TV

“Hamilton” and 40

It all comes back to musical theatre, in the end. I’m here and it’s about 11 pm on a Wednesday and I have work tomorrow and I pretty much don’t care. I used to get this a lot, that feeling that there’s something in my mind and it hurts like a splinter and I need […]

Ten Things I Think I Think About TV: Volume 1

We’re neck deep into the peak time of Peak TV: The Fall season is in full-swing, and its scythe of original programming has claimed many a victim and inspired many a think piece. October is also one of the worst times at The Job I Do That’s Not Writing About TV, Even Though A Lot […]

How one scene explains the brilliance of the second season of “Review”

There are many excellent things about the second season of “Review.” In fact, there are so many that it’s difficult to know how to even start. Last week’s installment, “Buried Alive/6-Star Review/Public Speaking” might have been this season’s “Pancakes/Divorce/Pancakes”, which is to say its signature (if not actual “best”) episode of the season. Rather than […]

The Heart Over The Head

Part of why I stopped writing so many episodic recaps was functional: The pace at which I was writing them outstripped my desire to keep doing them. But part of it was also due to that fact that I couldn’t do the type of writing I always wanted to do, because so much of that […]

Introducing The TV Thunderdome

I generally don’t comment upon ad campaigns for television shows, since I’m into reviewing shows, not promos. A skillful promo can be made for a crappy show, and the reverse is also true. (That first FOX promo for “Enlisted” was so bad it probably killed the show before it even aired.) Talking about a promo […]

Monday Morning Critic: Ten things I think that I think

Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece.

The Boob Tube Dude At The Austin Television Festival

The wife and I rarely travel, but when we do, she usually makes sure that we watch as little TV as possible. After all, that’s what I do every other week of the year, and she has this whole thing about “pay attention to me” when we go out. It’s pretty nutty, I know.

The Boob Tube Dude Birthday Bash Contest

So it’s my birthday on November 15th. Rather than ask for gifts, I want to give you one. So here’s a little contest, which I hope is “fun” for you and not “clinically narcissistic” for me. You have a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card throughout by birthday by doing the following: Follow […]

Boob Tube Dude on The Radio

Tomorrow, September 10th, I’ll be making my first appearance on WGBH, Boston’s Public Radio. I’ll be chatting about Fall TV with The Boston Globe’s TV critic Matthew Gilbert. If you live in New England, you’ll be able to listen to the show from 1:40 pm – 2:00 pm EST. (In the Boston area, WGBH is […]

The Top 10 Shows of 2011

I have a love/hate relationship with Top 10 lists, as I’m sure many of you do as well. But until we all collectively decide to stop writing/reading them, I suppose I can throw in my own list to the massive mix already in place.  Last year, I did a massive three-part series for my Top […]