Monthly Archives: December 2018

Worst Shows of the Year

Heathers – The Paramount Network – Paramount pulled this show three different times due to real life shootings. It should’ve just kept it off the air because it was terrible.

Now and Then – HBO – On paper, this should have worked. Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter headlined, and it was produced by Alan Ball of Six Feet Under Fame. However, this confusing series flopped.

Riverdale – The CW – In year three, this show has lost me. Instead of normal teenage angst, it has turned into a crazy mess.

Camping – HBO – There were some funny moments, thanks go Juliette Lewis, but Lena Dunham’s follow-up to Girls was a disappointment.

Monday Night Football- ESPN – The latest incarnation with Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, and unfortunately-named Booger McFarland managed to mangle fool-proof football.

GMA Day – ABC – This is the first mis-step in Michael Strahan’s meteoric television career.

Anything on E! – It should be renamed the K! network for Kardashian.

The Alec Baldwin Show – ABC – Baldwin’s tabloid antics didn’t translate to an interesting TV show.




The Fox B-team of Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, and Laura Okmin will call the Eagles-Redskins game Sunday at 4:25 on Fox.

The Fox A-team of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Erin Andrews will do the Bears-Vikings game.


Off the Top of My Head Favorites of 2018

Succession – HBO – It didn’t get the love like Game of Thrones or Westworld, but I was riveted to this series.

Queer Eye – Netflix – The remake is better than the original. It taught the world the French Tuck.

A Million Little Things – ABC – At first, it seemed like a rip-off of This is Us, but each week got better, and it is being moved to prime real estate of Thursday night on ABC.

This is Us – NBC – The show never fails to surprise or bring a tear.

Murphy Brown/The Conners/Will and Grace – CBS/ABC/NBC – Will and Grace is the best of the remakes, but I enjoy seeing our old friends from Murphy Brown and The Conners back on TV, although it misses Roseanne.

Watch What Happens Live – Bravo – His first name isn’t Jimmy, but Andy Cohen and his crack production team put together my favorite late night show.

Rock Legends – AXS – My dream is to be one of those talking heads who discuss Fleetwood Mac or the other Rock Gods of the 70’s and 80’s.

Family Guy – Fox – Well into its second decade, this show is still a scream every week. Bless you Seth McFarlane.

Dirty John – Bravo – Connie Britton, Eric Bana and Juno Temple are scarier than any Bravo Housewife.

Vanderpump Rules – Bravo – In year 8, yes, 8, this spin-off to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, is just as good, if not better. It is about the pasta!

Eagles Post Game Live – NBC SportsNet – One of the few local shows I still watch – Seth Joyners’s flower deserves a twitter handle.

Saturday Night Live – NBC – I’ve watched this show my entire life, and when it has a good host like Matt Damon, is still the greatest.

Comedy Central Roast – Comedy Central (even though it’s only on once a year) – This year’s roast was of Bruce Willis. It is the only time I watch Comedy Central all year.

Celebrity Family Feud – ABC – It’s a little heavy on the athletes, but even Kanye West came across well on America’s favorite game show.

American Woman – The Paramount Network-  Alicia Silverstone and company deserved a second season.


Best Part of The Kennedy Center Honors

Cyndi Lauper, Kelly Clarkson, Little Big Town, and the Schuyler Sisters from Hamilton were the highlights of the Kennedy Center Honors Wednesday night, but my favorite part of the show was the audience cutaways.

Recipients were Reba McEntire, Philip Glass, Wayne Shorter, and Cher. The co-creators of Hamilton received a special award for being trailblazers in the arts.

Laverne and Shirley Marathon Sunday on MeTV

Of course, the most memorable Laverne and Shirley appearance was when they made their debut on Happy Days. In those days, around 30 million people a week were watching Happy Days.

In today’s age of a million channels, we just don’t watch the same shows anymore.

Penny Marshall Random Thoughts

In the iconic opening for Laverne and Shirley, did anyone else wonder why Laverne was walking out of a closet?

Penny Marshall was one of the best female athletes for the ABC team on Battle of the Network Stars.

Laverne and Shirley was never the same after the show moved to California.

A League of Their Own is on basic cable almost every day.


Gritty Makes EW Best of 2018 Issue

The Flyers’ new mascot Gritty, which has been the only highlight of the team’s dismal season, made Entertainment Weekly’s Best of 2018 issue.

SAG Award Television Nominations

The Screen Actor Guild Award nominations are out. My television choices are in bold.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Antonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”
Darren Criss, “Assassination of Gianni Versace”
Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal”
Anthony Hopkins, “King Lear”
Bill Pullman, “The Sinner” 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Amy Adams, “Sharp Objects”
Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”
Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”
Penelope Cruz, “Assassination of Gianni Versace”
Emma Stone, “Maniac”

My runner-up would be Cruz.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
John Krasinski, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
Julia Garner, “Ozark”
Laura Linney, “Ozark”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

I wouldn’t be surprised if Sandra Oh won.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”
Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”
Bill Hader, “Barry”
Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Henry Winkler, “Barry”

My choice would be Seth McFarlane for Family Guy.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Alison Brie, “GLOW”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Borstein is also on one of my favorite shows, Family Guy, as Lois Griffin.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:
“The Americans”
“Better Call Saul”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“This Is Us”

A Million Little Things is coming on strong for ABC.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
“The Kominsky Method”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Will and Grace should’ve been nominated.

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series:
“Marvel’s: Daredevil”
“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”
“The Walking Dead”

Award Shows Aren’t Fun Anymore

Award shows have been ruined by the plethora of networks. I watch a ton of television, and I haven’t seen half of the shows nominated.

The poor old broadcast networks are barely nominated. ABC and Fox had zero nominations!  The Conners or Family Guy should have been nominated for something. NBC’s great show, This is Us was not nominated for anything.  For CBS, its lone nomination was for Candice Bergen in the already-cancelled Murphy Brown. Maybe ESPN’s Monday Night Football should’ve been nominated for best comedy for that announcing team (ba-dum dum).

I’m glad that Connie Britton was nominated for Dirty John on Bravo. I am also glad that Kieran Culkin was nominated for the underrated Succession on HBO.

Best Television Series – Drama
“The Americans” – don’t watch
“Bodyguard” – don’t watch
“Homecoming” – don’t watch
“Killing Eve” – don’t watch
“Pose” – don’t watch

I would have nominated This is Us, How to Get Away with Murder, and A Million Little Things.

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
“Barry” (HBO) – don’t watch
“The Good Place” (NBC) – don’t watch
“Kidding” (Showtime) – don’t watch
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix) – just started
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon) – just started second season

I would have nominated Will and Grace, Family Guy, and Saturday Night Live.

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“The Alienist” (TNT) – have no idea what this is
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX) – great
“Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime) – already done on Lifetime
“Sharp Objects” (HBO) – disappointing
“A Very English Scandal” (Amazon) – no idea


Jury Room Television Verdict

As part of a jury assembly room yesterday, I was subjected to around 8 hours of daytime television.

Channel 6 should dub itself the official waiting room station of Philadelphia. Just like in every doctor’s waiting room, 6ABC was broadcast in the jury room for most of the day, including the news at noon. It was comforting to see Rick Williams and Adam Joseph. Sarah Bloomquist was on assignment.

The Price is Right is still going strong at 11 a.m. on CBS3 with Drew Carey and a male model in the mix. Let’s Make a Deal with Wayne Brady was ok, but nothing special.

GMA Day at 1 p.m. on 6ABC with Michael Strahan and some stray from The View was awful. One segment was basically an infomercial for Aldi.

Who Wants to Be A Millionaire airs at 2 p.m. on ABC. Believe it or not, the show will be celebrating its 20th year on the air next year.

Ellen on NBC10 at 3 p.m. is good for the first ten minutes. My one takeaway from watching is that Ellen will have a stand-up special on Netflix soon.

Then luckily at 4 p.m., the jury room was dismissed!