“Happy New Year” was supposed to have some tension about what’s happening to Avery in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, no one told that to the CBS promotions team. They’d included a shot of Avery home safe on New Year’s Eve in the previous week’s promo, completely ruining any sense of tension. ThisRead More →

At first glance, the title “AWOL” refers to Murphy’s planned story about Afghanistan. But it also applies to what’s missing from network news these days: a sense of independence, willingness to take risks, and faith that audiences can pay attention to lengthy, in-depth stories. I wish I could say theRead More →

Gotham returns to FOX for its final season in four weeks. The network has released a teaser video to whet our appetites. It gives us a quick recap of the end of Season 4, and a taste of the no man’s land Gotham has become since being cut off from theRead More →

“Quarantine” is the perfect blend for The Good Doctor’s mid-season finale. It’s an old-fashioned medical procedural, layered with just the right amount of emotional character development and winding up with multiple cliffhangers. San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital is plunged into a crisis when two patients arrive with a highly contagiousRead More →

I have often mentioned in these reviews that I, too, am a member of the press. As such, I found the dilemma presented in “Beat The Press” to be all too resonant. When your safety and that of your colleagues is on the line, do you hold back? The centralRead More →

“Empathy” is about more than just being able to put yourself in another’s shoes. It’s also about how we react when choices are taken away from us. Do we accept what’s left, or do we find another route? The Choices Three men find themselves in situations where choices are madeRead More →

We can usually count on The Good Doctor to weave stories of humanity into strange medical cases. We get both of these in “Stories.” The episode also delivers some strong yet non-preachy messaging about vaccinations, and it reminds us hospital management is Machiavellian. Vaccinate Your Kids! The show is unequivocalRead More →

There is a recipe for Thanksgiving episodes. It includes a turkey, an awkward family gathering, a dash of ribbing about the culinary talents of the host/hostess, and the eventual realization that despite difficulties, family is something to be thankful for. This episode of Murphy Brown has all those ingredients, butRead More →

I’d originally looked forward to Murphy Brown for biting political humor at a time when government seems like a circus. But that hasn’t been the show’s strong point. Instead, the show’s funniest moments have dealt with the absurdities of the news business, and its most enjoyable ones have revolved aroundRead More →

This episode of The Good Doctor is all about control; control of ourselves, control of others around us. Some people try to control others for different reasons. Sometimes those reasons are altruistic, and sometimes they’re self-serving. And we all try… and sometimes fail… to control our own lives. “Hubert” examinesRead More →

Pop culture fans are mourning the death of comics legend Stan Lee today at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 95. Lee was the co-founder of Marvel Comics, a brand that became an entertainment juggernaut. He created characters and teams like The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, The X-Men, Thor, BlackRead More →

Comic-Con International today announced the death of its longtime president, John Rogers. The announcement was posted on Twitter and on the Comic-con website just hours after badge sales closed for the 2019 event. The announcement reads: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of John Rogers, PresidentRead More →

Moving in together can be the hardest thing two people ever do, even if they’re in a platonic relationship. Divvying up the chores, holding up your end of the finances… dealing with your roommate’s quirks. Add unresolved sexual tension and it becomes even more difficult. Then throw autism into theRead More →

Five days before the midterm elections, Murphy Brown focuses on the big vote in “Results May Vary.” The episode features marathon election day coverage by Murphy in the Morning and Avery’s rival Wolf Network, from the opening of the polls to the final tally at midnight Eastern time. The episode isRead More →

I confess, I’m having trouble with this review of “Carrots.” It’s not that it was a bad episode, but neither did it really capture me. It’s rare for The Good Doctor to leave me this ambivalent, so bear with me while I break this down, and maybe figure out whyRead More →

Gothamites, rejoice! Gotham is returning to FOX on January 3, 2019! AND… it’s getting TWO MORE EPISODES! Yes, I’m excited. Gotham is my DCTV happy place, and I’m thrilled this Batman origin story is getting a little more time to unspool. Gotham star Camren Bicondova shared the premiere date onRead More →