"I think people — and I have, too, wrongly, sometimes — said, ‘Oh, it’s just about the glitz.’"
I've always thought back fondly on the 1990 Steven Bochco attempt at a musical procedural. It makes me wonder at the TV experiments we haven't seen yet.
Season five of the show had lots of things that made no sense, and, worse, felt exploitative — something I'd rarely thought about the show.
The beautiful television issue of 'Esopus' could be the first designed for people who never watch television.
'Parenthood' could easily be condemned for its yuppie navel-gazing. I say, bring on the navels. Let us gaze.
I'm a longtime fan of 'How I Met Your Mother,' but this season is bumming me out.
The show is a cascade of increasingly nutso plot twists.
The Just Jealous! thesis and the I'm Rubber, You’re Glue school of thought.
While the ladies around her bloom, Betty hardens, her character getting ever icier, vainer, more alien.
'Terriers' has pulled off a neat trick: looking like a procedural, then sneaking in something much more interesting.
"Still, if 'Boardwalk' doesn’t have original ideas about the men who kill for money ... that’s very easy to ignore when you’re dizzy with the fun of it all."
In this week's magazine, Emily Nussbaum remembers 'Law & Order,' recently canned by NBC after 456 episodes.
"What was this wild goose that I had been chasing so loyally for five seasons?"
"It made me think and argue and feel, which is exactly what great TV should do."
Over at Surf, a plea to end the insanity.
And so it shall be!
Fortunately for ABC, she has good things to say about 'FlashForward.'
Nussbaum discovers in John Ortved's new 'The Simpsons: An Uncensored Unauthorized History' the identity of the guy who inspired Waylon Smithers.
At Surf, Emily Nussbaum ponders the history of straight TV-sitcom characters mistaken for gay, from Jack Tripper through Andy Bernard.
Today marks the debut of Surf, the new blog by 'New York' TV critic Emily Nussbaum.
She still seemed like someone capable of handling anything. Then in last week's episode, Joan's power turned against her.
Tonight's premiere may feel a bit like being stuck at the peak of a really fantastic roller coaster, except that it's a ride you can barely remember getting on and that looks suspiciously like it's made of off-brand particle board.
"This could be our last family portrait. Jesus could be here by Labor Day."