“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”: The Not-Daily Show

The last two minutes of the July 26 episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver might have been surprising to people who have heard about the show but never watched it. As the 17-minute piece on mandatory minimum sentencing laws drew to a close, Oliver delivered an impassioned plea to viewers to consider the issue and…Read more “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”: The Not-Daily Show

The M&M Report Predicts the 2017 Emmys

Here are predictions for this year’s Emmy awards from me and my podcast partner Devin Mitchell. They are official and binding, and we arrived at them separately. If you bet on our picks and come up short, you may sue us for all we are worth.

The M&M Report Predicts the 2016 Emmys

It’s safe to assume that Veep will be among the winners at tonight’s presentation of the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. But who will join them? Below, my podcast partner Devin Mitchell and I offer our predictions, which range from bold to conservative, optimistic to resigned. We’ll regroup on a new episode of The M&M Report later this…Read more The M&M Report Predicts the 2016 Emmys

2015 in Review: Great TV Episodes, January to June

In an era of Peak TV, for which we need a new and less overused buzzword, a Top 10 list for the year’s best television simply isn’t enough. What follows is a collection of good-to-great shows that, for a variety of reasons, just missed my marquee year-end list. I’ve organized this two-part guide to TV’s…Read more 2015 in Review: Great TV Episodes, January to June

2015 in Review: My Ten (Okay, Eleven) Favorite TV Shows

Diversity of many varieties was on the brain for many spheres of television this year. Network executives, showrunners, critics and audiences alike engaged in thoughtful discourse about what it means to make diverse television in 2015. There are more places than ever to watch TV, and more places than ever to distribute it. It makes…Read more 2015 in Review: My Ten (Okay, Eleven) Favorite TV Shows

“Veep” and “Silicon Valley”: Going Out on Top (or At Least Tied)

The fourth season of Veep clattered to a halt Sunday night, ending indecisively as the election contest between sitting president Selina Meyer and challenger Bill O’Brien culminated in a rare electoral college tie. The finale, which I discussed with Devin Mitchell and Kevin Werner on the M&M Report, had much of the outstanding previous episode’s balletic…Read more “Veep” and “Silicon Valley”: Going Out on Top (or At Least Tied)

2014 in Review: Television is a Beautiful Mess

When Breaking Bad departed from television in a trail of crystal blue persuasion last September, television lost its center of gravity. At the time, this development seemed troubling. Without a consensus show around which to rally on social media, television fans and critics alike had to search elsewhere to find a show worthy of their…Read more 2014 in Review: Television is a Beautiful Mess

2014 in Review: The Year in Episodes

This list is exactly what it looks like: a list of one great episode in each of twenty shows that I watched this year. I could have filled the entire list with episodes of The Americans and Hannibal, but I decided to impose a limit of one episode per show. This list is different from…Read more 2014 in Review: The Year in Episodes

The M&M Report: Catching up

Missed an episode of my pop-culture podcast with Devin Mitchell? Catch up on every episode since July here. Dec. 17 – “Whiplash” and “Interstellar” Nov. 25 – “The Newsroom” (with Suzanne Gaber and David Lim) and “Birdman” Nov. 19 – “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and “Serial” Nov. 9 – Taylor Swift’s “1989” with…Read more The M&M Report: Catching up