'Homeland' Is Falling Apart Before Our Very Eyes
November 14, 2013

It’s as hard to keep a longform television narrative going as it is to raise a child. Sometimes shorter forms are tempting, with old-hat conventions like climax and closure.

The Daily Show’s “Racist or Not Racist” Segment Was Offensively Funny
November 14, 2013

On last night’s "The Daily Show," host Jon Stewart interviewed the excellent comedy duo Key and Peele, whose show on Comedy Central is one of the slyest, strangest treatments of race on TV.

The Five Worst Clips From Piers Morgan's Gun Control Crusade
November 14, 2013

In the November 25th issue of the magazine, I wrote about the spectacle of Piers Morgan's gun control crusade, which required watching a brain-melting number of hours of Morgan's CNN show.

Ratings-Hungry Today Show Turns to On-Air Prostate Exams for Matt Lauer and Al Roker
November 07, 2013

This morning’s “Today Show” delivered the stunt that NBC has been eagerly teasing all week: Matt Lauer and Al Roker got prostate exams live on the air.

Appalachia Used to Be Simply Scary. Now Its Hipness Is Frightening.
November 05, 2013

For four decades Ned Beatty has been the unofficial spokesmodel of Appalachian tourism.

SNL’s Diversity Problem Isn’t Just About the Casting. It’s About the Writing.
November 04, 2013

Kerry Washington's versatile performance couldn’t save a show that didn't know what to do with her.

The Best TV Version of Anthony Weiner
October 25, 2013

This week, in a beautiful convergence of art and life, TV drama delivered two ripped-from-the-headlines Anthony Weiner storylines: one on “Scandal” and one on “Law and Order: SVU.” Taken together, these episodes offered a goofy funhouse mirror of Wei

Last Night's Letterman Was a Slap In the Face to the News Cycle
October 17, 2013

Why Congress shouldn't pass bills late at night: The comedians are left with dated material

This Is Not the Alec Baldwin We Know and Love
October 14, 2013

The set of Alec Baldwin’s new MSNBC talk show “Up Late,” which premiered Friday night, is a wood-paneled diner with green leather booths and an image of the New York skyline twinkling through a fake window.