TV Review: ‘Howards End’ on Starz

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If there were no Merchant Ivory film, Starz’s “Howards End” would be a more welcome adaptation. The four-part miniseries, an adaptation of E.M. Forster’s 1910 novel about class collision and national identity in turn-of-the-century England, is impeccably cast and studiously performed. But the bones of the production, adapted by prominent playwright Kenneth Lonergan and directed […]

‘Roseanne’: Is the Show Really ‘Just Like Us’? (Column)

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The most widely understood story of the success of “Roseanne’s” revival is that it’s because Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) is a proud “deplorable,” a supporter of President Donald Trump’s most extreme policies. As I wrote last week, I believe “Roseanne” is presenting more nuance to the viewer than unadulterated Trumpiness: The show is not necessarily on […]

TV Review: ‘Splitting Up Together’

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“Splitting Up Together” is not strictly a sitcom. It looks like one, for sure — a half-hour, family-centric show about life in the suburbs, punctuated with humor about kids, marriage, and home ownership. But sitcoms typically present a family (or some other group of characters) going through daily adventures and experiencing incremental change; the character […]

’60 Minutes’: Stormy Daniels Gets Her Revenge (Column)

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Given all the hype, adult film performer Stormy Daniels’ appearance on “60 Minutes” was a little anticlimactic. In classic newsmagazine style, the segment was buttoned-up and practiced, with very few spontaneous facial expressions or blurted-out words. Interviewer Anderson Cooper focused the last half of the segment not on Daniels but on the campaign finance regulations […]

TV Review: ‘Trust’ on FX

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Of course FX’s new miniseries “Trust” tends towards the overwrought. It’s a 10-part miniseries based on the real-life botched kidnapping of J. Paul Getty III (Harris Dickinson), which would have been fine — and possibly wouldn’t even have happened — were it not for the inhumane stinginess of his grandfather, the world’s richest man, J. […]