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Natalie Portman’s ‘Lady in the Lake’ Misfire Is a Puzzle No One Will Care to Solve: TV Review

19 July 2024 at 01:00
Based on the novel by Laura Lippman and adapted for television by Alma Har’el, “Lady in the Lake” on Apple TV+ is a story about women’s ambition, and what happens when those aspirations are denied. Set in Baltimore, Maryland in 1966, the series revolves around two women. Maddie Schwartz (Natalie Portman) is a Jewish housewife […]

Emmys 2024: Variety Critics Celebrate ‘Reservation Dogs,’ Disagree About ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ and Cackle Over ‘The Morning Show’

18 July 2024 at 20:35
Every year, the Television Academy’s Emmy nominations honor hundreds of individuals , dozens of shows and inspire enough material for a week’s worth of trend pieces. Sorting through it all is daunting, which is why Variety TV critics Alison Herman and Aramide Tinubu convened to give their big-picture thoughts on the nominations , from breakout […]

In Netflix’s Powerful ‘Simone Biles Rising,’ the Gymnast Gets Candid About Pulling Out of the Tokyo Olympics: TV Review

17 July 2024 at 07:01
During the Tokyo Olympics — held in 2021 rather than 2020 because of the pandemic — Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast of all time, pulled out of the competition at the last minute. Leading up to the games, all eyes were on the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team, and Biles’ exit caused a frenzy of vitriol across […]

Forest Whitaker’s ‘Emperor of Ocean Park’ Is a Provocative Murder-Mystery, Once It Finds Its Footing: TV Review

14 July 2024 at 14:15
It’s never been more evident how politics, wealth and power intersect within this country. Together, this trifecta allows certain people to maintain control over others. Based on Stephen L. Carter’s best-selling novel and adapted for television by Sherman Payne, MGM+’s “Emperor of Ocean Park” is a murder mystery about grief — and about how influence […]

Seth Rogen’s Tiresome ‘Sausage Party’ Series Stretches Groan-Worthy Food Puns to Their Limit: TV Review

11 July 2024 at 14:22
Raunch is its own justification. Why does an animated feature about talking food need a follow-up TV series almost a decade after its initial release? For the reason that Seth MacFarlane’s “Ted” got a seven-episode threequel that became one of the first big hits of this year, despite iffy execution and a lack of Mark […]

Rashida Jones and a Robot Star in Apple’s Stylish, Unsatisfying Mystery ‘Sunny’: TV Review

10 July 2024 at 13:15
From “Shōgun” to “Blue Eye Samurai” to “Tokyo Vice,” Japan has been having something of a moment on American TV. Last year, Apple TV+ introduced “Drops of God,” a live-action manga adaptation about a wine empire’s succession crisis, to stateside viewers. With “Sunny,” its new A24-produced half-hour dramedy that stars Rashida Jones as an American […]

‘P-Valley’ Spinoff Docuseries ‘Down in the Valley’ Is a Glimpse Into the Unseen Deep South: TV Review

5 July 2024 at 14:15
When Katori Hall’s Starz drama, “P-Valley,” debuted in 2020, it showcased a world that had never been spotlighted on television. “P-Valley” follows the erotic dancers of the gritty but beloved strip club The Pynk, run by Uncle Clifford (Nicco Annan), the club’s gender-nonconforming owner. Set in the fictional town of Chucalissa, Mississippi, the series also […]