Stephen Colbert really is a nasty, self-loving piece of work: Did you see his interview Thursday with Damian Lewis, who’ll premiere in next Sunday’s “Billions” on Showtime? Case closed.
Not wicked, just sleazy: “Wicked City” began with a young woman’s head disappearing from the shot through a car window to perform a sexual act for the car’s serial-killing driver only to be murdered by him before she got the chance. The show’s taste somehow found a way to go downhill from there.
More noise, lots more noise: How bad is the new info apparatus telling us about new programming? “Mr. Robot” was so good that its advent should have been brazenly hyped everywhere, not slipped onto the USA network with just a few side-of-the mouth whispers.
Show me a hero: There will always be those who claim that David Simon is a TV hero because of “The Wire.” “Show Me a Hero” didn’t prove it to me.
What would Uncle Walter say – not to mention Ed Murrow?: Wouldn’t you love to hear Murrow and Walter Cronkite on the subject of NBC’s Brian Williams’ Follies, not to mention the Fox News anchor/dingdong Andrea Tantaros who recently wondered aloud on television whether Barack Obama’s tears for murdered first-graders in Newtown were actually caused by an onion undeneath his podium?
A very black joke or a spiritual moment?: Your choice, when watching the final seconds ever of “Mad Men” on AMC. Its creators say it was a spiritual moment when we found out that Don had written the famous “I’d like to teach the world to sing” Coke commercial. I say it was wicked irony. But then I’ve never trusted “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner as far as I could throw him.
Late night without David Letterman and Jon Stewart: Are you ready for Jimmy Kimmel as a standard for integrity? Colbert’s got the brains but that’s all.
Thursdays with Shonda: A great place to be if the football game doesn’t interest you. No matter how nuts it gets, “Scandal” never takes longer than one episode to recover. Shonda Rhimes is a new kind of TV showrunner – one prepared to blow her show’s plot to smithereens every week.
Goodbye: Joanna Pasceri, who didn’t deserve to go; and Rich Newberg, the only man in the history of Buffalo TV News who was such a mensch that murderers felt comfortable giving themselves up to his custody.
– Jeff Simon