Semi-Retired Columnist and Critic
Jeff Simon began working at The News as a copyboy 57 years ago. Since that time, he has been closely involved in all aspects of The News' cultural coverage – as critic, columnist and Arts and Books editor for 25 years.
Simon offers his 2021 "comfort food" TV show report card.
When the "news value" is more on the gossip side (the Post's Page Six, let's say) you get what seems to have happened to Couric, which amounts to double reverse hype. That is, hype in the guise of its opposite, Simon says.
The series' ending in 2007 was the greatest disappointment in the history of television, Simon says.
"NCIS" reemerged from pandemic sleep on the air this week.
Ken Burns' four-part "Muhammad Ali" begins on Sunday evening on Channel 17 (PBS) and continues for four nights.
It is not possible for anyone who cares about TV and movies to keep up with everything that is at all promising in the new world of broadcasting, cable AND streaming where people actually watch TV on phones, Simon says.
It's an ancient argument about TV news: Just what IS it? TV or news?
I will always be grateful to Don Johnson for being the original TV model for the male fashion I've found to be infinitely useful in my semi-retired maturity, writes Jeff Simon.
She performed in one event – the balance beam – where she won a bronze medal Tuesday. That's baby stuff for a fabled medal collector like Biles. But what she accomplished was much bigger.
For many decades, Larry Block has been considered one of the great living masters of crime and mystery fiction.