2017 Emmys Live Blog

6:00pm – So, 10 minutes ago, some fashion knob on E! said that LITERALLY NOTHING is off-limits for Nicole Kidman on the red carpet…which, if he’s using English correctly, means she could LITERALLY arrive any minute stark naked, smeared in  ...

SXSW 2017: The Rest of the Fest

Previously on Culture Vulture, I shared the Top Five Films I saw at Austin's 2017South-by-Southwest Festival. And now, my picks for additional SXSW hits and misses, coming soon to a theater, festival, streaming service,  ...

10 Alternative Facts about “Veep”

Joe Biden may have been the most accomplished former vice president to speak at this year's SXSW multi-media festival in Austin, Texas -- but Selina Meyer was easily the funniest (in clips from the upcoming sixth season of  ...

Victoria– PBS Masterpiece

Yes! Another fab English costume drama to savor over the long winter nights. Fans of “Downton Abbey” will relish the seven episodes of “Victoria,” with its captivating story, appealing historic personalities, excellent performances and first-rate production values. Who  ...

BEST OF 2016: TELEVISION

1. "THE PEOPLE VS. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY" (FX) & "O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA" (ESPN) These equally masterful narrative and journalistic deep dives into the "Trial of the Century" were painfully resonant given their focus  ...

Churchill’s Secret

This appealing drama about Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) centers on a little known chapter in his fascinating and well-documented life. In June 1953, the great man, then Prime Minister at age 78, suffered a stroke. In a feat impossible today,  ...

Inspector Lewis: The Final Season

The very final three-episode season of “Inspector Lewis,” premiering Sunday, August 7, 2016 on PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery, is a sad hail and farewell to the appealing characters and ingenious plot puzzles that began with Oxfordshire’s Detective Chief Inspector Endeavour Morse  ...

Best of 2015: TV

1. "THE SOUP"   Sure, it's just a basic cable clip show of snarky jokes about TV's dopiest programs. Yet by policing the low standards of lowest common denominator viewing (and the cynical corporate interests that never go  ...

Downton Abbey, The Final Season

      “The world is a different place from the way it was, my Lord. And Downton Abbey must change with it,” Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) tells Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville).   It’s hard  ...

Home Fires

    Stories of English heroism during World War II never fail to inspire me. They also make me wonder how I would have managed had I lived in a rural English village, like the Cheshire village of  ...