Day: December 2, 2019

This show is making it fun

An amiable anomaly returns tonight (Dec. 2).
“Making It” is a low-cost, low-stress show about ordinary – well, semi-ordinary – people who make things. They use wood … or balloons or noodles or electrical wires or whatever.
This show could easily be ignored, tucked in the cable crevices where how-to shows belong. Instead, it gets a prime spot – 10 p.m. Dec. 2-5 and 8-9, then 9-11 p.m. Dec. 10 – on NBC
Yes.the network that has gave us “Seinfeld,” ““ER” an.d “West Wing” is giving eight primetime hours to a show that includes the artistic use of noodles. And somehow, that makes sense. Read more…

Best-bets for Dec. 4: The Moody-ness begins

1) “The Moodys,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., Fox, concluding Dec. 9-10. When the Fox people called this an “anti-holidays” mini-series, we expected a “Bad Santa” or “Kranks.” Instead, it’s something deeper. The Moody offspring, all adults, have troubles; one lives at home, the other two arrive for Christmas with secrets and messy lives. But they’re good-hearted people, in muddled lives. Dan (Francois Arnaud) and his new friend Cora (Maria Gabriela de Faria), shown here, are instantly likable. It’s a first-rate comedy-drama. Read more…

Surprise: Three excellent comedy-dramas arrive

Each December, our TV expectations become lower or looser.
We expect a few specks of greatness – Charlie Brown and the Grinch, mostly – and lots of pleasantly adequate shows. So this is a surprise: In a five-day stretch, three terrific shows will arrive.
One of those — the much-honored “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (shown here) — was expected; the others weren’t.
“The Moodys” is a comedy-drama mini-series, on a network (Fox) that’s been comedy-deprived lately. “Work in Progress” is a low-budget series with high-IQ scripts. Let’s view all three chronologically: Read more…