Day: September 13, 2022

Best-bets for Sept. 15: laughs, ghosts, killers, demon

1) “Atlanta” (shown here in a previous seasoh) season-openers, 10 and 10:40 p.m., FX, rerunning at 11:26 and 12:06. This starts with Darius trying to return an item to a store that’s being looted. The result is both funny and bizarre – a sign of what’s ahead. Partly Serling and Seinfeld, partly Fellini and Freud, it’s a strange way to start the final season. The second episode views Ern in therapy … and views a stranger in deetail. The elements seem unrelated … until they merge in an unsettling way. Read more…

Emmycast was listless (that’s good), often hostless (that’s not)

Near the end of the Emmy awards, Pete Davidson suggested a round of applause for Kenan Thompson.
My instinctive response was, “Who???”
Oh yes, he was sort of the host. He told a couple jokes, joined an ill-advised dance number and later told some more jokes, including some good ones. Then he mostly vanished.
There’s a reason we need stand-up-comedy types to host awardcasts. They can punctuate a show with quick quips at odd moments. Thompson’s a terrific comedy actor, but this isn’t in his skill set; you need someone like Steve Martin (shown here with “Only Murders in the Building” colleagues Martin Short and Selena Gomez). Read more…