television

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Long Shot Sequence

One of my absolute favorite filmmaking techniques is the long shot: A scene where the camera doesn’t cut away for minutes at a time. The movies Gravity and Children of Men have amazing long shots, as does Goodfellas (there are many others too). As fascinated as I am by these scenes, I’ve never seen exactly […]


Which TV Show’s Season Finale Would You Most Like to Attend?

Which TV Show's Season Finale Would You Most Like to Attend?

I’m incredibly excited about something I never really thought I would be excited about. I watch quite a few shows–or parts of shows–that involve live studio audiences. The various late-night talk shows, the season finales of competitions like Top Chef and American Ninja Warrior, some sitcoms, the Super Bowl, etc. Only a handful of times […]


My Top 3 Saturday Night Live Sketches of the Week

I wasn’t allowed to watch SNL as a kid, but as an adult, I look forward to watching new episodes each week. As inspired by Slashfilm’s weekly rundown, this season I thought I’d share my top 3 favorite sketches of the week whenever I remember to do so. I’ll post my commentary below each video […]


My Thoughts on the American Ninja Warrior Finale

My Thoughts on the American Ninja Warrior Finale

If you watch this show and haven’t watched last night’s episode, spoilers await! Otherwise, if you don’t care about spoilers and are curious about game design, competitive TV, and sports, you might find this interesting (and I’d like to hear your thoughts). *** As I’ve written about a few times, I love American Ninja Warrior. […]


Do You Watch “The Profit”?

Do You Watch "The Profit"?

I’m hooked on a CNBC show called “The Profit.” Someone recommended the show to me recently (I’ve searched through my emails and can’t find who it was, so if it was you, please tell me so I can thank you! Over that last week I’ve watched 10 or so episodes, and I’m really enjoying it. […]


Have You Watched Letterkenny?

Have You Watched Letterkenny?

For the last month or so, a few friends have been quoting this television show, Letterkenny, nonstop. They do this a lot with shows they enjoy even though it makes no sense to the rest of us. But they’ve recommended some quality shows in the past (like Rick & Morty), so after what seemed like […]


What Do You Think About This Ninja Warrior Advertising Technique?

What Do You Think About This Ninja Warrior Advertising Technique?

American Ninja Warrior is doing something a little different this season. Once per episode, before they cut to commercial break, the announcers say something to the effect of, “Stay tuned during the commercial to watch X competitor’s run through the course.” At that point, the TV screen is divided in 2 parts: In the upper […]


Which Comedian and Which Car?

Which Comedian and Which Car?

If you were to drive around in any car ever invented for a few hours with a famous comedian, which car and which comedian would you choose? This is essentially the question Jerry Seinfeld gets to answer whenever he films an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. I like that he took a few […]


What’s Your Character Arc?

What's Your Character Arc?

At a dinner party yesterday, I was privy to listen to a heartfelt debate between several people about which Star Trek show is the worst. I’ve watched the Star Trek movies, but not the television shows, so I had nothing to contribute to the conversation. But it was an interesting exchange, and a point about […]


Have Your Tastes in TV Changed?

Have Your Tastes in TV Changed?

Recently I’ve noticed that my tastes in TV have started to change. Or maybe they’ve been changing for a while and I just haven’t realized it. I typically watch one show at lunch and 40-60 minutes of TV at dinner. The dinner slot is perfect for longer, scripted shows. Yet I find myself wanting to […]


Two Memorable Moments from the Survivor Finale

Two Memorable Moments from the Survivor Finale

I just finished watching the final episode of Survivor 36 with a few friends, 2 dogs, and 1 cat (the other cat wasn’t interested). Spoilers follow. Here’s a dog photo to separate non-spoiler and spoiler content: So, two big, memorable things happened in this episode. Well, two and one thing that didn’t happen. First, Dominic […]


Pet Please #153: Hard Cuts in Movies and TV to Duets

In a recent episode of Brooklyn 99, two of the characters are waiting for a meeting. They happen to be in a karaoke parlor at the time, so one of them shyly mentions that they could sing a song. The other shrugs. “I guess so….” Hard cut to the two actors singing their hearts out in a […]


Have You Ever Been on a TV Show?

Have You Ever Been on a TV Show?

Today I got my daily temptation alert from the Hi Pointe Drive In, one of the best and most creative burger places in St. Louis. The alert was for a $5 version of their classic taco burger AND a notification that a television show (I think it was for the travel network) would be filming […]


The Office: A Retrospective

The Office: A Retrospective

Recently I’ve been spending my mealtimes watching The Office. I was a viewer during the 9 glorious seasons of this show, and I would say it’s easily among my favorite sitcoms of all time. I don’t know if this blog entry will make much sense, considering that even if you watched The Office, you probably […]


Have You Watched A.P. Bio? I Highly Recommend It

Have You Watched A.P. Bio? I Highly Recommend It

I’m constantly in search of legitimately funny, well-written, half-hour comedies. I often discover them late in the game and have to catch up (see Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rick & Morty, etc), but I’ve gotten lucky with a new show. As you can tell by the title, the show is called A.P. Bio. It’s an […]


Black Mirror and Perfect Matches

Black Mirror and Perfect Matches

Tonight I watched “Hang the DJ,” a fourth-season episode of Black Mirror that several people have asked me about. This will be a spoiler-free post in terms of plot, but not theme. (If you want a more in-depth, spoilery perspective on this episode, I recommend this article.) The episode is all about love and relationships. […]


4 Recommendations from This Weekend

4 Recommendations from This Weekend

Up until this past weekend, I hadn’t watched any new movies in 2018, which is somewhat abnormal for me. But over several lunches, dinner, and a theater visit today, I ended up seeing 4 movies (or shows that felt like movies). Amazingly, they were all good. Really good. I don’t have a full blog entry’s […]


What Was Your Favorite Super Bowl Commerical?

I got back from a Super Bowl gathering a few minutes ago, and it seems natural for me to talk about commercials before moving on to heavier topics tomorrow (like marriage and all-you-can eat dinners). Before I reveal my favorite commercial, I should probably explain a few circumstances: I avoided watching movie trailers. I accidentally […]


Pet Please #151: When You Figure Out a Voice Actor Without IMDB

Pet Please #151: When You Figure Out a Voice Actor Without IMDB

Recently my TiVo managed to capture seasons 1 and 2 of Rick and Morty, which is great, because I only got into it during the third season. It continues to amaze me by how good it is. I realized today, though, that one of my favorite things about watching Rick and Morty are the wide […]


Which TV Show Would You Watch as a Movie?

Which TV Show Would You Watch as a Movie?

A few recent stories made me think of this: The Kingkiller Chronicles will soon have a TV show and a movie (today it was announced that Sam Raimi would direct the movie). Deadwood, a show I fell in love with a few summers ago, has had numerous rumors about a movie. This seems to happen […]


Seinfeld Bloopers: Who Breaks the Most?

Seinfeld Bloopers: Who Breaks the Most?

Recently I stumbled upon a treasure trove of Seinfeld bloopers on YouTube, and they’re amazing. If you’re a fan of the show, it’s a great way to (a) remember how good it was and (b) see the cast in a new light. Some of the bloopers are of cast members making mistakes like forgetting their […]


The Moment as an Adult When You Realize Classic TV Shows Weren’t Filmed in the Cities Where They’re Based

The Moment as an Adult When You Realize Classic TV Shows Weren’t Filmed in the Cities Where They’re Based

Confession time. Okay, so I know that plenty of “television happens” to make shows work. Like, I understand that many shows are filmed in studios, not in the actual apartments, offices, and homes where they’re set. I also get that whenever we’re shown an exterior shot, it doesn’t mean that the actual set is inside […]


Playing Survivor at Game Night

Playing Survivor at Game Night

I’m a long-time fan of the TV show Survivor, and yet again I’m impressed and intrigued with how the current season has unfolded. This isn’t the main purpose of this post, but I want to share one interesting thing that’s happened in recent episodes. I know I’ll never be on Survivor, but I’ve always thought […]


A Question About Late-Night TV Hosts

I have a question about late-night TV hosts. Before I go any further, I want to acknowledge that there is systemic sexism and racism in the entertainment industry. I don’t like it, and I hope it changes. This post isn’t about that. At least, I’d like to make an assumption for the sake of discussion. […]