The Occasional TV Review

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is comedy, but it’s a brand of comedy that I’m not sure could play on network television, which is why it ended up on Netflix–it was shopped to NBC who ordered 13 episodes and then passed on it. But while it might not play well on network TV, it’s exactly the kind of different, out-of-the-box show that network television needs. That out-of-the-box aspect hits you from the very start and is the premise to the entire show: Kimmy was kidnapped as a teenager and has...

2016 Quick Candidate Profile – Mike Huckabee

As the never-ending parade of Republican candidates continues its inexorable march toward futility, we drop in to check on Mike Huckabee, who this week is discovering that when you’re running for president, your past can come back to haunt you, even if your name is not Hillary Clinton. We speak, of course, of Huckabee’s stupid comment about transgendered people, brought back into the limelight during a week that has seen its most high-profile moment with Caitlyn Jenner introducing herself to the world. For those who missed it, let’s quickly...

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