Stories by Peter Hummers

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Stream On: the battle of the British costume … dramas?, part three—‘Blandings’

By Peter Hummers The winner? ‘Blandings,’ from P.G. Wodehouse’s series of comic stories, may be the antidote to ‘Downton Abbey.’ Full story

May 24


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Stream On: Moose and squirrel through the years

By Peter Hummers
“Hey, Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!” “Again?” The persistence of Rocky and Bullwinkle Full story

May 16


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Stream On: Outsiders, ‘In Cold Blood’ and ‘Capote’

By Peter Hummers
In 1960, Truman Capote, inspired by the Time magazine article “Kansas: The Killers,” a story about the murders of the Clutter family, wrote his great “non-fiction novel,” ‘In Cold Blood.’ Full story

May 9


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Stream On: or don’t—is the streaming bubble about to burst?

By Peter Hummers
Today there are more than 200 streaming services available worldwide, and now they’re all raising prices and putting advertisements on all but the most expensive tiers. Streamers aren’t happy! But there are workarounds. Full story

May 2


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Stream On: Gone too soon, part three—David Milch’s ‘Luck’

By Peter Hummers
“I was compelled to tell this story (‘Luck’) for a variety of reasons, not least of which was my own cultivated and nurtured commitment to being a gambler.” (Milch) Full story

Apr 25


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Stream On: Gone too soon, part two—David Milch’s ‘Big Apple’

By Peter Hummers
CBS’ Les Moonves decided to put ‘Big Apple’ up against ‘ER,’ which could be interpreted as a compliment but was a death sentence. Full story

Apr 18


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Stream On: Gone too soon, part one—David Milch’s ‘Brooklyn South’

By Peter Hummers
‘Brooklyn South’ was one of David Milch’s excellent shows that nevertheless didn’t make it for long on TV. Full story

Apr 11


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Stream On: Formula One racing’s best frenemies, in ‘Rush’

By Peter Hummers
Ron Howard’s “Rush” is an emotional powerhouse about a Formula One racing rivalry—a mostly true story. Full story

Apr 4


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Stream On: noir ‘Detective Story’ starts mild, turns wild

By Peter Hummers
This 1951 noir melodrama from the stage makes great use of Kirk Douglas’ overacting tendencies. Full story

Mar 28


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Stream On: Going Greene in Haiti with ‘The Comedians’

By Peter Hummers Haiti is unfortunately no stranger to turmoil. Novelist Graham Greene wrote about it in a 1966 novel and a 1967 screenplay. Full story

Mar 21


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Stream On: Downton Abbey in the battle of the British costume dramas, part two

By Peter Hummers
In 2010, ‘Downton Abbey,’ another dramatic series about Edwardian British manners, threatened the BBC revival of 1970’s success ‘Upstairs, Downstairs.’ Full story

Mar 14


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Stream On: Upstairs v. Downton—the battle of the British costume dramas, part one

By Peter Hummers
In 2010 the BBC revival of 1970’s success ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ went head-to-head with the ITV upstart ‘Downton Abbey.’ Full story

Mar 7