Stories by Peter Hummers

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Super superhero presentations—Superman and Batman

According to Ricky Gervais, all the movie actors not on HBO or Netflix now do “fantasy-adventure nonsense: they wear masks and capes and really tight costumes. Their job isn’t acting anymore; it’s… Full story

Oct 21


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Culinary pioneers and adventurers Julia Child and the Two Fat Ladies

In 1940, one of the few extant TV shows was Sunday Evening Supper on the NBC station W2XBS. James Beard threw his toque blanche in the ring with I Love to Eat… Full story

Oct 14


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Undocumented aliens—from space, ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’ and ‘Solar Opposites’

In 2020, Rick and Morty co-creators Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan dropped a second animated series on Hulu, Solar Opposites, about five space aliens marooned on earth. It recalled the 1996 live-action… Full story

Oct 7


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Two mythic westerns from Netflix—’Godless’ and ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’

Netflix threw their Stetson into the horse-opera ring with a western miniseries and a movie: 2017’s Godless, from Scott Frank (The Wonder Years), and 2018’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, six vignettes from the Coen brothers. Full story

Oct 1


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: ‘Seinfeld’ writers branch out: ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘Dilbert’

What does one do after Seinfeld? Co-creator Larry David made his own version of the show, in which he plays a fictionalized version of himself, but set in Los Angeles. Full story

Sep 23


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: When the unthinkable happens, at the WTC and Chernobyl

Back in the day, for the unthinkable to occur required the agency of nature—earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes. But we’re in the age of technology and can now put nature to shame. Full story

Sep 16


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Civil War tales from the individual to the general(s)

In 1861 a group of southern states sought to secede from the United States and form the Confederacy. The U.S. went to war to prevent it. Full story

Sep 9


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Remakes sometimes add value—’Ransom’ and ‘3:10 to Yuma’

Last week we looked at a film that was later remade unnecessarily, in my opinion; but remakes can create a better film—two spring to mind. Full story

Sep 2


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Railroad thrillers ‘The Taking of Pelham One Two Three’ and ‘Unstoppable’

From the time that North America's first transcontinental railroad connected the existing eastern U.S. rail network with the Pacific coast, the railroad became the backbone and a central narrative of our huge continent. Full story

Aug 26


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Woody Allen called him a ‘comic genius’—W.C. Fields

W.C. Fields’ last hurrah might have been when the Beatles portrayed him on the cover of 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. He was still well-known despite having died in 1946. Full story

Aug 19


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Law enforcement’s poet laureate, Joseph Wambaugh

Los Angeles Detective Sergeant Joseph Wambaugh’s perspective on police work led to his first novel, The New Centurions, which was published early in 1971 to critical acclaim and popular success. Full story

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