Variety
December 29, 2020
Amy Landecker and Michael Stuhlbarg in “A Serious Man,” Landecker’s first film role.

Amy Landecker will always remember the Twin Cities

"A Serious Man" launched her career, but almost in the wrong direction.
Books
December 29, 2020
Laura Ingalls Wilder signing books.

Minnesota plays significant role in PBS documentary about Laura Ingalls Wilder

Just about every Midwestern state wants to claim Laura Ingalls Wilder, but a new PBS documentary gives Minnesota the strongest bragging rights.
Variety
December 28, 2020
“Spider-Man: Miles Morales.”

In 'Spider-Man: Miles Morales' video game, Harlem is more than a backdrop

Maybe the most poignant scene in the warmly received video game "Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales" comes at the end. Miles, the titular superhero protagonist, has…
Variety
December 26, 2020

'Virgin River' left flowing over a cliff

Q: Do you know if or when "Virgin River" will resume? The end of Season 2 left us hanging — literally — in the wind.…
Variety
December 26, 2020
Pictured:  Matthew Rhys in “Perry Mason,” Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Sacha Baron Cohen in “Borat Su

The year in TV and movies, viewed from our critics' couches

Our critics discuss the highs and lows of 2020 quarantine viewing in their living rooms.
Variety
December 25, 2020

'Mrs. Maisel' will be back, sometime

Q: When is the "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" coming back on? I think that it is the best cast on TV, even though sometimes they talk…
Variety
December 25, 2020
Regé-Jean Page and  Phoebe Dynevor in executive producer Shonda Rhimes’ “Bridgerton.”

'Bridgerton' and four other shows our TV critic is watching this week

Scandalous"Bridgerton," a new series about upper-class courtship in 1810 London, opens with all the pomp and circumstance of PBS theater, the kind of British drama…
Variety
December 24, 2020
CBS

Three reasons we watched all 357 episodes of 'Dallas' during quarantine

Who shot J.R.? We found out in an epic 357-episode binge.
Variety
December 24, 2020
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros.

Get a live Dead fix for New Year's: Best things to see and hear this week

Our weekly picks to lift your spirits and expand your pandemic playlist.
Variety
December 24, 2020
John David Washington in “Tenet.”

'Voice' finale makes a splash

'Tenet' is the top movie rental for the week.
Variety
December 23, 2020
The digital-only Xbox Series S console. 

Is it time to abandon physical video games and go digital-only?

While I don't have glass cases full of rare items, I do consider myself a bit of a video game collector. I have thousands of…
Variety
December 21, 2020
This image released by Disney shows Yifei Liu in the title role of "Mulan." (Jasin Boland/Disney via AP)

Rare weekday NFL matinee makes the chart

Here are the top 20 broadcast TV shows for the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 6 (Monday to Sunday), based on the number of viewers, according…
Variety
December 21, 2020
Mel Gibson in “Fatman.”

Nielsen ratings: NFL sweeps top spots; 'Fatman' is top video rental

Here are the top 20 broadcast TV shows for the week of Dec. 7-13 (Monday to Sunday), based on the number of viewers, according to…
Variety
December 21, 2020
TV personality Ruby Gettinger in 2011.

Remembering another weight-related reality series

Q: I was watching the reality series "My Big Fat Fabulous Life" the other night and suddenly had a déjà vu moment. I vaguely remembered…
Variety
December 21, 2020
Marvel’s “WandaVision” will appear on Disney+ beginning Jan. 15, starring Paul Bettany, and Elizabeth Olsen.

A complete look at all the upcoming Marvel TV shows and movies

Disney's Investor Day meeting on Dec. 11 unleashed a whopping four hours of announcements about upcoming content. Much of the focus was on Marvel's continued…
Variety
December 18, 2020
Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood and Heather Graham as Rita Blakemoor in “The Stand.”

A new adaptation of Stephen King's 'The Stand' and four other shows our TV critic is watching this week

Wipe outIf you don't want to be reminded of the tragic year we've suffered through, you may want to avoid "The Stand," the latest adaptation…
Variety
December 18, 2020
Nonbinary actor Jesse James Keitel, left, plays Jerrie on ABC’s “Big Sky.”

Nonbinary characters had a landmark year on TV

But LGBT advocates still say to hold the applause.
Variety
December 18, 2020
Gina Rodriguez left, and Evan Rachel Wood in a scene from “Kajillionaire.”

Out on video on Dec. 22: 'Kajillionaire' and 'Jiu Jitsu'

Out Tuesday• "Kajillionaire"• "The War With Grandpa"• "The Craft: Legacy"• "Jiu Jitsu"• "The Shop Around the Corner":• "It Happened on 5th Avenue"• "The Place of…
Variety
December 16, 2020
Stacey Nogy

After a year of great change, KARE-11 names its next news director

Meteorologists Jason Disharoon and Sven Sundgaard are both gone, as is anchor Pat Evans.
Variety
December 16, 2020
“NBA 2K21” is the first sports game built for the new Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.

Got a next-gen game console? 'NBA 2K21' is the sports game to buy

Sports video games have long looked good, but even at their best, they've always looked the slightest bit synthetic, from the way players moved to…