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Daniel Fienberg

Chief Television Critic

Paramount+’s ‘Players’: TV Review

Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda's 'American Vandal' follow-up is a serious-minded mockumentary about 'League of Legends' and the competitive esports world.

‘Subject’: Film Review | Tribeca 2022

Jennifer Tiexiera and Camilla Hall check in with the stars of documentaries including 'Hoop Dreams,' 'The Staircase' and 'The Wolfpack' as the starting point for a conversation about depiction, exploitation and documentary ethics.

‘It Ain’t Over’: Film Review | Tribeca 2022

Was Yankees catcher and acknowledged baseball all-time great Yogi Berra actually underappreciated? That's the argument behind Sean Mullin's new documentary.

‘Sophia’: Film Review | Tribeca 2022

Jon Kasbe and Crystal Moselle's documentary, heading to Showtime later this year, looks at inventor David Hanson and his attempts to bring artificial intelligence to one rubbery robot.

AMC’s ‘Dark Winds’: TV Review

Zahn McClarnon and Kiowa Gordon star as Tony Hillerman's Navajo police partners in this 1970s-set drama, directed by Chris Eyre and featuring Robert Redford and George R. R. Martin among producers.

‘Butterfly in the Sky’: Film Review | Tribeca 2022

LeVar Burton and his PBS favorite 'Reading Rainbow' get the documentary retrospective treatment courtesy of directors Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb.

Jeff Bridges in FX’s ‘The Old Man’: TV Review

Bridges plays a former intelligence operative forced out of hiding when a government agent (John Lithgow) pursues him in a series adaptation of Thomas Perry's novel.

Starz’s ‘P-Valley’ Season 2: TV Review

Katori Hall's Mississippi Delta strip club drama returns with a second season set in 2020 amid the COVID pandemic and the summer of racial injustice protests.

Ben Whishaw in AMC+’s ‘This Is Going to Hurt’: TV Review

The actor plays an overworked London OBGYN doctor battling bureaucracy and his inner demons in AMC+ and Sundance Now's adaptation of creator Adam Kay's memoir.

Critic’s Notebook: What Will Get Lost in TV’s Pre-Emmy Onslaught?

Old TV Awards Season Conventional Wisdom: The three-month onslaught of campaigning and promotion between the close of the Emmy eligibility window on May 31 and the actual awards in September can make it very difficult for even the best summer premieres to find traction nearly a year later. Won’t somebody please take pity on The […]

Hulu’s ‘Shoresy’: TV Review

Jared Keeso's hockey-centric spinoff from 'Letterkenny' arrives on Hulu with Keeso's previously faceless Shoresy at the center of an underdog comedy that strongly resembles 'Slap Shot.'

‘Better Call Saul’ Writer-Director on the Midseason Finale’s Shocking End

Longtime 'Better Call Saul' and 'Breaking Bad' writer-director-producer Thomas Schnauz spoke about the shocking twist at the end of the 'Saul' season six midseason finale, 'Plan and Execution.'