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Unorthodox: Netflix’s Show About the Ultra-Orthodox Community

From Kveller by Lior Zaltzman The four-episode drama is based upon Deborah Feldman’s 2012 bestselling autobiography, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, in which she writes about leaving the Satmar Hasidic community in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg as a young mother. … The show, created by Anna Winger and Alexa Karolinski,...

Scene from the Israeli TV show, Juda

Israeli vampire TV series ‘Juda’ could have been written by I.B. Sing

From Tablet Magazine, by Marat Grinberg The show’s schlocky entertainment quality does not detract from its Hebrew weightiness—historical, moral, and religious. Its wild mishmash of Jewish lore, the Holocaust, and Israeliness is a testament to the vibrancy of contemporary Israeli culture that looks both outward and inward, as the best...

MIPTV: Keshet Sells Two Israeli Comedies to U.K.’s Channel 4

From The Hollywood Reporter ‘The Baker and the Beauty‘ and ‘Milk & Honey‘ are bound for the broadcaster’s new foreign-language drama platform Walter Presents. Israeli TV powerhouse Keshet International has sold two comedy series to Walter Presents, the recently launched on-demand platform for foreign drama from British broadcaster Channel 4....

When Holocaust Themes Don’t Work

From Tablet Magazine A recent episode of ‘Supergirl’ invoked imagery that felt exploitive and uncreative By Sarah Meira Rosenberg the show in question is CBS’s effervescent Supergirl and an episode called Strange Visitor from Another Planet, which aired last Monday. In fact, the bodies in the aforementioned narration are not...

‘Angie Tribeca’ Is the Best Show You’re Not Yet Watching

From Tablet Magazine By Liel Leibovitz … Although the show’s creators—the actor Steve Carell and his wife the comedian and writer Nancy Walls Carell—aren’t Jews, its sensibility is unmistakably rooted in the same mid-century, Midwestern, suburban, neurotic, literate, anarchic soil from which Airplane! et al. bloomed. But while the Carells...

Miley Cyrus and Woody Allen are going to make art together—for America

From Tablet Magazine The cast has been announced for Woody Allen’s long-in-the-works six-episode television project for Amazon Studios (Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, and The Man in the High Castle), and boy, does it have people you’d never expect to see in the same room together. Most notable is the...

Yiddish-Speaking Brooklyn Hits the Small Screen

If you’re going to showcase Brooklyn, where better to start than the neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Crown Heights, and Borough Park where the Yiddish language thrives? That’s exactly what non-profit public access network BRIC TV, in partnership with CUNY’s Center for Urban Research, did for the recent premiere of its show On the Grid with Zephyr...

Fall TV’s new shows rely on Old Testament motifs

Ruthless Viewing Fall TV’s new shows, including Of Kings and Prophets, American Horror Story: Hotel and the mega-hit Empire, rely on Old Testament motifs During this time, networks puts forth their new shows and, in most cases, they’ll soon be handed a swift and terrible verdict: cancellation. It’s solemn, it’s...

A rabbi explains what Orange Is the New Black gets right about Judaism

It’s surprisingly refreshing how much Cindy’s storyline gets right about Judaism. Some have questioned whether or not Orange Is the New Black is anti-semitic or pondered whether the show has a “Jewish problem.” Playing up stereotypes across many different groups — including different races, sexual orientations, and, in season three, religions — has...

‘Mad Men’s Most Jewish Moments

The Jewish storyline on the show has always been very intentional. It’s no coincidence that the very first episode includes a rather shocking display of anti-Semitism: We’ve hardly even gotten to know Don when a slick, 1959-style Roger strides into his office to ask: “Have we ever hired any Jews?”...