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Cancelled Quickly: Viva Laughlin, Doubt and 23 Other Infamous TV Flame-Outs

TV has been home to an infinite number of one-season wonders — but what about the shows that were practically yanked before the first commercial …

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Critic's Notebook: Matthew Rhys Joins 'Girls' To Reflect Hannah Horvath's Growth

Sunday's episode, 'American Bitch,' is a little bit about outspoken creator Lena Dunham, but a lot about how Hannah has changed since 'One Man's …

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TV pilot season trends: What's coming for fall

What’s more addictive than Netflix’s <i>Stranger Things</i> and HBO’s <i>Game of Thrones</i>? Not a whole lot, which is why the Big 5 broadcast networks are working harder than ever to lure you away from everything that’s a rival for your attention — such as Netflix, cable channels, and the president’s latest …

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'Patriot': TV Review

Amazon's quirky, ambitious 'Patriot' is one of the platform's best dramas yet.<p>While they are being outgunned by rival colossus Netflix, both Amazon …

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‘Speechless’ Has Already Become One Of TV’s Best Sitcoms

ABC<p>A review of last night’s <i>Speechless</i> — but really, thoughts on the ABC comedy’s wonderful first season as a whole — coming up just as soon as I tell you what was inside Marsellus Wallace’s briefcase…<p>When it debuted in the fall, <i>Speechless</i> seemed like another impressive product from the ABC family …

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‘The O.C.,’ 10 years later: Josh Schwartz looks back, part 2

FOX<p><i>In 2013, TV critic Alan Sepinwall spoke with Josh Schwartz, the creator of ‘The O.C.’ to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the show’s premiere with a two-part interview on the show’s run. We’re re-running that now in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the show’s final episode.</i><p>Tonight is …

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‘The O.C.,’ 10 years later: Josh Schwartz looks back, part 1

FOX<p><i>In 2013, TV critic Alan Sepinwall spoke with Josh Schwartz, the creator of ‘The O.C.’ to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the show’s premiere with a two-part interview on the show’s run. We’re re-running that now in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the show’s final episode.</i><p>Ten years …

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'Taken': TV Review

Clive Standen is forced to live up to Liam Neeson's standard in an NBC series prequel that takes little from the films while also adding little …

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When We Rise Review: ABC's Gay-Rights Mini Is a Tedious History Lesson

The struggle for gay rights in America is absolutely a piece of history we should all learn. It’s too bad, then, that ABC’s bloated, self-serious …

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TV Review: ‘Sun Records’ on CMT

A new drama meanders through the nascent careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Ike Turner — starring Chad Michael Murray as …

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TV Review: ABC’s ‘When We Rise’

An eight-hour event series recreates the history the gay rights movement with wildly uneven results<p>The mere existence of “When We Rise” is almost …

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‘Bates Motel’ Review: In Its Final Season The Series Finds Its Purpose

A&E<p>“I wish that film had been a TV show.”<p>Once upon a time, back when television was the disreputable little brother of the movies, that sentiment would have been unthinkable. But as the ambition and reputation of TV have come to achieve parity with what movies can do, it’s a thought I’ve heard …

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Review: ‘The Breaks’ Captures Hip-Hop in the ’90s, Music and All

It’s easy to think of hip-hop as a collection of superstars and strivers, full of faces angling to be seen. But in truth, hip-hop is an ecosystem favoring the industrious — talent scouts, managers, club promoters, photographers, journalists and more. Without all the activity buzzing behind the …

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A Look at Pilot Strategies for ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and the CW

Peak TV has amped up the competition among networks for the past few pilot cycles. But this year, the growing number of television shows on all …

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The Girls Writers Room on Putting Words in the Mouths of Hannah and Her Friends

As the story goes, the <i>Frasier</i> writers room was deafeningly quiet: If and when you spoke, you’d better have been damned sure you had a good joke to …

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TV Review: ‘The Good Fight’ on CBS All Access

It’s appropriate that “The Good Fight” has a slightly more jagged and splintered atmosphere than “The Good Wife,” the long-running CBS drama that …

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Here’s What Broadcast TV Presidents Have Learned So Far This Season

It’s been another challenging season for the broadcast networks. Between the presidential election and the continued shift in viewing habits, all of …

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'Walking Dead': Every Season Premiere, Ranked

From Rick's awakening through season seven's midseason debut, THR runs down the best opening episodes in the zombie drama's history.<p>A cowboy rides …

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Katherine Heigl Tackles Tricky Cases and Jumbled Scripts in ‘Doubt’

It’s great to see some of the stars of “Doubt” back on television, but did their return have to be in such a mess of a show? The series, a courtroom drama that begins Wednesday on CBS, seems to have been assembled by a particularly indifferent Victor Frankenstein, the parts crammed together without …

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Pete Holmes Is ‘Crashing’ With Other Comics In Appealing New HBO Show

HBO<p>“I’m sorry things are going well for me and they’re rough for you right now,” Pete Holmes’ estranged wife Jessica tells him in an episode of <i>Crashing</i>, a new HBO comedy created by and starring Holmes as a fictional, slightly younger version of himself.<p>“I’m doing okay, actually,” Pete tells her. …

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FEUD: Bette and Joan Review: Oscar Winners Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon Turn Camp Into an Acting Master Class

If you created a TV show in a laboratory with the specific aim of winning a Best Actress Emmy… it’d probably look a lot like FX’s <i>FEUD: Bette and …

Big Little Lies Is All Surprise, No Suspense

“I just have a very low tolerance for injustice,” announces Madeline Martha Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon), one of the heroines of HBO’s <i>Big Little …

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TV Pilot Season's Hot Trends: Trump-Friendly Military Dramas, Fewer New Shows, Bigger Stars

The total number of pilots ordered currently hovers around 70, down from nearly 90 last year. Says Universal Television president Pearlena Igbokwe, …

Three Things To Know About The Beginning Of The End of ‘Girls’

HBO<p>This late in the series’ run, there are no neutral parties in the great <b>Girls</b> pop culture wars. You either love the show or find its ongoing existence a blight on some combination of HBO, Peak TV, and the larger American experiment.<p>I’ve always fallen into the former camp, while acknowledging some …

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TV Review: Imposters’ lead entrances the audience as easily as her victims

TV programming is extremely cyclical, having the tendency to feed off of itself. Family sitcoms, cop shows, or medical dramas all seem to flood the airwaves for a while, then recede. Right now, there is an astonishing number of time-travel shows on TV, and coming up right behind that genre is the …

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Big Little Lies Review: Moms Fight Dirty in HBO's Wicked (Good) Miniseries

It’s tempting to take one look at the multimillion-dollar homes and luxury cars the characters have in <i>Big Little Lies</i>, and ask: “How can these people …

‘This Is Us’: Why Network TV Is Feeling Hopeful

LOS ANGELES — Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia, stars of the NBC drama “This Is Us,” were on the set one day last month, sitting in their fictional family’s living room, as they discussed a fairly remarkable feat: how network TV can still create hits.<p>Ms. Moore said she realized “This Is Us” was …

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TV Review: Legion tells a human story without giving up its superpowers

Netflix has been methodically filling out its corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe—namely, Hell’s Kitchen, where <i>Daredevil</i> is bound to meet <i>Jessica Jones, Luke Cage</i>, and <i>Iron Fist</i>. That team-up was all but preordained, and not just because of the comic book sources. Melissa Rosenberg and her fellow …

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TV Review: Comedy Central’s ‘Detroiters’

Comedy duo Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson play two-bit ad men and best friends living large in Motor City<p>“Detroiters” is about two second-rate ad …