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The Alternative Emmys: Recasting the Big Categories

The Alternative Emmys: Recasting the Big Categories

An argument can be made that the yearly snubs in the Emmy nomination process generate more attention (and column space) than the the nods voters get right without having to be nagged. Now all that's left is to hand out the actual awards on Monday and let the critics and fans have one last round of joy/ranting (joyful ranting?) about the winners and losers.

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AUG
18
1 month

Emmys: Who Will Win, Who Should Win

Emmys: Who Will Win, Who Should Win

A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.  Make your own picks at THR's Emmys Ballot.

Drama Series

What will win: Breaking Bad (AMC)

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AUG
15
1 month

Blood, Guts and Gory: Tim Goodman on the Rise of Gross TV

Blood, Guts and Gory: Tim Goodman on the Rise of Gross TV

This story first appeared in the Aug. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

There's a lot I love about NBC's Hannibal — the incredible cinematography, the bold storytelling, the Grand Guignol approach. But there's also something that I really don't like: Watching it.

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AUG
13
1 month

'Legends': TV Review

'Legends': TV Review

Television needs its comfort food even more so now that so many complex and difficult dramas are available. Sometimes you just need a show that feels familiar, keeps you entertained and ends without, say, someone being stoned to death or some sort of mysterious, ominous clue.

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AUG
7
1 month

'Outlander': TV Review

'Outlander': TV Review

It will be interesting to see if the fans of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books will tune in to the Starz series that premieres Saturday night. If they do, the pay cable channel may have quite a hit on its hands. If they don't, Outlander might just be another interesting shot in the dark for a channel looking to stand out.

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JUL
23
2 MOS

TCA: The 20 Best Panels

TCA: The 20 Best Panels

At the heart of the Television Critics Association press tour, which ends on Wednesday with PBS closing the door after 16 days, are the panels. What are they? Well, at their best, a good barometer of an upcoming show. At their worst, a pointless exercise in unrevealing answers, vapidity and the belief that just by existing, magic will happen with a series.

PHOTOS Stylish Stars at TCA

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JUL
21
2 MOS

Patience: What Viewers Can't Afford To Give TV Shows In These Hyper-Competitive Times

Patience: What Viewers Can't Afford To Give TV Shows In These Hyper-Competitive Times

As FX—one of the most successful cable channels, and a purveyor of high-end content—spent Monday with critics at the Television Critics Association, it put a spotlight on one of the most intriguing challenges facing viewers.

Patience.

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JUL
20
2 MOS

Fall — and Fate — Are a Mystery for Fox (Analysis)

Fall — and Fate — Are a Mystery for Fox (Analysis)

Well, that was pretty easy.

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JUL
18
2 MOS

Tim Goodman on How He Learned to Love The CW

Tim Goodman on How He Learned to Love The CW

A very strange thing happened Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. The CW and I became BFFs.

Yes, that level of strange.

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JUL
17
2 MOS

'Married' and 'You're the Worst': TV Review

'Married' and 'You're the Worst': TV Review

Tonight, FX will prove that it doesn't always get everything right, particularly when it comes to comedy.

In fact, with Married and You're the Worst, it gets so much wrong that it's almost painful to recount.

PHOTOS Summer TV Preview: 33 New Series on Cable and Broadcast

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JUL
17
2 MOS

CBS Is Not No. 1 and Someone Will Suffer — At Another Network (Analysis)

CBS Is Not No. 1 and Someone Will Suffer — At Another Network (Analysis)

It's been a while since critics have seen CBS defensive and hungry. The noted home of the most-watched shows on television and the one impressively consistent network with so little churn in recent years, it comes to the Television Critics Association press tour Thursday looking up at NBC. And askance at Fox.

That will not make it happy.

PHOTOS Broadcast TV's New Shows for 2014-15 Season

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JUL
15
2 MOS

Fourth and Long: ABC Arrives at TCA With Work to Do, Faith to Restore (Analysis)

Fourth and Long: ABC Arrives at TCA With Work to Do, Faith to Restore (Analysis)

As the foundation of the old television industry crumbles and is replaced by a shiny new version with its limited, mini and event series, streamed shows, content coming from surprising new providers and an audience that is consuming all of it in new ways, there are some old reputations that are hard to shake.

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JUL
14
2 MOS

NBC Surprisingly Passes on Its Victory Dance at TCA (Analysis)

NBC Surprisingly Passes on Its Victory Dance at TCA (Analysis)

It was disappointing to see NBC chairman of entertainment Robert Greenblatt not take a victory lap when he came out at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Sunday. After all, he deserved it. It was a long, arduous and often uncertain turnaround, but he took NBC from a perennial fourth-place position (for the once-mighty Peacock) and made NBC into the reigning No. 1 broadcast network.

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JUL
13
2 MOS

'The Strain': TV Review

'The Strain': TV Review

There's been a lot of advance hype for the Sunday premiere of FX's modern/scary/weird vampire thriller The Strain, but lost in there for some people will be an essential bit of information:

It's pretty hokey.

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