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JUN
19
1 month

'Tyrant': TV Review

'Tyrant': TV Review

It will be interesting to see if FX’s ambitious and much-sought-after new dramatic series Tyrant was worth all the trouble.

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JUN
18
1 month

'Dominion': TV Review

'Dominion': TV Review

Syfy's latest drama, Dominion, may be one of the dumbest, worst-acted, most poorly written series I've seen in ages. In no way should this encourage you to tune in hoping to rubberneck this bit of awfulness in hopes of creating some kind of new drinking game.

Life's too short. And you will choke on your own vomit and die alone. Don't be a hero.

One of my actual notes from watching the pilot, verbatim: "This is unbearable."

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JUN
17
1 month

The Power Rankings! The King Stays the King! A Bad Week For New Shows! Eight Is Great!

The Power Rankings! The King Stays the King! A Bad Week For New Shows! Eight Is Great!

There are two important things to make clear right away. First, yeah yeah yeah, blah blah blah — yes, having two series that rank really high and air on Mondays and Tuesdays is confusing when The Power Rankings! from the last week come out on a Tuesday or a Wednesday. Hell, I get it. Even that sentence confuses me. But hey, I'm trying to plan a vacation. Or as I like to call it, a "work stoppage" — since I'm not actually going anywhere. Do you know how hard it is to stop watching TV when new shows come out every week?

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JUN
17
1 month

'Rectify': TV Review

'Rectify': TV Review

Ray McKinnon, the creator, writer and director of the acclaimed drama Rectify, which begins its second season Thursday on Sundance TV, made a particularly telling comment about his series: "Rectify is about being alive."

He's right, of course, but some may read into the meaning of "being alive" a sense of exuberance and passion, both tamped-down traits of Rectify, which is the current poster series in the Slow TV movement.

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JUN
12
2 MOS

Emmy Nominations: Tim Goodman Handicaps His Own Picks

Emmy Nominations: Tim Goodman Handicaps His Own Picks

This story first appeared in a special Emmy issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

DRAMA SERIES

Breaking Bad (AMC) Slam dunk.

Mad Men (AMC) Ditto.

True Detective (HBO) Incredible newcomer.

Game of Thrones (HBO) HBO's top-rated drama is a must here.

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JUN
10
2 MOS

The Power Rankings! Orphan Is the New Black! What? Plus, A Bloody New King! And Three Shows Bow Out!

The Power Rankings! Orphan Is the New Black! What? Plus, A Bloody New King! And Three Shows Bow Out!

In the very near future we might have to cut the Elite 11 down to the Great 8, as we are wont to do when the quality of the pool dips even a little bit. You don’t just get a free pass to The Power Rankings! You need to earn it. But until that time, we’ve just gone through another stellar week of great television. This time, a few shows will drop off because they had their finales. And we will all miss them. Why? Because they made our day-to-day lives better. And that’s something.

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JUN
9
2 MOS

Emmys: Comedy Competition Must Be Shaken Up - Out With the Old, in With the New (Analysis)

Emmys: Comedy Competition Must Be Shaken Up - Out With the Old, in With the New (Analysis)

A version of this story first appeared in the June 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

When it comes time for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards to crown the best comedy series, here's what can't happen:

Modern Family can't win. It just can't.

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JUN
6
2 MOS

'Power': TV Review

'Power': TV Review

"Yeah, sure, that sounds pretty good."

Is that the standard Starz response to shows pitched its way? With the channel trying to stand out in the pay cable arena where HBO and Showtime already dominate, it hasn't exactly been easy to define. Maybe that's the point?

Starz: We'll Figure Out What Works Eventually.

It's not catchy, but it's available.

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JUN
5
2 MOS

'Orange Is the New Black': TV Review

'Orange Is the New Black': TV Review

There are so many wonderful elements that played a part in the freshman success of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, which begins its second season on Friday (or midnight, if you wish to start binging).

STORY: 'Orange Is the New Black' Season 2: What the Critics Are Saying

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JUN
4
2 MOS

The Power Rankings! A New King on the Throne! Return of Three Shows! Halting! Catching Fire!

The Power Rankings! A New King on the Throne! Return of Three Shows! Halting! Catching Fire!

You can’t stop The Power Rankings! You can only...well, you know, put life in front of it and a real ability to get overwhelmed. Even then — even then! — you can only hope to contain it. Or delay it until a Wednesday. And yes, people, I know all the good SportsCenter callbacks. After a couple of amazing season finales last week, we not only got three episodes back in the rotation, but a bunch of others that wanted to take a breather before their last mad dashes got a bit introspective simultaneously.

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MAY
30
2 MOS

'Crossbones': TV Review

'Crossbones': TV Review

As a fan of Luther, which is the brainchild of Neil Cross, the second thing that struck me about Crossbones was that his name was in the title and whether that was some elaborate smirk that might make a great story over a drink in a few years.

The first thing that struck me was that I was disappointed – not just in the quality of Crossbones but in why Cross (you see?) would even be interested in pirate stories, where most good writing goes to die.

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MAY
29
2 MOS

Failure Analysis: The Firing of Kevin Reilly

Failure Analysis: The Firing of Kevin Reilly

Everybody who had Fox’s Kevin Reilly being fired before ABC’s Paul Lee, raise your hand.

Exactly.

And in another example of how strangely unpredictable the television industry is, the long-tenured, well-respected Reilly is out, a sign that Fox has no interest in being complacent or finishing deep in the shadow of first place.

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MAY
27
2 MOS

The Power Rankings! Shocker! Bloody Shocker! Plus: Hugs! And Cheating!

The Power Rankings! Shocker! Bloody Shocker! Plus: Hugs! And Cheating!

What an incredible finishing run for a couple of the best series on television - which resulted in a very difficult, very tense and very tight selection process for this week's Power Rankings! It also allowed for what some might think is a shocker. But hell, you bring your best stuff every week and you leave the weak stuff at home. It's all we ask. This is not a cumulative score here at The Power Rankings! This is week-to-week bloody episodic battling. And anything can happen.

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MAY
27
2 MOS

'Halt and Catch Fire': TV Review

'Halt and Catch Fire': TV Review

Despite outward appearances, this is a particularly important time in the history of AMC. Yes, it's dominating in the ratings when The Walking Dead is on. Yes, it has two of the greatest dramas in TV history with Breaking Bad and Mad Men.

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