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JUN
4
1 month

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
1 month

'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
1 month

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
1 month

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
1 month

'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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MAY
25
2 MOS

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 7: 'Waterloo'

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 7: 'Waterloo'

What an incredible and formidable "midseason" finale "Waterloo" was on Mad Men. Yet it was also a tiny bit flawed at the end (understandably), and it comes in a week where two other series had absolutely magnificent episodes. So what do you say to that?

"We're living in amazing times." That's what you say.

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MAY
21
2 MOS

'The Normal Heart': TV Review

'The Normal Heart': TV Review

You might wonder what a film version of Larry Kramer's acclaimed, Tony-winning play The Normal Heart – which first premiered in 1985 and was then revived on Broadway in 2011 – could really add to the story, or even why HBO decided to greenlight it.

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MAY
20
2 MOS

The Power Rankings! Too Much Greatness! Elite 11 Goes Hardcore! Also: Flux!

The Power Rankings! Too Much Greatness! Elite 11 Goes Hardcore! Also: Flux!

Can I say it one more time for emphasis? OK, here goes: We're living in amazing times. This is a damned solid Elite 11 and it basically leaves no room for hackery (unless it's my own). So many great shows, so little room to allow someone to sneak in on appeal. Of course, we're heading into finale territory for some of these shows, so no doubt the coming weeks will have more flux, But right now, top to bottom, this is muscle on bone, people. Every show here is getting it done.

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MAY
20
2 MOS

'Gang Related': TV Review

'Gang Related': TV Review

Sometimes a stubborn, little, not very good, but not terrible television series will come along and make things difficult. You want to look away, but in a moment of charity you reason that the show might work if only it's tweaked a certain way. You see hope and potential in the sloppy execution and slightly off writing. On extremely rare occasions, the second or third episode rewards your faith, and a good show grows from the rubble.

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MAY
18
2 MOS

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 6: 'The Strategy'

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 6: 'The Strategy'

Let's get this out front right away: Don't read too much into next week's midseason finale of Mad Men. We're only halfway home -- no real conclusions can be reached yet. And if that's true, then it's especially true of Sunday's penultimate episode, "The Strategy."

There were some story-arc movements but nothing that will be as definitively change-inducing as those in the last half of the last seven episodes.

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MAY
12
2 MOS

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 5: 'The Runaways'

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 5: 'The Runaways'

What a strange season of Mad Men it's been so far. Most of the characters haven't been acting like themselves, and this very theme -- beginning with Don and Freddie Rumsen's Cyrano act -- was directly addressed in the first episode. Now, in the fifth episode, we get a shocking but strangely welcome reason for why Ginsberg hasn't been making sense since the very first scene he was in.

He's nuts.

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MAY
12
2 MOS

TV Upfronts Live: Tim Goodman Tweets the Presentations

TV Upfronts Live: Tim Goodman Tweets the Presentations

To view on your mobile device, click here.

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MAY
11
2 MOS

Rosemary's Baby: TV Review

Rosemary's Baby: TV Review

Pray for Rosemary’s baby, indeed.

That was the tagline to Roman Polanski’s famous and acclaimed 1968 film, based on the book by Ira Levin, but it might as well be a warning about NBC’s ill-conceived miniseries remake.

Oh, this one’s tagline is “Fear is born,” which in many ways tells you all you need to know about their difference -- hey, watch out for that anvil.

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MAY
9
2 MOS

Failure Analysis: The Upfronts Cycle of Death

Failure Analysis: The Upfronts Cycle of Death

Once the National Football League pushed its lengthy but popular hot air balloon known as the NFL Draft into May, it aligned rather nicely with television’s upfronts presentation – or at least the time before the dog and pony show when all the news about pilot pick-ups and show cancelations leak into the press and bog down Twitter.

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