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OCT
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NBC's 'Bad Judge' and 'A to Z': TV Reviews

NBC's 'Bad Judge' and 'A to Z': TV Reviews

Unless you’re going to turn Mr. Chips into Scarface, as Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan did with the character of Walter White, then one of the key tenets of a television show is that you must have a likable lead character.

Hell, even Walter White was likable and sympathetic in the beginning.

But here we are in the midst of the competitive and expansive fall TV season rollout, and NBC is offering two comedies for the general public’s consumption.

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OCT
1
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'Stalker': TV Review

'Stalker': TV Review

In Stalker, there is something called the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD. 

Let’s assume for a moment that I am the head of said Threat Assessment Unit. Here is my decree: “Warning — a really disgraceful television series depicting the pornography of terror is on CBS tonight and under no circumstances should anyone watch. This show poses a threat to your capacity to receive and shrug off incoming visual stimuli such as, say, women being doused with gasoline and lit on fire.”

Do you get the message?

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SEP
30
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ABC's 'Selfie' and 'Manhattan Love Story': TV Review

ABC's 'Selfie' and 'Manhattan Love Story': TV Review

Tuesday, ABC premieres two sitcoms that are extremely annoying. But there is one difference among them: I want one of them to survive.

That one is Selfie (8 p.m.) which, despite its cloying introduction to the world, could just be a problematic pilot and will emerge, in another episode or three, as something that realizes its potential.

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SEP
25
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'How To Get Away With Murder': TV Review

'How To Get Away With Murder': TV Review

There's little doubt that Shonda Rhimes fans of Scandal and Grey's Anatomy will also tune in to tonight's premiere of How To Get Away With Murder, starring Viola Davis.

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SEP
24
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'Black-ish': TV Review

'Black-ish': TV Review

One of the more intriguing shows of the new fall season is ABC's Black-ish, a sitcom that's both funny and about something. Or, in this case, things.

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SEP
22
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'Scorpion': TV Review

'Scorpion': TV Review

The new CBS drama Scorpion is sometimes referred to as the hourlong, not-funny version of Big Bang Theory, because it employs some of the same super-genius-with-social-issues ideas as the comedy.

While that might help draw a curious crowd, I'm not sure it's going to ultimately help make Scorpion, which is based on a very good idea but executed in the pilot with too much sap and manipulation, a long-standing hit.

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SEP
22
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'Forever': TV Review

'Forever': TV Review

If you haven't been tipped off yet by the lack of much advance buzz about this coming slate of new fall shows: Not a lot of them stand out. Not a lot of them are even good.

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SEP
21
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'Madam Secretary': TV Review

'Madam Secretary': TV Review

You can always trust CBS to create superior procedurals and rock-solid dramas — it's almost alarming how on point and successful each one becomes. You might not get many wild ideas over at CBS — nothing like Sleepy Hollow on Fox — but it's rare you'll find a miss.

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SEP
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‘Marshland’ (‘La isla minima’): San Sebastian Review

‘Marshland’ (‘La isla minima’): San Sebastian Review

With Unit 7, Alberto Rodriguez paid homage to his native Seville whilst producing a fine urban thriller. Now he does the same for rural Spain, moving an hour south to the marshlands of Andalucia. While 7 was explosive, Marshland is noirishly tense on different levels, its tight focus on character, its realism, it’s sense of place and its social critique adding up to a grippingly intense whole — and that’s not to mention it’s satisfyingly twisting plotline.

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SEP
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'Transparent': TV Review

'Transparent': TV Review

As Amazon Studios continues to flex its muscles with more and more pilots — each batch matching or improving on the last — the talk always seems to be about how it will be Netflix’s biggest competitor.

But in Transparent, which Amazon is billing as a “dark comedy,” the studio has made one of those rare shows that alters the complexion of the landscape with its quality.  

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SEP
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'Red Band Society': TV Review

'Red Band Society': TV Review

The manipulative vein in Fox's new drama Red Band Society runs very deep indeed. But my hope for the "young adult" audience it's so obviously aimed at is that — contrary to the beliefs of those who created this show — they possess the ability to recognize mawkish manipulation when they're being drowned in it.

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SEP
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'The Mysteries of Laura': TV Review

'The Mysteries of Laura': TV Review

Periodically a television show comes along that makes you wonder if someone at the network declined to read the script and then, just to compound the issue, skipped watching the pilot but gave the green light anyway.

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SEP
15
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'Gotham': TV Review

'Gotham': TV Review

It’s a little too easy and convenient — and ultimately unfair — to say that Fox’s buzz-heavy new series Gotham could face the same problems as last year’s buzz-heavy entry, ABC’s Agents of SHIELD. But they are being lumped together as examples of shows that are missing the core ingredient of what the audience really craves.

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SEP
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'Z Nation': TV Review

'Z Nation': TV Review

The best thing that could have ever happen to The Walking Dead is the arrival of Z Nation on Syfy. The super-popular but critically underappreciated Walking Dead may be seen more favorably for its writing, acting, visual acumen and storytelling capabilities now that Z Nation has proven you can’t just put hungry zombies on the screen and have something worth writing home about.

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