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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
3 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
3 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
3 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
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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
3 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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JUL
10
3 MOS

Tim Goodman on Emmy Nominations: Academy Needs to Adapt After Atrocious Snubs (Analysis)

Tim Goodman on Emmy Nominations: Academy Needs to Adapt After Atrocious Snubs (Analysis)

It's easy to find outrage every year when the Emmy nominations are announced. But if you temper it for the sake of the Big Picture, some of the smaller surprises can be a salve.

Yeah, not this year.

This is not one of those years when Emmy voters get forgiveness on their oversights simply because they seemed to be progressive in a few categories. That's because the rubber-stamping seemed especially gratuitous and the Big Mistakes seemed more prominent and damning.

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JUL
9
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'The Bridge': TV Review

'The Bridge': TV Review

In its freshman season last year, FX's The Bridge was one of those series where you applauded the effort, knowing that its failure to live up to its potential wasn't a real crime as much as a minor disappointment. It came from the FX stable — and no channel is even as remotely audacious these days. In short, it was a big swing that resulted in a long, majestic foul ball — if baseball metaphors are a thing that work for you.

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JUL
8
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'Extant': TV Review

'Extant': TV Review

Last summer CBS did a smart and surprising thing by making summer programming both interesting and relevant for broadcast networks with Under the Dome, a series from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment that seemed shockingly good until it wasn't.

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JUN
25
3 MOS

'The Leftovers': TV Review

'The Leftovers': TV Review

There's a chance that HBO's newest drama, The Leftovers, might end up being the most meta show on television. But maybe not for the reasons we think.

The series, based on the 2011 book of the same name by Tom Perrotta, focuses on what happens three years after an unexplained event causes 2 percent of the world's population to vanish. One moment they're there, the next they're gone.

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JUN
20
3 MOS

'The Last Ship': TV Review

'The Last Ship': TV Review

Whatever you might think of Michael Bay, at least there's a clarity to what he does. Boom. Stuff blows up.

That's not a terrible strategy for summer television programming. While higher-end cable fare can still succeed with darker subject matter (Game of Thrones, Fargo, The Bridge, Rectify, etc.), CBS proved with Under the Dome that what the masses really want is "event" programming or, barring a real understanding of what that means, a show where things blow up or get crazy.

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JUN
19
3 MOS

'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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