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JAN
8
3 MOS

TCA Journal No. 3: We Don't Clap

TCA Journal No. 3: We Don't Clap

It happens every press tour, often multiple times. It's always revealing. Sometimes it's funny.

Stars of network and cable series and movies, famous documentary subjects, politicians, sports stars, directors, writers, etc. -- invariably one of them, upon being introduced on stage, can't believe their ears.

There's silence. Hundreds of people in a ballroom, sitting on the other side of very bright lights, with little apples visible on their laptops, sit and wait patiently. And say nothing.

We don't clap.

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JAN
8
3 MOS

'Babylon': TV Review

'Babylon': TV Review

It's hard to imagine the strategy session that took place prior to SundanceTV's picking up the British series Babylon.

The show, created by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting), is being loudly touted as "a dark new comedy series," when it's clearly dark but less clearly funny.

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JAN
8
3 MOS

'Togetherness': TV Review

'Togetherness': TV Review

One of the benefits of an outlet like HBO, Showtime, Netflix or Amazon — any of the more high-minded places that produce television content, but especially those where ratings are not the end-all — is that series creators can make grown-up television about the human condition.

A specificity of the commonplace, day-to-day existence is a big feature of such shows — shows like Girls and Looking on HBO and Transparent on Amazon, are fine examples of the form.

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JAN
7
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TCA Journal No. 2: Netflix, Weird Outsider

TCA Journal No. 2: Netflix, Weird Outsider

THR's chief television critic Tim Goodman will be doing a number of these journals from the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena. He'll also be tweeting nonstop. And writing reviews.

Last night I noted, looking at the schedule for Day 1 of TCA, that Netflix was going to kick things off by walking into the cable portion of the press tour. Like a boss.

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JAN
6
3 MOS

TCA Journal No. 1: Why Are We In Pasadena?

TCA Journal No. 1: Why Are We In Pasadena?

THR's Chief Television Critic Tim Goodman will be writing a number of these journals while TCA rolls on forever. He'll also be tweeting non-stop and writing reviews.

Other than Pie 'N Burger, why the hell is everybody going to be in Pasadena for the next few weeks? 

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JAN
6
3 MOS

'Marvel's Agent Carter': TV Review

'Marvel's Agent Carter': TV Review

The short Teletype on Marvel's Agent Carter is that it gets right all the things that Marvel's Agents of SHIELD got wrong — and that's the biggest cartoon brawl you can win when you're looking for a hit.

And yes, ABC is looking for a hit.

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JAN
5
3 MOS

'Empire': TV Review

'Empire': TV Review

There are a lot of moving parts — and not all of them work — jammed into the pilot of Fox's vibrant and entertaining Empire, which premieres on Wednesday and qualifies as one of 2015's most eagerly anticipated new shows, at least early on.

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DEC
29
3 MOS

The Worst Television of 2014

The Worst Television of 2014

It may seem strange to hear that I hate making lists about the worst of television, given that I have to watch so many bad — sometimes terrible — shows during the season that payback would seem the right and fitting denouement.

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DEC
23
3 MOS

'Mozart In the Jungle': TV Review

'Mozart In the Jungle': TV Review

Though Amazon Studio's brilliant Transparent got all the press — deservedly so — and came out before any of its most recent batch of finished and green-lit pilots, the streaming giant has other series with potential, none more so than Mozart In the Jungle, which dropped all 10 first season episodes online on Tuesday.

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DEC
22
3 MOS

Watch the Fan Trailer That Pits the Avengers Against the Justice League

Watch the Fan Trailer That Pits the Avengers Against the Justice League

While it seems unlikely that Warner Bros’ DC Entertainment properties and Disney’s Marvel franchises will get a chance to mix, match and create a cinematic version of Avengers/JLA anytime soon, one fan hasn’t let that stand in the way of creating a fake trailer for what would be the most slam-bang superhero movie ever — if only it existed.

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DEC
19
3 MOS

The Best Broadcast Network Shows of 2014

The Best Broadcast Network Shows of 2014

When awards season rolls around for the television industry, most of those in the broadcast network world know what's coming.

Nothing.

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DEC
18
3 MOS

Tim Goodman: Colbert Will Continue to Thrive After 'Colbert Report' 

Tim Goodman: Colbert Will Continue to Thrive After 'Colbert Report' 

Stephen Colbert doesn't need a sendoff or an appreciation — heroes never do. Besides, the man will be back on TV next summer to take over CBS' The Late Show from the legendary David Letterman.

No, tonight is just the last night of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. The world doesn't lose Stephen Colbert tonight, just his persona. And really, way back in 2005, the idea that said persona was going to be able to maintain a show for more than a couple of weeks was truly up for debate.

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DEC
17
3 MOS

The Best Television of 2014

The Best Television of 2014

The amount of television created in a year by broadcast networks, cable channels and online streaming services is impressively vast. As I said in a previous column: If we're this close to living in the cliche of a 500-channel universe, with original content and content providers expanding almost exponentially, why would anyone restrict to 10 — a number better suited to the Big Three era of television — the number of shows a critic can praise?

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DEC
16
3 MOS

Tim Goodman Reveals Why He Makes (Long) Year-End Lists

Tim Goodman Reveals Why He Makes (Long) Year-End Lists

This is a column about why I 1) make “best of” lists every year, 2) take them seriously and 3) don’t conform to a list of 10. But first, a quick story about death and embarrassment:

Not long ago I was at an event where I met a person (not named) who would turn out to be very nice. In a group and after some banter, we were formally introduced. “Oh, you’re Tim Goodman,” the person said. “I was told to kill you if I saw you.”

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