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Craig Ferguson Doesn't Surprise With 'Late Late Show' Exit — Now What? (Analysis)

Craig Ferguson Doesn't Surprise With 'Late Late Show' Exit — Now What? (Analysis)

There was no surprise in the announcement that Craig Ferguson and CBS are parting ways, which is the prettiest of all ways to spin it. These things are important because good people did good work – that would be Ferguson – at a network good enough to give an opportunity to someone very much from the outside.

But it's not a surprise because, well, CBS already had a chance to give Ferguson a vote of confidence in the 12:30 a.m. slot and failed to act on it – which was, in itself, a way of acting on it.

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The Power Rankings! A New King Is Crowned! There Is Blood on the Floor! Plus, Newbies!

The Power Rankings! A New King Is Crowned! There Is Blood on the Floor! Plus, Newbies!

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/game-thrones-writer-unpleasant-scenes-699232The world is put to right as the Power Rankings! return to Mondays, as a reflection of what happened in the last week, ending on Sunday. They are also a reflection of a certain someone's mood and whether a show he liked was good, bad or gods-awful.

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'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 3, 'Field Trip'

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 3, 'Field Trip'

If six was nine indeed.

The Jimi Hendrix song "If 6 Was 9" closed out a Mad Men episode where the world seemed very much out of kilter -- almost nobody was happy with what they were doing in life -- and Don Draper said one very small thing that proved that he knew exactly what he was going to do with his life despite all that has happened previously.

"OK."

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John Oliver's 'Last Week Tonight' Is Funny But Too Fast for Its Own Good (Analysis)

John Oliver's 'Last Week Tonight' Is Funny But Too Fast for Its Own Good (Analysis)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver had its debut on HBO on Sunday and though one show, or even one month of shows, would still be too small of a sample size to judge, one thing was clear: He wasn't going to waste any time.

Even at a commercial-free 30 minutes, Last Week Tonight felt rushed and jam-packed with information, heightened by Oliver's tendency to get excited and/or yell. Those are all good traits (and, historically, pretty funny traits of his), but the entire concept might work better at an hour so he could at least breathe.

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Black Box: TV Review

Black Box: TV Review

There is an unbearable lightness of being thing going on with ABC’s latest drama, Black Box. And I don’t mean that in relation to the book or the movie of the same name, each with its own certain grace and greatness. No, I mean that Black Box is truly unbearable in its wispy, vacuous, pretentious way.

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'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 2, 'A Day's Work'

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 2, 'A Day's Work'

The consequences of deceit have always been a hallmark of Mad Men episodes, but “A Day’s Work” decided to carry the water on that theme quite impressively Sunday night. Hanging over the conclusion of season six was the aspect of Sally catching Don sleeping with Sylvia. Don showing Sally who he really was and where he came from was essential – the look they shared in that finale said a lot. But some things need to come out verbally, and they did in this episode.

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The Power Rankings Are Back! Chaos And Blood Everywhere! All Hail No. 1!

The Power Rankings Are Back! Chaos And Blood Everywhere! All Hail No. 1!

As a matter of fact yes, I am taking The Power Rankings! out of mothballs on a Friday without much interest in explaining where they've been for, oh, um, a really long time. Just go with it. They're back. At least in part, I will say, they are back because there are a lot of great dramas and comedies on simultaneously and I think that provides a good mix. And yes, it's more proof that television is better than when your mom watched it.

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Salem: TV Review

Salem: TV Review

Because not enough outlets are making scripted television -- apparently -- WGN America has jumped into the game and opted, strategically, for a genre series.

And it’s a gambit that turns out better than probably expected.

STORY: 'Salem' Boss on Fearless Witches, Pushing Boundaries and Censors

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Orphan Black: TV Review

Orphan Black: TV Review

After breakout star Tatiana Maslany helped rocket BBC America’s Orphan Black to cult status as one of television's most compelling genre series (I ranked it No. 5 on my list of best dramas from 2013), the inevitable next challenge was maintaining the quality, expanding the vision of the series and finding a larger audience.

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Aereo to Face Uphill Battle in Supreme Court, Experts Say (Analysis)

Aereo to Face Uphill Battle in Supreme Court, Experts Say (Analysis)

Next week's Supreme Court argument will be difficult for cable-competitor Aereo, legal experts agree, as the company faces off against not just broadcasters but also the influential U.S. Solicitor General's office and the Copyright Office. While it will be a tough fight for the company, the case is so complex and the copyright and communications statutes so intricate that one advocate said the decision could end up as lopsided as 7-1 -- in either direction.

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'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 1, 'Time Zones'

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 1, 'Time Zones'

This is a Spoiled Bastard deconstruction of Mad Men. It contains spoilers. That's the point. Watch the episode before you read.

Since this was the first episode of season seven, less needs to be done here to set the table thanks to having a full-blown review prior (which you can read here). But there were plenty of elements to remark on that I obviously left out of the review for spoiler reasons. So let's get started.

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Fargo: TV Review

Fargo: TV Review

The ambitious and sublime limited series Fargo on FX may have to overcome two small obstacles before viewers tap into the eminence of its darkness and humor. First, fans of the acclaimed 1996 film by Joel and Ethan Coen might wonder why in the hell anyone would want to "remake" it into a series (though it was attempted but never launched at least twice on network television after the film came out). And those who never saw the movie might be wondering what the hell the whole thing is about.

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Why Stephen Colbert Is the Perfect David Letterman Replacement (Analysis)

Why Stephen Colbert Is the Perfect David Letterman Replacement (Analysis)

With haste and impeccable taste, CBS has picked the best possible candidate to replace retiring legend David Letterman. Hiring Stephen Colbert, whose agile mind, insanely quick wit and impressive interviewing skills will fit perfectly in the late-night talk show universe, was never less than the sublimely obvious thing to do.

NBC, take note. This is what an orderly transfer of power looks like.

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'Justified' Falters -- More Proof That Making Quality TV Is Hard

'Justified' Falters -- More Proof That Making Quality TV Is Hard

As the world of television gets better, and thus harder, one of the elements that I’m forever interested in and believe merits constant monitoring is when unmet expectations create abandonment issues: when viewers go one way because their shows go another and what’s left are an uncoupled pair of train cars.

One just sits there, dead on the tracks. The other grows smaller in the distance as it moves along.

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