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JAN
29
3 MOS

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond: TV Review

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond: TV Review

You could spend a lot of time talking about how Ian Fleming really wasn’t James Bond --  that the book and screen hero who has endured all these years and remains, affirmatively, legend rather than myth, had to be invented from the dreams of the author and that nobody could ever be as riveting as Bond.

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JAN
23
3 MOS

Rake: TV Review

Rake: TV Review

Sometimes you think you want something until you get it. For those who may have seen Fox’s endless promotions for Rake, starring that charmer Greg Kinnear and premiering Jan. 23 at 9 p.m., the previews made it look like a comedic lark worth following.

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JAN
21
3 MOS

Black Sails: TV Review

Black Sails: TV Review

It's clear that Starz is still searching for an identity -- not only how to distinguish itself from pay cable rivals HBO and Showtime, but how to let the world know what it is through its original series.

Gone are the Kelsey Grammer tour-de-force Boss, probably the most HBO-like of Starz' offerings, and the ambitious and stylized Magic City, which was part Sopranos and part Mad Men, but not a series that drew enough viewers in its two seasons to merit a third.

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JAN
20
3 MOS

The State of NBC? Pretty Good, Actually

The State of NBC? Pretty Good, Actually

What if, just as a change-up to tradition, we cut NBC a little slack? Even to the extent of admitting that the network has as good a chance as any network not named CBS of really being in the hunt when it's all said and done?

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JAN
17
3 MOS

Why Did ABC Chief Say Network Is 'Rebuilding'?

Why Did ABC Chief Say Network Is 'Rebuilding'?

A very surprising thing happened while Paul Lee, president of ABC Entertainment Group, was superbly glazing over eyes at the Television Critics Association on Friday by obfuscating his ass off about the general state of the network.

He said ABC was rebuilding.

Not once, but four times.

Now, I find that kind of fascinating since nobody has talked about ABC rebuilding since, well, since Lee took over. NBC? Sure, Bob Greenblatt has been rebuilding that piece by piece for awhile.

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JAN
16
3 MOS

Can Anything Derail CBS?

Can Anything Derail CBS?

I've said many times over that CBS is the best-run broadcast network. It's like a machine. It dominates. It knows the target audience and makes shows, often very good ones, directed at that audience. It wins.

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JAN
15
3 MOS

Looking: TV Review

Looking: TV Review

With any luck, HBO's newest dramedy, Looking, about the lives of gay men in San Francisco, will sidestep all the trumped up controversies that continue to swirl around Girls. Any time you take a subset of people and build a show around them, those in that subset (who nevertheless have completely different experiences) will complain while others left out of the subset (for any number of reasons) will also find something to bitch about.

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JAN
14
3 MOS

How Kevin Reilly Is Changing Up Fox's Game, and What That May Mean for the TV Industry

How Kevin Reilly Is Changing Up Fox's Game, and What That May Mean for the TV Industry

Whenever change comes to the resistant television industry, it comes slow. Recognizing the threat of cable -- slow. Understanding multiplatform viewing -- slow. Embracing a 52-week television season -- slow. Rethinking scheduling, episode orders, financing, etc. -- super slow.

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JAN
12
3 MOS

The 71st Annual Golden Globes: TV Review

The 71st Annual Golden Globes: TV Review

If the contract to host the Golden Globes indefinitely hasn't been issued backstage to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, then the Hollywood Foreign Press Association doesn't know what it's doing.

True, lots of people think the HFPA doesn't know what it's doing anyway, but almost everyone can agree that the Fey-Poehler combination was, once again, the highlight of the night. Their jokes didn't cross any lines but were also not soft (like Oscar jokes), and that's a very difficult recipe to master.

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JAN
12
3 MOS

HBO's Girls: TV Review

HBO's Girls: TV Review

Here are 15 reasons why you should watch Girls (two episodes) tonight on HBO.

1. Too many people talk about this show instead of watching it. So, if you've been hearing from people who don't like the show, then the chances are they actually aren't watching it. If you've been hearing from people who DO watch the show, then you've just been soaking up the chatter, and you really need to get off the computer and get a break. It's a TV show. Just watch it.

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JAN
12
3 MOS

Golden Globes: Tim Goodman Live Blogs the Show

JAN
10
3 MOS

Sarah Palin and TV Critics: 'Let's Use Each Other for a Day'

Sarah Palin and TV Critics: 'Let's Use Each Other for a Day'

Sarah Palin's arrival on the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday -- not her first rodeo with us -- was little more than an exercise in two groups trying to use one another.

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JAN
10
3 MOS

Helix: TV Review

Helix: TV Review

Look no further than CBS's Hostages for big ideas and good pilots that can go very, very wrong, and you now have to put a caveat on some series that might have ambition beyond their means.

And yet, that said, I'm all in on Syfy's newest drama, Helix, about a disease outbreak in a high-tech facility in the Arctic -- just out of the legal jurisdiction of prying noses -- that ramps up the tension as a team from the Center for Disease Control arrives on the scene to help. What they find is -- not surprisingly -- something very bad. And very weird.

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JAN
9
3 MOS

TCA: Tim Goodman Live Blogs HBO