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Jay Leno's Last Show and Lasting Legacy: Saving a Tear for the Third Act

Jay Leno's Last Show and Lasting Legacy: Saving a Tear for the Third Act

Jay Leno's second goodbye is -- and has been -- absolutely fascinating from the standpoint that it's mostly an irrelevant story. That's what happens when you leave -- no matter how you leave, it should be noted -- and then come back, before leaving again.

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Bzzzzzzz: All the Upcoming Buzz Shows You Need to Know About

Bzzzzzzz: All the Upcoming Buzz Shows You Need to Know About

The gutting news that Phillip Seymour Hoffman died robbed fans of basking in the often sublime performances he mined from each role. That ability to be almost instantly great is such a rarity and was on full display in January when Showtime presented a clip of Happyish at the Television Critics Association press tour. In it, Hoffman plays a cynical adman forced to work with and for millennials who believe social media and new tech are the best thing for advertising. The world keeps him in a constant state of agitation.

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House of Cards: TV Review

House of Cards: TV Review

It's strange to think that a series with mostly critical acclaim (at least when it launched), which was also the poster series for Netflix's rise from content streamer to content provider, and one still commanding an impressive pedigree of people in front of and behind the camera, can be the subject of sympathy.

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JAN
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Look Back In Astonishment: What You Need To See Before Getting Deep Into 2014

For those who didn't see the planes with banners, the klieg lights or didn't come to that free-beer-and-ponies party I had, then you probably don't know I resurrected the TV Talk Machine podcast (never heard it before? - maybe better!) and have a number of plans for it (including interviewing people who I like in the industry, from series creators to actors to network and cable heads, late night hosts, etc. - just no one who is simply peddling a new project). Anyway, it will be a lot of different things.

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JAN
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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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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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12
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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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