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JUN
12
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Emmy Nominations: Tim Goodman Handicaps His Own Picks

Emmy Nominations: Tim Goodman Handicaps His Own Picks

This story first appeared in a special Emmy issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

DRAMA SERIES

Breaking Bad (AMC) Slam dunk.

Mad Men (AMC) Ditto.

True Detective (HBO) Incredible newcomer.

Game of Thrones (HBO) HBO's top-rated drama is a must here.

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JUN
10
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The Power Rankings! Orphan Is the New Black! What? Plus, A Bloody New King! And Three Shows Bow Out!

The Power Rankings! Orphan Is the New Black! What? Plus, A Bloody New King! And Three Shows Bow Out!

In the very near future we might have to cut the Elite 11 down to the Great 8, as we are wont to do when the quality of the pool dips even a little bit. You don’t just get a free pass to The Power Rankings! You need to earn it. But until that time, we’ve just gone through another stellar week of great television. This time, a few shows will drop off because they had their finales. And we will all miss them. Why? Because they made our day-to-day lives better. And that’s something.

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JUN
9
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Emmys: Comedy Competition Must Be Shaken Up - Out With the Old, in With the New (Analysis)

Emmys: Comedy Competition Must Be Shaken Up - Out With the Old, in With the New (Analysis)

A version of this story first appeared in the June 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

When it comes time for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards to crown the best comedy series, here's what can't happen:

Modern Family can't win. It just can't.

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JUN
6
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'Power': TV Review

'Power': TV Review

"Yeah, sure, that sounds pretty good."

Is that the standard Starz response to shows pitched its way? With the channel trying to stand out in the pay cable arena where HBO and Showtime already dominate, it hasn't exactly been easy to define. Maybe that's the point?

Starz: We'll Figure Out What Works Eventually.

It's not catchy, but it's available.

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JUN
5
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'Orange Is the New Black': TV Review

'Orange Is the New Black': TV Review

There are so many wonderful elements that played a part in the freshman success of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, which begins its second season on Friday (or midnight, if you wish to start binging).

STORY: 'Orange Is the New Black' Season 2: What the Critics Are Saying

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JUN
4
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The Power Rankings! A New King on the Throne! Return of Three Shows! Halting! Catching Fire!

The Power Rankings! A New King on the Throne! Return of Three Shows! Halting! Catching Fire!

You can’t stop The Power Rankings! You can only...well, you know, put life in front of it and a real ability to get overwhelmed. Even then — even then! — you can only hope to contain it. Or delay it until a Wednesday. And yes, people, I know all the good SportsCenter callbacks. After a couple of amazing season finales last week, we not only got three episodes back in the rotation, but a bunch of others that wanted to take a breather before their last mad dashes got a bit introspective simultaneously.

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MAY
30
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'Crossbones': TV Review

'Crossbones': TV Review

As a fan of Luther, which is the brainchild of Neil Cross, the second thing that struck me about Crossbones was that his name was in the title and whether that was some elaborate smirk that might make a great story over a drink in a few years.

The first thing that struck me was that I was disappointed – not just in the quality of Crossbones but in why Cross (you see?) would even be interested in pirate stories, where most good writing goes to die.

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MAY
29
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Failure Analysis: The Firing of Kevin Reilly

Failure Analysis: The Firing of Kevin Reilly

Everybody who had Fox’s Kevin Reilly being fired before ABC’s Paul Lee, raise your hand.

Exactly.

And in another example of how strangely unpredictable the television industry is, the long-tenured, well-respected Reilly is out, a sign that Fox has no interest in being complacent or finishing deep in the shadow of first place.

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MAY
27
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The Power Rankings! Shocker! Bloody Shocker! Plus: Hugs! And Cheating!

The Power Rankings! Shocker! Bloody Shocker! Plus: Hugs! And Cheating!

What an incredible finishing run for a couple of the best series on television - which resulted in a very difficult, very tense and very tight selection process for this week's Power Rankings! It also allowed for what some might think is a shocker. But hell, you bring your best stuff every week and you leave the weak stuff at home. It's all we ask. This is not a cumulative score here at The Power Rankings! This is week-to-week bloody episodic battling. And anything can happen.

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MAY
27
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'Halt and Catch Fire': TV Review

'Halt and Catch Fire': TV Review

Despite outward appearances, this is a particularly important time in the history of AMC. Yes, it's dominating in the ratings when The Walking Dead is on. Yes, it has two of the greatest dramas in TV history with Breaking Bad and Mad Men.

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MAY
25
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'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 7: 'Waterloo'

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 7: 'Waterloo'

What an incredible and formidable "midseason" finale "Waterloo" was on Mad Men. Yet it was also a tiny bit flawed at the end (understandably), and it comes in a week where two other series had absolutely magnificent episodes. So what do you say to that?

"We're living in amazing times." That's what you say.

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MAY
21
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'The Normal Heart': TV Review

'The Normal Heart': TV Review

You might wonder what a film version of Larry Kramer's acclaimed, Tony-winning play The Normal Heart – which first premiered in 1985 and was then revived on Broadway in 2011 – could really add to the story, or even why HBO decided to greenlight it.

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MAY
20
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The Power Rankings! Too Much Greatness! Elite 11 Goes Hardcore! Also: Flux!

The Power Rankings! Too Much Greatness! Elite 11 Goes Hardcore! Also: Flux!

Can I say it one more time for emphasis? OK, here goes: We're living in amazing times. This is a damned solid Elite 11 and it basically leaves no room for hackery (unless it's my own). So many great shows, so little room to allow someone to sneak in on appeal. Of course, we're heading into finale territory for some of these shows, so no doubt the coming weeks will have more flux, But right now, top to bottom, this is muscle on bone, people. Every show here is getting it done.

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MAY
20
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'Gang Related': TV Review

'Gang Related': TV Review

Sometimes a stubborn, little, not very good, but not terrible television series will come along and make things difficult. You want to look away, but in a moment of charity you reason that the show might work if only it's tweaked a certain way. You see hope and potential in the sloppy execution and slightly off writing. On extremely rare occasions, the second or third episode rewards your faith, and a good show grows from the rubble.

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