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SUPERIOR DONUTS Review: “Trust Me”

superior donuts excerptSeason 1, Episode 4 – This week’s episode highlighted the show’s problems—Arthur and Franco’s inconsistent relationship, the underdeveloped minor characters, and the tired humor. It’s four weeks in and there’s no signs of improvement.

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BATES MOTEL Review: “Dark Paradise”

bates motel excerptSeason 5, Episode 1 – Bates Motel returns to A&E for its final season, and boy, is it good. I’ve never seen this show, so bear with me in not knowing all of the backstory, but I am into it. You should be too.

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TV Casting Round-Up: Liv Tyler Teams Up with Kit Harington for “Gunpowder”

liv tyler excerptMarc Cherry, Reba McEntire, and Shondaland add cast members to their pilots while Liv Tyler and Mark Gatiss joins Kit Harrington for BBC’s Gunpowder.

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John Hillcoat to Direct Episode of “Black Mirror” for Netflix (Exclusive)

John Hillcoat Black MirrorBirdman actress Andrea Riseborough is being eyed to star in the fourth season episode, which is rumored to be titled “Crocodile.”

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THE WALKING DEAD Review: “New Best Friends”

maxresdefaultSeason 7, Episode 10 – Rick discovers another community hiding from The Walking Dead and offers an alliance for the return of Father Gabriel and the imminent war against the Saviors. Richard loses his gun privileges and takes drastic steps to compel Ezekiel to war while Daryl drops in on Carol for cobbler and conversation before heading back to Hilltop.

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CRASHING Review: “Artie Lang”

crashing excerptSeason 1, Episode 1 – In the series premiere, Pete finds out that his marriage is over, and that he has nothing left but the fledgling dream of a comedy career, and the generosity from an unlikely comedian to keep him going forward.

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SON OF ZORN Review: “All Hail the Son of Zorn”

Son of Zorn ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 13 – The first season of Son of Zorn comes to a close with a season finale that sets up plenty of future action, despite feeling choppy at certain times.

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THE GOOD FIGHT Review: “Inauguration”

the good fight excerptSeason 1, Episode 1 – It’s Diane Lockhart’s turn to take center stage in the pilot episode of The Good Fight. Diane’s god-daughter, Maia Rindell, joins the firm as a brand new associate, but when her father’s Ponzi scheme is revealed, Diane loses everything. Diane is forced to put her retirement plans on hold, and start her life over.

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THE MISSING Review: “The Turtle and the Stick”

the missing excerptSeason 2, Episode 2 – Baptiste is driven by a mistake he made which had terrible consequences when he first investigated Sophie Giroux’s kidnapping on The Missing. Alice takes police to the place she was held captive, and a clue may reveal who her abductor was. Was it only one man, or were there many?

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VICTORIA Review: “Engine of Change”

victoria excerptSeason 1, Episode 6 – Victoria is coming to an end but not before the queen announces a first pregnancy and a possible willingness to cross party lines and embrace a new future.

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BIG LITTLE LIES Review: “Somebody’s Dead”

big little lies excerptSeason 1, Episode 1 – in the series premiere of HBO’s brand new prestige miniseries, a murder occurs in the beautiful seaside town of Monterey, California. But that’s hardly the most dramatic (or interesting) thing that happens in this soapy drama about suburban moms with hidden rage and secret tragedies.

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BILLIONS Review: “Risk Management”

billions excerptSeason 2, Episode 1 – With Wendy out of both Chuck and Axe’s lives, it leaves a void that threatens to suck them both in and chew them up on this new season of Billions. Chuck is suddenly in a lot of trouble when an investigation into the ethics of his office opens out of the blue, and Axe is in the grips of absolute paranoia as he completely rethinks security at Axe Capital.

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EMERALD CITY Review: “Lions in Winter”

emerald city excerptSeason 1, Episode 8 – Friday’s episode of Emerald City sent me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I began feeling hopeful about where this story was going, and then felt confused and annoyed. Finally, I returned to hope. Let me explain.

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TV Casting Round-Up: Alex Meraz Snags Lead Role in “Scalped”

alex meraz excerptSuicide Squad actor Alex Meraz joins WGN America’s Scalped, the anticipated drama series based on DC’s graphic novel, and Jeremy Luke reunites with his Magic City co-star Milo Ventimiglia on This is Us

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RIVERDALE Review: “Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show”

riverdale excerptSeason 1, Episode 4 – On the very edge of an affair being uncovered and a movie theater closing, Riverdale continues to bring the mystery and the drama, in a very silly way.

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BASKETS Review: “Fight”

baskets excerptSeason 2, Episode 5 – After the four-episode arc that started season two of Baskets, things are slowed down even more with a low-stakes series of events that further highlights the family dysfunction. Chip and Dale get angry at each other and wreck the house, while Christine heads to Costco.

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TRAINING DAY Review: “Trigger Time”

training day excerptSeason 1, Episode 3 – This week’s Training Day was surprisingly solid, with a lot of moving pieces and twists, but left room for some much needed character moments.

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POWERLESS Review: “Sinking Day”

powerless excerptSeason 1, Episode 3 – Powerless might just finally win you over with its third and strongest episode, smartly putting Alan Tudyk’s Van Wayne at its center and finally utilizing the DC Universe in a funny way.

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SUPERSTORE Review: “Super Hot Store”

superstore (1)Season 2, Episode 15 – This week’s episode was funny, but scattered, and relied too heavily on plots the show’s predecessor, The Office, has already tackled. The store’s corporate-controlled heater malfunctions, causing tensions to rise as the temperatures do.

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TV Casting Round-Up: “Parks and Rec” Alum Retta Joins Mae Whitman for “Good Girls”

retta excerptRyan Murphy reunites with Glee‘s Darren Criss for the highly anticipated second season of American Crime Story and Parks and Recreation‘s Retta returns to NBC for the drama Good Girls

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2016 Election Inspires Wave of Upcoming Television Series

ryan murphy excerptTelevision creatives have the President on their mind as the 2016 election has become the subject of a handful of scripted dramas, but while many in Hollywood look a year behind, it may have more of an impact if they instead look to what is happening today.

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DOUBT Review: “Pilot”

doubt excerptSeason 1, Episode 1 – Doubt is just another courtroom procedural that fails to stand out in the history of the genre, despite a mostly strong and diverse cast. If they give these actors more to work with, we may have something notable.

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ARROW Review: “Spectre of the Gun”

Arrow ExcerptSeason 5, Episode 13 – On this week’s Arrow, after a mass shooting Oliver realizes he might have better luck saving the city this time as mayor, not the Green Arrow. Meanwhile, Dinah finally moves into a proper apartment.

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LETHAL WEAPON Review: “As Good as it Getz”

Lethal Weapon ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 15 – Lethal Weapon adds another character from the movie series and brings Agent Palmer back to torment Riggs when a cartel informant is murdered before giving the DEA the name of their main money launderer in Los Angeles. Leo Getz helps Riggs and Murtaugh in some surprising ways when the Flores Cartel makes moves against a member of their team.

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LEGION Review: “Chapter 2”

legion excerpt Season 1, Episode 2 – “Chapter 2” of Legion continues all of the style, depth, and intrigue of the first episode but adds in more structured bits of plot and begins to anchor the series’ story arc. David has to deal with layers of trauma and mental illness while navigating his newfound superpowers and new situation in the mutant enclave.

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THE 100 Review: “The Four Horsemen”

the 100 excerptSeason 4, Episode 3 – “The Four Horseman” brings King Roan to Octavia’s doorstep with a mission, while Jaha, Bellamy and Clarke seek out a possible salvation. It’s more difficult moral choices on The 100 this week.

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THE EXPANSE Review: “Godspeed”

the expanseexcerptSeason 2, Episode 4 – The Expanse delivers a heavy dose of exposition and big picture plot in “Godspeed,” spending the majority of the episode on logistics. All of that leads up to such a tightly written final act that it largely justifies all of the setup and leads well into the next episode.

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THE MAGICIANS Review: “The Flying Forest”

the magicians excerptSeason 2, Episode 4 – The Beast is defeated, Fillory is in a shambles, and Alice is dead. Will anyone on The Magicians be able to save Fillory, or is it too late? Julia still needs to find a way to stop Raynard, and the only person she has left to help her is Kayde. Are they strong enough?

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SPEECHLESS Review: “T-h-The C-l-Club”

Speechless ExcerptSeason 1, Episode 15 – It’s a welcome return to form for Speechless, with fine chemistry and character development. Ray finds a home at a country club, while J.J. and Kenneth have a fight about the aide’s free time.

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SIX Review: “Collateral”

six excerptSeason 1, Episode 5 – The latest Six episode is light on the action, high on pulling the heart strings, and brings several interesting twists, leaving the show at the top of its game.

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