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PaleyFest Highlights: “NCIS: Los Angeles”

ncis los angelesCBS brought out the stars of NCIS: Los Angeles at this year’s PALEYFEST, but the fun procedural had a sadness hanging over it due to passing of Miguel Ferrer.

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“Iron Fist” Isn’t Bad Because It’s Whitewashed, It’s Bad Because It’s Awful

Marvel's Iron FistEven before Iron Fist dropped its first 13 episodes to continue the Marvel saga of street heroes, the show was getting scrutinized for using a white actor to play the lead role — but in the Marvel comic created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, he was white. That said, the problem with the series isn’t whitewashing — it’s poorly executed television.

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Why “Beauty and the Beast” and “Legion” Star Dan Stevens Is the Leading Man to Watch

Legion Dan Stevens ExcerptBetween the one-two punch of FX’s Legion and Disney’s juggernaut live-action Beauty and the Beast remake that just opened, British actor Dan Stevens is having a tremendous time of it. Look back on his career, however, and this sudden boom in both his career and the attention heaped onto him, is not much of a surprise.

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PaleyFest Highlights: “Grey’s Anatomy”

greys anatomy excerptGrey’s Anatomy has been famous since the beginning for its steamy relationships, but discussions at PaleyFest reminded us that it is female friendships at the the core of the series.

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PaleyFest Highlights: “This is Us”

this is us excerptWith the surprise guests, heartfelt moments, and an audience on the edge of their seats, the This is Us panel at PaleyFest felt akin to every episode of the hit series. Tearful ending included.

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PaleyFest Highlights: Heroes & Aliens

heroes excerptAndrew Kreisberg and Stephen Amell led the panel and showed just why powerless Oliver Queen is still the leader that the CW-DC universe need in the panel highlighting Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.

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PaleyFest Highlights: “The Walking Dead”

walking dead excerptThe Walking Dead doesn’t need any monsters. It is a monster. Paley Fest’s feature of this iconic show proves that each actor is beloved by fans, and even the executive producers get a little bit of action, too.

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Ryan Murphy’s Master Plan

Ryan Murphy ExcerptDoes it seem like Ryan Murphy is coming out with a new show all the time? Well he is and Neil Turitz thinks that his interest in creating an increased number of shorter series is the brilliance behind his success.

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No Matter How Well He Does, Is Jimmy Kimmel Ultimately Doomed to Fail at the Oscars?

jimmy-kimmelThe Oscars might be the apex of hosting gigs for personalities, because it’s the biggest audience and the most publicity and the greatest prestige, and so everyone wants to do it, but almost every time, they are doomed to fail, because that’s how all this works. Neil Turitz examines past hosts to address his predictions for Jimmy Kimmel this Sunday.

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Writing the TV Pilot: Does Your Character Need to Change?

The Wire ExcerptGreat writing begins with getting your vulnerabilities out on the page — the parts of you that you don’t normally express, the truths that you don’t normally look at, the characters that exist inside you: both the beautiful ones that you want to share with the world, and also the ones that scare or disgust you, who often represent parts of you that you don’t want to believe are possible, or that you’d never express in the outside world.

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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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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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Writing the TV Pilot: What Makes a Pilot Successful?

OTNB ExcerptThe success of television series grows from the same place, by growing their unique structure organically from their characters, and from the voice of their writers, rather than imposing an external structure upon them.

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14 TV Relationship Goals Worth Bingeing This Valentine’s Day

jessica jonesIn the last few years, television has set a high bar for relationships whether it’s a traditional married couple, best friends, or arch rivals. In honor of the day of love, we’re highlighting fourteen of our favorite couples on television.

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I Love You and I Like You: A Letter to Television’s Best Couple

Ben and Leslie ExcerptIt’s Valentine’s Day so here’s a heartfelt letter to the best TV couple of all time: Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation. From the little town of Pawnee, Indiana to hearts across the world, this is how and why they’re the best when it comes to TV love.

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24: LEGACY Review: “2:00 PM – 3:00 PM”

24 legacy excerptSeason 1, Episode 3 – The clock ticks on in the third hour of 24: Legacy as Eric must find the USB of sleeper cells Ben has hidden before it falls into the wrong hands. Meanwhile, Rebecca confornts Nilaa abou the leak and hack, but does she have the right person?

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Ansel Elgort, Anthony Mackie Highlight Actors Lacing Up for NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

Anthony MackieThe NBA Celebrity Game announced its rosters and the pressure is now on, though it’s nothing an Avenger can’t handle.

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BEYOND Review: “The Hour of the Wolf”

beyond excerptSeason 1, Episode 7 – Beyond brings its best episode yet with an hour of TV that brings both crucial and exciting plot developments as well as explorations of characters and relationships.

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All This Great Television Content Is Creating a Bubble, and It’s Bound to Burst

stranger-things-excerptThe television landscape is not as pie in the sky as you might think. This bubble of peak TV is going to burst. It’s not a question of if, it’s a matter of when, and how we’re going to adapt to the new reality when it does.

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With Mary Tyler Moore, Love Really Was All Around

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Mary Tyler Moore personified two eras of television. She paved the way for women in comedy. An Academy Award nominee and multiple Emmy award winner, Mary Tyler Moore left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry and she will be missed.

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They’re Bringing Back “Will & Grace” — Why Stop There?

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If the networks are going to insist on rebooting or creating sequels to long dormant programs, here are some suggestions that, in fact, could be sort of interesting for network execs to consider pursuing as we head full bore into the 2017 TV season and beyond.

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The Golden Globes 2017: Who Will Win & Who Should Win

moonlightWe’ve picked a few of the best and brightest categories that will be honored this Sunday, January 8 at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards to give our take on who we think is going to win… and who we think should win in the world of film and television.

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THE OA Review: Episodes 1-4

the oa excerpt Season 1, Episodes 1-4 – Either Prairie Johnson on The OA is one of the greatest storytellers in the world, and her life is full of magic, mystery, and suspense, or she’s completely delusional. How does a blind woman disappear for seven years and return with the power of her sight restored? And why won’t she tell anyone but a select group of misfits what happened to her?

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The Tracking Board’s Best Of Everything 2016

Lin Manuel Miranda Excerpt2016 has been a year that’s been all over the place but one thing we can agree on is that it’s also been a year of some pretty spectacular media and pop culture. That’s why this year, we’re listing our favorite things in movies, music, television, books, podcasts, and more. Plus, find out what made our Overall Favorite Thing of 2016!

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Disney’s Cable Networks May Be Bigger Than Most, but They Have a Lot of the Same Problems (Network Series)

neil excerpt With the final entry in our Network Series, Neil Turitz is here to talk about the Walt Disney Company owned network and how they fall into the everchanging landscape of television.

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The Tracking Board’s Best And Worst Television of 2016

Insecure ExcerptAll this week we’re going to be looking at our best and works picks of the year in entertainment. Today we’re starting with our five best and five worst television shows from 2016, ranging from HBO’s Insecure to Netflix’s Stranger Things.

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THE WALKING DEAD Review: “Hearts Still Beating”

maxresdefaultSeason 7, Episode 8 – The Walking Dead heads into winter break with a devastating episode where Daryl attempts to escape sanctuary, Rick and Aaron row across Walker Lake to a floating stash, and Rosita takes a courageous shot at Negan.

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Different Companies, Different Networks, but Similar Problems (Network Series)

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Even small victories for cable networks come amidst turmoil, frustration, and shedding of viewership. Today let’s take a deep dive into FX and FXX, Time Warner’s TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim and TruTV, and AMC Networks’ AMC, IFC, BBC-America, WeTV and SundanceTV.

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This Is What Netflix’s Big Decision Means For the Rest of Us

netflix excerpt Netflix decided to allow users to download some of its programming for offline viewing. This is good for those on the go, stuck without wifi, or just plain bored, but how will it affect how we consume media and interact with others?

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NBCUniversal Has a Lot Going For It, but Is That Enough To Save Its Cable Business? (Network Series)

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Only one of NBCUniversal’s 15 cable properties gained viewership from 2014-2015. The networks saw a boost in ratings from NBCUniversal’s monopolistic coverage of the Rio Olympics, but now that the games are gone the question remains: will people stay to watch?

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