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Nostalgia is Bigger Than Ever, but Maybe It’s Time to Move Forward Rather than Looking Back? (Opinion)

RoseanneIronGiantThe Roseanne revival is one of ABC’s biggest hits since the original Roseanne, while Steven Spielberg revisits his own past in Ready Player One.

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“Timeless” Creator Eric Kripke Talks What to Expect in Season 2

timeless 1NBC canceled Timeless last year, but three days later reversed that decision and ordered another season after a passionate outcry from fans of the show. Now co-creator and executive producer Eric Kripke is talking about where the series is headed in its sophomore season.

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17 Iconic Women of Television in Honor of International Women’s Day

oprahWomen have been flooding the streets in impressive numbers to bring awareness to a plethora of women’s rights issues. Now, as we celebrate Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day, let’s take a look back at some of the most important women in television history.

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“Life Sentence” Creators on Landing Lucy Hale Post-“Pretty Little Liars”

life sentence “When we met her, she wasn’t actually looking to do another TV show right away,” co-creator and showrunner Erin Cardillo told Tracking Board ahead of the show’s premiere.

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“Black Lightning” Star Breaks Down That Shocking Death and Return (SPOILERS)

black lightning “Our show is a bit quirky, so we always jokingly say ‘nobody’s ever really dead…” Cress Williams told reporters following a screening of this week’s episode.

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“Death Wish” Remake and Now-Delayed “Heathers” Reboot Illustrate Hollywood’s Issues With Real World Violence

Death Wish Heathers“Paramount made the Heathers pilot available to critics online after the Parkland shooting two weeks ago. Early reviews were not kind, to say the least, so when Paramount made the announcement about delaying the premiere, it raised more than a few eyebrows,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“UnReal” Showrunner Stacy Rukeyser on Running a Feminist Show at the Height of the #MeToo Movement

stacy rukeyserUnReal showrunner Stacy Rukeyser talks about taking over the show, and how Hillary Clinton and the Me Too movement play a part in season three.

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Stories of Mental Illness & Its Impact Shine in Era of Peak TV

crazy ex-girlfriend“Something began to change around the turn of the century on television. Real three dimensional characters with mental illnesses began popping up on television screens front and center, and played straight, or at least with deliberateness and compassion,” writes Paul Gulyas.

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Cause for Concern: Network Revivals Turn Back the Clock to a Time When All-White Casts Were the Norm

All White Casts Return“By reviving shows with their original casts, networks face no pressure to make them reflect today’s vastly different demographic realities. And that might be the point,” writes Jeff Yang.

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An Appreciation of John Mahoney, America’s Dad

John Mahoney TrilogyBetween his fatherly roles on Frasier and in Say Anything…, the beloved character actor was a true heavyweight even though he never played one himself, writes Neil Turitz.

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The Superhero of Primetime: Why The CW’s “Black Lightning” May Be the Most Important Series on TV

black lightning“It’s almost subversive, the way that the Akils and fellow EP Greg Berlanti have so deftly disguised such a hard-hitting and political series as a mere superhero piece, utilizing the conventions of the genre to progress a much more powerful message,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Dawson’s Creek” Is 20 Years Old But Its Characters Are Timeless

dawsons creek“At the time, Dawson’s Creek was a vehicle for change as it developed progressive teen storylines, and without it, shows like Gossip Girl, Riverdale, or even Pretty Little Liars wouldn’t have been possible,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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9 More Great TV Shows That Should Follow “ER” to a Streaming Service, From “Homicide” to “NewsRadio”

Non-Streaming TV Shows“Life would be just a wee bit better if these shows found a home at a streaming service that isn’t too enamored with the future of content to forget about the classics of the past,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Black Lightning” Showrunner on Why He Didn’t Want to Tell an Origin Story

black lightning “I’m sure if I had done it in an origin story, you know what people would say? ‘Eh, it’s another fucking origin story,'” Salim Akil tells Tracking Board about his new CW superhero series.

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Top 10 TV Shows to Look Forward to in 2018

shows in 2018 From Black Lightning to Maniac to the Coens’ first foray into television, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2018. Here’s a list of 10 to get you started.

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Top 10 Biggest Deaths on TV in 2017

deaths-feature Who’s in the grave? Well, a lot of people. 2017 saw some major deaths that shook up, began or ended shows. Here are some of the biggest TV character deaths that we’re still trying to get over.

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Netflix’s Year in Review: From “Mudbound” to “Mindhunter” and Everything in Between

Best of Netflix QuadJeff Sneider offers 18 things to look forward to on Netflix in 2018, including comedy specials from Chris Rock and Ali Wong, a new sci-fi movie from Duncan Jones, and an anthology series from the Coen brothers.

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Linda Ge’s Top 10 TV Shows of 2017

top10shows Sweet/Vicious, The Handmaid’s Tale, American Gods – which shows came out on top in 2017 with TV Editor Linda Ge?

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Because It’s the Law of the Internet, Here Are Neil Turitz’s Favorite Movies and TV Shows of 2017

Neil Turitz Best of 2017Blumhouse’s slasher movie Happy Death Day joins awards favorites such as Steven Spielberg’s The Post, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water and the “beautiful” Call Me by Your Name.

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FX Reigns Supreme, But TNT, TBS and AMC Are Committed to Quality, Too (Network Series)

FXtbsAMCtnt“The simple truth of it is that network president John Landgraf is perhaps the finest, smartest, and most talented TV executive working right now. No matter how hard other networks try, it’s almost impossible to match FX/FXX’s recent record of success,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Riverdale” Unmasks the Black Hood in Midseason Finale (SPOILERS)

riverdale black hood comic Halfway through the season, Riverdale has seemingly solved its big mystery: Who is the Black Hood? Spoilers abound, so please do not read on until you have watched the episode.

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As ESPN Flounders, Lifetime and History Channel Keep Disney’s Cable Division Afloat (Network Series)

Disney Network SeriesIf Freeform’s upcoming Marvel series Cloak & Dagger hews closer to the superhero shows on Netflix and the CW, rather than sister network ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or The Inhumans, then it should be a winner when it debuts in 2018.

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“Godless” Tells a New Tale of Women in the Wild West

godless michelle dockery“In a lot of ways, [Godless] took some huge leaps forward in terms of female characters and character development, even if it wasn’t everything I needed it to be they were still necessary and wonderful steps forward,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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“Mr. Robot,” “The Sinner,” “The Magicians” Are Bright Spots for NBCUniversal (Network Series)

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Despite being in fewer homes than the year before, MSNBC has seen its fortunes rise at least partially due to the election of Donald Trump. Seen by many as the network of the opposition, MSNBC has enjoyed record ratings thanks to shows led by Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes and Lawrence O’Donnell.

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“Friends” Character Ross Geller Is the #NotAllMen Prototype

ross-gellerFriends isn’t just the quintessential 90’s sitcom, it also defines the annoying nice-guy/bad-guy archetype through Ross Geller,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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“Riverdale” Murder Mystery: A Running List of Who Could Be Under the Black Hood (Updated)

riverdale black hood The Riverdale fandom is abuzz with speculation about who the new killer in town is, so we take a deep dive into some popular fan theories as well as offer up a few of our own.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: “Runaways” Star Allegra Acosta on Playing a Teenage Latina Superhero

runaways allegra acosta “The fact that I’m representing girls my age, the struggles we all go though daily, the way she changes over the season, it’s just beyond surreal and beyond amazing,” the Hulu and Marvel star tells Tracking Board.

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Viacom Still Sorting Out Its TV Issues, But the Paramount Network Brings Hope (Network Series)

Paramount NetworkSpike will soon relaunch as the Paramount Network, which will introduce a plethora of new shows, including Taylor Sheridan’s ranching drama Yellowstone, adaptations of the movies Heathers and The First Wives Club, the comedy American Woman from legendary creator John Wells, and the star-studded limited series Waco.

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“Crisis on Earth X”: 5 Big Revelations Following 2017 Arrowverse Crossover (SPOILERS)

crisis on earth x Perhaps more than any other year, this crossover event between Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow left some major ramifications, questions and foreshadowing for the future. Here’s a few of the biggest.

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Netflix’s “Dark” Could Be Your New Favorite Sci-Fi Series… If You Can Get Over Your Fear of Subtitles

Dark NetflixThe German-language series has a chance to rival Stranger Things, The OA and Black Mirror for sci-fi supremacy on the streaming site, but audiences have to be willing to give it a chance first.

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