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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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The Stars Are Beginning to Align for Starz Thanks to “Outlander” (Network Series)

Starz LogoThe thriving network has several interesting projects on the horizon, including an adaptation of Howard’s End from Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan and starring Hayley Atwell, and the sci-fi series Counterpart starring Oscar winner J.K. Simmons.

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Why the Series Premiere of “The Punisher” Is a Standalone Episode (SPOILERS)

the punisher “I just wanted to spend the first episode just with Frank, getting under the skin of this guy,” Steve Lightfoot told Tracking Board.

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If You Want to Break Into Hollywood These Days, Start a Podcast

Neil Podcast Column“Podcasts are sort of perfect for TV adaptations, since they have set story structures, they’re often serialized, and they come with a built-in audience, which is exactly what IP-hungry networks are looking for,” writes Neil Turitz.

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The Mark of the Whore: How HBO Needs to Reexamine the Female Characters in “Deadwood”

deadwood womenWith the exciting announcement of a Deadwood revival inching towards production, Sabrina Cognata highlights successes and failures of female characters in the original series.

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“The Punisher” Showrunner on Why He Doesn’t Want to Define Frank and Karen’s Relationship

the punisher kastle “In some ways I feel like the minute we put a label on a relationship, it loses some of its magic,” Steve Lightfoot tells Tracking Board.

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Showtime Needs a “Homeland”-Level Hit, and It Needs One Soon (Network Series)

Showtime LogoIt’s unclear how much money the network spent on its Twin Peaks sequel, but whatever the figure was, it doesn’t appear to have been a great investment. The 18-part series was hardly watched at all, averaging less than 300,000 viewers per episode.

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Diversity Among TV Directors Reaches Record Highs, But There Are Disparities Among Studios

The percentage of television episodes directed by women and minorities rose to record highs in the 2016-17 season, but certain studios still lag behind others, according to a new report released by the Directors Guild of America.

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“Lord of the Rings” TV Series: 17 Showrunners Who Could Lead the Journey Back to Middle Earth

lord of the rings Warner Bros. TV is most certainly searching for top-notch talent to run a brand new take on Lord of the Rings and we have a few suggestions.

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“Jane the Virgin” Reveals One of Its Characters Is Bisexual (SPOILERS)

jane the virgin Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not watched Friday’s episode of Jane the Virgin, “Chapter Sixty-Nine.”

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“Arrow” Reveals Identity of Masked Villain Vigilante (SPOILERS)

arrow vigilante The masked gunman has evaded Team Arrow since Season 5.

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As Competition Grows, HBO’s Throne Is Vulnerable, But It’s Still the Model for Success on the Small Screen (Network Series)

HBO logoWith both Veep and Game of Thrones, coming to a close, there are a few projects that could potentially fill the void — chief among them, the third season of True Detective starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali.

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Hulu Is On Top Thanks to “Handmaid’s Tale,” But for How Long? (Network Series)

“What to say about Hulu? Seriously, I’m asking, because it’s not entirely clear that the streaming service itself knows what it wants to be,” writes Neil Turitz.

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