Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Posted June 22, 2016in On The Tube

Killer queen

  “Queen of the South” heats up USA; “Roadies” is out of tune. Queen of the South Thursday, June 23 (USA) Series Debut: USA continues to get somewhat browner; baby steps for the not-quite-whitest network on cable (that’d be Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze, the EDM club of TV “news”). In the

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Posted June 15, 2016in On The Tube

Manson family values

        “Aquarius” is back on Charles Manson’s trail; “American Gothic” is more dim than dark.   “Aquarius” Thursday, June 16 (NBC) Season premiere: When last we (meaning me; I’ve yet to meet anybody who watched Season 1) left “Aquarius,” it was spring 1968, Detective Hodiak (David Duchovny)

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Posted June 08, 2016in On The Tube

Torrid 10

  10 hot(ish) new series debuting this summer.   “Ride With Norman Reedus” (AMC; Sunday, June 12) Series Debut: The “Walking Dead” star gets his own motorcycle road-trip series because AMC sure as hell wasn’t going to tell him no. “Ride” works well enough as a biker-culture travelogue show, as

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Posted June 01, 2016in On The Tube


  “Outcast” brings the satanic scares; “Feed the Beast” arrives undercooked.   “Outcast” Friday, June 3 (Cinemax) Series Debut: While the fanboys are nerd-raging against each other over the authenticity of AMC’s “Preacher,” here comes another adult, based-on-a-comic-book property “Outcast,” from “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman — and it’s so

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Posted May 25, 2016in On The Tube

Fall fails

  What to “look forward to” this fall from the broadcast networks. It’s been a rough couple of seasons for broadcast network television. Programming competition from cable and streaming services is at an all-time high, resulting in the era of too many shows. You’d think the answer would be to

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Posted May 18, 2016in On The Tube

South of Heaven

    “Preacher” makes a hell of a debut; “Wayward Pines” and “Powers” return.   “Preacher” Sunday, May 22 (AMC) Series Debut: The uninitiated have no idea what the hell “Preacher” is, while the fanboys are convinced that the 1995-2000 Vertigo comic-book series can’t be adapted for any screen, let

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Posted May 11, 2016in On The Tube

Catch up!

  A few shows you need to watch as TV gears up for summer May is mostly a dead zone of season finales and reruns as TV gears up for the summer. Remember all those shows I’ve told you to watch harder in this very column? Now is the time

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Posted May 04, 2016in On The Tube

Belly laughs

  Ali Wong delivers a “Baby Cobra”; “Grace & Frankie” return for Round 2. “Ali Wong: Baby Cobra” Friday, May 6 (Netflix) Stand-Up Special: Ali Wong is one of the funniest comedians you’ve probably never heard of — and she’s definitely the most pregnant one you’ve ever seen in her

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Posted April 27, 2016in On The Tube

Dark shadows

  “Penny Dreadful” is back and creepy; “Person of Interest” begins the end.   “Penny Dreadful” Sunday, May 1 (Showtime) Season Premiere: Showtime’s supernatural steampunk soap returns for Season 3 with Ethan (Josh Hartnett), Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) and Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) scattered about the globe, leaving a broken

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Posted April 20, 2016in On The Tube

Westeros confidential

“Game of Thrones” is back; “Mike & Molly” are out. “Game of Thrones” Sunday, April 24 (HBO) Season Premiere: What comprehensive information do I have on the Season 6 premiere of “Game of Thrones”? None. What critical motivation do you need to watch it anyway? None. In 2015, HBO mailed

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