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Posted July 27, 2016in On The Tube

Viva Shark Vegas

“Sharknado: The 4th Awakens” hits Sin City, and “Squidbillies” are ‘Merica “Sharknado: The 4th Awakens” Sunday, July 31 (Syfy) Movie: Who’s joining Ian Zering and Tara Reid (apparently, the #AprilLives campaign from “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” worked) this time? David Hasselhoff (“Baywatch”), Gena Lee Nolin (also “Baywatch”), Alexandra Paul

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Posted July 20, 2016in On The Tube

Dark horse “BoJack Horseman” returns, tragicomic as ever; “Looking” says buh-bye

  “BoJack Horseman” Friday, July 22 (Netflix) Season Premiere: Recently, Netflix released promo art that placed cartoon character BoJack Horseman (voiced by Will Arnett) in the same league as troubled dramatic TV anti-heroes Tony Soprano, Don Draper and Frank Underwood. It’s no joke. They all struggled to find happiness within

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Posted July 13, 2016in On The Tube

School’s in

Vice Principals takes “Eastbound & Down” to class; “BrainDead” isn’t dead yet. “Vice Principals” Sunday, July 17 (HBO) Series Debut: While I still contend that “Eastbound & Down” was one of the greatest TV comedies ever, I’ll also admit that it was long out of material by its fourth and

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Posted July 06, 2016in On The Tube

Law and disorder
“The Night of” takes on the (in)justice system; “Mr. Robot” is back for the re-hack

  “The Night of” Sunday, July 10 (HBO) Series Debut: Novelist/screenwriter Richard Price (“Clockers,” “The Wire”) and writer/filmmaker Steve Zaillian (“A Civil Action”) spend eight episodes chronicling eight bad, bad days in the life of Nasir Khan (Riz Ahmed), a New York City college student who thinks he’s lucked into

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Posted June 29, 2016in On The Tube

Rock on

    “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” is still dumb fun; “Killjoys” returns.   “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” Thursday, June 30 (FX) Season Premiere: The debut of Denis Leary’s “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” last summer presaged two rock-centric dramas, HBO’s just-cancelled “Vinyl” and Showtime’s currently-meh “Roadies” — and his occasionally haphazard, always swaggering comedy still nails inter-band relationships better than

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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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