Friday, May 29, 2015


Posted May 27, 2015in On The Tube

Charlie Don’t Surf

“Aquarius” Thursday, May 28 (NBC) Two-Hour Series Debut: In a semi-factual drama about one of America’s most notorious killers, the cop (David Duchovny) probably shouldn’t be more charming and charismatic than his target — especially when that killer is Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony of “Game of Thrones”). Duchovny’s 1967 LAPD

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Posted May 20, 2015in On The Tube

Fall forward

Are you over the current television season? So are the broadcast networks — they’re moving on to the 2015-16 season, and here’s some of what they’ll be serving up this fall and early next year: “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (The CW): The Atom, Captain Cold, Heatwave and various other characters

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Posted May 13, 2015in On The Tube

Twin piques

“Wayward Pines” Thursday, May 14 (Fox) Of all the creepy TV mysteries set in idyllic little mountain towns, M. Night Shyamalan’s “Wayward Pines” is, well, the latest — and, if Fox sticks to its “10-episode limited series” promise (thanks for tainting our trust, “Under the Dome”), potentially one of the

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Posted May 06, 2015in On The Tube

The guess list

We’re still a month away from receiving the Final Word from television networks about which of your favorite shows have been renewed for another season or canceled forever — but what’s to stop this column from speculating right now? Nothing! Through an intricate system of network trend analysis, May sweeps

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Posted April 29, 2015in On The Tube

Dreadfully Happy

“Happyish” Sundays (Showtime) Showtime’s current Sunday lineup is no match for the hype steamroller of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”/“Silicon Valley”/“Veep” trifecta, which makes it the perfect-ish place for a throwback midlife-crisis comedy — even if it is sandwiched between a running-out-the-clock dramedy (“Nurse Jackie”) and a steampunk creepshow (“Penny Dreadful”).

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Posted April 22, 2015in On The Tube

Weed out the week

After “Are you still writing for that paper?” and “Why did I assume you were dead?”, the question I’m most often asked is “So, what’s good on TV?” Sure, I write a readily-available weekly column about what’s good on TV (and not-so-good), and produce a podcast (TV Tan — look

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Posted April 15, 2015in On The Tube

Clone Wars

“Axe Cop” Thursday, April 16 (FXX) Few watched Fox’s failed attempt to take both Adult Swim and “Saturday Night Live” with the late-night Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD — get it?) in 2013; fewer still are aware that the cartoon block moved to FXX in January of this year. Only the

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Posted April 08, 2015in On The Tube

Real (fake) comedy

“The Comedians” Thursday, April 9 (FX) “Comedy is like heart surgery — it gets botched all the time,” says Josh Gad (as Josh Gad) in the pilot episode of “The Comedians.” “But, if you keep it loose and don’t overthink it…you can fix people’s hearts.” Gad is the other half

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Posted March 31, 2015in On The Tube

Fooled again

“Bacon House Nation” Wednesday, April 1 (FYI) The producers of “Tiny House Nation,” the reality series in which families scale down their living spaces from McMansions to custom 500-square-foot mini homes, have fried up the next logical step: houses fashioned entirely out of bacon. Host Padma Lakshmi (“Top Chef”) and

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Posted March 25, 2015in On The Tube

Get weird

“The Walking Dead” Sunday, March 29 (AMC) In which “The Walking Dead” pulls a “Sons of Anarchy” and drops a 90-minute finale (though “TWD” has only gone long twice before, as opposed to every episode of the last “SOA” seasons). It’s been ham-fistedly hinted that the idyllic li’l bunker town

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