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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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Posted March 18, 2015in On The Tube

We are family

“Bloodline” Friday, March 20 (Netflix) American television treasure Kyle Chandler (you know him from “Friday Night Lights”; to me, he’ll always be Gary Hobson of “Early Edition” — Wiki it) returns to the screen of your choosing in Netflix’s “Bloodline,” a juicy new family drama-soap that proves what you’ve always

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Posted March 11, 2015in On The Tube

Undeadhead

“The Royals” Sunday, March 15 (E!) First Bravo with “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” now E! turns to scripted drama with “The Royals”? Has the “reality” finally all been filmed? Unlike “GG2D,” “The Royals” proudly dons the Soap Opera tiara and takes it over the tawdry top, with fictional modern British

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Posted March 04, 2015in On The Tube

Schmidt happens

“Dig” Thursday, March 5 (USA) At least the USA Network is trying new ideas. But, for every creative win (like comedies “Sirens” and “Playing House,” or dramas “Graceland” and “Satisfaction”), there’s a pandering pantload (like reality steamers “Chrisley Knows Best” and “Summer Camp”), and a handful of lingering legacies that

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Posted February 25, 2015in On The Tube

Lonely Guy

“House of Cards” Friday, Feb. 27 (Netflix) It’s always been crazy-good, but is “House of Cards” just more crazy than good? Now-President Frank Underwood’s (Kevin Spacey) rise to the top has seen him plowing through one deliciously ridiculous politico-soap-opera scandal after another, as well as a slew of unsatisfying toothless

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