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Annual Manual

Posted November 19, 2014in On The Tube

X-mas onslaught

“An En Vogue Christmas” (Lifetime; Saturday, Nov. 22) The singers of En Vogue (as played by the current legally recognized singers of En Vogue) reunite for a holiday benefit concert to save the nightclub that gave them their start and to forgive the sleazy manager (David Allen Grier) who “broke

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Posted November 12, 2014in On The Tube

Zero Dark Iffy

[B] State of Affairs Monday, Nov. 17 (NBC) Series Debut: Katherine Heigl was great in Grey’s Anatomy, and then Knocked Up—let’s pretend she joined the Peace Corps in 2007 and is just now returning to acting, OK? In State of Affairs, she plays a CIA analyst/adviser with a special relationship

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Posted November 05, 2014in On The Tube

Broadcast skews

“The Newsroom” Sunday, Nov. 9 (HBO) The third and final season of Aaron Sorkin’s journalism fan-fiction drama takes place in 2013; your historical place-marker being the Boston Marathon bombing. “The Newsroom” never quite lived up to the promise of its rousing debut episode, which was a none-too-subtle challenge to American

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Posted October 29, 2014in On The Tube

Comic fail

“The McCarthys” Thursday, Oct. 30 (CBS) Series Debut: A fat, loudmouthed, sports-obsessed Bah-ston family has a gay son — and, go for borderline homophobic comedy! Or borderline comedy, period. Even sadder than the continued use of The Laugh Track (yes, there’s only one — all the shows share it) in

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Posted October 22, 2014in On The Tube

Monsters Inc.

“Grimm” Friday, Oct. 24 (NBC) “Season Premiere: Law & Order: Supernatural Portlandia” (or, “Grimm” for short) is back! When Season 3 left off, Nick (David Giuntoli) had lost his Grimm power to see fairytale Wesen creatures both good and evil, essentially rendering him the only straight-up human in Portland. (Seriously,

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Posted October 15, 2014in On The Tube

Foo Fighters hit the Sonic Highways, Transporter does TV, and American Dad relocates

“Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways” Friday, Oct. 17 (HBO) Series Debut: You should know that I like my music played and produced by humans — loudly, with electric guitars and minimal artificial sweeteners. In what’s left of the pop mainstream, Foo Fighters are the last band standing that fit that bill,

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Posted October 08, 2014in On The Tube

Fun with artificial insemination

“Jane the Virgin” (Monday, 8 p.m., CW) has fun with telenovela conventions. Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is an ordinary young woman swept up in extraordinary events when she’s accidentally inseminated during a routine exam. The sperm belongs to a playboy hotel owner (Justin Baldoni) who’s trapped in a loveless marriage —

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Posted October 01, 2014in On The Tube

The things we did for love

A voiceover sets the scene: “Andrew and Zelda dated for eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour. This television program is the comprehensive account of their relationship, from A to Z. The framing device makes “A to Z” feel like a story told after the fact, exaggerated for

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Posted September 24, 2014in On The Tube

When urban meets suburban

Andre (Anthony Anderson) is a self-described former “big scary black guy” who’s succeeded in the white world. He’s a successful advertising executive who lives in the suburbs with his doctor wife (Tracee Ellis Ross) and four kids. But Andre has the nagging feeling that, in achieving the American dream, he

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Posted September 17, 2014in On The Tube

Brotherhood of the bedpan

Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, “Red Band Society”is the first masterpiece of the fall TV season (Wednesday, 8 p.m., Fox). Nevertheless, it features a premise that practically screams “don’t watch this.” A half-dozen very sick kids live together in a hospital. If that sounds off-putting, wait till you meet Charlie

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