Saturday, August 29, 2015


Posted June 17, 2015in On The Tube

Cop drama

“True Detective” Sunday, June 21 (HBO) How do you top Matthew McConaughy and Woody Harrelson from “True Detective”’s killer debut season? Double-down on the star power: Besides Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, Season 2 also features Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch as co-leads, and the supporting-cast bench isn’t lacking, either.

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Posted June 10, 2015in On The Tube

Back in black

“Orange Is the New Black” Friday, June 12 (Netflix) Season Premiere: Aside from the return of a beaten-down and bruised-up Alex (Laura Prepon), things are almost too bright and happy at Litchfield Penitentiary in the “Orange Is the New Black” Season 3 opener. The episode, however, ends on a heart-rending

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Posted June 03, 2015in On The Tube

Stay inside

“Sense8” Netflix; Friday, June 5 The Wachowski Brothers bring their “Matrix”-y weirdness to TV in the tale of eight people around the world who can tap into each other’s existences. Coincidentally, they’re all ridiculously good-looking.   “Dark Matter” Syfy; Friday, June 12 The crew of an adrift spaceship wakes up

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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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