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Posted February 11, 2015in On The Tube

Hand of fate

“The Slap” Thursday, Feb. 12 (NBC) If America learns nothing else from NBC’s adaptation of Australian hit “The Slap” beyond the fact that a successful, pleasant backyard BBQ doesn’t include children, I’ll consider this “dialogue-starter” a success. The title and overcooked promos make “The Slap” seem like a joke —

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Posted February 04, 2015in On The Tube

Lawyer Up

“Allegiance” Thursday, Feb. 5 (NBC) Decades ago, KGB agent Katya (Hope Davis) was given the mission to seduce and recruit an American businessman (Mark Cohen). Instead, she fell in love with him and the Kremlin just said, “Go ahead and move to the U.S.; we’ll be in touch.” Guess who

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Posted January 28, 2015in On The Tube

Sportball drama

“Duff Till Dawn” Thursday, Jan. 29 (Food Network) In the four years since greatest food-related reality show ever, “Ace of Cakes,” shut down production, Charm City Cakes boss — not a damned Cake Boss, OK? — Duff Goldman has starred in several short-lived Food Network series, none of which have

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Posted January 21, 2015in On The Tube

Slob-o-Cop

“Backstrom” Thursday, Jan. 22 (Fox) “I don’t see the worst in everyone. I see the everyone in everyone.” That’s just one of dozens of hack lines delivered half-heartedly by Rainn Wilson (“The Office”) in the premiere episode of “Backstrom,” this year’s Let’s Get This Over With midseason slot-filler from Fox

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Posted January 21, 2015in On The Tube

Jordan Creek Mall Shakes Things Up

Now in its second decade, Jordan Creek Town Center will seek new stores as leases expire. Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch will close Jan. 24, along with its neighboring Abercrombie Kids store, both on the upper level. Wet Seal and Delia’s have both reported financial struggles in previous years and

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Posted January 14, 2015in On The Tube

Monkey Business

“Portlandia” Thursdays (IFC) One of the selling points of “Portlandia” has always been, if you don’t like one sketch, there’s another coming along in a minute. In Season 5, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are going a different route and spending a whole episode with one pair of characters (last

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Posted January 07, 2015in On The Tube

New Year’s Noise

  “Archer” Thursday, Jan. 8 (FX) Season Premiere: After last season’s cocaine ’n’ country detour, Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) and crew are back in the spy game — but no longer as ISIS, since that name’s been, uh, compromised. After he’s done wallowing in “cobra whiskey and lady-boy hookers,”

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Posted December 31, 2014in On The Tube

The Best of TV 2014 Pt. 2

  “You’re the Worst”(FX) Like the equally surprising “Broad City,” “You’re the Worst” shattered preconceptions of the “edgy” cable comedy with smarts, heart, bracing moments of relationship realism (and outright debauchery), and a fearless cast led by relative unknowns Chris Geere and Aya Cash. No worries that the Toxic Twosome

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Posted December 24, 2014in On The Tube

The Best TV of 2014 Pt. 1

  (Almost) everything you should revisit, or discover, from the past year.   “True Detective” (HBO) Creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto probably screwed himself by launching this mesmerizing crime anthology with stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson at the top of their respective games. Good luck following up these eight near-perfect episodes.

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Posted December 17, 2014in On The Tube

100 and done

“Anger Management” finally reaches 100 episodes. In other news, “Anger Management” is still on. In March 2011, Charlie Sheen was fired from CBS’ “Two & a Half Men” for being, well, more Charlie Sheen than he had been during production of the sitcom’s previous seven seasons. He then went on

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