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Posted March 09, 2016in On The Tube

Party down

“Party Over Here” Saturday, March 12 (Fox) Series Debut: Fox’s history with late-night comedy programming ranges from near-great (1995-2009’s “MadTV,” 2006-09’s “Talkshow With Spike Feresten”) to passable (the current “Animation Domination High-Def”) to WTMFF? (1993’s “The Chevy Chase Show,” one of the most famed flameouts in TV history). “Party Over

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Posted March 02, 2016in On The Tube

Politics as usual

“The Family” Thursday, March 3 (ABC) Series Debut: ABC has only launched a single winner in the 2015-16 TV season: “Quantico” (aka “Federal Beautiful Investigators,” aka “How to Get Away With Homeland,” which returns March 6, if you were wondering). Everything else has been DOA, and “The Family” will likely

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Posted February 24, 2016in On The Tube

Midseason report

You’re probably watching few, if any, Big Four (ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox and NBC) network shows via live broadcast anymore. Hell, you’re probably not even watching on an actual television set — do you even own a TV, comrade? Or, as you’ll see in some of the lists below,

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Posted February 17, 2016in On The Tube

Bleat emotion

“Love” Friday, Feb. 19 (Netflix) Series Debut: Gillian Jacobs was always the most underrated player in “Community,” a reliable source of dark snark who functioned as a counterpoint to Joel McHale who was rarely forced to play the “pretty blonde” card. In her first real headlining gig in Judd Apatow’s

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Posted February 10, 2016in On The Tube

Rock on

“Vinyl” Sunday, Feb. 14 (HBO) Series Debut: “What? You thought records got played because they’re good?” sniffs American Century Records president Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), explaining away his radio-payola tactics of securing his bands airplay with a little coke and a lot of cash. Thing is, Richie loves good music

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Posted February 03, 2016in On The Tube

Critter City

“Animals” Friday, Feb. 5 (HBO) Series Debut: The animated “Animals” comes from the Duplass brothers, the guys who brought you HBO’s “Togetherness” and many a far-less-watchable indie-flick, and this sharply-drawn cartoon hints that maybe the bros have been wasting their time on humans. “Animals” follows the daily lives of dogs,

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Posted January 27, 2016in On The Tube

End days

“You, Me and the Apocalypse” Thursday, Jan. 28 (NBC) Series Debut: A British/American production that may or may not be the prequel to “The Last Man on Earth,” “You, Me and the Apocalypse” is a 10-episode limited series that promises to conclude with the literal end of the world in

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Posted January 20, 2016in On The Tube


“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” Thursday, Jan. 21 (The CW) Series Debut: The Atom, Captain Cold, Heat Wave and other superheroes previously seen on “Arrow” and “The Flash” team up in this sorta spin-off, along with The Heroine Formerly Known as Black Canary, White Canary and “time-traveling rogue” Rip Hunter (because what other career path are you

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Posted January 13, 2016in On The Tube


“Colony” Thursday, Jan. 14 (USA) Series Debut: Set in a dystopian near-future, “Colony” stars Josh Holloway (“Lost”) as a hunky ex-FBI agent torn between aiding mysterious alien overlords’ Earth minions in keeping a lid on Los Angeles (for the strong-armed safety of his family) and remaining with his fellow facial-hair

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Posted January 06, 2016in On The Tube

Blue year

“Shades of Blue” Thursday, Jan. 7 (NBC) Series Debut: A gritty cop drama pitting Jennifer Lopez against Ray Liotta? Sounds like a forgotten ’90s flick you’d run across on TNT at 3 a.m., but “Shades of Blue” is more like “The Shield” with bigger hair: NYPD detective Harlee Santos (Lopez),

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