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Posted July 27, 2016in On The Tube

Viva Shark Vegas

“Sharknado: The 4th Awakens” hits Sin City, and “Squidbillies” are ‘Merica “Sharknado: The 4th Awakens” Sunday, July 31 (Syfy) Movie: Who’s joining Ian Zering and Tara Reid (apparently, the #AprilLives campaign from “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” worked) this time? David Hasselhoff (“Baywatch”), Gena Lee Nolin (also “Baywatch”), Alexandra Paul

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Posted July 20, 2016in On The Tube

Dark horse “BoJack Horseman” returns, tragicomic as ever; “Looking” says buh-bye

  “BoJack Horseman” Friday, July 22 (Netflix) Season Premiere: Recently, Netflix released promo art that placed cartoon character BoJack Horseman (voiced by Will Arnett) in the same league as troubled dramatic TV anti-heroes Tony Soprano, Don Draper and Frank Underwood. It’s no joke. They all struggled to find happiness within

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Posted July 13, 2016in On The Tube

School’s in

Vice Principals takes “Eastbound & Down” to class; “BrainDead” isn’t dead yet. “Vice Principals” Sunday, July 17 (HBO) Series Debut: While I still contend that “Eastbound & Down” was one of the greatest TV comedies ever, I’ll also admit that it was long out of material by its fourth and

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Posted July 06, 2016in On The Tube

Law and disorder
“The Night of” takes on the (in)justice system; “Mr. Robot” is back for the re-hack

  “The Night of” Sunday, July 10 (HBO) Series Debut: Novelist/screenwriter Richard Price (“Clockers,” “The Wire”) and writer/filmmaker Steve Zaillian (“A Civil Action”) spend eight episodes chronicling eight bad, bad days in the life of Nasir Khan (Riz Ahmed), a New York City college student who thinks he’s lucked into

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Posted June 29, 2016in On The Tube

Rock on

    “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” is still dumb fun; “Killjoys” returns.   “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” Thursday, June 30 (FX) Season Premiere: The debut of Denis Leary’s “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” last summer presaged two rock-centric dramas, HBO’s just-cancelled “Vinyl” and Showtime’s currently-meh “Roadies” — and his occasionally haphazard, always swaggering comedy still nails inter-band relationships better than

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Posted June 22, 2016in On The Tube

Killer queen

  “Queen of the South” heats up USA; “Roadies” is out of tune. Queen of the South Thursday, June 23 (USA) Series Debut: USA continues to get somewhat browner; baby steps for the not-quite-whitest network on cable (that’d be Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze, the EDM club of TV “news”). In the

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Posted June 15, 2016in On The Tube

Manson family values

        “Aquarius” is back on Charles Manson’s trail; “American Gothic” is more dim than dark.   “Aquarius” Thursday, June 16 (NBC) Season premiere: When last we (meaning me; I’ve yet to meet anybody who watched Season 1) left “Aquarius,” it was spring 1968, Detective Hodiak (David Duchovny)

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Posted June 08, 2016in On The Tube

Torrid 10

  10 hot(ish) new series debuting this summer.   “Ride With Norman Reedus” (AMC; Sunday, June 12) Series Debut: The “Walking Dead” star gets his own motorcycle road-trip series because AMC sure as hell wasn’t going to tell him no. “Ride” works well enough as a biker-culture travelogue show, as

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Posted June 08, 2016in On the Move

Ankeny wine bar and grill opens

Ankeny has a new restaurant and bar in the Prairie Trail development. District 36 Wine Bar and Grille is now open for lunch and dinner. The new dining spot seats more than 240 guests indoors and up to an additional 60 on the patio. The new spot is seen as

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Posted June 01, 2016in On The Tube

Repossessed

  “Outcast” brings the satanic scares; “Feed the Beast” arrives undercooked.   “Outcast” Friday, June 3 (Cinemax) Series Debut: While the fanboys are nerd-raging against each other over the authenticity of AMC’s “Preacher,” here comes another adult, based-on-a-comic-book property “Outcast,” from “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman — and it’s so

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