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‘Black-ish’ will take on Police Brutality in Feb. 24 Episode

variety.com — The Feb. 24 episode of " Black-ish"will take on police brutality, Variety has learned. The episode, titled "Hope," will revolve around a fictional incident of police brutality that Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) and Andre "Dre" Johnson ( Anthony Anderson) discuss with family members, including the couple's four children.
Feb 08, 2016

RT @Variety: ‘Black-ish’ to Take on Police Brutality (EXCLUSIVE) bit.ly/1NYW73w

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‘Animals’ is the worst HBO comedy in some time

variety.com — The only good thing about "Animals" is that it serves as proof of how difficult it is to make a certain kind of indie-flavored TV comedy. The animated HBO show has a lot in common with programs like "Girls," "Louie" and "Baskets," and like "Togetherness," it boasts Mark and Jay Duplass as executive producers.
Feb 03, 2016

I wanted to like a new animated comedy on HBO with Duplass connections! I ... did not. variety.com/2016/tv/review…

TV Review: Hopelessly Devoted to ‘Grease Live!’

variety.com — "Grease Live!" won't make anyone forget the original film any time soon, but that wasn't the point. The idea was to cook up a must-see event that got attention on social media and delivered a crisply executed and energetic final product. Thanks to exceptional work from director Thomas Kail and several sterling supporting performances, much of "Grease Live!"

'The Staircase' should be your next 'Making A Murderer' obsession

philly.com — Posted: Saturday, January 30, 2016, 3:01 AM LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Making a Murderer," the Netflix true-crime series that debuted in December, is a phenomenon not just because it spins a fascinating, enraging and almost unbelievable yarn.

'The X-Files' and the problem with TV's nostalgia boom

mcall.com — It's difficult to criticize the urge to mine a precious resource, especially when that gold lies just below the surface of popular culture.

'The X-Files' and the problem with TV's nostalgia boom

chicagotribune.com — It's difficult to criticize the urge to mine a precious resource, especially when that gold lies just below the surface of popular culture.

What to watch after 'Making a Murderer'

inforum.com — LOS ANGELES - "Making a Murderer," the Netflix true-crime series that debuted in December, is a phenomenon not just because it spins a fascinating, enraging and almost unbelievable yarn. People can't stop talking about the story of crime and punishment in small-town Wisconsin in part because it expo...

After ‘Making a Murderer,’ what to watch next

variety.com — " Making a Murderer," the Netflix true-crime series that debuted in December, is a phenomenon not just because it spins a fascinating, enraging and almost unbelievable yarn. People can't stop talking about the story of crime and punishment in small-town Wisconsin in part because it exposes not just individual mistakes and acts of misconduct, but inconvenient truths about a disturbing array of blind spots that lurk within the overall criminal justice system.
Jan 29, 2016

A few thoughts on #MakingAMurderer & several recommendations on what to watch if you thought highly of it variety.com/2016/tv/opinio…

Jan 29, 2016

RT @moryan: A few thoughts on #MakingAMurderer & several recommendations on what to watch if you thought highly of it https://t.co/zliqQHSF…

Feb 02, 2016

@wpwend @TVMcGee indeed. I mentioned those docs in a recent column about true crime/MaM variety.com/2016/tv/opinio…

‘The X-Files’ reboot may not be a good thing for TV

variety.com — It's difficult to criticize the urge to mine a precious resource, especially when that gold lies just below the surface of popular culture. For decades, TV in particular has brought us a wide variety of fantastic and exhilarating programs. To extend the mining analogy, why not squeeze a bit more profit out of those gems? But even if the instinct to exploit a precious commodity is understandable, it's the execution that worries me.
Jan 26, 2016

Variety's @moryan on why TV's reboot craze is maybe not the best idea, for anyone involved. variety.com/2016/tv/column…

Jan 26, 2016

RT @alexweprin: Variety's @moryan on why TV's reboot craze is maybe not the best idea, for anyone involved. variety.com/2016/tv/column…

Jan 26, 2016

RT @moryan: On #TheXFiles, reboots, Twin Peak & the age of weaponized nostalgia variety.com/2016/tv/column… last line is mic drop on what I won…

‘Recovery Road’ Review: Freeform Comes Out With Soild Drama

variety.com — Many shows do terrible jobs of depicting the lives of teenagers, and quite a few programs avoid the topics of addiction and recovery, except as parts of exploitative storylines designed to get media attention or goose ratings.
Jan 25, 2016

Many shows are bad at writing teens & not great on addiction--but @FreeformTV's drama #RecoveryRoad is an exception variety.com/2016/tv/review…

Jan 26, 2016

Freeform used to be ABC Family & it's continuing the good traditions of ABCFam w/ the addiction drama Recovery Road variety.com/2016/tv/review…

Feb 08, 2016

The new Freeform drama #RecoveryRoad is promising, and the first episode is now embedded & viewable on my review variety.com/2016/tv/review…

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Feb 09, 2016

@tiredboredblog that Vinyl pilot had a scene in a brothel w tons of topless women. Husb & I laughed, like, "Of course.Was waiting for this."

Feb 09, 2016

@tiredboredblog Yeah, various cable networks certainly have very identifiable profiles over time. Which is why it didn't surprise me +

Feb 09, 2016

@mariamb18 @willapaskin I've seen two and feel no desire to see more, but your mileage may vary, as they say.

Feb 09, 2016

@sarahjphughes @willapaskin yeah, I was wondering what the Juno version of the show would be. Would have liked to have seen that.

Feb 09, 2016

I'm with @willapaskin -- #Vinyl has all the HBO/Prestige signifiers without really having much of interest to say slate.com/articles/arts/…

Feb 09, 2016

RT @Variety: Second City Launches the Harold Ramis Film School bit.ly/1ooZgoM


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