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In its 4th season, Mozart In The Jungle remains one of TV’s most bingeable shows

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The definition of “bingeable” grows increasingly ineffable as our viewing options continue to expand and we struggle to narrow down just how many hours or episodes constitute a proper binge-watch. There are related questions about whether episodic storytelling calls for showing some restraint, even when you really…

Everything Sucks!, but Netflix’s ’90s-set, coming-of-age comedy is just okay

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A period setting can be both sandbox and trap. There’s a lot of fun to be had with the ephemera of yesteryear, be it the stylish silhouettes of bygone fashions, the fond associations with a favorite toy, or the nostalgic rush of a half-forgotten commercial jingle. The challenge is in letting the past inform the work…

Michael Showalter to direct a CW pilot about a blind woman solving a murder

The Big Sick recently nabbed on Oscar nomination, finally giving director Michael Showalter the accolades he has deserved ever since he was the best cast member of MTV’s The State, and now he’s parlaying his newfound cred into a job directing a pilot for America’s favorite TV network, The CW. This comes from Deadline,…

Kristin Chenoweth can’t save Drag Race’s humdrum All Stars Snatch Game

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It’s a bad sign when a guest judge is the best thing about an episode of Drag Race, but Kristin Chenoweth does get much more than the usual guest in “All Stars Snatch Game.” Peeved that no drag queen has ever impersonated her in the seasonal Snatch Game challenge, Chenoweth decides that she’ll just join the panel…

Doctor Who's Michelle Gomez to play an evil teacher on Netflix's Sabrina reboot

According to Variety, Michelle Gomez has joined the cast of Netflix’s new Sabrina The Teenage Witch as Mary Wardell, “Sabrina’s favorite teacher and mentor at Baxter High.” Unfortunately, Mary Wardell eventually gets possessed by Madam Satan, “the Devil’s handmaiden,” so she becomes a “sultry, cunning manipulator” who…

FCC investigating Ajit Pai for changing media rules to benefit Sinclair Broadcasting

In November, we reported that the FCC had to decided to alter media ownership regulations in a way that would allow one company to all of the media in a single area—including a newspaper and multiple TV networks—without needing to own a local “main studio.” In other words, a major media company could roll into your…

A devastating episode of American Crime Story is the season’s best yet

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If there’s one prominent problem with the majority of true crime narratives, it’s that they put the focus entirely on—or grossly glorify—the criminal rather than spending time with the victims. The approach makes sense because that’s often what people want: the gory details, insight into a murderer so we can try to…

The trailer for the final season of Netflix's Love is still moving a little fast for everybody

Netflix’s Love is wrapping up after one more season, so for anyone who missed the wacky and occasionally frustrating adventures of Mickey and Gus, this trailer includes a handy refresher of what those crazy kids have been through. Basically, Gillian Jacobs’ Mickey is a sex addict who is trying to improve herself, Paul…

Netflix wants to organize the world with a Marie Kondo series 

Anyone who has (or used to have) a whole bunch of stuff around their house is probably familiar with Marie Kondo and her KonMari Method for elegant decluttering. Basically, the idea is that you group all of your items together by whatever category they may fit in, and then get rid of everything that doesn’t “spark…

Justice League's Ray Fisher joins season 3 of True Detective 

The cast for season three of HBO’s True Detective has just been upgraded by some alien technology, as Deadline is reporting that Ray Fisher—Cyborg from Justice League—has joined the cast as a series regular. The season will star Mahershala Ali, Stephen Dorff, Scoot McNairy, and Carmen Ejogo, and it will follow a…

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An overstuffed Black Lightning revels in the shared past of its characters

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One of the pleasures of watching Black Lightning has been its approach to storytelling. Through four episodes the show’s been patient in unraveling the story of Jefferson Pierce once again donning his mask as Black Lightning, while also taking its time filling in the details of the world he occupies. Where so many…

Martin Scorsese developing a TV drama about Julius Caesar with Vikings' Michael Hirst

According to a report from The Guardian, Martin Scorsese is so totally obsessed with the history of Rome that he’s teaming up with screenwriter Michael Hirst for The Caesars, a TV drama about the history of ancient Rome. Hirst is already a veritable expert in historical TV dramas as the creator of Showtime’s The…

Legends Of Tomorrow goes into horror mode with a trip to the asylum

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Asylums are a common location for superhero stories, typically used by creators who want to explore the darker mental implications of being a vigilante/supervillain or having superhuman abilities. Arkham Asylum is a key element of the Batman mythos and regular setting in the Gotham TV series, Legion’s first season…

Robbin' Season is kicking off in the new trailer for FX's Atlanta 

When FX’s Atlanta returns for its second season in March, it’ll be rebranded as Atlanta Robbin’ Season—a name meant to indicate that this new batch of episodes won’t exactly be a continuation of last season as much it will be an evolution of its themes. We saw a quick clip earlier this year teasing that the show was…

This Galentine’s Day, we pick our favorite episodes about female friendships

In 5 To Watch, five writers from The A.V. Club look at the latest streaming TV arrivals, each making the case for a favored episode. Alternately, they can offer up recommendations inspired by a theme. The reasons for their picks might differ, but they can all agree that each episode is a must-watch. In this…