Divorce shows that growing up never really ends

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Parenting teens has to be hard enough when you’re still married, but likely kicks up to an exponentially difficult level when you’re divorced. As this Divorce episode indicates, Frances and Robert have to deal with Tom’s brand-new sex life while coming to terms with their own fledgling relationships. After ignoring…

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The Chi successfully juggles tension and levity in a brilliant episode

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Last week’s episode felt like the first time The Chi really knew what kind of show it wanted to be. The world within the show came into focus as Brandon, Emmett, Ronnie and Kevin were contained to one intersecting story. “Penetrate A Fraud” maintains that momentum and moves the show forward without overwhelming the…

Carrie is only as smart as the plot needs her to be on Homeland

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It only takes one lapse in judgment to throw a carefully plotted operation into disarray. That goes for Carrie Mathison as well as the writers of Homeland, in this case Patrick Harbinson and Chip Johannessen. “Rebel Rebel” is very much a stage-setting hour for the rest of the season, with most of the suspense…

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…

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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…