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    Review: BET Makes Its Dramatic Entry with Fresh, Entertaining 'Being Mary Jane' (Now Streaming on Netflix)

    "Being Mary Jane" became available on Netflix streaming this week - your chance to catch up season 1 of the series before season 2 premieres - assuming you didn't watch season 1 earlier this year, when it aired on BET. Here are some thoughts on the series to prep you...

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    The Snubs & Surprises Of the 2014 Emmy Awards

    Don't expect a swift response to any communication sent to someone who works in the TV industry: last night was the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards (see the list of winners here), and the parties were going on long into the night. As we said this morning, "Breaking Bad," "Modern Family" and "Sherlock" we...

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    Emmy Trophies Will Be Handed Out Tonight. Several Black Actors Nominated. Who Will Win?

    Uzo Aduba, Joe Morton and "The Square" won their individual categories, as reported earlier this week, at a ceremony during which primarily behind-the-scenes creatives were feted. So we can officially mark them as winners.

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    'Black Jesus' Saves the TV Sitcom

    “Black Jesus” is a good-hearted sitcom without the sanitizer - “Sanford and Son” with the edges left in tact and still just as funny.

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    With the Primetime Emmys on the Horizon, My Picks & Yours for Who Will Win

    Uzo Aduba, Joe Morton and "The Square" won their individual categories, as reported earlier this week, at a ceremony during which primarily behind-the-scenes creatives were feted. So we can officially mark them as winners.

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    2014 Emmy Predictions: Who Will Win

    Like it or not, Oscar season kicks off next week, with the premiere of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” at the Venice Film Festival. But we must first close off another awards season, and this coming Monday sees the curtains close on the 2013/2014 TV season, with statues handed out at the 66t...

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    Discuss: What Do The Season 2 “Reboots” Of ‘Fargo’ & ‘True Detective’ Say About The Future Of TV?

    Hey, ever hear the one about how we’re living in a “Golden Age of Television”? Of course you have. It’s a cliché so often repeated by now that it has the ring of well-duh irrefutable truth. And even the staunchest holdouts, proud to not know their Walter Whites from their Red Reznikovs, can’t deny t...

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    Thoughts on Aaron McGruder's New Adult Swim Series 'Black Jesus' After Last Night's Premiere?

    The series finds Jesus living in present day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood, with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers.

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    Watch 1981 TV Report 'Racial Stereotyping: Inside & Out' (What's Changed 30+ Years Later?)

    Nothing particularly new here. But I like postings *artifacts* like this, if only to remind us of just how little has changed in over 30 long years, when it comes to depictions of black people on film and TV!

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    Emmy Watch: The Decline and Fall of 'Downton Abbey'

    As hulking and lavish as the Titanic, "Downton Abbey" appears unsinkable -- especially when it comes to Emmy voters and fans. But the series, whose first episode began with news of that famous ship's North Atlantic disaster, is not immune to rough seas. Does the disappointing fourth season of "Downt...

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  • Louie
    next episode: Monday, June 9th @ 10PM
  • Fargo
    next episode: Tuesday, June 10th @ 10PM
  • Veep
    next episode: Sunday, June 8th @ 10PM