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Why TV Audiences Like Their Dramas Dark and Their Sitcoms Familiar

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 28, 2014 11:56 AM
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Critics love groundbreaking half-hours like "Community" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," but what audiences want most in a sitcom is something they've seen, and liked, before.

Critics Pretty Much Lose Their Minds Over 'Simpsons World'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 21, 2014 3:32 PM
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Are you excited for the portal that will allow you to watch and share clips from every "Simpsons" episode ever made? Not as excited as the critics who witnessed the announcement.

'Stalker's Kevin Williamson Fires Back at Critics in the Least Mature Way Imaginable

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 18, 2014 5:06 PM
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  • 7 Comments
Kevin Williamson wants to convince critics his CBS drama about cops who investigate stalking takes its subject. This is not the way to do it.

The "Missing Pieces" of "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" Include a New Ending for the TV Show

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 18, 2014 3:57 PM
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  • 1 Comment
A first look at the 90 minute of deleted scenes from David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" prequel reveal an extended ending to the show itself.

The Subversive Hotness of 'Veep's Selina Meyer

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 17, 2014 4:00 PM
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  • 3 Comments
"Veep's" Julia Louis-Dreyfus is better dressed, and better-looking, than any female politician is allowed to be. That's a feature, not a bug.

FX's 'Married,' With Judy Greer and Nat Faxon, Could Find Just the Right Balance of Bitter and Sweet

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 16, 2014 4:58 PM
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Middled-aged marrieds and sexed-up twentysomethings look for love in FX's new "Married" and "You're the Worst"

In 'Live Another Day' Finale, The Clock Runs Out on '24'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 14, 2014 10:00 PM
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  • 19 Comments
As "24's" final (for now) half-day comes to a close, the show feels like it's asking to be put out of its misery.

FX's 'The Strain' Is a Steaming Pile of Hot, Delicious Garbage

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 10, 2014 11:33 AM
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  • 9 Comments
Guillermo del Toro's FX vampire show is terrible — and enormously enjoyable.

Halle Berry's "Extant" on CBS: So Far, More a Sizzle Reel Than a Show

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 9, 2014 3:51 PM
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The real mystery of "Extant" isn't how Halle Berry's astronaut got pregnant alone in space, but whether it's worth watching past the first episode.

'Louie's' Pamela Adlon Says Calling That Controversial Scene Rape Is "Nuts"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 2, 2014 2:05 PM
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'Louie's producer and the co-star of a controversial arc says the show doesn't aim to get laughs so much as provoke feelings.