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TV Watch: How John Oliver Beat Stewart, Colbert, and Broadcast News at Their Own Games

John Oliver's not satisfied with challenging former Comedy Central colleagues Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for satirical primacy. He's going after broadcast news, too. And he's winning.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • September 2, 2014 1:10 PM
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Emmy Watch: As TV Enters the Future, Its Academy Remains Stuck in the Past

If you watched tonight's Emmys and suddenly felt as though it were 1974 rather than 2014, you're not alone. Amid profound changes in how, where, and why we watch television -- to the point that "television" increasingly feels like a misnomer -- the medium's flagship organization seemed confused as to which 'Golden Age' to celebrate.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 26, 2014 12:21 AM
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Does 'Doctor Who' Have Room for Peter Capaldi?

Peter Capaldi could become one the great Doctors, with a grave sense of wonder that could carry the show pretty deeply "into darkness." It's an open whether the shinier, perkier, re-vamped, demo-baiting current version of the show has room for that kind of greatness.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 25, 2014 3:27 PM
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Will Emmy-Winner 'Cosmos' Be Back?

Will the force behind "Cosmos," Emmy-winning writer/producer Ann Druyan, the widow of Carl Sagan, be able to bring back her reimagined television show? She needs to convince both Fox and host Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2014 5:23 PM
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Showtime Renews Emmy-Nominated 'Masters of Sex' and 'Ray Donovan' for Third Seasons

My favorite summer TV series is "Masters of Sex," which has deepened its exploration of male-female relationship dynamics in its second season. So I'm delighted to report that Showtime has renewed the hourlong series about the work and life of the famous sex research couple Masters and Johnson for a third season, along with hardboiled drime series "Ray Donovan," starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 20, 2014 1:09 PM
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Keanu Reeves Is Latest Movie Star to Go TV

When in doubt, go TV. That is the new Hollywood mantra, as every working producer, director and actor is checking out alternatives to green screen comic-book movies. It's been a while since Keanu Reeves hit his stride as an action star in "Speed" and the "Matrix franchise. Reeves is not going gently into his 50s with Hollywood fare (see long-delayed "47 Ronin," his directing effort "Man of Tai Chi," and indie "Generation Um,
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 18, 2014 1:41 PM
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Screen Talk: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, New Director/TV Paradigm, Festival Update, Emmys, Week's Picks

On this week's Screen Talk podcast (available on iTunes), Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I remember Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams, look at the new director paradigm on television pioneered by Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh in "True Detective" and "The Knick," respectively, talk "Outlander" and Emmys, latest festival news and make our picks of the week.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2014 1:36 PM
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'Legends': Twisty Sean Bean Spy Series from Producers of 'Homeland'

Sean Bean, shockingly rendered headless in the first season of "Game of Thrones," may be the strongest incarnation yet of the alienated espionage prodigy that has become the trademark of the show's auteur showrunner, "24"-veteran Howard Gordon.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 13, 2014 9:46 PM
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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 "Downton" foretell a coming crash?
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 5, 2014 12:24 PM
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Emmy Watch: Learning to Love 'Game of Thrones'

The first time I quit "Game of Thrones," in the midst of the prolonged setup that plagued season one, it came as a relief.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 29, 2014 1:29 PM
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