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Entries by Maureen Ryan

'Defiance' Season 2 Trailer Is Full Of Shocking Twists And Turns

(4) Comments | Posted July 26, 2014 | 4:40 PM

When it comes to the second season of Syfy's "Defiance," you ain't seen nothing yet.

At a "Defiance" panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, Syfy unleashed a lengthy trailer with lots of clues about where the second season of the drama is headed; HuffPost TV can...

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Pedro Pascal Really Wishes He Were Still On 'Game Of Thrones,' Even In Small Part

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 3:52 AM

Pedro Pascal isn't that different from most "Game of Thrones" viewers -- he wishes his character, the charismatic Oberyn Martell, was still on the HBO show.

Pascal was at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 24, to launch a new "Game of Thrones" beer from Brewery Ommegang. After a...

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'Fargo' Season 2 Scoop: It's Getting Real In Sioux Falls

(2) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 9:19 PM

Here are some things you will surely want to know about Season 2 of "Fargo," you betcha. All this information comes from Monday's "Fargo" panel at the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles.

  • The show will return to FX in fall 2015 at the earliest and will...
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'The Flash' Scoop Reveals Enemies, Friends, Crossovers And A Gay Character

(16) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 7:11 PM

Don't expect "Arrow" and "The Flash" to be standoffish with each other this coming season.

Not only will Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) of "Arrow" appear on the fourth episode of the first season of "The Flash," but the eighth episodes of both CW shows...

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'Gotham' On Fox: Talking Superheroes And Cops With The Man Behind The Show

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 6:45 PM

One of the most hotly anticipated fall shows is Fox's "Gotham," which chronicles the career of police detective James Gordon, the man who goes on to be Commissioner Gordon in the Batman universe.

The opening moments of the "Gotham" pilot, which will be screened next week at...

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'How I Met Your Dad' May Not Be Dead After All

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 1:23 PM

"How I Met Your Dad" won't arrive on CBS this fall, but that doesn't mean it's dead forever.

At a press event on Thursday, CBS chairman Nina Tassler addressed the network's decision to not go forward with "How I Met Your Dad," the much-discussed "How I Met Your Mother"...

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ABC Heralds Diverse Lineup Of Shows At TCA

(7) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 7:15 PM

For years, television networks have danced around the idea of diversity, but all too often their half-hearted attempts to reflect American society have amounted to having one or two non-white characters in the cast -- if that.

The stats on diversity in the entertainment industry often...

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Katherine Heigl Says She 'Would Never Intend To Be Difficult' On Set

(31) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 3:46 PM

At a Sunday press event for her fall drama "State of Affairs," in which she plays the CIA analyst who briefs the president every day, the former "Grey's Anatomy" star was asked about reports that she and her mother, Nancy Heigl, who is an executive producer of the NBC show,...

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Christopher Walken To Play Captain Hook In NBC's Live Production Of 'Peter Pan'

(14) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 12:14 PM

Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in NBC's upcoming live production of "Peter Pan."

Despite Walken's long history of notable dramatic roles, NBC president Robert Greenblatt said Sunday that "he might really just be a song-and-dance man at heart," citing several musical performances in Walken's long career.


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'The Bridge' Season 2 Review: Border Chronicle Returns With Renewed Purpose

(5) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 12:15 PM

"The Bridge" is a geographical location; the title refers to the span that connects the United States to Mexico in the El Paso-Juarez border region.

But the FX show, which returns in good form for its second season, also dwells in a psychological place, one that is...

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'Extant' And 'The Strain': One Is Worth A Look (But Don't Forget 'Defiance' And 'Penny Dreadful')

(14) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 11:43 AM

"Extant" is a big-name, high-profile production that is solid and acceptable in a number of ways.

The storytelling is briskly paced, Halle Berry is typically good in the lead role, and the "Extant" pilot contains several scenes set in space, a sight that is far too rare...

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'Orange Is The New Black' Season 2 Review: The Rage Under The Entertaining Surface

(20) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 5:01 PM

There are few things more tiresome than a work of alleged entertainment that relentlessly flogs a political or social agenda at the expense of its creative goals.

But the converse of this is true as well, at least for me: Whether or not I agree with the agenda in...

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'The Leftovers' Review: A 'Lost' Producer Goes To The Dark Side

(7) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 3:00 PM

"The Leftovers" is the hardest kind of show to review. Aspects of it are intriguing and commendable, and among its virtues is a deep commitment to the examination of difficult mental and emotional states. It's trying, but in this sentence, I'm using that word as a verb.

That said, the...

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'Tyrant's' Rape Cliches Are Just The Last Straw

(120) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 11:51 AM

I have a few thing to say about the new FX drama "Tyrant," but many more things to say about one of TV's most offensive and undying tropes.

This post was written in the specific context of the last few months and years of television programming. But in truth,...

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'Rectify' Returns: It's Terrific And You Need To Watch

(5) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 2:58 PM

Not too long ago, TV critics had to collectively chip away at some misperceptions about an excellent, emotionally acute drama.

Eventually, those who thought that "Friday Night Lights" glorified the questionable aspects of high school sports culture (an impression NBC did little to correct at first) came to understand...

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'Defiance' Season 2: Loving The Aliens (And The Humans) Building A New World

(5) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 12:33 PM

As it rolls into its second season on Thursday, Syfy's "Defiance" doesn't just cement its place as a well-made and enjoyable show, it continues to serve as a welcome corrective to some recent trends in TV sci-fi.

Dramas with sci-fi elements can be a lot of things:...

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'Fargo' Finale Thoughts: What About Molly?

(51) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:26 PM

Don't read on unless you've seen "Morton's Fork," the season finale of FX's "Fargo."

Overall, I'm glad I stuck with the crime miniseries, which I discuss with critics Ryan McGee and Joanna Robinson in this week's hourlong, "Fargo"-centric Talking TV podcast.

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'Game Of Thrones' Finale Thoughts: Will This Good Show Ever Be Great?

(183) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 10:46 AM

I'll tell you why I'm hard on "Game of Thrones" at times: Because of Arya's eyes.

A lot happened in the mournful, exciting and majestically melancholy season finale, but for my money, none of the special effects could match Maisie Williams' gaze as Arya watched the Hound's...

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'The 100' Finale Secrets And What's Coming In Season 2: All The Insider Intel You Need

(19) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 2:43 PM

Fans of "The 100," there's a very good chance you have questions about the Season 1 finale, which aired Wednesday on the CW.

HuffPost TV spoke with executive producer Jason Rothenberg about the first season of the show and the finale, and the first part of our...

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'The 100' Scoop From The Addictive Drama's Mastermind

(10) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 12:26 PM

One reason to like mid-season offerings: Once in a while, you come across a show like "The 100," which crept on to the TV schedule back in March and quietly set about fulfilling (and sometimes exceeding) the modest but worthy goals it set for itself. The show, which...

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