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Entries by Maureen Ryan

A Smart Space Romp You Should Be Watching

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 6:15 PM

Though the fall season is upon us, I am racked by guilt regarding a summer show I never got a chance to write about. 

In a summer that didn’t lack for promising new shows, Syfy’s “Killjoys” was one of my favorites. If you...

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'Empire' Returns, And Not A Minute Too Soon

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 6:28 PM

In its second season, “Empire’s” stilettos are sharper, its gloss is glossier and its enjoyably soapy turns are even larger than life, if that’s possible.

In the show’s first season, which occasionally had trouble sustaining momentum, two things could always be...

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'The Muppets' Return To TV, But What Happened To Miss Piggy?

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 4:07 PM

The revival of “The Muppets” -- more accurately, the new show built around our furry and felt-covered friends -- is puzzling on a number of levels.

When news emerged that ABC had commissioned a new show starring the characters many had come to...

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What To Watch And What To Skip In TV's New Fall Show Lineup

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 2:09 PM

Next week the new broadcast network shows arrive. Try to restrain your excitement. 

To avoid sounding like the broken-est of broken records, I won’t belabor the same gripes I tend to have every fall: The broadcast network pilots, which I’ll briefly...

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A New Wave Of Intimate, Goofy, Deep Comedies Is Just The Best

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 11:54 AM

A lot of scenes in “Catastrophe” take place in bedrooms; the stars of the Amazon comedy, Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, shine brightest when they’re depicting the goofiest, messiest and most quietly devoted moments of intimacy. Sex is part of the exchange between their characters, Rob...

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'The Bastard Executioner' And The Rise Of The Slog

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 4:30 PM

In “The Bastard Executioner,” which debuts Tuesday on FX, body parts are separated from bodies, animals and people are disemboweled, children suffer as much violence as adults and there are more stab wounds than one can reasonably count.

Despite those bloody facts, the question isn’t,...

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'You're The Worst' Cast Talks Season 2, Romance, Hard Times & True Love

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 4:55 PM

 In Los Angeles, it’s not difficult to find people who flinch at the mere mention of gluten. 

Jimmy Shive-Overly and Gretchen Cutler are quite happy to ingest gluten (and other substances) by the pound, but flinching, shuddering, eye-rolling -- these would be good ways...

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'Mr. Robot' Finale Upgrades An Already Brilliant First Season

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 11:25 AM

Mr. Robot” is poised on a knife’s edge.

Its debut season has been so impressive and so adventurous yet assured that I almost fear what comes next. The show attempted to achieve an astounding number of goals, thematically and aesthetically, and it nailed...

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TV's Apocalypse Specialist Learns To 'Fear The Walking Dead'

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 11:43 AM

Few actors have had more arresting introductions to American television than Alycia Debnam-Carey.

The 100” was already on its way to cult-favorite status when Debnam-Carey’s Lexa arrived partway through the second season. In a show packed with morally compromised characters,...

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Netflix, Binging And Quality Control In The Age Of Peak TV

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 2:33 PM

Matt Singer posed a timely question today: Why is it that the original programs made by Netflix -- the place that perfected binge-viewing -- aren’t necessarily all that binge-able? 

By downplaying the importance of individual episodes in favor of longform...

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The Most Dangerous Antihero On TV Is ... The Star Of Comedy Central's 'Review'?

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 4:33 PM

Occasionally Forrest MacNeil, the protagonist of “Review,” realizes just how badly his life is going. At the end of the most recent installment of the Comedy Central show, which depicted extensive plastic surgery as well as a cult indoctrination gone very, very wrong, he...

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'Rectify' Creator Says Award-Winning Drama May End Soon

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 11:22 AM

Rectify” ends its finely wrought third season Thursday, and it’s probably not wise for fans to expect another three seasons of the Sundance TV drama.

“I think we’re getting near the end” of the story of former death row prisoner Daniel...

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Stephen Colbert 'Prays' Trump Stays In Presidential Race

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 8:57 PM

Stephen Colbert on Monday joked that he “prays” Donald Trump stays in the presidential race so Colbert can make jokes about him when “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” debuts on CBS Sept. 8.

“I just want to say that every little boy...

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'Fargo' Season 2: Murder, Reagan And An All-Star Cast

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2015 | 8:53 PM

 The first season of “Fargo” was widely acclaimed and award-winning, but at a press event for Season 2, some cast members had an admission to make (which is only appropriate for a show about crime).

Kirsten Dunst, Ted Danson and...

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'Empire' Will Make You Scream In Season 2

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 2:47 AM

The plans for the second season of “Empire” sound as though they came straight from Cookie Lyon herself: “We’re here to f**k this s**t up." 

Taraji P. Henson laughed at a a press panel for the show on Thursday as she...

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'True Detective' Drinking Games That Could Kill You

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Because I don’t want you to die, I want to warn you away from the “True Detective” drinking games that the kids have been going wild for lately.

Here's how to avoid said drinking games, unless you have a death wish:


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Miss Piggy Says Her Breakup With Kermit Will Be 'Great For Moi's Stardom'

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 2:39 PM

Kermit and Miss Piggy have definitely broken up, and the porcine star is 100...

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'Strike Back,' Nostalgia And Knowing When To Say Goodbye

(6) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 8:34 AM

There was a minor hue and cry the other day when it emerged that the fourth season of “Banshee” would be the show’s last. It was a pretty tiny ripple in the space-time continuum, given that “Banshee” is a cult action show on Cinemax. But the fact that...

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Trevor Noah, Twitter And The Uses Of Social-Media Outrage

(12) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 1:05 PM

As the heir apparent at “The Daily Show,” every day must be a whirlwind for Trevor Noah. Having to deal with the media at the Television Critics Association press tour, where he took the stage at a press conference Wednesday, is just one more chore to check off the list,...

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Trevor Noah Takes On Racism And Police Brutality Before Taking Over 'The Daily Show'

(107) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 8:24 AM

“Charming American racism,” Ebola panic and what it’s like to be a black man who fears the police: These topics were on the agenda when Trevor Noah, the new host of “The Daily Show,” offered the world a glimpse of what he’ll do when he takes...

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