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Entries by Maureen Ryan

'Rectify' Out-Subtles 'The Leftovers' For Summer's Best Slow Burn

(11) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 5:02 PM

The summer brought us two mildly post-apocalyptic dramas that weren't particularly interested in addressing the core questions baked into their premises.

"The Leftovers," which debuted in June on HBO, has chronicled a small slice of a world still reeling from the Sudden Departure of 2...

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'Defiance' Season Finale Sneak Peek: What In The World Is Irisa Up To? (VIDEO)

(6) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 10:29 AM

The second season of "Defiance" comes to a close on Thursday, and if you think Irisa will be at the center of what goes down, you're right.

As the season heads into the home stretch, Irisa, the daughter of Lawkeeper Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler), is enemy number...

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'Doctor Who' Season Premiere Review: The TARDIS Returns With A Pleasing Adventure

(22) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 4:26 PM

With the launch of a season of "Doctor Who"-- complete with a new Doctor -- and the debut of the spooky drama "Intruders," things are busy over at BBC America this weekend.

First, the good news: Saturday's season premiere of "Doctor Who" is largely wonderful. (Below, I...

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Jon Hamm And Daniel Radcliffe Return In A Delightfully Weird 'Young Doctor' Comedy

(5) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 5:07 PM

We live in an era of artisanal TV: The ongoing explosion of platforms, networks and outlets means we are blessed to have an enormous array of small-batch perfectionists creating something for almost every taste and inclination.

In the half-hour arena, viewers are especially spoiled for choice. Given that shorter...

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'Outlander' Review: A Gorgeous If Rocky Trip To Scotland

(30) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 5:03 PM

As is the case with "Game of Thrones," you don't have to be a fan of the best-selling "Outlander" books to find things to enjoy in the TV version of the tale.

"Game of Thrones" -- which, like "Outlander," is partly a tale of warring...

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'The Knick' Review: Clive Owen And Steven Soderbergh's Bloody Medical Marvel

(3) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Like a shot of adrenaline to the heart, "The Knick" arrives just in time to save us from the summer doldrums, and as a side bonus, it further enhances Cinemax's status as one of television's most consistently entertaining networks.

Let Cinemax's more ponderous corporate sibling, HBO, make...

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'Sleepy Hollow' Season 2 Secrets Revealed: Who's Coming Back And Who Will Shake Things Up

(16) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 4:17 PM

All right, Sleepyheads, we still have quite a wait before "Sleepy Hollow" returns Sept. 22, but there is a lot of information out there about things that are going to happen when Ichabod Crane, Abbie Mills and the rest of the crew return.

The show's cast and...

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

(5) 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.

"I...

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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')

(17) 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

(9) 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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