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Before joining The Huffington Post as TV critic, Mo Ryan was the television critic for the Chicago Tribune. She serves on the board of the Peabody Awards and has served on the AFI Top 10 TV Shows of the Year committee many times. Favorite shows ever: It's tie among Battlestar Galactica and Deadwood and Friday Night Lights and Mad Men and Lost and 28 other shows she's going to remember in a minute. She is probably watching NewsRadio right now. Or maybe Farscape.
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Jaime Camil From 'Jane The Virgin' Talks Rogelio, Outer Space, Mothers And Romance

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 3:25 PM

We still have a week to wait until “Jane the Virgin” returns on April 6, so how about filling up a bit of that time with an interview with Jaime Camil, who plays Rogelio de la Vega on the delightful CW program?

Rogelio, a telenovela...

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10 Thoughts About 'The Jinx' And Why It's Flawed But Fascinating

(25) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 5:36 PM

The Jinx,” the HBO true-crime series that ended March 15, engendered a wave of intense attention and discussion as it rolled through its six-episode season. The finale was almost upstaged by the arrest of the documentary series' subject, real estate heir Robert Durst, and...

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'iZombie' Brings Brains, Fun And A Great Cast To The CW

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 3:04 PM

If nothing else, "iZombie" gives a critic the chance to use the word "effervescent" in relation to a program about zombies. That is a welcome incongruity, given that TV can be a little too self-consciously grim for its own good these days.

"iZombie's" leading creative force is...

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How Gina Rodriguez Is Surviving Her First Wild Year As 'Jane The Virgin'

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 2:45 PM

Gina Rodriguez carries a heavy burden.

I'm not referring to her schedule, which has her working long days at an unassuming film and TV studio on the outskirts of Los Angeles. And I'm not referring to the many, many things she does when she's not playing the pregnant Miami...

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What Happened On The Season Finale Of 'The 100'?

(14) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 4:39 PM

Those who have never seen "The 100" can safely read this until the spoiler warning below; the first half of this review does not reveal specific plot points about the show. Don't read beyond the spoiler warning unless you've seen the Season 2 finale of "The 100," "Blood...

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When Remakes Attack: TV Adapts 'Powers' And 'The Returned'

(10) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 3:01 PM

One of the great things about television is its adaptability, or, perhaps more accurately, its ability to adapt anything to suit its purposes.

This week sees the debut of two shows, "The Returned" and "Powers," that embody two of the biggest trends in the industry: Superhero-related adaptations and remakes...

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'Jane The Virgin' Returns With Romance, Big Twists And Big Hair

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 9:20 AM

It has been weeks since we've had a fresh episode of "Jane the Virgin," which aired its last installment in mid-February, but the wait is over: "Jane the Virgin" is back on Monday night.

At times, the gloriously versatile show -- which stars Gina Rodriguez as the accidentally...

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How Could This Great Crime Drama Go So Wrong?

(38) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 3:02 PM

It's one of the oldest television genres in existence, but crime dramas have shown themselves to be exceptionally resilient even as the medium expands its reach and experiments with all kinds of forms, moods and stories.

This is a good thing: A finely crafted crime procedural (i.e. something better...

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The Problem With 'Last Man On Earth' No One Is Talking About

(269) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 5:09 PM

This piece contains spoilers about "The Last Man on Earth."

The only critic on Earth who doesn't like Fox's "Last Man on Earth"? You're reading her right now.

It's not strange for there to be an outlier on a show that has otherwise enjoyed a positive...

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What 'Parks And Recreation' Taught My Son About Feminism (And So Much Else)

(33) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 1:39 PM

As the final season of "Parks and Recreation" played out, my gratitude for it has only grown. Not just because the comedy, which airs its series finale on Tuesday, has brought me a great deal of pleasure over the course of its seven seasons. Not just because the...

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'Peaky Blinders' Should Be Your Next Netflix Binge

(14) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 3:42 PM

"Peaky Blinders" is yet another show about a morally compromised, heterosexual white man who grapples with the results of his bold and even violent behavior as he struggles to realize his ambitions.

That's not just a brief description of the U.K. series, which arrived on Netflix in...

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Why Amazon's Latest Move Is Promising For People Who Like Sci-Fi

(13) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 2:00 PM

Amazon Studios dropped some good news into the middle of the week: "The Man in the High Castle" and "Mad Dogs" were among the pilots that were picked up to series. Full seasons of those shows will arrive later this year or in 2016.

Amazon didn't stop there: It...

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5 Ways 'Vikings' Will Invade Your Life

(24) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 3:21 PM

The third season of "Vikings" begins Thursday, and it's only fair to warn you about the effects the show may have on your life.

I was a slow convert to "Vikings": I didn't truly warm to the frosty tale of Nordic raiders until midway through...

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Why Is Amazon Making Pretty Good Shows?

(24) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 3:07 PM

"Bosch" is a pretty good cop show, but it's emblematic of the potential and limitations of Amazon Prime as it gears up to become an even bigger player in the television game.

I wrote recently about the plight of the pretty good show, and though the...

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The Problem With Network Television's One-Hour Dramas

(15) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 10:39 AM

When it comes to drama development in the last few years, the output of the broadcast networks could fairly be compared to a medium-sized dumpster fire. In a world where consumers have an exploding number of options and there are multiple entertainment temptations for every taste, the broadcast networks have...

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'Fresh Off The Boat' Is Bold, Funny And Not Afraid To Take On Race

(114) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 12:10 PM

"Fresh Off the Boat" is good -- at times, very good. Without question, it's one of the best new shows of the broadcast network season: funny, well-acted and promising on a number of levels.

But I will confess to more personal concerns about "Fresh Off the Boat."...

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'Spartacus' On Netflix: Your Guide To A Gladiator Binge

(10) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 4:41 PM

"Spartacus" has arrived on Netflix -- hooray!

I've got your guide to binging on the gladiator drama right here: Read on for a roundup of links to reviews and interviews I published during the four-season run of the show.

But let's back up for a minute. You...

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'Fortitude' Review: Stanley Tucci Excels In A Tale Of Icebound Crime

(11) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 3:58 PM

It's easy to give you an idea of what "Fortitude" is like and whether you might like it, because it's not hard to find good shows that are pretty similar to the new Pivot drama.

It sits squarely at the center of a satisfying subgenre that has bubbled up...

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8 Reasons (Among Many) To Love 'The Americans'

(8) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 1:13 PM

The second season of "The Americans" ended up on many 2014 Top 10 lists (including mine), and there's no reason to believe Season 3 won't be a contender for 2015 best-of rosters as well.

The first four episodes of Season 3 are every bit as...

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'Better Call Saul' Review: The Spinoff Is Not In 'Breaking Bad' Territory, But What Is?

(17) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 1:02 PM

It will come as no surprise that "Better Call Saul" is well made. The previous entry on the resumes of creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould is "Breaking Bad," which, during its five-season run, grew into an incredibly potent blend of slippery morals and thrilling aesthetics....

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