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  • 'MacGyver' is back, for no good reason at all

    'MacGyver' is back, for no good reason at all

    “Why, why, why, ‘MacGyver’ ”? “Why, why, whyyyyyyy, ‘MacGyver’ ”? The above should be sung to the tune of the Tom Jones hit “Delilah,” and if you know that oldie-but-goodie, you may be the age to have a nostalgic interest in CBS’ reboot of the iconic 1980’s DIY secret-agent series. Interest that...

  • Fox TV gives a credible 'Lethal Weapon' a new lease on life

    Fox TV gives a credible 'Lethal Weapon' a new lease on life

    It has been 30 years since the noisy arrival of “Lethal Weapon” —  the film, then the franchise — in which Mel Gibson played Martin Riggs, an LAPD detective with a death wish, and Danny Glover played his partner, Roger Murtaugh, a detective with a family. Now, 18 years after those characters were...

  • 'Speechless' brings another terrific family to ABC

    'Speechless' brings another terrific family to ABC

    ABC continues its admirable campaign to diversify and own the American family comedy with wonderfully tart yet sweet “Speechless,”  the story of a “special needs” family that bristles with all sorts of thoughts about the meaning of “special needs.” Here. that quickly abused and disabused descriptor...

  • 'Designated Survivor,' starring Kiefer Sutherland, is even better on screen than on paper

    'Designated Survivor,' starring Kiefer Sutherland, is even better on screen than on paper

    On paper, the concept for ABC’s new political thriller “Designated Survivor” makes it the absolute perfect drama for fall 2016: After the Capitol is blown up during a State of the Union  speech, a low-level, compulsively decent Cabinet member becomes president of the United States. Seriously, as...

  • Robert Redford explores 'American West' on AMC

    Robert Redford explores 'American West' on AMC

    "The American West," which premieres Saturday on AMC, is an eight-part docudrama, officially styled as "a limited series," about America between the Missouri River and Pacific Ocean from the end of the Civil War to 1890. – the year of the Wounded Knee Massacre, and the year the Census Bureau declared...

  • 'Feed the Beast' with David Schwimmer is starved for a bit of levity

    'Feed the Beast' with David Schwimmer is starved for a bit of levity

    Early on in “Feed the Beast,” AMC’s dismal next (it certainly does not seem new) troubled-white-guy drama, Tommy Moran, a widower played by David Schwimmer, visits his grief support group. As he takes a seat in the circle, it is impossible not to be reminded that Matthew Perry, Schwimmer’s former...

  • AMC's faith in 'Preacher' largely pays off

    AMC's faith in 'Preacher' largely pays off

    "Preacher," a knockabout, comical creepshow based on the late-'90s Vertigo comic book of the same name, adds another genre series to the slate of AMC, already the home of "The Walking Dead," "Fear the Walking Dead" and "Into the Badlands." It's too much to say that you can't go wrong with the fantastical...

  • 'Castle' finale snatches a conclusion from the jaws of a cliffhanger

    'Castle' finale snatches a conclusion from the jaws of a cliffhanger

    Endings are tricky and perhaps particularly tricky in television. The inertia and the momentum of a series that every week has increased its mass, sometimes over the course of years, make it difficult to steer. We're told that TV is novelistic now, but TV is a less manageable form than the novel,...

  • The (not so) 'Good Wife' finale

    The (not so) 'Good Wife' finale

    Here’s a thought for future show runners: If you believe you will need to explain the finale of your highly successful and much beloved show immediately after it airs, you might want to rethink that finale.   “The Good Wife” came to an end Sunday night with all manner of finale craziness. Some...

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