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  • 'You, Me and the Apocalypse' greets the end of the world with brilliant wit and wisdom

    'You, Me and the Apocalypse' greets the end of the world with brilliant wit and wisdom

    Just when it seemed the television renaissance had become more about quantity than quality, NBC's "You, Me and the Apocalypse," co-produced with Britain's Sky 1, sends a meteor across the heavens to destroy Earth and blow the narrative bar another notch or two higher. Yes, this is a show you really...

  • Trouble just comes with the mountain territory in 'Outsiders'

    Trouble just comes with the mountain territory in 'Outsiders'

    In "Outsiders," premiering Tuesday on WGN America, civilization meets "civilization" as a coal company seeks to dislodge a large tribe of Appalachian mountain people from land they've occupied for hundreds of years. It's a mixed bag of a series that can seem smart or silly from scene to scene and...

  • 'The Magicians' casts a potent spell

    'The Magicians' casts a potent spell

    "Harry Potter" meets "Gossip Girl" in "The Magicians," Syfy's new adaptation of a Lev Grossman trilogy, and it's a good match. Following a New York college senior transported to a grad school for magic, "The Magicians" doesn't just tell another story of a fantastic dimension existing outside the...

  • 'Lucifer' brings Prince of Darkness to L.A.

    'Lucifer' brings Prince of Darkness to L.A.

    In Fox's new supernatural procedural "Lucifer," based on a character from Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" comic and later spun off into a book of his own, the Prince of Darkness, tired of running Hell and a little resentful to have been stuck with the job in the first place, has retired to Los Angeles....

  • Trust Chelsea Handler to do what she does best in Netflix's 'Chelsea Does'

    Trust Chelsea Handler to do what she does best in Netflix's 'Chelsea Does'

    Chelsea Handler, formerly host of the E! talk show "Chelsea Lately" and author of books including "My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands" and "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" stops on the way to her upcoming Netflix-based talk show as the host and partial subject of a documentary...

  • Big, bold and unruly, 'Mercy Street' revisits the divided America of the Civil War

    Big, bold and unruly, 'Mercy Street' revisits the divided America of the Civil War

    The Civil War returns to television after a long absence to remind us that as bad as this country's political divisions may seem, they could be, and have been, much worse. Also that PBS is still counting on "viewers like you" to tune in even after "Downton Abbey" ends in a few weeks. See more of...

  • In 'Billions,' Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti are alpha males doing battle

    In 'Billions,' Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti are alpha males doing battle

    For those who reportedly feel they are being edged out of center stage, their fingers pried from the steering wheel of this great nation, it's been a good week. First, the Oscar nominations were dominated by tales of man versus everything, and now Showtime offers "Billions," a near-orgiastic celebration...

  • Walls as a means of isolation: In USA's 'Colony' tyranny rules the land

    Walls as a means of isolation: In USA's 'Colony' tyranny rules the land

    USA rarely gets the credit it deserves. In all the recent frenzy over the neighborhood renaissance and subsequent overcrowding of television, the NBCUniversal-owned basic cable network never seems to get the creative shout-outs given HBO, AMC, FX or any of the new streaming services. But it was...

  • 'Teachers' misbehaves (in a sunny way) on TV Land

    'Teachers' misbehaves (in a sunny way) on TV Land

    In approaching "Teachers," an amiably misbehaving new sitcom premiering Wednesday on TV Land, it's best to first rid yourself of the notion that it's in any way representative of the titular profession or even much of a satire on it. The question it seems to raise, rather, is what sort of setting...

  • 'Second Chance' needs a jolt to liven its sci-fi crime-fighting plot

    'Second Chance' needs a jolt to liven its sci-fi crime-fighting plot

    "Second Chance," a new sci-fi procedural premiering Wednesday on Fox, is a sort of "Six Million Dollar Man" meets "Damn Yankees" meets "Diagnosis: Murder," in which a cop returns from the dead to become the younger partner of his FBI agent son. For a good part of the pilot, the great and venerable...

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