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  • Witty, fast-paced 'Babylon,' set in Britain, hits home in U.S.
    Witty, fast-paced 'Babylon,' set in Britain, hits home in U.S.

    With the Thursday premiere of Danny Boyle's astringent though essentially true-hearted police satire "Babylon," SundanceTV expands its original-series repertoire into comedy. The move proves that the cable network is not afraid to serve British television straight up, without the traditional...

  • In hip-hop-fueled 'Empire,' 'King Lear' meets 'Dynasty'
    In hip-hop-fueled 'Empire,' 'King Lear' meets 'Dynasty'

    "What is this? We 'King Lear' now?" asks Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett), the middle son of music tycoon and former recording star Luscious Lyon (Terrence Howard) in the opening episode of "Empire," a sparkly, sometimes-soulful new family-epic prime-time soap premiering Wednesday on Fox.

  • 'Marvel's Agent Carter' has feminist message in superhero fun
    'Marvel's Agent Carter' has feminist message in superhero fun

    There are at least 78 reasons to love ABC's new historical action-adventure "Marvel's Agent Carter," including and especially its star Hayley Atwell. But the biggest draw has got to be the time period.

  • 'Galavant' musical comedy on ABC is worth the short journey
    'Galavant' musical comedy on ABC is worth the short journey

    Among the things that have not worked as television series, yet, is Broadway-style musical comedy — that is, stories in which the characters burst spontaneously into narrative-driving song, as distinct from shows like "Nashville" or "Glee" or "The Partridge Family," in which they...

  • 'Downton Abbey' returns in all its gentle, hopeful glory for Season 5
    'Downton Abbey' returns in all its gentle, hopeful glory for Season 5

    January is such a rigorous drag of a month. Diets to start, decorations to take down, jammed email in-boxes to face, not to mention the suddenly impossible parking at the gym. Fortunately, there is something sweet and solid to cling to even as you chuck all the remaining peppermint bark: the...

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