Television

The 5 Most Promising Shows of the Fall 2014 Season

By my estimate, there are approximately 7 billion new shows premiering during the 2014-2015 TV season. Like every fall, the shows range from the typical “friends hanging out and hooking up!” sitcoms to the desperate prestige dramas starring bland male antiheroes to shoddy adaptations of comic books, movies, and even other TV shows — and that’s not even counting all of the returning shows that you have to keep up with! To help you decide what to pay attention to, here are the season’s five most promising new shows. … Read More

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10 Famous TV Locations You Can Visit In Real Life

In honor of Friends‘ 20th anniversary, Central Perk — complete with its massive couch — is about to become a reality this fall in SoHo. While the coffee shop will only be temporary, however, there are plenty of TV landmarks that remain long after the camera crews leave. Here’s a collection of famous locations from rural Washington to the south of England that aren’t a Hollywood backlot. … Read More

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‘Masters of Sex’ Season 2 Episode 8 Recap: “Mirror, Mirror”

At what point do we call Masters of Sex a runaway train? With only four episodes left in season two, the Showtime drama just keeps introducing new subplots and characters, making me seriously wonder: how can this wrap up into something cohesive? Or is that not a concern here? Whatever the intention is, it’s hard to follow two of the best Masters of Sex episodes ever in recent weeks — “Fight” and “Asterion,” the first a slow-burning character study of Bill and Virginia, and the second a wildly-paced overview of several years in these characters’ lives — with “Mirror, Mirror,” an episode that introduces new ideas without resolving any of the ongoing problems. (The new character problem here feels similar to what Nashville went through last season. A big ensemble cast of leads and kooky sidemen is hard to pull off in just a couple of seasons; it took Mad Men a few seasons to get its groove in this way.) … Read More

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Watch the Trailer for ‘Downton Abbey’ Season Five

Ominous statements (“Our grandchild is about to be stolen from us forever.”), passionate embraces, knowing glances, and fire dominate… Read More

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‘Kid Nation': Looking Back on TV’s Most Disturbing Reality Show

Ever since the reality TV genre took off in the early 2000s, networks have been in an unspoken competition to put out the most unique, controversial, or just absurd programs. 2007 was a big year for reality, but Kid Nation was the clear winner. In Kid Nation, 40 children were sent to a privately owned town in New Mexico to create their own society, set up a government, and fend for themselves without adults. The children, ages eight to 15, had to do everything themselves — from doing their own laundry to slaughtering their own dinner — and, if they were lucky, were sometimes rewarded with a sack full of buffalo nickels. CBS thought this show was a good idea. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘Party Down’ Comes to Hulu, Lifetime Orders ‘The Omen’ Series

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, Malcolm Gladwell’s medical drama, Lifetime’s The Omen sequel, and Animal Planet’s animal birth Labor Day marathon — what the hell is going on with TV? … Read More

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Rivers Cuomo’s Harvard Life Seems Ripe For TV

Yesterday evening, Fox announced that it had given a put-pilot order to a sitcom called DeTour, from Psych creator Steve Franks. You may be wondering: what’s a put-pilot, and why should I care until this show actually gets a series order? Well, first off, a put-pilot is the kind most likely to reach your TV: a network must pay a hefty fee if they do not air the pilot. And secondly, you should care if you’re a music fan: Franks’ inspiration is the life of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, specifically the singer’s 11 years of on-and-off study at Harvard, and Cuomo himself is directly involved with the show. … Read More

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Jimmy Kimmel Stages Mini ‘Friends’ Reunion

Last night, there was a surprise Friends reunion on Jimmy Kimmel Live. During Jennifer Aniston’s guest appearance, Kimmel told Aniston he… Read More

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‘Friends’ Central Perk Coffee Shop To Open in Manhattan

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Friends, Warner Bros. will recreate Central Perk coffeehouse in Manhattan next month. The pop-up coffee place… Read More

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