Television

This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: RIP [Redacted]

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, Scandal and Community end their seasons, and Game of Thrones introduces a major twist just as it’s getting started.  … Read More

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WGN America’s ‘Salem’ Manages to Make Witch Trials Boring

WGN America is mostly known for airing baseball games and syndicated sitcom reruns. It’s a network that you only half pay attention to, putting on old 30 Rock episodes or edited versions of movies like Fast Five in the background while making dinner. It’s not a network that you would expect to run a gruesome, sexually charged supernatural drama about witches, but, well, here we are. On Sunday night — unfortunately opposite Mad Men and Silicon Valley/Veep — WGN American will premiere its first original scripted series, the period drama SalemSalem, as you may gather from the title, is loosely based on the Salem witch trials. It’s obvious from the pilot that WGN America took notes from networks like FX and AMC, but Salem is hardly a worthy contender.  … Read More

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Watch HBO’s ‘The Normal Heart’ Trailer Starring Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts

The Normal Heart, based on Larry Kramer’s play of the same name and directed by Ryan Murphy, is HBO’s upcoming… Read More

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‘Parenthood’ Season 5 Finale Recap: “The Pontiac”

Spill it: how long did it take before you cried during the Parenthood season finale? I have to admit, I started to tear up about three minutes in with the reveal that Victor won his school’s essay contest. And then again when he read said essay. I love Victor! If this show gets a sixth season, I… Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 3 Finale Recap: “The Price of Free and Fair Elections”

If you were playing any kind of Scandal drinking game last night, you have my sympathy this morning. The devilishly addictive political thriller wrapped its shortened third season with “The Price of Free and Fair Elections,” a finale that packed at least one shocking twist into every act, before raining down about a dozen of them in the last ten minutes. Murder, betrayal, confessions, lies, gross sex, an out-of-left-field family reunion, an election, an explosion, an escape — the episode really had it all. Its script, written by Scandal mastermind Shonda Rhimes (with the help of Mark Wilding), crammed so much action into a single hour of television that it basically qualifies as poetry. … Read More

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‘Community’ Season 5 Finale Recap: “Basic Sandwich”

“You moved dirt around Greendale’s grave!” roars school board villain Carl (“That’s right, we’ve got names!”) at the conclusion of Community’s fifth season finale, “Basic Sandwich.” “Your school is still bankrupt! It is still unmarketable! And it is still on the permanent chopping block of anyone who has any say in its future!” You don’t often hear schools called “unmarketable,” nor that they’re on the “chopping block,” but those are terms thrown around in the world of television—and thus they were appropriate to end an episode where the most meta show on television continued to out-meta itself. Frankly, I haven’t heard a television show comment more explicitly on its own shaky future than the second season (and, unfortunately, series) finale of Sports Night, which included the line, “Anybody who can’t make money off Sports Night should get out of the money-making business.” … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Maya Rudolph’s Variety Show, Kobe Bryant’s Documentary

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, The Maya Rudolph Show gets a premiere date, Enlisted brothers become cousins, and another show attempts a Kickstarter campaign. … Read More

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How ‘Community’ Season 5 Won Back a Frustrated Fan

Community became my favorite TV comedy almost immediately. The 2009 series premiere, which I distinctly remember watching on my computer via a Facebook preview link, wasn’t perfect, but it was strong for a sitcom pilot. I watched it twice. It managed to be expositional without sacrificing quality, full of hints of what the show would eventually become — a clever subversion of sitcom tropes, deep pop culture references, a heavy dose of self-awareness, and a perfect balance of humor and emotion. And did I mention it was funny? It was! Extremely funny. … Read More

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5 ‘Scandal’ Characters We’d Like to See Blown Up in the Season 3 Finale

The world Shonda Rhimes has created on Scandal is one that, when you’re immersed in it, seems glamorous, thrilling, and important. But if you snap out of its clutches for but a moment, like breaking cross-eyed contact with the hidden image in a Magic Eye, you see it for what it truly is: a fantasy Washington, DC snow globe with a bunch of whiny people making lofty and emotional Grey’s Anatomy speeches when they’re not covertly making out with each other and/or crying. Some characters in particular have become so insufferable over the course of these three seasons that I emit involuntary groans of disgust when they disgrace the screen with their presence. … Read More

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Watch the Official Trailer for ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Season 2

Netflix released the official trailer for the second season of Orange Is The New Black. The trailer features all of our favorite… Read More

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