What Purpose Do Bleak, Male Dramas Serve in 2014’s Diverse, Dramedy-Filled TV Landscape?

We continue to plunge deeper into the era of the dramedy. The best evidence for this: The Comeback. It was a pioneer of TV dramedy nine years ago, but after a single season, it was consigned to history as yet another pretty prophetic but also pretty canceled show. Having slowly paved the way for plenty of other TV dramedies, its influence finally created the necessary conditions for The Comeback’s comeback this year. The new season has reframed the show not as a dramedy satirizing reality television, but as a satire of its own genre of brief, short-seasoned bursts of high-quality genre confusion. As the first season coincided with the era of reality television, this second season declares the golden age of the dramedy. … Read More

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The ‘Colbert Report’ Finale Was a Fitting Tribute to the Show’s Overstated — and Understated — Legacy

Last night, The Colbert Report ended after ten seasons and 1,447 episodes on Comedy Central. “When this show began, I promised you a revolution,” Stephen Colbert said during his final “The Word” segment. “And I delivered, because technically one revolution is 360 degrees right back to where we were.” In keeping with his “Colbert” character, he’s both right and wrong, giving himself too much credit and too little at the same time — and aware that, as much as he boasts about this “revolution,” his show did little to change the actual world. The Colbert Report was not the political revolution that Conservative pundit “Colbert” imagined; it was, at least, a tiny revolution for both Comedy Central and fake news. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘Smash’ Musical Heads to Broadway, ‘Girls’ Casts Shoshanna’s Parents

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: Sarah Silverman’s HBO pilot, Hulu gets the rights for FX/FXX shows, and Girls casts Shoshanna’s parents. … Read More

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The Spiritual Ennui of Stephen Colbert’s High-Wire Performance

Goodbye, “Stephen Colbert!” Hello Stephen Colbert, person and brand new host of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. On the occasion of the passing of “Stephen Colbert” — pronounced the French way, name always in scare quotes — a significant amount of ink has been spilled on his genius; however, we also noticed that when it came to the Flavorwire staff, a significant amount of us had, well, fatigue regarding the “Stephen Colbert” narrative as the rogue truthiness hero in the media. Can you keep well-honed satire sharp and dangerous for nearly a decade? Should you? While there’s no denying that “Stephen Colbert” was a performance for the ages, are we going to miss The Colbert Report? Here are some reasons why we’re ready for Stephen Colbert, the man. … Read More

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Adult Swim’s Newest “Infomercial” Is a Terrifying Play on Medication Ads

It seems that, since the success off Adult Swim’s in-faux-mercial Too Many Cooks, which bored itself into our minds first… Read More

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‘Ascension’ Fails as a Miniseries, But Would Make a Great TV Show

The first night of Ascension was a thrilling and original 90 minutes of science-fiction television. It threw viewers deep into the alternate-reality story of Project Orion, transporting us onboard the Ascension ship and introducing a beautiful but worrisome, timeless world. There were clashes galore between the ship’s passengers, but also one between the two time periods that Ascension straddles: the futuristic 2014 world of people living on a spaceship and the 1960s world that they left behind but are still stuck in, due to the ship’s time-capsule nature. The big behind-the-scenes clash was far more interesting: Syfy’s public insistence that Ascension is a miniseries (or “television event”) vs. the too-obvious reality that it’s essentially a very, very long pilot episode — something that ultimately hurt the program. … Read More

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Betty White Shimmies with Purple Hippo in Last Night’s Most Bizarre TV Moment

Apparently, Betty White’s favorite Christmas song is “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” Last night, she appeared on The Late Late… Read More

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Performed a Duet of Standards Duets on ‘Fallon’

Tis the season for standard duets. Barry Manilow’s got an album full of standard duets with dead people, Barbra Streisand has… Read More

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Watch the First Trailer for ‘Orphan Black’ Season 3

It feels like forever since the season finale of Orphan Black aired because it left us with such an intense cliffhanger (major spoiler alert: there… Read More

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