Television

Netflix’s Crime Drama ‘Narcos’ Replaces Dark Characters With the Chaotic Sweep of History

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Don’t be fooled by the English narration, delivered with noir-ish gravity by Boyd Holbrook, his eyebrow lifted ever so slightly in the direction of Archer. Narcos, Netflix’s hourlong drama about the Medellín Cartel (created by Chris Brancato, Eric Newman, and Carlo Bernard) is not the story of American divine intervention in a chaotic foreign place. America is embroiled, and it attempts to intervene, but rather than centering on Holbrook’s American detective character, Narcos’ approach  is to give focus to the systemic nature of the chaos itself, and its origins.
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What It’s Like Working Backstage at the VMAs

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The MTV VMAs are known for their outrageous moments. Sometimes they’re planned, like the Madonna and Britney Spears kiss that Christina Aguilera never got over, and sometimes they aren’t, like Kanye’s “I’mma let your finish” moment that Taylor Swift will never get over. But some of the most telling moments of the show happen off-camera, where the online streams are off-limits and celebrities get real. The audience never sees them. Although the stories get told within a certain segment of the music industry, the average Joe doesn’t hear a peep about them. But I do.
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Gallows Humor: ‘The Carmichael Show’ Takes on Police Brutality and Racism

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Last night, NBC premiered The Carmichael Show (which debuted to 4.83 million viewers!), a highly promising sitcom that the network is unfortunately burning off quickly. After an expository pilot, the series jumped right into some heavy subject matter, tackling police brutality and racism in only its second episode, demonstrating a strength for gallows humor — and providing yet another case for why we need diverse television shows.
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“Dead People Don’t Play Flip Cup”: The Nonsensical Pleasures of ABC Family’s ‘Monica the Medium’

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“I spend most of my time with dead people, and dead people don’t play flip cup,” says Monica, early in the series premiere of ABC Family’s Monica the Medium, which aired Tuesday. If we were lucky, this would be a scripted dramedy about a hard-partying ghost attending a paranormal university. Instead, it’s ABC Family’s most ridiculous currently airing show — and you might love it.
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‘The Carmichael Show’ Is a Family-Friendly ’90s Sitcom Throwback With a Stealthy Political Edge

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At first glance, The Carmichael Show is a throwback to old family sitcoms. Originally, it was going to share a sharper edge with titular star Jerrod Carmichael’s stand-up, but after retooling from NBC (the show was in development for about two years), Carmichael became more of the family-friendly vehicle the network wanted. Despite this, it still successfully navigates tough — and racially specific — topics without losing its bite.
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