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‘The Cosby Show’ Is Too Important to Erase From TV History

When I was a kid, I watched The Cosby Show. This is not surprising information: Basically every kid, every person, that I knew — black or white, but especially black — watched The Cosby Show. Older friends had the pleasure of watching the show during its original run; I was grateful for its existence in syndication, airing 24/7. It was on Netflix for a while, and now it’s on Hulu. There is always a way to watch it. But yesterday, in the wake of the seemingly endless and horrifying rape allegations against Bill Cosby, TV Land pulled reruns of The Cosby Show. Earlier that day, Netflix pulled his stand-up special, Bill Cosby 77, which was set to air over Thanksgiving, and NBC axed his upcoming sitcom. The latter two decisions are not only understandable but absolutely necessary. The former is a bit trickier to dissect. … Read More

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Hollywood Producers Trying to Obtain Adaptation Rights for ‘Serial’

It should come as no surprise that producers would want to either make Sarah Koenig’s Serial into a film or, more fittingly,… Read More

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Watch Toni Morrison Be Delightful, Wise, Everything Great on the ‘Colbert Report’

Toni Morrison, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author of Song of SolomonBeloved, The Bluest Eye, and so much more, appeared on… Read More

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‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Season 2 Episode 8 Recap: “Test of Strength”

It seems that Freak Show finally maxed out the amount of hanging plot threads it could have, because some stuff actually happened this week: Dell and Jimmy finally had a real father-son moment; Dot’s dreams of being separated from Bette are a little closer to becoming reality; a freak has finally died because of Stanley; and Penny the Candystriper has been irreversibly changed, all thanks to Elsa’s actions back in the pilot.  … Read More

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Cameron Diaz Imagines Ruling NYC from a Skyscraper in ‘SNL’ Promo

Since There’s Something About Mary, Cameron Diaz has been known to have some pretty chunky comedic chops. Most have since… Read More

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NBC Kills Upcoming Cosby Comedy Series in Light of Rape Allegations

NBC has announced that Bill Cosby’s (furiously) anticipated comeback on NBC will not be a comeback: the untitled comedy is not… Read More

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How ‘The Flash’ Became the 2014 TV Season’s Best Comic Book Adaptation

Of the three comic book-inspired shows that premiered on broadcast television during the current fall season — NBC’s Constantine, Fox’s Gotham, and The CW’s The Flash — I would not have expected The Flash to become my favorite. Smart gamblers would have placed money on Gotham, because of my love for the Batman universe (and for the main cast) or even Constantine (partly because I’ve been revisiting the great Hellblazer series, but mostly because of Matt Ryan’s devastatingly good looks). The Flash was a long shot because, admittedly, I have no familiarity with the source material and I’m always wary of The CW’s programs, but it has come out on top as a bright, optimistic light in a season of dark and dreary comic book adaptations. … Read More

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Tracy Morgan Suffering from Brain Injury, May Never Work Again

It’s being reported that Tracy Morgan, of 30 Rock and SNL fame, is still suffering from brain injuries caused by his June… Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 8 Recap: “Teachers”

First things first: If, prior to watching this episode, someone said that “Teachers” would feature a roommate who doesn’t know how to do laundry and doesn’t know how to use a ruler, who would you guess? Nick, right? Right! Instead, it’s Schmidt and Winston, respectively, and it’s two character decisions that throw me off but… Read More

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