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ABC’s ‘Wicked City’ Is ‘American Psycho’ Without a Cause

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By now, American Psycho has become cultural shorthand for a certain kind of character. Bret Easton Ellis’ best novel, published in 1991 and adapted into Mary Harron’s even better 2000 film starring Christian Bale, created an archetype: the attractive, successful, debauched yet perversely disciplined young alpha male who also happens to be a sociopathic killer.
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ABC’s Addictive ‘Quantico’ Successfully Borrows From Shonda Rhimes’ Playbook

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Let’s not beat around the bush: Quantico is the most direct result of Shondaland’s success that doesn’t actually involve the participation of Shonda Rhimes. Its diverse cast, central mystery, and addictive, soapy elements are all reminiscent of the queen of ABC. And while Quantico is not as good as her Thursday-night shows — at least not yet — it’s intriguing and dramatic enough to get you hooked.
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‘Black-ish’ Takes On the N-Word in All Its Complexity

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Of all the returning sitcoms premiering new seasons this month, the one I’ve most been looking forward to is Black-ish. The confident first season successfully balanced broad sitcom plots with specific elements of black culture without ever losing its edge or its comedy. Going into Season 2, the question was whether it would begin to sway in one direction or the other based on last year’s reception. (Fresh Off the Boat is in a similar position: Will it begin to go harder and get darker, more accurately following Eddie Huang’s memoir?) Based on last night’s premiere, which hilariously tackled the N-word, Black-ish is even stronger — and more necessary — than ever. 
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