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Kerry Washington Cheers Up a Heartbroken Kermit with Selfies, Miss Piggy Gawks at Nathan Fillion’s Butt in ‘The Muppets’ Promos

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ABC’s upcoming Muppets series is called, very simply, The Muppets. Perhaps such a straightforward title is the result of this iteration not feeling like it needs to give the famous felt puppets an outlandish locational gimmick — there’s no Treasure Island, no Space — given that they already have the gimmick of being famous felt puppets.
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‘The Astronaut Wives Club’ Isn’t the Great New Period Drama ‘Mad Men’ Fans Are Waiting For

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The Astronaut Wives Club, premiering Thursday night on ABC, is the kind of TV show that is impossible to watch without starting to guess at how it was pitched. Mad Men meets Desperate HousewivesMasters of Sex, starring the Stepford Wives? Pan Am, but farther off the ground? Unfortunately, it isn’t just the past several years’ vogue for TV dramas set in the mid-20th century that prompts this inquiry — it’s also the fact that the series is a jumble of obligatory themes and half-baked characterizations cribbed from other shows to form something that feels simultaneously overstuffed and underwritten.
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ABC’s ‘The Whispers’ Is Summer’s Creepiest New Series

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There is a part of me that thinks I only liked The Whispers as much as I did because I’ve been waiting to love The Whispers for months now, since first hearing about the premise. But, in fact, there are actually plenty of fun, eerie, and interesting aspects of the series. At the center is an engaging mystery that is, thankfully, told at just the right pace: the show never reveals too much and blows the intrigue, but it also never leaves viewers totally in the dark, too frustrated or confused to want to continue. The problem is that The Whispers can’t just be a supernatural mystery — no drama can just be one thing — which means that it falls prey to soapy interpersonal drama that occasionally pulls the focus away from the otherworldly. 
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‘Black-ish’ Season 1 Effortlessly Balanced Universal Family Plots With Specifically Black Experiences

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When Black-ish first premiered, the sitcom was notable because of its visible diversity, especially considering it closed out ABC’s very white Wednesday night comedy lineup (joining The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family). As it progressed, the show continued to tackle storylines specific to black culture — teaching children about the importance of black history, worrying about whether you’re “black enough,” homophobia in the black community, etc. — while also including more typical family sitcom tropes, such as a married couple switching chores or disliking their daughter’s boyfriend. It provided a good balance for a sitcom: enough universal plots to appeal to a wide variety of viewers, but also plenty of focus on an often-overlooked minority group, making it one of the year’s best new comedies.
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After BBMAs’ Censorship, Will Kanye West Ever Perform at Another Awards Show?

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Kanye West closed the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday with a performance of “All Day” and “Black Skinhead” that got the people going, but for the wrong reasons. Despite self-censoring a few instances of “bitch” and “fuck” in his lyrics, West had long stretches of his performance muted by ABC censors. Unsurprisingly, he responded not with one of his infamous so-called rants, but with a statement via his rep.
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ABC’s Fall 2015 Lineup: Muppets, Diversity, and Murder

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Unlike the other three Big Four networks, ABC is satisfied just the way it is — and for good reason. Last season, the network found success (in both ratings and quality) with a smart combination of diverse family sitcoms, Shonda Rhimes dramas, and Marvel Universe thrillers. The network is so confident in its stability that three of its lineups will remain unchanged going into the next TV season: Monday (Dancing With the Stars/The Bachelor and Castle), Wednesday (family sitcoms galore), and Thursdays (Shonda’s night!). The network is also introducing new shows, of course, and we’ve got the rundown on all the trailers.
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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 21 Recap: “A Few Good Women”

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“So that’s it, we never find out what Foxtail means?” Quinn asks as this week’s Scandal comes to a close. As Olivia knows better than anyone, when Rowan wants to make his presence known, he does so aggressively. He’s just not ready to reveal his big plans for Foxtail, which viewers learn this week *is* Mellie Grant. Does next week’s season finale bring a terrible fate for Mellie, or does it merely use her as a bargaining chip to get, for example, the President to shut down any future Attorney General investigations into B613? Whatever the case may be, I have a feeling it will in turn force Olivia to confront her feelings for both Fitz and Jake, and perhaps make a decision once and for all. The gang probably won’t have time to take down Rowan too, but hey, a recapper can dream.
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Let’s Just Say It: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Is Over

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The beauty of Grey’s Anatomy is in the way it becomes a surrogate for your own emotions — how you can watch it while in the midst of your own problems and cry not for yourself, but for these complex characters that Shonda Rhimes and co. throw into tragedy over and over again. At its most horrifyingly sad moments — George O’Malley dying in a bus crash, Mark Sloan and Lexi Grey dying in a plane crash, and now, Derek Shepherd dying in a car crash — the push and pull of the heartstrings can become overwhelming. It feels cruel even if, like many viewers, you’ve been watching Grey’s for more than a decade. This is why nearly 100,000 people have signed a Change.org petition asking Rhimes to bring back Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), the beloved male lead on a show full of smart, complicated women.
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‘Fresh Off the Boat’: Why Watering Down a Minority Narrative Doesn’t Make It Less Important

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By all rights, Fresh Off the Boat‘s first season should be considered a success. For 13 episodes — including the finale, which airs tonight — the series has remained consistently funny, without a single bad episode (though some, of course, were much better than others), and has performed pretty well in the ratings. Critical consensus has been generally positive, as has the response on social media, and the show will likely see a second season. Throughout Season 1, however, there’s been a lingering question about the purity of the adaptation and whether watering down Eddie Huang’s memoir to make it more palatable for broadcast consumption was worth it.
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