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ABC’s Sherlock Holmes Riff ‘Forever’ Is Your Mom’s New Favorite Show

It seems the two rules of recent television seasons are: 1. every network must have some sort of male antihero prestige drama; and 2. every network must have a Sherlock Holmes-like procedural with serialized elements, whether the influence is straightforward (CBS’ Elementary) or slightly tweaked (Fox’s House). ABC’s entry into the Holmes genre is Forever, which centers on a very Sherlock-y doctor with an immortal twist. It’s not the most grabbing pilot of the season thus far, but it has a plain, bland quality that almost works. … Read More

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ABC’s ‘Selfie’ Is an Irritating ‘My Fair Lady’ Remake With the Potential for Greatness

“Potential” is a word that’s sure to be thrown around a lot during this upcoming fall TV season, and especially so for ABC’s SelfieSelfie, even if you dislike the title, is a show that you want to like. It’s a very loose, modern retelling of My Fair Lady (or Pygmalion) that revolves around social media. It features the very likable duo of John Cho and Karen Gillan. It’s from Emily Kapnek, who also created As Told by Ginger and Suburgatory. It is a show that you’ll hope will steadily get better because it has the potential to be great, even if the pilot isn’t. … Read More

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Boomer Audit: Trying to Make Sense of ‘The Flying Nun’

From 1967 to 1970, ABC aired a strange little sitcom called The Flying Nun. The very existence of this show, which I discovered in passing just a few years ago, doesn’t make much sense at first. The title reads like a throwaway joke from an episode of 30 Rock, which routinely took clever potshots at NBC (and television in general) by expertly creating fake, empty programs that revolved around a hilariously straightforward title. The Flying Nun would surely fit right in with the fictional shows Tank It or, more appropriately, God Cop. The Flying Nun isn’t a punchline, though. It was a very real show, and even a somewhat successful one, that spent three seasons detailing the adventures of, well, a flying nun. … Read More

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20 Years Later, ‘Dinosaurs’ Is Still TV’s Weirdest Family Sitcom

Sometimes I’m convinced that Dinosaurs was just a fever dream. A four-season, 65-episode-long fever dream about clunky dinosaur puppets going through the motions of a typical human family. The bumbling father is a Megalosaurus who works a blue-collar job while his Allosaurus wife stays home to tend to housework. Their children grapple with puberty, homework, and crushes. They also train humans to do tricks and secretly experiment with eating vegetables. To put it bluntly: Dinosaurs is a show so weird that it shouldn’t have existed. It’s been 20 years since Dinosaurs aired its bizarrely depressing series finale, but it still remains the strangest — and funniest — approach to the family sitcom. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ABC Announces Fall Premieres, New ‘Gotham’ Teaser

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, ABC announces premiere dates for its fall slate, Saturday Night Live announces firings, and Syfy premieres a trailer for 12 Monkeys. … Read More

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‘Boy Meets World’ Spin-off ‘Girl Meets World’ Is Both New and Nostalgic

Last week, I hosted a screening event of old sitcom episodes from ABC’s ’90s TGIF lineup. Of all the shows we watched, the crowd was predictably most enthusiastic for Boy Meets World, singing the theme song and recalling specific jokes from an episode that aired 16 years ago. The pilot premiered in 1993 but remains fresh in everyone’s minds (syndication helps) because it was a show that we connected to, one of the last great coming-of-age sitcoms that was both funny and heartfelt, and because we really, really love nostalgia. There was never a question about whether Girl Meets World would eventually exist, only the question of when it would come to fruition. Now the question is whether or not it can stand on its own. … Read More

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A Eulogy for ‘Trophy Wife,’ ABC’s Best Modern Family

On Tuesday night, Trophy Wife aired its final episode after just one season. ABC had canceled the show five days earlier. The ratings were never impressive, the cast was pricey, it fell through the cracks, overshadowed by ABC’s other family-focused comedies — and it had the worst name of the bunch. But knowing this would happen didn’t soften the blow. Trophy Wife, created by Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern, was one of those small, beloved (by critics and its loyal group of fans; I include myself in both categories) sitcoms that largely went ignored by the masses and the network. … Read More

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2014-2015 TV Season

Upfronts! It’s the exciting time when networks announce new and returning shows, the sad time when networks announce that your favorite sitcoms are canceled, and the overwhelming time when networks announce their fall schedules and you scramble to plan your life around television. Here is a helpful and exhaustingly comprehensive look at the 2014-2015 fall TV season, featuring everything you need to know: snazzy preview trailers, details about upcoming programs, when old favorites will be airing, and which network has the worst promotional photos. (Spoiler: It’s… Read More

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‘Nashville’ Is Finally Getting Country Music Right — But a Location Change Threatens to Kill Its Authenticity

Late last week, as fan favorites like Community and Trophy Wife were getting the axe, a series in the midst of change was renewed for a third season. ABC’s Nashville has remained on the bubble between cancellation and renewal for much of its second season, as its melding of the country music business and network television continues to extend beyond just plotlines. The show has transcended commentary on country music to become both a microcosm and a mirror of that world. But in order to continue building its TV viewership among country listeners, the show must continue to shoot in Nashville — a choice that’s up for debate at the moment. The authenticity that makes the show succeed depends on it. … Read More

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