James Corden Is More Than Just Another White Guy Late-Night Host — and His ‘Late Late Show’ Is Destined to Be a Cult Hit

It’s understandable to want to dislike James Corden as a late-night host. He’s a virtual unknown in America yet won a coveted television role that most people — especially pop-culture writers and commenters on the Internet — thought should have gone to a woman and/or a person of color. The late-night world is overwhelmingly white and male, with just a few exceptions, such as the superb Larry Wilmore (Grace Helbig, Chelsea Handler, and Samantha Bee also have shows coming up). So Corden has to prove that he’s worthy of the spot — and he has to set himself apart from the other white, male hosts on CBS… and NBC, and TBS. It’s premature to judge any late-night show entirely by its first episode, but based on last night’s premiere, it’s fair to assume that Corden is set on carving out a unique and memorable space for himself with The Late Late Show… Read More

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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 16 Recap: “Red Meat”

If the last two episodes of The Good Wife have taught us anything, it’s that if you give Christine Baranski enough screen time, she can sell just about any ridiculous storyline you mire her in. Where last week saw Diane embroiled in a furious courtroom battle over 3-D printers and Second Amendment rights, this week saw her trapped in a hunting lodge with dozens of the country’s most prestigious Republicans and trying to land a new client while navigating surprise call girls, deer killing, and detailed descriptions of aborted five-month old fetuses. … Read More

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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 15 Recap: “Open Source”

Sometimes what a flagging quality show needs is a good, healthy dose of something completely different — and that’s exactly what The Good Wife got this week with “Open Source.” While the show is still hopelessly mired in the swamp that is the State’s Attorney race for a few more weeks, this week’s episode at least had the courtesy to sideline the plot to the B-story, turning the spotlight over to the team at Florrick, Agos, and Lockhart.  … Read More

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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 14 Recap: “Mind’s Eye”

When it comes to television, few tropes are as instantly recognizable as the bottle episode. Typically taking place in a single location, they were originally developed as a way to save money. One location, confined largely to regular cast members means that money typically spent on locations or actors can be tucked away for better use in other episodes. Bottle episodes are generally tightly focused and revolve largely around interpersonal conflict driven entirely by the characters the audience knows so well.  … Read More

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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 13 Recap: “Dark Money”

When last we met The Good Wife, nearly two months ago, 2015 was still young and full of promise. Before taking a seven week hiatus, one imagines that the show hoped to go out strong, leaving the audience wanting more. Sadly, The Good Wife’s last episode was much more akin to an “ill-advised one-night stand you can’t get out of your apartment the next morning” than a “love at first sight, when can I see you again” encounter. … Read More

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‘Battle Creek’ Tries, But Fails, to Liven Up the Procedural Genre

CBS is mostly known for two things: Generic comedies that tend to last forever and predictable cop procedurals that birth multiple spin-offs. Battle Creek is of the latter variety, a slightly comedic drama about two mismatched officers created by Vince Gilligan and David Shore. It hits all of the expected beats in a procedural, but at the same time, it struggles to break free from the simplistic formula. Based on the pilot, it likely won’t succeed in doing so.  … Read More

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‘The Odd Couple’ Might Be Matthew Perry’s First Successful Show Since ‘Friends’ — But Not Because It’s Good

Matthew Perry has starred in four shows since Friends ended in 2004. First there was the hilariously awful Aaron Sorkin drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2007, one season). Perry followed that up with a double dose of bad sitcoms: Mr. Sunshine (2011, one season) and Go On (2012, one season). He has reunited with Friends co-stars in Web Therapy and Cougar Town (Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox, respectively), starred in the made-for-TV white savior movie The Ron Clark Story, and had a short arc on The Good Wife. And now he’s got a headlining role on The Odd Couple, which premieres tomorrow night on CBS. The existence of this sitcom is baffling, not only because it’s a weird show to reboot in 2015, but also because it’s weird that television keeps giving Matthew Perry so many chances. … Read More

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Eugene Levy’s ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Is Just as Broad and Hopeless as Its Title Suggests

They were asking for it with their puntastically crude title. Schitt’s Creek, co-created by Eugene Levy and his son Daniel and premiering tonight on the new American network Pop, garnered pre-release attention for the very fact that Eugene was able to convince CBC Television to OK a project named “shit.” This gumption — and the idea of Levy enthusiastically championing the title in a professional setting — made the whole project seem potentially hilarious and absolutely worth tracking. Add to that the fact that it was loosely inspired by the bizarre news story of Kim Basinger’s purchase of an entire town in Georgia, and that Levy (whose nerdy diction and balletically expressive eyebrows have dazzled in Christopher Guest movies for decades) would be starring alongside the brilliant, chameleonic Catherine O’Hara (making this their third onscreen marriage after Best in Show and A Mighty Wind), and the whole fecal stream seemed brimming with promise.  … Read More

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