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CBS’ Animal Apocalypse Drama ‘Zoo’ Is Just Silly Enough to Be Fun

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Here’s a disclaimer: Even if Zoo were the worst television series of the year, I would still watch every single episode. It’s an entrant in the ever-growing apocalyptic genre, a dramatic series that hinges on conniving lions and murderous kittens. Its hero is a zoologist, it proposes “controversial” theories about animals, and a woman gets fired for having a blog. It is ridiculous, and it is ridiculously fun.
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CBS’ ‘The Briefcase’ Spins Itself as Uplifting Television While Exploiting Families in Need

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By now, it’s no secret that the vast majority of reality programs have moved on from depicting “reality” to focus, instead, on manipulating and exploiting their participants. It’s why we so often claim that reality shows are a guilty pleasure — we’re not talking about the guilt of watching a bad television program (we do plenty of that when it comes to scripted series) so much as the guilt of watching television overpower and control people, and of willfully supporting loathsome, and sometimes even damaging, television franchises solely because they’re mindlessly entertaining. The newest example of this kind of program is CBS’ The Briefcase, a somewhat cruel series that exploits lower-middle-class families by essentially teasing them with riches — $100,000 — and then forcing them to choose between keeping all of the money or giving some of it to another family in need.
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CBS’ Fall 2015 Lineup: Attempting Change Without Changing At All

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Most of the major networks are, understandably, gunning for change in the 2015-16 season. NBC is replacing smart comedies with absurd dramas, Fox is introducing a ton of new shows ranging from family sitcoms to literal Minority Report ripoffs, and The CW is cautiously trying out comedy (again) by pairing Jane the Virgin with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, an hour-long comedy seemingly about a woman and a pretzel. (Meanwhile ABC is in the unique position where it’s stable enough to keep three nights’ lineup entirely intact.) CBS, too, is shaking things up a little bit, though not as much as it believes it is.
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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Finale Recap: “Wanna Partner?”

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I stared at a blank word document for quite some time tonight trying to figure out what I was going to say about the finale of The Good Wife that I hadn’t already said a dozen different ways throughout the season. When all was said and done, I failed, because while there were certainly surprises that arose out of the last hour of Season 6, the show didn’t prove that it had learned anything from its mistakes from the previous 21 hours of programming. Therefore, The Good Wife, I’m sorry, but you don’t deserve a review. Let us instead catalog all of ways “Wanna Partner?” failed us in our hour of need.
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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 21 Recap: “Don’t Fail”

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It’s difficult to pinpoint precisely when it happened, but at some point it would appear that Robert and Michelle King decided they’d really rather be making a sitcom in 1986. Last week, it was evidenced by the farcical simple misunderstanding that presaged the end of Alicia’s tenure at… whatever they’re calling that law firm now and this week it’s evidenced by a super elaborate pseudo-flashback episode that’s sole purpose is to point out just how much things have changed over the last six years. Things have changed over the last six years and that’s not something that needs to be illustrated with an entire episode. Do you know how I know that The Good Wife has changed over the last six years? I watched the 132 episodes that preceded “Don’t Fail.”
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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 20 Recap: “The Deconstruction”

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“The Deconstruction,” the latest episode of The Good Wife‘s tepid sixth season, is a perfect encapsulation of everything that’s wrong with the season as a whole. Made up of three plots, each a train wreck in their own special way, the episode is nothing if not a completely underwhelming, yet apropos send-off for Kalinda Sharma, a character the show never had any clue how to utilize properly.
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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 19 Recap: “Winning Ugly”

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In most cases, heroes are fiction. They are a made-up construct, a mythos built-up around common people to make the ordinary seem extraordinary and to induce awe where typically there would be none. As wonderful as Alicia Florrick is, there is nothing truly heroic about her. She tries to be a good person more often than not. She’s good at her job. She wants to make the world a better place. But she’s no hero. 
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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 18 Recap: “Loser Edit”

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Like any good prestige drama, The Good Wife’s characters pride  themselves on always being the smartest person in the room. It’s not a surprise, really, as so much of the legal system is bound up in the idea that whoever is smartest, who ever knows how to best manipulate the law to their own will, will ultimately reign supreme. So when the show centers itself around an episode where everyone involved gets shown up in one way or another it can serve as a jolt to the occasionally tedious righteousness that suffuses its atmosphere. 
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