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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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LIMITLESS, airing Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT,  is CBS's new fast-paced drama based on the feature film about Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), who discovers the brain-boosting power of the mysterious drug NZT, and is coerced by the FBI into using his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases for them. Photo: Jeff Neumann©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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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"Wanna Partner" -- When Alicia (Julianna Margulies) gets a suspicious call from a client, she discovers that he's being held in a secret police facility where people are detained without being officially booked on THE GOOD WIFE,  SUNDAY, MAY 10 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.   Michael J. Fox guest stars. Photo: Jeff Neumann©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

‘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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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 17 Recap: “Undisclosed Recipients”

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As invigorating as Alicia’s election triumph may have been last episode, the victory yielded very little in the way of plot progression when it came to this week’s episode of The Good Wife. In fact, the episode’s three storylines can be easily distilled into basic representations of Alicia’s past, present, and future — and, unfortunately for her, none of the paths seem particularly appealing at this juncture.
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James Corden Is More Than Just Another White Guy Late-Night Host — and His ‘Late Late Show’ Is Destined to Be a Cult Hit

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

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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.
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