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Fox Releases the First, Shrill Teaser for ‘Scream Queens’

Wondering exactly how similar Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan’s Scream Queens will be to American Horror Story: Coven? The first, just-released… Read More

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Fox’s ‘Wayward Pines’ Balances the Confusion of an M. Night Shyamalan Story With Dark Summer Fun

I recommend Wayward Pines with some hesitation, and not just because I spent the majority of the first five episodes trying to figure out what the hell was happening on Wayward Pines. Fox’s limited, ten-episode event series is a bizarre one, which isn’t surprising for an M. Night Shyamalan project, and it only gets weirder as it digs itself deeper, ultimately evolving into a somewhat different show by the fifth episode. Premiering Thursday, it’s a series that requires patience and demands that viewers stick around for the whole season — even if you may want to check out early. … Read More

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Fox’s Fall 2015 Lineup: Betting Big on Big Names, From ‘Minority Report’ to Frankenstein

Fox catapulted to the top of the network heap — in popular perception, at least — during the 2014-15 season with the massive, unprecedented, and wholly deserved success of Empire. The hip-hop-centric soap opera never slowed down and had viewers obsessing over it from beginning to end, with Cookie’s outfits and an endless parade of guest stars taking over our daily conversations. Hoping to keep up the momentum, Fox has just introduced a handful of new series featuring big names who, the network hopes, will have viewers talking all next year. And it isn’t just betting on well-known actors — it’s also investing in well-known characters and franchises. … Read More

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Chris Rock, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz Will Guest Star on ‘Empire”s Second Season

People were so enthralled by Empire‘s first season that — perhaps unless it shifted the show to center entirely around… Read More

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‘The Mindy Project’ Has Reached Its Conclusion, Whether Hulu Saves It or Not

In a move that many saw coming, Fox has canceled The Mindy Project after three seasons. Despite its devoted fans — who are, if comment sections are any indication, pretty devastated right now — the series always faced low ratings and has had the threat of cancellation looming over it for the last three years. However, immediately following the news came even more news: the sitcom might continue on Hulu, a streaming site following the lead of Yahoo (which saved Community) and Netflix (Arrested Development). For those who love the show, this is surely good news, but the problem is that The Mindy Project has already reached its end, and a fourth season just isn’t necessary.  … Read More

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‘The Last Man on Earth’ and the Rewards of Sticking with a Unlikable Character

Fox’s The Last Man on Earth was fascinating in the beginning, an immediately impressive sitcom that managed to achieve the impossible: It was original. The pilot episode was an imaginative and exhilarating half-hour, one that was desolate and desperate, but also incredibly funny. It was anchored entirely by Phil Miller (played by the affable and scruffy Will Forte) who was, at least for a little while, the last man on earth. The series found humor in a post-apocalyptic scenario, then slowly added more characters (most notably Kristen Schaal as Carol) as it segued into a reversed romantic-comedy sitcom. At first, this change showcased a frustrating throwback to tired gender tropes, but the show soon became something entirely different and smarter — if you managed to stick around that long.  … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 21 Recap: “Panty Gate”

The penultimate episode of New Girl Season 4 has a lot of work to do in preparation for next week’s season finale. The two biggest things on the table right now are Schmidt and Cece’s non-relationship (the writers have been dancing around their reconciliation for a while now) and Coach’s certain, and second, departure from the loft (because of Damon Wayans Jr’s confirmed departure from the series). It also, I guess, has to do something with Jess, Nick, and Winston but that’s less pressing. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 20 Recap: “Par 5″

As we enter the final episodes of New Girl‘s fourth season, it’s been hard to view this season as a whole because it has often felt disjointed, varying in quality, and generally uneven when it comes to both the characters and the overall tone. There were many false starts, go-nowhere plots (Jess’ entire relationship with Ryan (Julian Morris) was so boring from the beginning that no one cared when he was swiftly kicked out of the picture), and plenty of funny, poignant episodes that were followed by lackluster duds. “Par 5″ is an odd little episode, one that feels a bit out of character for the show as it attempts to tackle a relevant and serious topic — the ongoing tension between police officers and black citizens — through its cheery sitcom lens.  … Read More

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