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TV Season Finales For May 19-May 25

May marks the official end of the 2013-2014 television season so here is a rundown of the season (and series)… 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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‘Modern Family’s’ Eric Stonestreet Talks “Gay Agenda,” Sort of

Modern Family has both infuriated and empowered LGBT viewers. Arguments against it (or at least mine) say(s) that gay couple… Read More

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Is ‘Modern Family’ Trying to Become More Modern?

Last night, on the fifth-season premiere of Modern Family, longtime gay couple Cameron and Mitchell got engaged. This is the closest the show has gotten to making what could be called a political statement — the episode begins with the two celebrating the Supreme Court’s reversal of DOMA back in June — and despite a few moments of actual solid commentary (patriarch Jay Pritchett says something about people obtaining “gay marriage licenses,” to which his grandson replies, “I think they’re just marriage licenses”), the episode was pretty agenda-free, focusing more on Cam and Mitch’s bumbling attempts to out-propose each other with the help of the family. Considering the show’s somewhat tame and sexless treatment of the couple, could this indicate a move on Modern Family‘s part to depict them as an actual, normal gay couple? … Read More

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Flavorwire’s 2013 Primetime Emmy Picks and Predictions

The Primetime Emmy Awards are Friday night, and the broad strokes of the ceremony are pretty easy to guess at: Neil Patrick Harris will charmingly sing and dance, Breaking Bad will win a bunch of stuff, and the whole thing will run about 40 minutes too long. But let’s get into some specific predictions: Flavorwire has carefully considered the nominees, consulted with various prognosticators, and worked up the following list of Emmy predictions that will surely win your betting pool. (Do people do those for the Emmys?) And just for good measure, we’ve thrown in our own picks in each category as well. Here we go: … Read More

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Emmy Nominations 2013: The Year’s Biggest Snubs and Surprises

The Primetime Emmy Awards are probably, year by year, an even more reliable source of viewer rage than their spring counterpart, the Oscars. The awards, honoring achievement in primetime (and this year, online) television, are as well known for what they get right as what they get wrong. But we dutifully watch and report every year, with the hope that this particular blind squirrel will find some nuts. The 2013 nominees boast the usual mixture of nice surprises, oddball picks, and befuddling exclusions; let’s take a look at each major… Read More

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Let’s Not Get Too Excited About Gay Marriage on ‘Modern Family’

Yesterday’s historic Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by Bill Clinton in September 1996 and effectively blocking same-sex marriages from federal recognition, was a major success in the fight for marriage equality. The Supreme Court also upheld a US District Court ruling against Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California, a decision that will lead the way for marriage equality in that state. Amid the celebrations yesterday, the co-creator of Modern Family, Christopher Lloyd (note: not everyone’s favorite time-traveling mad scientist) spoke out about the possibility of the series’ gay couple, Cameron and Mitchell, getting hitched. … Read More

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Two Liberal Gay Couples With a Side of White Supremacy, Please

Where openly gay couples on network television were once a novelty, it seems as if their portrayal in television is now en vogue — mainstream, “modern,” and “normal” you could even say. Sitcoms Modern Family and the recently canceled The New Normal both testify to this. They’ve both been noted for their depictions of gay characters, which are generally positive inasmuch as they are long overdue, gaining relevance and merit on the backs of a Supreme Court Trial for marriage equality, the once sexually exclusive Boy Scouts of America now allowing gays to openly join their ranks, among a host of other large and small feats trending towards a more inclusive society. But while this is great in theory, it’s not so much in practice. … Read More

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Are Niche Audiences the Future of Network Comedy?

Flavorwire is celebrating Memorial Day with The Year in TV, a series of features on the 2012-13 TV season, which ends this month.

Last summer, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told the assembled press at the Television Critics Association’s press tour that, in the coming season, they could expect a shift in the network’s approach to comedy programming — a move away from the likes of Community, Parks and Recreation, and The Office. “Those Thursday comedies, which the critics love, and we love,” Greenblatt carefully noted, “tend to be a bit more narrow than we’d ultimately like going forward… Those are great shows. But it’s a challenge in comedy to broaden… I hope these new shows we’ve got for the fall and the spring are also clever and also smart, but can also broaden the size of the audience.” Well, here we are a year later, and NBC renewed exactly two of their sitcoms for next season: Community and Parks and Rec. So much for broadening, eh? … Read More

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