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The 35 Campiest TV Movies Ever Made

This week, SyFy debuts the sequel to last summer’s surprise TV movie hit, SharknadoSharknado 2: The Second One is expected to be even campier and sillier than its predecessor and will possibly go down as one of the most ridiculous TV movies ever made. But, of course, it’s got quite a bit of competition: there are plenty of other patently absurd made-for-television movies out there. From SyFy’s shark obsession to Lifetime’s melodramatic teen flicks, here are 35 of the campiest TV movies of all time.  … Read More

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How ‘Finding Carter’ Became the Perfect Summer Hate-Watch

When Finding Carter premiered earlier this month, my general reaction was an underwhelming “meh.” It featured a compelling premise about a teen girl who finds out she was kidnapped as a child and is then returned to her old (but new-to-her) family. But the pilot somehow took that story and made it utterly bland, bogged down with boring tropes and unnecessary drama. The episodes that follow, however, are a different story. No, Finding Carter is still not a good show, but somehow, over the course of four episodes, it’s become my go-to hate-watch of the summer. … Read More

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Watch the Trailer for MTV’s Already-Controversial ‘Happyland’

Entertainment Weekly has an extended trailer for MTV’s upcoming new comedy HappylandHappyland is a soapy teen show that follows a group of… Read More

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MTV’s ‘Finding Carter’ Suffocates a Unique Premise With Too Many Twists

It’s always a bit of a surprise when MTV premieres a scripted series. Teen Wolf, Faking It, and Awkward., are all popular, but the network still has about four times as much unscripted content as scripted series. Finding Carter is an even bigger surprise; not only is it an hour-long drama, but it’s a family drama, and one that’s supposed to pack an emotional punch with every episode. Finding Carter has a great premise, a solid cast, and is overall a refreshing departure for the network. So why doesn’t it work? … Read More

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The 10 Best Shows You Can Only Watch Online

This year, more than ever, television has provided plenty of shows to occupy our time during the summer months. Still, it’s not as much TV as we want (is it ever?), and there are often long lulls in television throughout the week — seriously, what’s with everything being packed into Sundays? Fortunately, there is the always-reliable Internet to tide us over. By now, you’ve definitely finished all of Orange Is the New Black, so here are ten other Internet-only series to watch this… Read More

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Last Night’s Catfish Just Wanted to Be on ‘Catfish’ — So What Does That Mean for the Show’s Future?

Catfish has been a bona fide hit for MTV and is quickly becoming one of the most talked about (see: livetweeted) shows on the Internet, with some episodes featuring surprising twists and turns that are legitimately engaging, sometimes on par with TV’s scripted dramas. Now in its third season, Catfish has the fans but needs to continue to find ways to shock us. Last week’s season premiere was a dud, but this week’s “Antwane & Tony” proved that Catfish still has some tricks up its sleeve. … Read More

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‘True Detective’ of the Web: ‘Catfish’ Creators Nev Schulman and Max Joseph on Solving the Mysteries of Online Love

Dart through Times Square, where even the Hello Kitty plushies are knockoffs, into the Viacom building on Broadway and 45th, where even the security guards hassle you just because they can. Run smack-dab into Iggy Azalea, dripping with Moschino and contempt, as you enter the elevator. Walk past “ballsy” quotes from M.I.A. and Sid Vicious — an attempt to edge up the colorful MTV offices, where A$AP Rocky blares when you both enter and leave — and step into a conference room overlooking the Hudson River where a team of MTV publicists outnumber your interview subjects. You’re here to talk to Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, the co-stars and co-creators of the “docudrama” Catfish, which returns for its third season this week. It’s almost laugh-out-loud funny how much the real and the fabricated are at battle here within this single experience, an attempt to get to the heart of a TV show that examines what’s real and what’s fabricated in relationships that exist exclusively via digital means. … Read More

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The Emptiness of MTV’s Faux-Lesbian Dramedy ‘Faking It’

After watching the first three episodes twice each, I’m still unsure as to what I’m supposed to make of Faking It. The very basic premise — two teenage girls pretend to be a lesbian couple in order to become popular in high school — was worrisome from the beginning. MTV’s announcement of the show and the subsequent trailer release swiftly earned it detractors, but the network and showrunner Carter Covington, who also originally found the premise offensive, stuck by it, harping on the fact that there’s an inspirational message behind it. That’s somewhat true; there isn’t much to be offended by, but that’s only because there isn’t much to the show. Faking It, which premieres Tuesday night, is too average to offend. … Read More

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40 Best TV Shows Available Only On Amazon Instant Video

When it comes to streaming video sites, Netflix and Hulu are the most popular. However, Amazon Instant Video has been establishing itself as a fierce competitor. The price for Amazon Prime may seem steep after its recent increase to $99 a year, but it works out to just $8.25 a month. To compare, Netflix and Hulu Plus are both $7.99/month, although Amazon’s price also includes free two-day shipping and the Kindle Lending Library. Plus, Netflix takes much longer to put up newer episodes, and Hulu still has annoying commercials even if you opt for the paid service. But the TV selection on Amazon Instant Video is also just superior — exclusive NBCUniversal deals and vintage Nickelodeon favorites and one-season wonders galore! These 40 shows available on Amazon, but not on Netflix or Hulu, may just convince you to switch… Read More

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