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NBC’s Mystifying Fall 2015 Lineup: Is the Network Tanking Itself?

In the premiere episode of 30 Rock‘s seventh and final season, Jack Donaghy greenlights a handful of terrible shows — game show Homonym, Hunchback (NBC’s version of sexy vampire programming), cop drama God Cop (starring Jack as God), and so on — leading Liz Lemon to realize that Jack is purposely trying to “tank” the network. Based on NBC’s upfronts today, it’s starting to feel like this 30 Rock episode was predicting the future. … Read More

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NBC Announces First Film Under Dolly Parton Deal, Based on “Coat of Many Colors”

At 69, Dolly Parton’s light just keeps shining. Following her five star performance at last year’s Glastonbury — in front of… Read More

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NBC Reorders a 10-Episode First Season of ‘Emerald City,’ a ‘Game of Thrones’-y Reimagining of Oz

Dorothy Gale is getting a K-9 police dog and another chance: Deadline reports that NBC just resurrected its Wizard… Read More

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When Did Film Get So Cynical About Journalism?

The theatrical release of Rupert Goold’s True Story this Friday was set quite some time ago, announced even before the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, so its timeliness is coincidental, but still remarkable. Based on the memoir of the same name, it tells the story of how New York Times reporter Mike Finkel (Jonah Hill) lost his job and credibility with a poorly reported cover story on child slavery on the Ivory Coast, and made an unlikely comeback by stumbling into the story of murderer Christian Longo (James Franco), who used Finkel’s name as an alias while on the run. It hits theaters in the midst of discussion and dissemination of the Columbia School of Journalism’s blistering review of Rolling Stone’s story “A Rape on Campus,” aptly described therein as “another shock to journalism’s credibility.” And True Story fits well within the current pattern of how movies portray that once lionized, now battered profession. … Read More

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‘One Big Happy': Why Is Ellen DeGeneres’ Lesbian Sitcom Full of Obnoxious Stereotypes?

If nothing else, One Big Happy, produced by Ellen DeGeneres and created by Liz Feldman, believes that it’s forward-thinking and progressive. NBC’s newest sitcom centers on single lesbian Liz (Elisha Cuthbert, Happy Endings), who is trying to have a child with her straight best friend and roommate Luke (Nick Zano, still trying to find a solid comedy to latch on to). However, their plans implode when Luke meets and spontaneously marries a British stranger named Prudence (Kelly Brook), who quickly moves in and clashes with Liz — just as Liz finds out that she’s pregnant! It’s a Three’s Company situation without the humor, a queer-centric sitcom with backwards jokes (and sans queer characters; Liz’s ex appears in the second episode but the show “will not see another gay series regular character“), and a comedy that generally feels like it premiered two decades too late. … Read More

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Rand Paul Bailed on His ‘Parks and Recreation’ Cameo at the Eleventh Hour

Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was scheduled to appear on an episode of Parks and Recreation, but backed out at the… Read More

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Series Finale Recap: “One Last Ride”

When it comes to series finales there is always too much to ask, and doubly so when a show has been on for quite a while and has catered to a smallish but enthusiastic group of fans. How can one finale possibly satisfy everyone? It’s impossible, but Parks and Recreation comes pretty damn close at providing one of the sweetest finales ever of a sitcom. It’s lowkey funny, and perhaps a little too neat, but it’s 100 percent Pawnee and that’s what it should be. … Read More

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“Jennifer Is a Party Pooper” Youtube Celebrity Flula Borg to Star in NBC Comedy Pilot, ‘Cuckoo’

German DJ and particularly German Youtube personality Flula Borg has been cast as the lead in the the upcoming NBC… Read More

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‘SNL’ 40th Anniversary Special Surpasses Ratings Expectations

The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special  earned unexpectedly high ratings this Sunday — scoring NBC the most views (outside… Read More

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NBC’s ‘The Slap’ Is an Irritating Miniseries Masquerading as a Prestige Drama

Once you get past the title and the simplistic premise touted in the dramatic promos — a man slaps another man’s child — everything about NBC’s The Slap screams “prestige television event!” The eight-episode miniseries, which premieres tonight, follows the chaotic aftermath of a single event. Like most recent prestige dramas, The Slap harps on the darkness that envelops unhappy (and well-off) middle-aged adults with pent-up anger or wandering eyes, as shown through multiple relationships all in different stages. The characters discuss everything from cultural politics to ethical dilemmas. The show boasts an impressive roster of talented actors: Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman, Thandie Newton. The pilot will be a conversation starter, especially for parents, who will no doubt debate the moral issues behind the titular slap. It sounds intriguing on paper, but in execution The Slap is a messy, condescending, and misguided drama that will do little to help NBC compete with prestige cable offerings. … Read More

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