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10 TV Events to Look Out For in July

In June, television gave us a handful of great season and series premieres, from Orange Is the New Black to The Leftovers. Not to be outdone, July is also coming in full force. There is the return of some Comedy Central favorites, premieres of vampire and post-apocalyptic dramas, and even some silly guilty pleasures. Here are the ten TV events to keep on your radar this July. … Read More

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Censoring Abortion Doesn’t Make It Go Away, NBC

Being an anonymously sourced item on Page Six, I knew to take “NBC refuses to air Obvious Child ad with word ‘abortion’ in it” with a pound’s worth of salt. Still, the report that a major network found a procedure one in three women undergo in their lifetime “inappropriate for viewers” is depressingly believable — even more so given that the same network bleeped out the word “aborted” during the Last Comic Standing semifinals on Thursday.* Abortion’s supposed inappropriate nature is part of the reason, in fact, why Obvious Child is so remarkable: abortion is disconcertingly absent from American pop culture, mostly thanks to a speak-no-evil conservatism operating under the unstated assumption that if we just don’t talk about abortion, it’ll disappear forever. … Read More

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The All-Time Worst NBC Promo Photos

After NBC announced its upcoming fall programming, all most of us could do was laugh at the promotional photos that introduced shows like Bad Judge and State of Affairs. NBC is becoming known for its awful promo art, which is often terribly photoshopped, decidedly unsubtle, hilariously unsexy, and just plain ridiculous. While you shouldn’t judge a show by its promotional art, it’s impossible not to laugh at these. … Read More

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NBC’s ‘The Night Shift’ is the Blandest Medical Drama on TV

The best thing about NBC’s new medical drama The Night Shift, premiering tonight at 10 PM, is its unintentionally hilarious promo photo. The ridiculously attractive and calculatedly diverse cast is brought together by Photoshop, all looking this way or that way, each one in a different show than the person to their right. In the middle is our hero (or antihero, if this were a better written drama), a badass doctor who refuses to play by the rules — you can tell, because he’s riding a motorcycle inside of a hospital. That’s how The Night Shift chooses to convey this rebellious characteristic: A motorcycle in a hospital. It’s so out of touch, so frustratingly uncreative, and it reflects everything that’s wrong with the show. … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 2 Finale Recap: “Mizumono”

Hannibal cold opens are rarely as self-contained or tightly executed as the introduction to last night’s finale. But true to the rest of the episode, one of the most streamlined in Hannibal‘s history, the first three minutes act as a funnel, narrowing Will’s entire trajectory—or at least what the audience has seen of it—since he left the hospital down to a single split-screen shot. Jack and Hannibal each believe Will is theirs; Jack and Hannibal each think Will is the swing vote in their upcoming confrontation. Technically, Will’s already sided with Jack, but the connection he shares with Hannibal is genuine, however duplicitous.  … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Complete Guide to Summer 2014 TV

The 2013-14 TV season officially ends this week, but that doesn’t mean that television is taking the summer off. A handful of old favorites are returning, like Orange Is the New Black, Pretty Little Liars, True Blood, and Teen Wolf. There are also plenty of new shows premiering during the next few months: intriguing horror dramas, guilty pleasure reality shows, NBC sitcoms, and Netflix binges. Sure, summer is the time to enjoy the great weather outdoors, but it’s also the time to spend lazy days on the couch in front of your TV with the air conditioner blasting. Here is a handy guide to the summer’s best small-screen offerings — and all of the… Read More

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‘The Maya Rudolph Show’ Fails to Revive the Variety Show Genre

If anyone has the ability to bring back the variety show, it’s Maya Rudolph. That much is true. Last night, NBC aired its attempt to revive a genre that died decades ago (aside from a few halfhearted and truly terrible attempts here and there), and the network smartly put Maya Rudolph at the helm. She’s the right woman for the job, seamlessly transitioning from big, rousing musical numbers to smaller comedy sketches, but even so, the question The Maya Rudolph Show left in my mind was: do we need to bring back variety shows? … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 12 Recap: “Tome-Wan”

After last week’s cliffhanger/reveal, Alana and Freddie are spirited away in the season’s penultimate episode to make room for Bedelia du Maurier. Hannibal’s therapist has been tracked down by the FBI (or rather, Gillian Anderson has been tracked down by Hannibal‘s producers) to provide insight into just how the good doctor works his magic. By the end of “Tome-Wan,” Will Graham witnesses a demonstration of how Hannibal’s “persuasion” translates into the grisly final product. Before all everything’s place for Jack and Hannibal to duke it out, it’s only natural that “Tome-Wan” gives us one of our first examples of Hannibal in action. … Read More

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