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‘Allegiance’ Falls Flat in Desperate Attempt to Channel ‘The Americans’

Television loves to follow trends. Think of all the poor science-fiction dramas that followed Lost or all the “unique” family sitcoms that have been popping up since the success of Modern Family. With FX’s The Americans appearing on numerous best-of lists and steadily gaining a strong following, it was only a matter of time before networks started churning out spy thrillers. NBC’s Allegiance isn’t just inspired by The Americans — it’s essentially a frustratingly bland carbon copy that fails at capturing the urgency of The Americans‘ narrative. The only impressive thing about Allegiance is that it manages to take a dramatically interesting premise — family spy vs. spy — and make it utterly boring.  … Read More

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 7 Episode 7 Recap: “Donna and Joe”

Even with the plotline centered around Donna’s wedding, the season seven midpoint of Parks and Recreation was action-packed for more than just the Meagles. Jen Barkley shows up and goads Ben into running for Congress. Tom and Lucy take a leap, even after Ron inadvertently screws it up. We finally get a good look at Leslie and Ben’s kids, with Rachel Dratch (!!!) as their overwhelmed nanny, Roz. It’s revealed that Jerry/Larry/Terry is actually named Gary (please say this marks the end of this joke). Questlove shows up as Donna’s estranged baby brother, Levondrius, and smashes a vintage microwave on the dance floor, giving Donna the touch of drama she craved for her wedding. Truly, “Donna and Joe” had it all. … Read More

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Enjoy a Synergy-rrific SUPER-EXCLUSIVE Clip from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

“All this week, NBC’s TODAY has exclusive access to the most-anticipated movie of the year, Fifty Shades of Grey,” announces… Read More

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‘Parenthood’ Series Finale Recap: “May God Bless and Keep You Always”

Last night, after six seasons, TV’s most emotional drama ended with a grand parade of happy endings. Some were more likely than others, but the Parenthood series finale was a time for the kind of crocodile tears that come when someone you love — someone good — gets what is deserved. From the Luncheonette thriving through Adam’s departure to Chambers Academy financially supporting both Adam and Kristina, the “Well, wait, how does that add up?” logic lingering around many of the brash decisions made in the series finale was easy enough to ignore. That’s sort of always been the deal with Parenthood: sometimes, the solutions to the Bravermans’ messy problems seem to work a little too well, so much so that it’s easy to forget that Zeek and Camille were dealing with infidelity a few years ago, that Kristina beat cancer pretty recently, and that Amber went from troubled teen to brave young mother kind of fast. … Read More

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‘Parenthood’ Cast Members’ Cry-Acting, Ranked

Even if you have never seen Parenthood, the great and critically acclaimed family drama on NBC, you are probably still aware of how much it makes viewers cry. It’s all we can talk about! Parenthood is basically a master class in emotional manipulation, setting up storylines each week just to knock viewers down into a sobbing spiral. The characters on the show do plenty of crying themselves, which means the actors have to be skilled in the art of spontaneously producing tears. In celebration (and premature mourning) of tonight’s series finale, here are the top ten best crying actors on Parenthood. … Read More

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‘Parenthood’ Death Watch: Why Zeek Braverman Won’t Die in the Series Finale

On this week’s Parenthood, in a decision that shocked few, Zeek Braverman (Craig T. Nelson) decided not to go under the knife again. With his cardiac condition worsening, his doctor had made the choice clear: receive additional surgery (either on the spot or after weeks of rest), or prepare for the worst when — not if — the next heart attack comes. Throughout its 13-episode final season, the NBC ensemble drama has been working up to this moment, and now that we’re staring it down, I’m starting to wonder if it’ll actually happen. Instead, it seems Parenthood may just leave Zeek’s death implied, as something that will come in the near future. As tear-jerking as the Jason Katims-helmed series has been throughout its six seasons, the death of the Braverman patriarch seems too much to bear. Think of the Kleenex shortage. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘The X-Files’ Reboots, ‘Transparent’ Streams for Free

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of TV news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week: lots of pilot pickups, an X-Files reboot, and a chance to watch Transparent for free. … Read More

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Note Gillian Anderson’s Face Being Gillian Anderson’s Face in New ‘Hannibal’ Season 3 Trailer

Big news for anyone excited about Gillian Anderson’s having been made a series regular for Hannibal‘s third season (after having… Read More

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