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  1. ‘Constantine’ Preview: NBC Tries to Bring Some Unholy...

    Andy Greenwald

    For 30 years, John Constantine has served as a necessary corrective to ghost story orthodoxy. When things go bump in the night, he bumps right back. The DC Comics stalwart burst out of the pages of Alan Moore's Swamp Thing in 1984 and has remain...

    Blog | October 24, 2014
  2. 'The Affair' Preview: Warm Bodies, Shifting Perspective...

    Andy Greenwald

    Corpses are king on TV. From humble police procedurals to pricey British imports and the unstoppable Walking Dead, lifeless bodies are the coal that keep the story fires burning. It's cruel, but also coolly efficient. The act of killing brings w...

    Blog | October 10, 2014
  3. Fall TV Preview, Part 2: All the New Dramas

    Andy Greenwald

    Everything I said last week, about this being a generally weak and uninspiring fall for new network comedies? Well, that goes double for dramas. In the literally threes of years since I became a full-time TV critic, I've never seen such a dispir...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  4. Fall TV Preview, Part 1: Your Complete Comedy Rundown

    Andy Greenwald

    In nature, fall is a time when things begin to wither, fade, and die. But on television it's the reverse. No season is as outrageously, some might even say foolishly, optimistic as fall. It's when the broadcast networks unveil their shiny n...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  5. Should You Watch? FX's New Comedies, ‘Married’ a...

    Andy Greenwald

    Tonight begining at 10 p.m., FX premieres two new sitcoms: Married and You're the Worst. Both are vulgar, openly contemptuous of romance, and feature casual cocaine use. But enough about the good parts. Should you, the harried consumer, tune in?...

    Blog | July 17, 2014
  6. 'The Strain' Preview: Will FX's Viral Vampire Seri...

    Andy Greenwald

    "A good story always trumps the truth," says one scheming character to another early in the second episode of The Strain. It's a sentiment worth writing down and saving. The icky FX vampire-virus series, which premieres Sunday night at...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
  7. ‘Tyrant’ Preview: FX Exports Middling Drama to the Mi...

    Andy Greenwald

    Tyrant, which premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET on FX, has a backstory almost as dramatic as its premise. The idea for relocating The Godfather to an authoritarian Middle Eastern state was initially dreamed up by Gideon Raff, creator of the original, I...

    Blog | June 24, 2014
  8. Summer TV Preview!

    Andy Greenwald

    Once the dumping ground for series that were unwatched, unwanted, or otherwise Canadian, the summer is now prime time for serious television. (Or, as they call it at the USA Network, with its remarkably resilient lineup of entertaining trifles, &quot...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  9. 'Halt and Catch Fire' Preview: AMC's Latest Gets O...

    Andy Greenwald

    Most television pilots are about putting things together. By contrast, the key scene in the premiere of Halt and Catch Fire (airing Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET on AMC) concerns taking something apart. Slickster visionary Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace) and e...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  10. Pilot Season Scouting Report

    Andy Greenwald

    Next week, the four broadcast networks will descend on New York City for the upfronts, a yearly tradition in which ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox present their upcoming shows to an audience of skeptical ad buyers and an even more skeptical general public. Fr...

    Blog | May 07, 2014
  11. Preview: ‘Louie’ Returns Tonight, As Original, Dark, ...

    Andy Greenwald

    The best thing about Louis C.K.'s stand-up is its precision. Every year, with the focus and dedication of a Swiss watchmaker or a constant masturbator, he hits the road to workshop jokes, riffs, and stories in front of an unforgiving (though inc...

    Blog | May 05, 2014
  12. The Great Archer Returns and Reboots, While Chozen Comes Out Stro...

    Andy Greenwald

    For a long time The Simpsons was the fastest show on television. A combination of highly caffeinated, Harvard-educated show-offs in the writers' room and the complete creative freedom afforded by animation transformed what was originally intended to ...

    Blog | January 13, 2014
  13. The Return of Girls: The Inevitable Growing Up of the Third Seaso...

    Andy Greenwald

    What I liked best about Girls in the beginning wasn't the subject matter or the setting, it wasn't the horror of its comedy or the humor of its drama. And it certainly wasn't the opportunity to lose myself in the dense, terrifying forest of think pie...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  14. The Spoils of Babylon: Crazy, Star-Studded, and Maybe Not As Funn...

    Andy Greenwald

    There was nothing small about the miniseries of the '70s and '80s. They were opulent, overstuffed affairs that dared to tackle the supersize topics unlimited series wouldn't touch, like world wars and priest flirtation. A strange combination of soari...

    Blog | January 09, 2014
  15. Midseason TV Preview: January Is the New Fall

    Andy Greenwald

    For shivering bootblacks in Westeros or frustrated TV fans here on Earth, the phrase "winter is coming" was once equally terrifying. One promised an interminable tundra of life-freezing ice; the other the same thing but with reruns. (Your mileage may...

    Blog | January 06, 2014
  16. Community Is Back. And So Is Dan Harmon. (Oh, Yeah, the Show's Go...

    Andy Greenwald

    All long-running TV shows break bad eventually. It's the nature of the beast: Fuel for the relentless story engine inevitably runs dry, complacency sets in, and the familiarity that was once so appealing slowly curdles into contempt. If you kick away...

    Blog | January 02, 2014