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DEC
19
14 HRS

The Best Broadcast Network Shows of 2014

The Best Broadcast Network Shows of 2014

When awards season rolls around for the television industry, most of those in the broadcast network world know what's coming.

Nothing.

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DEC
18
1 day

Tim Goodman: Colbert Will Continue to Thrive After 'Colbert Report' 

Tim Goodman: Colbert Will Continue to Thrive After 'Colbert Report' 

Stephen Colbert doesn't need a sendoff or an appreciation — heroes never do. Besides, the man will be back on TV next summer to take over CBS' The Late Show from the legendary David Letterman.

No, tonight is just the last night of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. The world doesn't lose Stephen Colbert tonight, just his persona. And really, way back in 2005, the idea that said persona was going to be able to maintain a show for more than a couple of weeks was truly up for debate.

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DEC
17
2 DAYS

The Best Television of 2014

The Best Television of 2014

The amount of television created in a year by broadcast networks, cable channels and online streaming services is impressively vast. As I said in a previous column: If we're this close to living in the cliche of a 500-channel universe, with original content and content providers expanding almost exponentially, why would anyone restrict to 10 — a number better suited to the Big Three era of television — the number of shows a critic can praise?

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DEC
16
3 DAYS

Tim Goodman Reveals Why He Makes (Long) Year-End Lists

Tim Goodman Reveals Why He Makes (Long) Year-End Lists

This is a column about why I 1) make “best of” lists every year, 2) take them seriously and 3) don’t conform to a list of 10. But first, a quick story about death and embarrassment:

Not long ago I was at an event where I met a person (not named) who would turn out to be very nice. In a group and after some banter, we were formally introduced. “Oh, you’re Tim Goodman,” the person said. “I was told to kill you if I saw you.”

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DEC
15
5 DAYS

'Ascension': TV Review

'Ascension': TV Review

The Syfy channel is desperately trying to reverse its fortunes of late and land a big, zeitgeisty reverberating drama series akin to the days when Battlestar Galactica graced its space. So far, only baby steps, but the effort seems to be in the right direction.

On Dec. 15, the channel premieres one of television’s favorite new things – a “limited event series” – named Ascension, which will run for six hours over the course of three nights and, if it does well, could become a future series on Syfy.

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DEC
11
1 week

Golden Globes: TV Nomination Oversights Hard to Overlook

Golden Globes: TV Nomination Oversights Hard to Overlook

Another day, another chance to be annoyed at another awards entity messing up nominations in the television industry.

Only this time, there's more heft to the announcements — if "heft" has ever been used to describe the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's yearly "what-that-what?" known as the Golden Globes — and thus more reason to be disappointed about the organization getting it wrong.

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DEC
10
1 week

'Marco Polo': TV Review

'Marco Polo': TV Review

Marco Polo, the massive (a reported $90-million budget), 10-part series from Netflix that attempts to tell the tale of the young traveler from Venice who makes it all the way to China with years of merchant stories and glory to share, is epic only in scope.

Creatively, it’s just a middling mess — something so average that a basic cable channel could have duplicated it without all the foreign travel for about $84 million less.

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DEC
5
2 WKS

'One Child': TV Review

'One Child': TV Review

SundanceTV has been on a roll for a couple of years now, fielding more hits (Rectify, Top Of the Lake, The Honorable Woman, etc.) than not (original series Red Road missed the mark). It’s been an impressive run and, given the curatorial eye at Sundance, will more than likely continue.

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DEC
1
3 WKS

'Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce': TV Review

'Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce': TV Review

With the premiere of Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce coming up quickly, Bravo owes Marti Noxon big-time — and weary, overcommitted viewers owe it to themselves to let one more series into their lives.

Bravo's first foray into original scripted fare is, if you don't know Noxon's resume (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mad Men, Glee, etc.), a bit of a shocker in that almost everything about it works; for a first effort, that's defying the odds and then some.

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NOV
19
4 WKS

'Homeland' Takes Baby Steps Toward a Creative Comeback

'Homeland' Takes Baby Steps Toward a Creative Comeback

This column contains spoilers for season four of Homeland.

I’m not quite ready to say that Showtime’s Homeland is back — it still has quite a bit of creative damage to repair since most of season two was bad and season three was heinously bad — but season four has turned in a few excellent episodes in a row that warrant watching.

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NOV
14
1 month

'State of Affairs': TV Review

'State of Affairs': TV Review

Even though NBC touts on its website that State of Affairs marks Katherine Heigl's return to TV "in the role of a lifetime" — she's back on the small screen for the first time since Grey's Anatomy and a spotty film detour — the network really isn't doing her any other favors in support of the show.

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NOV
13
1 month

'The Missing': TV Review

'The Missing': TV Review

The Missing, an engaging and haunting eight-part limited series about the disappearance of a young boy — told in 2006, the time of his abduction, and 2014, when new evidence emerges — is, unto itself, a remarkable piece of television. But if you put it in context with two other recent series, its achievements stand in sharper relief.

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NOV
9
1 month

'The Comeback': TV Review

'The Comeback': TV Review

Before Lisa Kudrow’s The Comeback aired on HBO in June of 2005, the channel had already run four full seasons of Larry David’s cringe-comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm. Ricky Gervais had already completed the entirety of The Office. And so, too, had the entire six-episode first season of the American remake of The Office aired on NBC.

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NOV
9
1 month

A Goodbye to 'The Newsroom' and Maybe Aaron Sorkin as Well

A Goodbye to 'The Newsroom' and Maybe Aaron Sorkin as Well

Anything written about Aaron Sorkin's HBO series The Newsroom is a postmortem at this point. The series kicks off its third and final season tonight, dead but not done. And yet, any time someone as talented as Sorkin is at the center of something — especially something that failed — it generates a lot of discussion.

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