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Author: Valerie David

Will TV Land Succeed with a New Original Comedy Line-Up?

  TV Land changed their reputation as a home for old reruns thanks to their hit original series “Hot in Cleveland.” Based on the success of their own programming, and a shift in their target demographic, the network is working to develop a new crop of comedies. Like many other cable stations, TV Land is jumping on the “edgy show” bandwagon, which leaves us wondering if this is a good tactic for the site or if it will backfire with their audience. Hey Gen-Xers, This Isn’t Your Parents’ TV Land Former network president Larry Jones announced earlier this year...

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Is ABC’s New Thriller “Quantico” Worth Tuning in For?

A photo posted by Quantico (@abcquantico) on Jun 12, 2015 at 5:50pm PDT “Quantico” is one of ABC’s most intriguing pilots premiering this fall. It features a sexy international cast acting out a labyrinthine plot involving FBI recruits and terrorism. Sounds like a sure hit, but some early reviews are skeptical about the show’s “perfect formula” for success. So is it worth the hype? Let’s take a closer look at this flashy new series debuting on September 27. The Shonda Rhimes Effect “Quantico” follows the story of a diverse group of FBI recruits who go through rigorous physical and...

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Is Virginia Johnson of “Masters of Sex” a Role Model?

“Masters of Sex” shows us two sides of Virginia Johnson (Lizzie Caplan), a character based on a real-life sex researcher. On one hand, we have a pioneering feminist who is strong-willed, ambitious, and successful in her chosen career. On the other, we have a woman who makes several bad choices in her relationships, causing her children upheaval and heartbreak. Despite her contributions to science and society, can we really consider her a role model? Ahead of Her Time Based in a time when women have to be conformist people-pleasers, Virginia is an amazingly independent thinker. Her ability to treat...

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5 Reasons We’ll Really Miss Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show”

Jon Stewart says goodbye to “The Daily Show” and its rabid fan base on August 6. After 17 years of dissecting (and poking fun at) the news, the beloved host will hand over the reins to successor Trevor Noah. While the series will live on, it just won’t feel the same without Stewart’s engaging personality, commitment, and comedic style and we’re going to miss him. Here are five big reasons why. 1. He made us laugh. A lot. It is not easy to be constantly funny. Sometimes the news is slow, boring, or so terrible it takes a genius...

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NBC Adds 5 New Dramas to Fall Schedule

  With the cancellation of shows like “State of Affairs” and “Constantine,” and the end of “Parenthood,” NBC had room in the schedule to launch five new dramas. The network chose an interesting mix, ranging from popcorn action romps to gritty morality tales. There are the expected cop and doctor characters, but also a few surprise stars and unusual twists on standard TV fare. Here’s an early look at what NBC hopes will be a winning fall schedule. Streamers: check out this page to see where these shows might be available to stream. “The Player” I’m not a fan...

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