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This day in 1995 marked the debut of the Fox sci-fi series, Sliders...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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The broadcast networks -- well, at least two of them -- lately have been flexing their social consciences. Not that this is a profitable enterprise...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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Broadcast television has another strong, compelling and troubling entry in the limited-series game with Fox’s Shots Fired...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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About the only way things could have gotten hotter on Fox’s Empire would be if they set the whole thing on fire...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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MINISERIES PREMIERE: The sudden recent burst of socially relevant limited dramas, begun with ABC’s When We Rise and the Season 3 return of American Crime, continues with this new 10-part Fox drama, built around two cases of civilian shootings of teenagers by police officers. The racial components of the cases are polarized and polarizing: a white youth shot by a black cop, and a black youth shot by one or more white cops. For full reviews, see Ed Bark’s Uncle Barky’s Bytes and
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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MIDSEASON RETURN: Now that Star has ended its freshman season, Empire returns for a new round of high-octane drama, the second half of Season 3 – and just watching the network promo, featuring Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie walking in slow motion with the fierceness of a lioness on the prowl, carrying a baseball bat like Beyoncé in her Lemonade video, is enough to get you to press “Record” for this midseason opener. For a full review, see David Hinckley's All Along the
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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22
 
 
In this week’s episode, while the White House is in crisis mode, what’s left of the new administration and its supporters focuses less on the problems at hand than on the sources of potentially damaging press leaks. Isn’t it great to watch prime-time broadcast scripted television just to get away from it all?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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This is the penultimate episode of Season 1 of Legion. At this point, I can’t understand, much less explain, exactly what’s going on – but I know that, each episode, things get not only more complicated, but even more interesting…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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These days, watching Samantha Bee begin her show is like watching Reggie Jackson stroll up to home plate during his glory days with the New York Yankees. It seems like each week of headlines gives her some fat new pitches at which to swing – and lately, she’s really been hitting them out of the park.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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SPECIAL PREMIERES: Since Dave Chappelle walked away from Comedy Central and his popular, very funny series in 2005, he hasn’t gotten any less funny. He’s just spent the time, since his extended break, doing live standup appearances around the country – including one hilarious stop in Philadelphia, which I saw as he made one of his first return appearances. But Chappelle hasn’t made a TV standup special in the dozen years since his abrupt departure. Until now, when Netflix
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for under $20.

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post