TV Club: The Middle: “Pam Freakin’ Staggs” / The Goldbergs: “DannyDonnieJoeJonJordan”

The Middle: “Pam Freakin’ Staggs” Last season, when Keegan-Michael Key turned up to play Reverend Deveaux in “The Hungry Games,” I observed that, “as a rule, The Middle isn’t a series that has gone out of its way to fill its fictional universe with big-name guest stars” and that its guest cast “tends to be populated by well-chosen utility players.” […]

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TV Club: American Horror Story: Freak Show: “Magical Thinking”

With only three episodes left in the season, it’s hard to imagine a satisfying resolution to all the remaining stories of American Horror Story: Freak Show. Introducing more characters at this point doesn’t encourage viewers to invest emotionally—or even voyeuristically—in the stories already established. American Horror Story: Freak Show doesn’t need more plotlines. It needs fewer. But heck, the show […]

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What’s On Tonight: Archer gets “un-rebooted” in its sixth season premiere

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Thursday, January 8. All times are Eastern. Top pick Archer (FX, 10 p.m.): Last year’s “Archer Vice” season shook up the Archer format. But according to creator Adam Reed, the show is getting back to basics in season six. This “un-reboot” will focus on more case-of-the-week stories without losing the narrative […]

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Oscar This: Everything isn’t awesome: How rules ruin the Oscars’ Best Song category

This year’s Oscar nominations are announced on January 15. In anticipation of the conventional wisdom the Academy will likely uphold, we’re highlighting unlikely candidates—the dark horses we’d love to see compete on Oscar night. Even casual students of the Oscars probably develop pet distastes among the Academy’s many awards categories. There’s the tendency in the Best Cinematography category to award […]

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TV Club: Empire: “Pilot”

It could be a while before I’m ready to give myself permission to fully engage with Empire. Not a “couple of episodes” while, I’m talking about a “season two, episode seven” while. It looks too good, too stylish, too much fun to be true, and there’s nothing worse than a terrible show walking around wearing a stellar pilot as a […]

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Newswire: Spartacus star Liam McIntyre joins The Flash’s Rogues

Topping Arrow’s trend of filling as many roles as possible with people who used to be on Spartacus, Arrow’s spinoff The Flash has just cast Liam McIntyre—Spartacus himself. According to Variety, McIntyre will be playing Mark Mardon, the brother of the guy that Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen fought in the first episode. McIntyre will be showing up in episodes 15 […]

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Newswire: Morocco has un-banned Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings

As we reported last week, Egypt, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates all decided to officially ban Ridley Scott’s Moses movie Exodus: Gods And Kings for various religion-related reasons. Egypt didn’t like that it “gives a Zionist view of history and contains historical inaccuracies,” but Morocco and the UAE specifically objected to scene in which a child is used to […]

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