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Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 15, 2019.

Power demolishes its status quo with a stellar, game-changing episode

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What does Power look like without Ghost and Angela’s relationship? What does it look like without Felipe Lobos peacocking around, keeping his allies and enemies alike off-balance with deliberately antagonistic sexual advances?...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 15, 2019.

Survivor’s Remorse takes a tragic turn in a heavy finale

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It can feel silly, in this age of No One Is Safe television, to be shocked by the death of a major character on a show. And yet it’s impossible not to be shocked by the final moments of...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 14, 2019.

Survivor’s Remorse: “Homebound”

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“Homebound” solves a nagging problem that has plagued Survivor’s Remorse from the outset. Actually, “nagging” might be too harsh a qualifier for said problem, which is the show’s lack of basketball-related...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 14, 2019.

“Car washes” and Lego models: 10 insanely complicated one-shot music videos

<a href="https://music.avclub.com/car-washes-and-lego-models-10-insanely-complicated-o-1798284091" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">“Car washes” and Lego models: 10 insanely complicated one-shot music videos</a>

Music videos have been in a state of recession for years now, as downturns in the music industry and the rise of low-cost, high-concept viral videos have supplanted the big-budget event video. But the one-shot music video has endured even as the music video has mostly outgrown its auteur phase. Because elaborate one-shots are so difficult to pull off, ambitious artists and intrepid directors...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 14, 2019.

Hannah and Jessa’s friendship hits the skids in a cathartic Girls

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“I’ve wanted this for a really long time.”
“Me too.”

That brief exchange between Jessa and Adam, right before they step across the line they’ve been toeing between a messy friendship and a messier romantic relationship, is the most illuminating scene...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 14, 2019.

Changing Lanes would be a comedy of errors if it weren’t so terrifying

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Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: The Dark Knight takes on the Man Of Steel. Before picking sides in that title fight, check out these films about showdowns.

Changing Lanes (2002)

Roger Michell’s Changing Lanes evolves—from an upstairs-downstairs slice-of-life to a cat-and-mouse thriller, then to a tale of...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 14, 2019.

Fox’s “resurrected cop” drama Second Chance proves sometimes dead is better

<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/fox-s-resurrected-cop-drama-second-chance-proves-some-1798186202" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Fox’s “resurrected cop” drama <i>Second Chance</i> proves sometimes dead is better</a>
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Created by

Rand Ravich

Starring

Rob Kazinsky, Dilshad Vadsaria, Tim DeKay, Adhir Kalyan, Ciara Bravo

Debuts

Wednesday, January 13 at 9 p.m. Eastern on Fox

Format

Hour-long fantasy crime procedural. Four episodes watched for review

Despite the broader...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 14, 2019.

It’s official: Empire’s second season is off the rails

<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/it-s-official-empire-s-second-season-is-off-the-rails-1798185618" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">It’s official: <i>Empire</i>’s second season is off the rails</a>
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“Sins Of The Father,” the 10th episode of Empire’s gangbusters first season, proved somewhat polarizing when the fan reaction was all totaled. Of all the episodes since the pilot, I most enjoyed “Sins,” which confines the characters...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 14, 2019.

Homeland starts down a precarious path in its fifth season premiere

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In its first four years on the air, Homeland’s relationship with 24 worked to its benefit. It shares common creators and explores the same subject matter and themes with a more mature, nuanced, and character-focused...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 14, 2019.

AMC’s Feed The Beast wants to be fine dining, but it’s closer to junk food

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Developed for American television by

Clyde Phillips

Starring

David Schwimmer, Jim Sturgess, Lorenza Izzo, John Doman, Michael Gladis, Elijah Jacob

Premieres

Sunday at 10 p.m. Eastern on AMC

Format

Hour-long crime drama. Four episodes watched for...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 14, 2019.

In Tortoise’s “Dot/Eyes,” the buildup is the climax

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In Hear This, The A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week: Songs from artists who have new music coming in 2016.

Tortoise, “Dot/Eyes” (2004)

Chicago instrumental quintet Tortoise has always been about the slow burn. Its most legendary song is the nearly 21-minute “Djed,” from the 1996 sophomore release Millions Now Living Will Never Die. “Djed”...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 14, 2019.

Gretchen Carlson sues Fox News for being a He-Man Woman-Haters Club

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To let Gretchen Carlson tell it, Fox News is “fair and balanced” alright, but only if you’re a man or willing to have sex with CEO Roger Ailes. That’s according to a civil lawsuit filed today in a New Jersey state court, in which Carlson, who recently parted ways with Fox News after 11 years, accused Ailes of refusing to renew her contract because Carlson refused his sexual advances.

In the...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 14, 2019.

Veep is as commanding as ever in its excellent fifth season

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Created by

Armando Iannucci

Starring

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh, Sufe Bradshaw, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, Sam Richardson

Debuts

Sunday at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on HBO

Format

Half-hour single-camera political satire. Four episodes watched for review

“A rising...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 14, 2019.

Community: “Ladders”/“Lawnmower Maintenance And Postnatal Care”

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"Lawnmower Maintenance And Postnatal Care"

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B-

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2

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"Ladders"

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B

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“Sometimes dead is better.” It’s...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 14, 2019.

In Grand Theft Auto V, Italian disco pairs perfectly with vehicular homicide

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In Hear This, The A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week: Songs we discovered in video games.

Kano, “Can’t Hold Back (Your Loving)” (1982)

Among the many quantum leaps that make Grand Theft Auto V the best open-world game ever produced is its massive, eclectic soundtrack. Los Santos, the game’s simulacrum of southern California, is a sprawling den of...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 14, 2019.

ABC’s Blood And Oil is the perfect nighttime soap... for 2005

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Created by

Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne

Starring

Don Johnson, Chace Crawford, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Amber Valletta, Scott Michael Foster, Adan Canto, Delroy Lindo

Debuts

Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern on ABC

Format

Hour-long primetime soap. Pilot episode...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 14, 2019.

Olivia Pope stares into the abyss, yet again, in a middling Scandal

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In “The Miseducation Of Susan Ross,” the stock Scandal scene in which Quinn and Huck tape photos to the windows while hurling exposition is set to Sam And Dave’s “Hold On, I’m...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 14, 2019.

Showtime to satisfy viewers’ nostalgia for Dexter, making fun of Dexter

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/showtime-to-satisfy-viewers-nostalgia-for-dexter-maki-1798251125" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Showtime to satisfy viewers’ nostalgia for <i>Dexter</i>, making fun of <i>Dexter</i></a>

Late last year, Showtime nixed rumors that it was planning to reanimate its polarizing hit drama Dexter for a ninth season of blood-spattery vigilante hijinks. So don’t get too excited—or too horrified—by the prospect of new episodes after watching Showtime’s just-released trailer, which introduces the show to viewers unfamiliar with Dexter Morgan’s circuitous journey from celebrated cop to...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 14, 2019.

Tegan And Sara’s “Walking With A Ghost” is a portrait in denial

<a href="https://music.avclub.com/tegan-and-sara-s-walking-with-a-ghost-is-a-portrait-i-1798285955" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Tegan And Sara’s “Walking With A Ghost” is a portrait in denial</a>

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week: For Horrors Week, we’re once again talking about songs with the word “ghost” in the title.

Tegan And Sara, “Walking With A Ghost” (2005)

Sometimes a cliché is just a cliché, and other times it’s a tradition, like pop music’s enduring tradition of using the supernatural as a metaphor for romantic...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 14, 2019.

In Shattered Glass, the skeptic gets the hero edit

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/in-shattered-glass-the-skeptic-gets-the-hero-edit-1798286211" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">In <i>Shattered Glass</i>, the skeptic gets the hero edit</a>

Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: In honor of Spotlight, we throw a spotlight on some of our favorite films about journalism.

Shattered Glass (2003)

Skeptics aren’t often depicted in a flattering light in the movies, despite embodying the quality most likely to make someone a hero in real life. Sometimes it’s the...

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