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Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 15, 2019.

The Good Wife presents its closing arguments

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, May 8. All times are Eastern.

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The Good Wife (CBS, 9 p.m.): What else is there to say about The Good Wife that we haven’t already said? It’s the rare network drama still able to go head-to-head with cable at the Emmys, the home of a tour de force performance by Julianna Margulies, a haven for character actors thanks to its never-ending...

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 15, 2019.

Black Claw brings ritual killing to Portland as Grimm’s war becomes more insidous

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One of the reasons why Grimm’s introduction of the Black Claw has been so important for this world is the fact that it’s dragging out into broad daylight things that have long been confined to the shadows. Over the last few seasons, the bulk...

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 15, 2019.

“Jail Break” helped Steven Universe break new ground

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Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: In honor of the premiere of WGN’s Underground, we’re revisiting our favorite television episodes featuring a great escape.

Steven Universe, “Jail Break” (season one, episode 52; originally aired 03/12/15)

The evolution of Steven Universe is nothing short of masterful. It started out...

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 15, 2019.

A long-dormant plot is unlocked on Grimm to exciting effect

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It’s hard to find a line more brutally honest about Grimm’s oft-dicey plotting than one of creator David Greenwalt’s teasers for season five, dropped during the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel: “At last,...

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 15, 2019.

Relationships and IQs are tested in another pleasantly nuanced Portlandia

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Season six of Portlandia has gotten a lot of mileage out of pushing its characters outside their comfort zones. Some of it’s lighter stuff like asking Vincent to go out in sunlight, but there’s been more than a few...

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 14, 2019.

Grimm: “Heartbreaker”

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One of the things that I appreciate about Grimm’s depiction of the Wesen world is that for all its ever-evolving taxonomies and contradictions, it’s a show that doesn’t straightforwardly present the idea of being Wesen as a good thing. There...

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 14, 2019.

Fear no more: The Walking Dead original flavor is back

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, October 11th. All times are Eastern.Top pick

The Walking Dead (AMC, 9 p.m.): Much like the zombies that it features, the show that is now AMC’s longest-running drama cannot be stopped in its inexorable march forward. After Fear The Walking Dead tried (and mostly failed, in your What’s On Tonight correspondent’s humble opinion) to get audiences...

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 13, 2019.

Grimm successfully juggles between the gross, the funny, and the intriguing

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After the disappointment of “Inugami,” Grimm is thankfully back to being on point with “Good To The Bone.” While last week’s episode struggled to find a particular tone and wound up just bouncing around between stories, “Good To...

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 13, 2019.

Portlandia: “Doug Becomes A Feminist”

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The tricky thing about looking seriously at Portlandia’s sense of humor is that sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly who the joke is on. Because the delivery is so deadpan and the show’s targets are...

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 13, 2019.

Strike Back roars into its final season as fun and confident as ever

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Based on

The novel. Strike Back. by Chris Ryan

Starring

Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Robson Green, Michelle Lukes, Milauna Jemai Jackson, Michelle Yeoh

Premieres

Friday, July 31 at 10 p.m. Eastern on Cinemax

Format

Hour-long action drama. Four episodes...

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 12, 2019.

Portlandia: “SeaWorld”

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I spend a lot of time in these Portlandia reviews talking about the structure of the show, weighing the execution of its ideas and the ways it experiments with the sketch comedy format. All of those are relevant topics of discussion,...

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 12, 2019.

Superstore pulls off the impossible (for 2016) feat of finding laughs in “Election Day” chaos

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Now a third of the way through its second season, Superstore has asserted its place as one of the best workplace comedies currently on television. It’s a series with a perfect understanding of the mix of drudgery and surreality...

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 11, 2019.

Starz returns Power to the people

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, July 17. All times are Eastern.

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Power (Starz, 9 p.m.): In our Q&A lamenting the shows we couldn’t make room for on our Best TV Of 2015 list, Joshua Alston was full of praise for Power’s second season, praising Omari Hardwick’s “sociopath par excellence” Ghost for holding together the show’s clockwork complexity of quadruple-crosses, and...

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 10, 2019.

Salute the spooktacular sexcentenary of The Simpsons

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, October 16. All times are Eastern.

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The Simpsons (Fox, 8 p.m.): Here’s something scary for you: The Simpsons has now been on the air for six hundred episodes. Wow, it’s sure come a long way since an old drunk made humans out of his rabbit characters in order to pay off his gambling debts. Fittingly, The Simpsons gets to mark its august...

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 10, 2019.

Seek your escape in a different World, a near-empty Earth, or a ton of Sex

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, November 13. All times are Eastern.

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Westworld (HBO, 9 p.m.): It’s been a rough week for everyone, to say nothing of the rough year that’s preceded it. In these times of uncertainty, fear, dread, and basically every negative emotion under the sun, the escapist power of television is more important to our lives than ever before. Tonight,...

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 10, 2019.

Ash Vs. Evil Dead is here for those of you who can’t let Halloween go

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, November 6. All times are Eastern.

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Ash Vs. Evil Dead (Starz, 8 p.m.): Halloween may be a spooky, sugary memory at this point, but we’re not ready to let that go just yet, and neither is Ash Vs. Evil Dead. Tonight, an angry mob traps Ash and his cohorts in his dad’s house, and “Ash is finally able to prove to the townsfolk that he is not...

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 10, 2019.

On Silicon Valley, victory and defeat keep snatching from each others’ jaws

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One of the best things about watching Pied Piper’s journey through all its ups and downs is that there’s no one path to success for the company and its founders....

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 10, 2019.

Banshee: “A Fixer Of Sorts”

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As much as the topic of chaos comes up regularly in discussions about Banshee, that doesn’t mean that its workings are based on anarchy. Rather, the rules of the show operate by their own twisted interpretation of karma,...

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 10, 2019.

Portlandia: “You Can Call Me Al”

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One of the most prevalent criticisms I see leveled at Portlandia in comment sections and social media is the argument that the show’s outlasted its welcome. Due to the highly narrow focus of its subject material,...

Les Chappell Les Chappell Jul 09, 2019.

On Silicon Valley, tables are like Pied Piper—and the tables have turned

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There’s a moment towards the end of “Daily Active Users” where Richard Hendricks is at a point lower than he’s ever been. Not for the physical circumstances of being curled up in Erlich’s bathtub,...

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