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Big Smo Must Go

by Ronald A. Rowe July 24th, 2014 | Delete It
A&E believes that it has found a worthy successor to its runaway smash hit Duck Dynasty, going so far as to promote Big Smo with the tagline “A New Dynasty is Beginning”.  Duck Dynasty is a hokey, happy show about a backwoods redneck family that hits it big with a multi-million dollar duck call business.  It is very staged and predictable but it caters to a large audience oddly fascinated by redneck culture and hungry for something “nice” on TV.  The idea is that Big Smo will follow in the territory staked out by Duck Dynasty and give fans
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Character Spotlight

Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver

by Elizabeth Gunto July 23rd, 2014
On HBO's new political satire, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the Brit host has offered America a new and British perspective on our messy and often unpleasant issues. While the show's young age is noticeable, its host finds his own scathing yet charming voice. The Daily Show, where Oliver became more visible to Americans,  is explicitly a parody of a news show. Last Week Tonight is not, and that flexibility gives him the space to be sincere, incredulous and hilarious.

Oliver has been building his way to his new gig at HBO his entire career. He began his stand
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TV Highlights

Summer TV Highlights for Week of 7/21

by Jennifer S. Rowe July 21st, 2014
Artist and Producer CeeLo Green brings a new reality program to TBS called "CeeLo Greens The Good Life", this coming Monday, July 23rd, at 10:30/9:30c. This new series will be about CeeLo’s longtime creative team and best friends Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo as they attempt to bring back to the world their hip-hop group Goodie Mob. CeeLo wants to go back to his roots and share the success he has had with the people he started with so that they can enjoy the accolades as well. They will
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Top 10 Shows

Extant Under the Dome
60 Minutes The Bachelorette
NCIS Big Brother
America’s Got Talent NCIS: Los Angeles
The Big Bang Theory Blue Bloods

Once A Weekly Show With John Oliver

by Elizabeth Gunto July 22nd, 2014 | Add It
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Brit John Oliver leaves the confines of The Daily Show to host his own late-night talk show on HBO. The freedom of premium cable lets Oliver explore the news with more openness (and more nudity and more cursing) than its predecessor would ever get, and Oliver covers the issues without pandering, patronizing or preaching. Nudity aside, HBO gives Oliver the freedom to speak to his audience as the adults they are.

Last Week Tonight does need to work on separating its identity from its origin, as its format can sometimes come off as "The Daily Show with the British Guy." Last Week Tonight
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Hemlock Grove

by Elizabeth Gunto July 17th, 2014 | Delete It
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Some kind of mix of Twin Peaks for Dummies and True Blood, Hemlock Grove is a bland mess four years too late to catch up with teen mythical creature trend. Someone or something in the town of Hemlock Grove murdered and ate part of a pretty high school student, and everybody in town thinks the poor kid, who's also a werewolf, did it. The pretty high school student, viewers may be shocked to learn, led a double life.

The show starts by giving us the spoiled rich kid troupe, just to run through all the stereotypes it can muster. Roman Godfrey
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A New Take on the Three Musketeers

by Ronald A. Rowe July 18th, 2014 | Toss Up
Toss Up
The Musketeers is the latest in a long line of remakes / re-imaginings / revamps of the classic novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.  The first season originally aired in the UK earlier this year but is just now finding its way to an American audience via the increasingly popular (thanks, in large part, to the amazing Orphan Black) BBC America. The series debuted on June 22nd and will run for 10 episodes.  The Musketeers stars Luke Pasqualino as D’Artagnan, the main protagonist of the novels.  He is joined by the titular Musketeers, Athos (Tom Burke), Porthos (Howard
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