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Donald Glover Turns a Corner with ‘Atlanta’

Comedy has led the charge for creativity in TV the last couple of years, and it will advance even farther this far starting with tonight’s premiere of “Atlanta” (FX, 10 and 10:30 p.m.). From Donald Glover, of “Community” fame, who has also had success as the rapper Childish Gambino, “Atlanta” is like nothing much before [...]

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Rick Perry, Lochte on ‘Dancing with Stars’

“Dancing with the Stars” is increasingly the rehabilitation camp for personalities we’d rather see fade away. The 23rd season of the show will include former governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry, the first Texas politician to put on dancing shoes for the show since Tom DeLay. But it will also include Ryan Lochte, who recently [...]

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Larry Wilmore No More

Black Voices Matter, in late night political comedy as in serious news commentary, documentary reporting and history. Larry Wilmore, in his nearly year long stint as hosting “The Nightly Show” in the unenviable post-“Daily Show” slot once held by Stephen Colbert developed into one of the sharpest political satirists of the era, keeping a wry [...]

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Inside A Rainy ‘A Capitol Fourth’

An invitation to the “Capitol Fourth” concert on the National Mall seemed interesting. Smokey Robinson was headlining, a bigger draw for me than, say Barry Manilow or Frankie Valli, who have performed in earlier years. It’s always enlightening to see a TV special put together, too, and it might be the first chance I’ve gotten [...]

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Schwimmer’s Dark New ‘Feed the Beast’

David Schwimmer has already proved he is a bit more versatile than playing a sad sack on “Friends.”  His portrayal of Robert Kardashian was one of the many delights of “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Stor” earlier this year. Now he stars in a dark new cable drama about the underside of opening [...]

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‘Preacher,’ Latest Comic Book Adaptation

AMC must buy its blood by the tanker truck. So after amassing huge audiences for “The Walking Dead,” it’s about to spill some more, amid explosions, elaborate fights and other expansive action in another comic book adaptation, “Preacher” (AMC, 10 p.m.). It’s set in the tiny, underpopulated West Texas town of Annville, where a new [...]

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Maria Bamford’s Brilliant ‘Dynamite’

You may remember Maria Bamford from her manic portrayal of a Christmas shopper in a series of Target ads a couple of years back. Turns out that quirk in her personality may have not been so different than her real life. Her brilliant new online series “Lady Dynamite” (Netflix, streaming), which manages to take TV [...]

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The CW Upfronts: ‘Supergirl’ and Archie

The CW wrapped up upfront week with an announcement of its own upcoming TV season, where “Supergirl” swoops in from big sister CBS along with three new series, one of which is based on Archie comics. The CW seems the home for comic book-derived series, having had success with “Arrow” and “The Flash” and “DC [...]

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CBS Upfronts: Twice the Comedies

CBS plans double the comedy and add a lot of familiar faces to its 2016-17 season. Eight new shows were announced for the network at its upfront session Wednesday. Five new shows are due for the fall, including a series made out of a movie, “Training Day,” and a vintage series reboot, “MacGyver.” But 21 [...]

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ABC Upfronts: The Most New Fall Shows

ABC may have the most new shows on the fall schedule than any other broadcast network, according to its upfront announcement today. Of nine new series on the 2016-2017 roster, five will be on when the fall; other networks so far have packed the bulk of their new titles onto midseason. After a rough year [...]

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