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James Poniewozik
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“UnREAL” remains one of TV’s most sharp-minded and -tongued escapes, a heart-shaped box full of chocolate and razor blades.

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Despite the headline, I encourage you to read the review anyway!

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"I might have been shocked, once, at this whole debate — the hooting audience, the barking candidates, the NSFW content — but those days are over. The memory is already fading. This is our life now."

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"Thank god for Oscar the Grouch. He belongs to another time; no pedagogical theory would propose him now, no earnest producer could pitch him. He is unprettiable, irredeemable, hanging on to his battered garbage can like the last rent-controlled tenant in a fancy co-op building."

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My obit for "American Idol": "The series became an island of mainstream in a sea of niche by embodying contradictions... It was simultaneously vicious and sentimental, a uniter and a divider. "

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Aziz Ansari made a comedy about a guy who can't make choices. It's so good I couldn't choose a favorite episode.

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All that drama for... this? "The Leisure Class," the Project Greenlight movie, shows the difference between vision and self-indulgence. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/02/arts/television/project-greenlight-gives-rookie-director-a-hollywood-education.html 

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A graffiti artists' protest--which snuck the message "'Homeland' is racist" on-air--shows the danger of treating another culture as set decoration. 

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Anderson Cooper came armed with stats like America's toughest game show host. But on-stage, what happened in Vegas was staid in Vegas.
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