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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.
This behind-the-scenes drama about a reality TV dating show begins its second season with the casting of an African-American suitor.
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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."
In the Republican debate, Donald J. Trump and his opponents weren’t even speaking the same language. They attacked him for lies; he answered with size.
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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. "
The music competition show’s final season, its 15th, begins on Wednesday.
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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 
The fourth season of the reality show was an object lesson in how the art and business of movies work together — or should but don’t.
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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.
If the Republican candidates went to their debates to deliver smackdowns, the Democrats showed up for a singalong in Las Vegas, largely avoiding attacking one another.
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"Hillary Rodham Clinton appears to have figured out how best to neutralize, at least for a night, a potential public image problem. Just pour her a stiff drink."
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In this new Netflix show, Maria Bamford has a TV reality similar to her biographical reality: a comedian who had a breakthrough, then a breakdown.
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Despite the headline, I encourage you to read the review anyway!
This new AMC show follows “The Walking Dead” playbook. Can it also deliver the kind of characters that made “Mad Men” great?
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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."
Like the newest digital tablet, the latest “Sesame Street” isn’t an essential. But it’s nice, if your parents happen to have the money.
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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.
This new 10-episode series on Netflix follows a struggling actor working his way through a world overloaded with choices.
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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. 
The way a culture is presented on-screen can be as important, and damaging, as the big political picture.
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"The fact we are blessed with so much good TV right now is a direct result of the simple fact that we have so much TV, period."
AMC renewed the period drama on Thursday in a surprising but welcome move, because a glut of good TV is a nice problem to have.
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