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Your 2015 holiday special viewing guide
"Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" is finally taking its place among the greats.
Dec 1, 2015 12:50 PM
Stay Tuned: 'Agent X' needs more of Sharon Stone
On "Agent X," Sharon Stone plays Natalie Maccabee, the newly inaugurated Vice President of the United States, who learns that she is in charge of a secret agent who takes on missions that are too sensitive for the FBI and the CIA while giving POTUS plausible deniability. It's Stone's first weekly TV role since 1983 and she's the biggest reason to watch but her screen time shrinks with every episode. What's left is an average spy show.
Nov 25, 2015 9:24 AM
Stay Tuned: When the fixer has to fix herself on 'Scandal'
After five seasons, the fast-talking self-named "gladiators" of "Scandal" have lost some of their magic for me. The speedy monologues with their peculiar cadence that were as fresh as Olivia Pope's (Kerry Washington) crisp white suits are so expected now that they feel like the kind of background music you play when you want to concentrate on something else. But the reason I'm still watching and you should be too is that this season is posing the most interesting what if question in series television: What if the President of the United States publicly embraced his mistress? If you're going to call a show "Scandal," you might as well swing for the fences and that's what this season is doing with great results.
Nov 17, 2015 1:23 PM
Stay Tuned: 'Supergirl' fails to soar
The themes in "Supergirl" -- finding your true self, following your heart and what happens when your calling isn't everything you thought it would be -- are not unique to the superhero genre, but the series replaces the broody, angst-filled masked men that usually fill the role of hero with Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), a sweet twenty-something who embraces her powers with determination even as she learns that her gifts are only a small part of what it means to be a hero. The series is family friendly and Benoist is very likeable, if at times overshadowed by Calista Flockhart as her terrible boss. All of this might not add up to a huge hit for CBS but it's not a miss either. It's a show that lands firmly in the middle of "OK."
Nov 10, 2015 9:46 AM
Stay Tuned: Bypass this 'Wicked City'
Set in Los Angeles in 1982, "Wicked City" is the story of a serial killer. In the opening scene, he repeatedly stabs a woman while she is performing oral sex on him in his car. The camera pans to a close-up of her blood splashing across the dashboard. Later, the killer leaves her headless corpse in a cemetery. Seeing the headless woman, the detective assigned to the case turns to his soon to be partner and says: "To me she's a victim. To you she's a step up." With dialogue this stale, a paint-by-the-numbers storyline and violence against woman seemingly just for the sake of it, "Wicked City" is a crime drama you should skip.
Nov 2, 2015 8:47 AM
Stay Tuned: A zombie prequel on 'Fear the Walking Dead'
In "The Walking Dead," the zombie apocalypse has already happened. "Fear the Walking Dead" is the prequel that takes place as it's happening. Both shows are very good at creating a sense of anxiety and fear. It's like a fog that blankets the landscape. But where "The Walking Dead" makes you feel like you're stumbling through the terrifying mist along with the characters, "Fear the Walking Dead" offers you a view from the sidelines. It's a weakness that keeps the show from being as good as it could be.
Oct 26, 2015 1:39 PM
Stay Tuned: Impressive pace but not much else on 'Code Black'
Despite the appealing fast pace and some solid performances, CBS' new drama "Code Black" is a medical procedural that sacrifices a complex look at the overburdened health-care system for simplistic emotional ploys.
Oct 19, 2015 3:28 PM
Stay Tuned: Red hot chemistry on 'Rosewood'
In a crime-of-the-week show, it's either the case that keeps you interested or the characters that are investigating it. In some circumstances, you find a show that is good at making both the crime and the main characters intriguing. "Rosewood" is not that show. The crimes are pretty standard -- angry spouses killing in the name of jealousy, the murderous misadventures of drug dealers -- but what isn't typical is the perfect chemistry between the two main characters. Jaina Lee Ortiz and Morris Chestnut are teaching a master class on how it's done.
Oct 13, 2015 9:09 AM
Stay Tuned: Close the book on this 'Minority Report'
In 2065, selfie drones have replaced selfie sticks, and seeing who you are speaking to has taken on a whole new dimension, literally, as their entire person appears in front of you in full 3D. Face to face chats are so 2015. "Minority Report" wants to dazzle us with these special effects and take the cop show to a new level, but its version of the police procedural offers nothing new, despite its efforts to amuse us with futuristic tech.
Oct 6, 2015 8:16 AM
The Farr Side: 'Big Brother' comes to a close; 'Survivor' features an encore field
"Big Brother" comes to an end as "Survivor" begins one of its most anticipated seasons yet.
David T. Farr
Oct 1, 2015 8:51 AM
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