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David Bianculli

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'Madame Secretary' Pales In Comparison To 'The Good Wife'

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The CBS dramas about women juggling family lives and high-intensity jobs showcase excellent acting. But while The Good Wife is one of the best shows on TV, Madam Secretary's writing is disappointing.

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3 Roosevelts Come Alive In PBS Documentary, Ken Burns' Best Yet

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A 14-hour biography of Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Delano starts Sunday. Actors including Paul Giamatti and Meryl Streep put on Emmy-worthy vocal performances reading from an Emmy-worthy script.

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'The Chair' Charts Two Filmmakers' Journeys As They Make Movies From The Same Script

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The new 10-episode reality show on Starz! follows Anna Martemucci, a graduate from NYU film school, and Shane Dawson, who's been making YouTube videos for eight years. They compete for $250,000.

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Case Closed: Agatha Christie's Detective Poirot Solves His Last TV Mystery

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

After decades on air, Poirot's 13th and final season begins Aug. 25. David Suchet still stars as detective Hercule Poirot, but you won't find the show on PBS. So where is it?

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Stick With 'The Knick,' A Medical Drama With Amazing Inventions

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The new Cinemax show stars Clive Owen as a rude doctor in a New York City hospital in 1900. It may take a few episodes, but you'll care about the characters and their inventions.

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How Interactive TV Is Older Than TV Itself

Monday, August 04, 2014

As technology gets more complex, TV producers aim to take advantage of it, such as relying on phoned-in votes from viewers. The interactive talent show, it turns out, predates TV itself.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Is 'The Honorable Woman': A Series Both Ruthless And Rewarding

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She's a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.

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'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

This week, two new TV series begin in the threats-from-nowhere genre: Extant on CBS and The Strain on FX. The better of the two, The Strain, about a disease outbreak, is effectively creepy.

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A-List Celebrities Flock To Late-Night 'Graham Norton Show'

Monday, June 16, 2014

The late-night talk show, imported by BBC America, has been around for years. TV critic David Bianculli says it's never been better — it's like eavesdropping on an all-star cocktail party.

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HBO's 'The Normal Heart' Looks At The Early Days Of The AIDS Crisis

Friday, May 23, 2014

On Sunday night, HBO presents a new TV version of Larry Kramer's 1985 play. Kramer himself wrote the adaptation, which stars Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts.

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'The Maya Rudolph Show' And What It'll Take To Bring Back Variety

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The comedian's prime-time NBC special is the latest rare attempt by network TV to revive the long-dormant genre. Fresh Air's critic doesn't think it succeeded, but he encourages TV to try, try again.

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'Penny Dreadful' Is Wonderful, But 'Rosemary's Baby' Is Dreadful

Friday, May 09, 2014

Critic David Bianculli reviews the two new TV programs in the horror genre competing for viewers and attention: NBC's modern-day remake of Rosemary's Baby and Showtime's Victorian Penny Dreadful.

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'Hill Street Blues' Created Two Eras For TV Drama: Before And After

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

In 1981, NBC presented a new police series that went on to make TV history. Hill Street Blues has just been released on DVD in its entirety for the first time.

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FX's 'Fargo' Is Neither Remake Nor Sequel

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The cable network premieres a new drama series tonight. It's called Fargo, and has the same title as the 1996 Coen Brothers movie. Critic David Bianculli says it's very definitely a wonderful show in that same wacky spirit – but it's just as important to note what this new Fargo is not. It's not a remake — and it's not a sequel.

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Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men'

Friday, April 11, 2014

The AMC period drama returns Sunday, with the usual shroud of secrecy that makes it difficult — but not impossible — to review. Fresh Air critic David Bianculli does his best.

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'Parenthood' Is Hard, But NBC Gets This Family Drama Right

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Critic David Bianculli says family dramas have always been one of television's most difficult genres to do properly — without getting too sweet, too overwrought, or too predictable.

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HBO Fills Sunday Night Lineup With Entertaining Power Struggles

Thursday, April 03, 2014

This week, HBO airs the season premieres of two returning series — Game of Thrones and Veep -- and launches a new series called Silicon Valley. Fresh Air's TV critic has seen them all.

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'The Good Wife' Delivers A Game-Changing Stunner

Friday, March 28, 2014

Last Sunday, the CBS drama delivered something major and unexpected. If you don't know what happened, and don't wish to, you may not want to listen, but Fresh Air's critic has a lot to say about it.

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When Your Best Friend Is A Star — And You're Her Minion

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The British import Doll & Em is another inside-Hollywood comedy from HBO; Emily Mortimer and her real-life friend Dolly Wells play outsize versions of themselves.

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NBC Hostage Drama 'Crisis' Takes Viewers On A Rare TV Trip

Friday, March 14, 2014

The show's season-long crime story follows a busload of kids whose field trip gets detoured by kidnappers. Critic David Bianculli says it could wind up being just as good — and intense-- as 24.

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