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2014
Aug
25
 
 
Barbie is missing, and the townspeople, including the new town sheriff (Dean Norris) think he’s dead. He isn’t – but if these folks are guilty of anything, it’s living inside the bubble.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
24
 
 
SERIES FINALE: This is it: the end of the road for the True Blood story, and all its characters. I’ve liked how the producers have started to wrap things up and give certain characters their last moment in the sun. Which reminds me: With all these sudden suicidal mood swings by ailing vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), who has refused to drink the blood that could heal him, I can’t help wondering why, if he’s embracing the idea of the “true death,” he’s let
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
24
 
 
This year’s VMAs will have no shortage of scene-stealing diva moments – the opening number alone features Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Jessie J teaming up for a live rendition of their new collaboration, “Bang Bang.” Taylor Swift also will take the stage tonight, and Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora will team up, and Miley Cyrus will be featured prominently as an audience member. But the night will, or should, belong to Beyoncé, who receives the Michael Jackson Video Van
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
24
 
 
Right after True Blood ends tonight, you can flip from HBO to FX and compare the cable vampire drama of today to the one of tomorrow – because The Strain, indeed, represents the next generation. It may not be bloodier, and it’s certainly not sexier, but it sure is scarier.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
24
 
 
One show not to forget about tonight: This WGN America drama, which gets more intense and interesting every week as the show’s clock is ticking, like a bomb timer, while the scientists in this show battle internally to produce the best design for an atomic bomb.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
24
 
 
Another show not to forget about tonight: Oliver’s show will conclude its summer run next month – and he’s really carved out his own territory and solidified his singularly intriguing approach. While most comic performers and writers adopt the “Less is more” attitude, going for a fast one-liner or two and moving to the next topic, Oliver has gone the less traveled “More is more” route – and probes his selected story of the week from so many angles,
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
24
 
 
The Onion is famous for satirizing any and all sorts of topics in the news as well as items they’ve touted as true that are far from it. And now the funny folks at The Onion have put together what one might call a template for TV coverage of a news story...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
23
 
 
All day, and for the rest of the month and beyond, The Simpsons will be on FXX any time you tune in there. But I highly recommend making a point to catch or record the network late tonight, at 1:30 a.m. ET, when FXX presents “Who Shot Mr. Burns?,” the brilliantly funny two-parter that ended Season 6 with a cliffhanger, and opened Season 7 with a very satisfying conclusion back in 1995. The two-part mystery riffed on everything from Dallas to Twin Peaks, including a dream sequence in
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
23
 
 
I’ve absolutely loved this week-long marathon of modern Doctor Who episodes, and I’ve finally realized why. I’ve set my DVR to record my very favorite episodes, even though I already have them on DVD – and whenever I’m home, I’m switching between this marathon, and the FXX mega-marathon of The Simpsons, enjoying old delights and noticing new ones. And while I slept overnight, my DVR recorded the first Doctor Who appearance by Jenna Coleman, the current compani
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
23
 
 
On his post-CBS cable and satellite TV home, exiled like Napoleon at Elba, Dan Rather continues to hold court at AXS TV, headlining documentaries and conducting extending interviews – like this one, with former American Idol judge Simon Cowell. There’s a cynically obvious reason for the booking of this particular interview – the AXS TV network has obtained U.S. telecast rights for Cowell’s The X Factor U.K., the ongoing original British version of X Factor that begins Sea