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    The Golden Globes Are Still a Bewildering Award Show, But This Year, They Made For Great TV

    As a meaningful measure of film or television quality, the Golden Globes are and continue to be goofy and erratic at best. But as an awards show, last night's iteration was uncommonly entertaining, filled with weirdness, humor and poignance, along with the usual back-patting.

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    Ricky Gervais Defends New Series 'Derek' as 'About Kindness,' While Eli Roth's 'Hemlock Grove' Uses Monsters as Metaphors

    While the reunited cast and cretor of "Arrested Development" were the big stars of Netflix's TCA panel this week, the company was also in Pasadena to present two more of its upcoming original series -- Ricky Gervais' "Derek," which Netflix acquired from Channel 4, and &qu...

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    FX's 1980s Spy Drama 'The Americans' Asks Audiences to Root for the Enemy

    Premiering on January 30, FX's new show "The Americans" is part spy series and part domestic drama, set during the Cold War and starring Keri Russell (coming off "Running Wilde") and Matthew Rhys as Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, a seemingly normal suburban Washingt...

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    The New Season of 'Arrested Development' Is Going To Be Way More Experimental Than It Was on TV

    Mitchell Hurwitz's critically beloved "Arrested Development" will make its improbable return from beyond the grave in May of this year, Netflix confirmed today at the TCA Winter Press Tour in Pasadena. The panel for the show, which followed presentations from the company's other up...

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    Why Do We Enjoy On-Screen Violence? Newtown Casts a Shadow Over TCA

    At the TCA Winter Press Tour this morning, Fox presented "The Following," the network's new drama starting January 21 and starring Kevin Bacon in his first regular (non-soap opera, for those with long memories) role as an FBI agent brought in to battle James Purefoy as a seri...

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    Syfy Unveils Transmedia Series 'Defiance' at TCA, Part TV Show and Part MMO Video Game

    "Defiance," Syfy's new television series/transmedia project set to premiere on air on April 15, may be the medium's most ambitious attempt at cross-platform storytelling to date. "Defiance," which is set in a near future in which humanity and various alien species cautiously coexist, is half TV show...

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    Thoughts On Last Night's Broadcast TV Premiere Of 'Deception'...

    My Twitter feed was all abuzz about it, and I believe it was trending in the USA at one point, so, evidently, a lot of you watched it. I don't have the hard numbers yet, so I can't tell you how well it did in terms of viewership and ratings. But I should have them soon enough, and will ...

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    5 Best Bets on TV This Week: The Returns of 'Justified,' 'Bunheads' and 'Cougar Town'

    Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including the just returned "Downton Abbey," but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week.

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    Jane Campion's TV Miniseries 'Top of the Lake' and Ray McKinnon's 'Rectify' Hit TCA

    Sundance Channel is making a big move into scripted dramas this year. The network, best known as a home for indie movies and unscripted programming like "Iconoclasts," "Brick City" and "Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys," has also screened international co-productions l...

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    Faux Real: Reality Shows Get Skewered by BET, Comedy Central and SpikeTV at the TCA Winter Press Tour

    Most reality shows are, to some extent, fake, frankensteined together in the editing room or herded along by producers if not outright staged. But a trend emerging from TCA is that of the mock unscripted series -- the reality parody that pulls together the snap zooms and the "next ons" and...

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