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Rhea Seehorn and Bob Odenkirk in 'Better Call Saul' (AMC)

Season 4 of ‘Better Call Saul’ Is All Good, Man

On paper, a Breaking Bad prequel spinoff centered on its most thinly drawn, cartoonish (albeit hilarious) character has no right at to be any good at all, much less a worthy successor of one of the best-remembered drama series of the Peak TV era. But after this week’s season 4 finale, it’s clear that not…

Lifetime’s ‘YOU’ Surprises in More Ways than One

It would be a mistake to lump YOU into the unending array of heavy TV dramas featuring unnaturally attractive humans.  To be fair, it has all the trappings of a throwback to the days of The WB.   Its executive production team has strong YA roots. Its cast are teen hearthrob emeriti (or related to them).  Shay…

Jim Carrey in 'Kidding' (Showtime)

Jim Carrey Plays it Straight in Showtime’s ‘Kidding’

“Feel it and you can heal it,” sings Mr. Pickles. “Isn’t growing up funny?” Showtime’s new half-hour dramedy Kidding, starring Jim Carrey as a kids TV host in crisis, is freighted with an odd mix of expectations, coming as it does after the rapturously received Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the Mr. Rogers documentary whose…

Emily Meade and Gary Carr in 'The Deuce' (HBO)

Barely Illegal: HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ Gets Even Better in Season 2

“Whoever would have thought the most boring part of this whole thing would be the [sex]?” So muses Maggie Gyllenhaal’s prostitute-turned-porn star-turned porn director as she lies prone on a table, waiting for the cameras to roll, but she could just as easily be talking about the show on which she is a character, The…

Woody McClain in 'The Bobby Brown Story' (BET)

BET’s ‘The Bobby Brown Story’ Traces Every Little Step

After the runaway success of BET’s rapturously received three-night miniseries The New Edition Story, about the ‘80s boy band as famous for its battles with management, its record label, and among its members as for its musical output, it was inevitable that similar treatments of other legendary musicians would be swiftly greenlighted, and right on…