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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…

Damson Idris as Franklin Saint in 'Snowfall' (FX)

Crack Drama ‘Snowfall’ Becomes a Blizzard in Season 2

From time to time, a show will start to pick up more buzz when it’s a season or two in. Your friends are telling you, Check out this show, it’s great, and you’ll be intrigued because it sounds good. But then comes the inevitable question: How many seasons are there? And more often than not,…

Brian Cox in 'Succession' (HBO); Kevin Costner in 'Yellowstone' (Paramount)

‘Yellowstone’ vs. ‘Succession’: Which is Right For You?

With so many great new shows coming down the pike, not to mention all the not as new ones that you’ve been meaning to catch up on, we’ve occasionally got to economize, to look for inefficiencies, to ensure that we are getting the most from our TV at any given time without letting it blot…

Yellowstone on Paramount Network

‘Yellowstone’ Could Be the Biggest Thing on TV

It might be a bit soon to say, but Yellowstone could succeed Game of Thrones as the most ambitious, multilayered narrative on television. Debuting last night on Paramount Network, the epic Western tells a story of warring landowners and the competing powers within and related to each group. The premise is not so simplistic as…