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October 23, 2014

How TV Criticism Has Changed ... And Where It's Going

Today is my last day with AOL, having served AOL TV and TV Squad in various capacities since November 1, 2005, and I've enjoyed every day of it. What's been the most interesting thing about my time here, when Keith McDuffee hired me to blog for TV Squad right after it and the rest of Weblogs, Inc. (Engadget, TUAW, Joystiq, etc.) were bought by AOL, has been how the coverage of TV has changed in...

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'Cougar Town' Season 2 Finale Recap

['Cougar Town' - 'Something Good Coming'] Most people who watched tonight's season finale of 'Cougar Town' are fans of the show and have been watching all season, so the observation I'm about to make isn't going to come as a big surprise: Somehow, a show about a bunch of neighbors hanging out and drinking wine has actually managed to develop some pretty interesting stories. Sure, last...

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'Modern Family' Season 2 Finale Recap

['Modern Family' - 'The One That Got Away'] If you read my 'Modern Family' recap last week, you'll remember that I said that last week's episode like it was a season finale, and wondered what we'd see tonight. Well, tonight also felt like a season finale ... for at least a couple of minutes in the middle and at the end. Otherwise, it felt like just a normal episode, and not one of the show's...

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar & Breckin Meyer Talk 'Franklin & Bash'

It feels like both Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer have been on a whole lot of TV shows, doesn't it? But when the stars of TNT's new lawyer dramedy 'Franklin & Bash' (premieres Wed., June 1 at 9PM ET) sat down with AOL TV to talk about the show, Gosselaar took pains to mention that, despite the presence of such flame-outs as 'Inside Schwartz' on Meyer's IMDb profile, his co-star has...

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'Glee' Season 2 Finale Recap

['Glee' - 'New York'] It's been very difficult for me to write about the second season of 'Glee' without sounding like a humorless grouch. There has been a lot to take in this year, from the event episodes to the Super Bowl spectacular to needing a scorecard to keep track of the different romances to the trifecta of Gwyneth Paltrow episodes to Sue Sylvester flying off the rails. I could...

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Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga Shine in the 'Saturday Night Live' Season Finale

Last night, 'Saturday Night Live' aired its 36th season finale, and the writers and producers saved one of the best episodes of the season for last. The presence of perennial favorite host Justin Timberlake gave the writers license to bring back characters that are very familiar to regular 'SNL' watchers. It's the ultimate sign that Timberlake is quickly becoming this generation's version of...

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Mark Burnett on Donald Trump, 'The Voice' & Why 'Survivor' Survives

Mark Burnett was in a bit of a feisty mood yesterday. It's understandable, given the combination of controversy and great ratings that have been attached to some of the reality shows he produces lately. He's got three currently on the air. First, there's 'The Celebrity Apprentice,' which is steaming towards its live finale (Sunday, May 22, 9PM ET on NBC), with John Rich and Marlee Matlin facing...

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'Parks and Recreation' Boss Mike Schur on the Eventful Finale & Season 4

Last night's 'Parks and Recreation' season finale was a game-changer for the show. Something big happened to every major character in the last act of the last episode, setting up a Season 4 that will have a lot going on. Both in my recap and in my colleague Mo Ryan's assessment, we bring up those changes and speculate what that might mean for the show coming out of a successful third season --...

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'Parks and Recreation' Season 3, Episodes 15 and 16 (Season Finale) Recap

['Parks and Recreation' - 'The Bubble'/'Li'l Sebastian'] As much as these two episodes are linked together as a "season finale" (there are even "Part One/Part Two" titles before each episode), the only thing that really links the two is the story of Leslie and Ben and the lengths they're going to in order to keep their relationship a secret. Let's just say that they're not doing a very good...

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'The Office' Season 7, Episode 24 (Season Finale) Recap

['The Office' - 'Search Committee'] Right off the bat, let me give this caveat to my review: Going in, I knew that this was going to be a very difficult episode for the writers of 'The Office' to pull off. The first degree of difficulty was that the episode was an hour, which is not something that this show has excelled at in the past. The second degree of difficulty was the multitude of...

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