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AMC releases 'Better Call Saul' teaser, reveals February premiere

Get your burner phone ready: The 10-episode first season of "Better Call Saul" will premiere in February 2015.

'Outlander' could be a game-changer for the Starz network

Spend a few minutes in the company of Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, and it’s easy to understand why they were cast as Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser, the romantic leads of the heavily anticipated series “Outlander,” premiering Saturday on Starz.

'Marx Brothers on Television' shows wide range

When the Marx Brothers made their final film comedy, "Love Happy" in 1949, they found a new outlet for their outrageously funny shenanigans on the new medium of television.

'Fat Guys in the Woods' feels like a teachable moment missed

Earlier this year, the Weather Channel had an odd and surprisingly spirited dust-up with DirecTV over the network's ratio of reality shows to weather reporting. DirecTV felt the ratio was too high and refused to carry the Weather Channel unless it devoted less of its time to programs like...

'Outlander' skips through time to a Highlands' high point

In "Outlander," which premieres Saturday on Starz, executive producer Ronald D. Moore adapts a series of books by Diana Gabaldon, to whose international success I have not contributed at all. The first — the story the debut season tells — was published in 1991; the eighth and latest, "Written...

TV's new microaudiences are shaking up the business

The business end of show business is made up of numbers. It's a thing of charts and tallies, receipts and ratings. There are counters on everything nowadays, toting up the hits, keeping track of followers. In television, which I write about, there are the famous Nielsen ratings, by which series...

'The Knick' is a bloody trip back to 1900-style doctoring

Clive Owen is excellent as a drug-addicted surgeon in Cinemax's new Steven Soderbergh-directed medical drama set in Victorian New York. Much of the series feels familiar (Paging Dr. House), but it is at its most convincing when it is...Show More Summary

'Dick Cavett's Watergate' a showcase of TV host's tenacity

Dick Cavett is not the first name that pops to mind when contemplating the 40th anniversary of President Nixon's resignation, but it does have the attraction of providing a completely new angle on a familiar if still-fascinating story. And as "Dick Cavett's Watergate" makes clear, a...

And we present the Envy Awards. Don't knock 'em.

With about 36 Emmy Award categories up for grabs each year, it's clear that the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences tries to be comprehensive in recognizing TV talent. But its net has some holes in it: Each year, individuals and shows deserving of prizes in lesser-recognized categories go...

TV Picks: 'Outlander,' 'Legends,' 'Dick Cavett's Watergate'

“Outlander.” Starz continues its canny courtship of the often underserved female audience with a fine and drop-dead gorgeous adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s eight-book, internationally bestselling series.

Emmy Awards: 'True Detective,' 'Turn,' 'Masters of Sex' set tone early

Who in attention-deficient Hollywood doesn't grasp the importance of the first impression, the pickup line, the elevator pitch? With television's new Golden Era well underway, opening titles — those clever or mesmerizing gambits that set the tone for seduction by an entire series — are being...

Mark Ruffalo unveils his 'Normal Heart' in lessons he drew from film

Few actors bring as much heart to the screen as Mark Ruffalo, and few manage as diverse a career. This summer, he's in London making "The Avengers" sequel, suiting up again as oversized green superhero the Hulk; meanwhile, the critically praised indie film "Begin Again," in which he plays a...

The top Emmy races: Likely winners and possible upsets

Gold Standard writer Glenn Whipp surveys the big Emmy categories and predicts recipients. Will this be another big year for 'Breaking Bad'? Can 'Orange Is the New Black' break out? Gold Standard writer Glenn Whipp surveys the big Emmy categories and predicts recipients. Will this be another big year for 'Breaking Bad'? Can 'Orange Is the New Black' break out?

Emmys 2014: 'Fargo's' Allison Tolman marks a major understatement of the year

Not that long ago, Allison Tolman was working temp jobs in Chicago, scraping together dough and auditioning for anything and everything. One possibility seemed a long shot but worth pursuing: the role of Molly Solverson, the determined Minnesota deputy in the FX miniseries "Fargo." Tolman taped...

'Black Jesus' on Adult Swim has good-natured stoner humor

Aaron McGruder, whose controversial comic strip "The Boondocks" became a cartoon series, and Mike Clattenburg, who created the Canadian comedy "Trailer Park Boys," are the co-creators of "Black Jesus," a new Adult Swim comedy that totally lives up to its name.

Emmys 2014: For Josh Charles to live, 'The Good Wife's' Will had to die

Last season, Josh Charles' Will Gardner joined the inestimable Dead TV Characters Society.

Emmys 2014: Glenn Whipp, Mary McNamara on Emmy ills and how to cure them

Emmy nominations produced more than the usual amount of weeping and gnashing of teeth this year, with a number of worthy series and performances going unnoticed. Is it time to overhaul the system? Times television critic Mary McNamara and The Envelope's Gold Standard awards columnist Glenn...

Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Vince Gilligan do a 'Breaking Bad' autopsy

The "Breaking Bad" triumvirate — actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul and the show's creator, Vince Gilligan — had just seen each other a couple of nights ago at the Television Critics Assn. Awards in Beverly Hills. The week before that, they — and their better halves — broke bread to celebrate...

'Garfunkel and Oates' finds an odd, funny, endearing harmony

With Comedy Central's "Broad City," USA's "Playing House" and now "Garfunkel and Oates," which premieres Thursday on IFC, it is springtime on television for female comedy teams.

Seth Meyers ready to host Emmys, but maybe not to plan it just yet

Seth Meyers is preternaturally calm. This may seem hard to believe, as he has a weeknightly gig hosting "Late Night" and is all set to host the fast-approaching 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. But this particular funnyman is also eminently practical.

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