<p>Triumph</p>

Triumph

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'Triumph's Election Special' is the best campaign coverage you'll find

We have somehow arrived in the era of the surprise release. Two weeks ago, with no advance warning, Louis C.K. dropped the first episode of a series of filmed plays featuring an all-star cast. The day before the Super Bowl, Beyoncé (who has some prior experience with surprise releases) put out a new single that she was going to perform during the halftime show. Yesterday, Funny or Die premiered a 50-minute Donald Trump parody biopic starring Johnny Depp, that no one knew was in the works. And Hulu this week, with virtually no promotion, gave us the 85-minute comedy gift that is Triumph's Election Special 2016, in which Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (and his handler, Robert Smigel) travels to Iowa and New Hampshire to harass the presidential candidates and their constituents.

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

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Review: 'Better Call Saul' shouldn't be in a rush to get to 'Breaking Bad'

Season 2 abruptly but wisely slams on the brakes along the road to Saul Goodman

It's funny: before Better Call Saul debuted, all anyone seemed interested in was when and how the Breaking Bad prequel would work in cameos from Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and the rest of the gang from Heisenberg's glory days. There was some enthusiasm about getting backstory on Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, but even the most devout BB worshippers seemed to view a Saul Goodman spin-off primarily as an excuse to spend more time in this fictional universe, rather than an essential showcase for Bob Odenkirk in the title role. Even in Saul's early days, a lot of viewers seemed to be viewing this period of the character's career — when he was still going by his real name of Jimmy McGill, and trying to be taken seriously as an honest lawyer, rather than the cheerful shyster who worked as Walter White's consiglieri — as something to be raced through as quickly as possible so we could get to the tacky bus bench ads, the obnoxious behavior, and, of course, Huell.

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<p>The Flash</p>

The Flash

Credit: CW

Review: Everything's topsy turvy as 'The Flash' heads to Earth-2

Killer Frost! Deathstorm! Reverb! A different Detective West!

Some thoughts on last night's The Flash coming up just as soon as I'm Cloud City Vadering you...

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<p>Vinyl</p>

Vinyl

Credit: HBO
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Review: HBO's 'Vinyl' a classic rock drama that wishes it was punk

Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter make a very familar, but at times exciting, series

HBO's new drama Vinyl is set at a crossroads for the music industry in which its hero, drug-addicted record label president Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), works. It's 1973, when some of the iconic rock acts of the '60s were still vital — including The Rolling Stones, whose Mick Jagger co-created Vinyl alongside Boardwalk Empire's Terence Winter, director Martin Scorsese, and author Rich Cohen — but were having to make room for new artists and new styles of music. In Sunday's pilot episode, Richie tries to cut a deal with Led Zeppelin, but is also entranced by a live performance of The New York Dolls' punk anthem "Personality Crisis," and intrigued when he drives through the Bronx and overhears hip-hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc spinning two records at once.

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<p>David Schwimmer</p>

David Schwimmer

Credit: FX

Robert Kardashian is fool & hero both as 'People v. O.J.' does the Bronco chase

A lively hour capturing the moment when the O.J. case went viral

A few thoughts on tonight's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story episode coming up just as soon as I spell my last name for you...

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<p>Damon Wayans Jr. and Andy Samberg</p>

Damon Wayans Jr. and Andy Samberg

Credit: FOX

Too many cops: Damon Wayans & 'The 9-8' crash 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

What happens when two precincts have to operate under one roof?

A quick review of tonight's Brooklyn Nine-Nine coming up just as soon as I use a ruler to measure another ruler...

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<p>Megan Fox and Hannah Simone on New Girl</p>

Megan Fox and Hannah Simone on New Girl

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Review: Megan Fox makes a promising 'New Girl' debut

'Reagan' shakes up the dynamics in the loft

Tonight was Megan Fox's first episode of New Girl, and I have a few thoughts on her debut coming up just as soon as my favorite show is Sax in the City, about four old ladies in a jazz band...

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<p>Full Frontal with Samantha Bee</p>

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

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'Full Frontal with Samantha Bee' gets its Werner Herzog on with Jeb!

The disciples of Jon Stewart have spread far and wide across late night over the last couple of years (in much the same way that Johnny Carson's would-be successors wound up competing against each other in the '90s), so that there's no longer just one late night series with Daily Show DNA, but a lot, including Trevor Noah's Daily Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and, starting last night, TBS' Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

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<p>Vinyl</p>

Vinyl

Credit: HBO

What happens when Mick Jagger visits a TV show writers room?

A 'Boardwalk Empire' reunion for Bobby Cannavale and Terence Winter

When Bobby Cannavale turned up midway through the run of Terence Winter's HBO gangster epic Boardwalk Empire, the most surprising thing was that they somehow hadn't worked together before, whether on earlier Boardwalk seasons or during Winter's long run as David Chase's top lieutenant on The Sopranos. The half-Italian, half-Cuban actor has been no stranger to crime stories in his career (including a role on NBC's would-be Sopranos drama Kingpin), but the Boardwalk role of animalistic sociopath Gyp Rosetti (for which he would win an Emmy) was his first time working with Winter, and also with Boardwalk executive producer Martin Scorsese.

Now, all three men have teamed up with, of all people, Mick Jagger, for Vinyl, HBO's new Sunday drama, where Cannavale plays Richie Finestra, a '70s record company executive with a great ear and a nose too prone to having cocaine shoved up it. The two-hour Vinyl pilot is the first time Cannavale was actually directed by Scorsese, who was mostly hands-off on Boardwalk by the Gyp Rosetti season.

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<p>Supergirl</p>

Supergirl

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Review: 'Supergirl' takes on the greatest Superman story of all

How did Kara do in her own version of 'For the Man Who Has Everything'?

A quick review of tonight's Supergirl coming up just as soon as I give you a case of Dr. Pepper and access to your Netflix account...

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