<p>Vinyl</p>

Vinyl

Credit: HBO

HBO renews 'Vinyl' despite low-rated premiere

Proving once again that ratings are only of vague importance in pay cable, HBO has ordered a second season of Vinyl, only a day after the disappointing ratings for the series premiere of the Martin Scorsese-produced '70s rock drama were released.

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<p>Girls</p>

Girls

Credit: HBO
B+

Review: 'Girls' hits some bumps on the road to growing up

Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna, and Jessa struggle with making more mature decisions

When HBO announced last month that Girls would end after its sixth season, that seemed about right. Some TV shows are built to run forever, because they have a premise and/or characters who transcend the particular moment in their story in which the show began. Louie (a show that was a big influence on Girls) is on an indefinite hiatus, but is an elastic enough idea that the head of FX recently suggested Louis C.K. could return to it periodically in his 50s, 60s, and 70s. Rumors persist that NBC will revive the original Law & Order at some point, and Sam Waterston has at least another decade of self-righteous reactions in him.

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<p>American Crime</p>

American Crime

Credit: ABC

I was wrong. 'American Crime' is a great TV drama.

Checking back in with John Ridley's ABC series midway through season 2

Paul Lee got pushed out today at ABC. There are many things you can ding the man for about his reign as head of that network: the misguided initial version of The Muppets, greenlighting Work It! and Mixology (and scheduling the latter after Modern Family, while letting Trophy Wife die on Tuesdays), failing to turn either of his Marvel shows into hits (Agent Carter, by far the better of the two, seems unlikely to see a third season at this point), and struggling in general with any dramas not created or produced by Shonda Rhimes. At the same time, Lee was wise enough to turn over as much prime time real estate as he could to Shondaland, and he's turned ABC into a great place for family comedies that are smart, funny, and reflective of what America looks like in 2016.

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<p>Broad City</p>

Broad City

Credit: Comedy Central

Review: 'Broad City' makes a smart, hilarious return with 'Two Chainz'

Abbi and Ilana both wind up with unwanted accessories they can't remove

Broad City is back for a third season, and I have a few thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I look like a DMX video extra...

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<p>Love</p>

Love

Credit: Netflix

Judd Apatow: 'Love' was made for the Netflix binge, and 'Girls' should be weekly

Why his new show is designed for a binge, while 'Girls' isn't

Yesterday, I published my review of Netflix's Love, one of my favorite new shows of the year so far. (Its first season debuts Friday.) A romantic comedy about a walking disaster of a woman (Gillian Jacobs) and the nice guy (Paul Rust) who falls for her, it was co-created by Rust, Lesley Arfin, and Judd Apatow, who between Freaks and Geeks, Girls, and his many movies (including Trainwreck, whose title he says he lifted from this project), has plenty of experience finding the most mortifying aspects of interpersonal relationships.

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<p>Cuba Gooding Jr. and Courtney B. Vance</p>

Cuba Gooding Jr. and Courtney B. Vance

Credit: FX

Review: 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' assembles 'The Dream Team'

Robert Shapiro brings in the legal big guns to help O.J.'s defense

A few thoughts on tonight's The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story coming up just as soon as I don't have a Father's Day reservation...

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Credit: FOX

Review: The dumbest 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' cops get some run in 'House Mouses'

Is it Scully and Hitchcock's time to shine?

A review of tonight's Brooklyn Nine-Nine coming up just as soon as I give you a signed copy of my book of mouth exercises...

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<p>Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust in Love</p>

Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust in Love

Credit: Netflix
B+

Review: Gillian Jacobs finds 'Love' in Netflix's new Judd Apatow comedy

A flawed but fun new romantic series

Love is dumb. Love is irrational. Love defies all logical arguments against it. It can make you act in terribly self-destructive ways. It's not math. It's love, and when you feel it, nothing else matters.

Which brings us to Netflix's Love, a romantic comedy series created by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, and Paul Rust, starring Rust and Gillian Jacobs as a pair of Angelenos who meet awkward, date even more awkwardly, and seem determined to make a go of things despite ample evidence warning them not to. (Its 10-episode first season debuts Friday; I've watched the whole thing.) Love is messy. It's shaggy. It takes weird detours that only sometimes work, and on occasion it seems to be daring its audience to not only root against the central couple, but to question how many more episodes they might want to watch.

I can see all those issues, and more. I just don't care. When you feel it — as I very quickly did with Love — nothing else matters.

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

'Better Call Saul' pits Jimmy against one of Walter White's enemies. Sort of.

Jimmy teaches Kim how to grift against a familiar mark

Better Call Saul is back for its second season. I posted some general thoughts on the new episodes last week, and interviewed co-creator Peter Gould about what happens in the premiere. My review of that episode's coming up just as soon as my name's Giselle St. Claire...

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

Why Jimmy changed his mind in the 'Better Call Saul' premiere

The creative team is in no hurry to turn Jimmy into Saul Goodman

Better Call Saul is back for a second season. I reviewed the premiere here, and I have some thoughts from co-creator Peter Gould coming up just as soon as I have a girl in a bikini and a girl in a parka riding together in my SUV...

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