<p>American Crime</p>

American Crime

Credit: ABC

Hey 'American Crime,' why so serious?

John Ridley's ABC drama remains thoughtful and pretty to look at, but ultra-grim

When "American Crime" debuted a year ago, I was as impressed by creator John Ridley's ambition in what he was trying to accomplish with the anthology miniseries' first season as I was skeptical about his ability to execute certain aspects of his vision. Still, there was enough there to admire — committed performances (by Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Regina King, W. Earl Brown, and more), gorgeous direction and cinematography, a willingness to incorporate difficult social issues into a network drama — that I expected to see it through to the end.

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Credit: FOX

Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Hostage Situation': Every sperm is sacred

Kathryn Hahn guest stars as Boyle's awful ex-wife

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I lie about free strudel...

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<p>New Girl</p>

New Girl

Credit: FOX

Review: 'New Girl' kicks off a new season, Bollywood-style, with 'Big Mama P'

The first of a handful of episodes filmed before Zooey Deschanel's maternity leave

A few thoughts on the "New Girl" premiere coming up just as soon as I have 99 problems, but, unlike Jay-Z, zero caveats...

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<p>Jennifer Lopez in Shades of Blue</p>

Jennifer Lopez in Shades of Blue

Credit: NBC

Review: Jennifer Lopez's 'Shades of Blue' has shades of much better cable dramas

J-Lo stars in a watered-down version of 'The Shield'

Broadcast network dramas have it tough these days. It's not just that current cable and streaming shows can tell stories in bolder, more complicated, and more specific ways than all but a handful of network dramas are allowed to even shoot for, but that the best dramas ever made are now readily-available on one streaming service or another. Who's going to watch a watered-down network version of "The Shield," for instance, if the genuine article is only a Hulu click away?

Yet NBC's trying exactly that with "Shades of Blue," which was ordered what feels like a decade ago (technically, it was early 2014), but held until now due to the busy schedule of star and producer Jennifer Lopez.

J-Lo plays Harlee Santos, veteran Brooklyn cop who, along with her boss Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta) and the rest of their crew (including "Sopranos" alum Drea de Matteo), supplements her NYPD salary with kickbacks, protection money, and other small-to-middling crimes. All's going well until an FBI agent (Warren Cole) arrests her for soliciting a bribe and pressures her into becoming a mole gathering evidence against Wozniak and the other detectives.

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<p>Making a Murderer</p>

Making a Murderer

Credit: Netflix

While I was out: 'Making a Murderer,' blog plans, and more

Lots of new shows coming out over the next month, but not as many to get excited about

Happy New Year, everybody! I've been on vacation since Christmas — give or take a quick pop-in to discuss the news that George R.R. Martin's next book definitely won't be out before the next "Game of Thrones" season — but spent time here and there struggling to make the ascent up Screener Mountain. Not only are there a few dozen TV shows premiering in January alone, but press tour officially starts tomorrow (I don't get there til Thursday), so between the broadcast networks, cable, and the various streaming outlets, it's been a terrifying reminder that, as John Landgraf once said, we haven't hit Peak TV in America quite yet.

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<p>Game of Thrones</p>

Game of Thrones

Credit: HBO

'Game of Thrones' season 6 will be out before George R.R. Martin's next book

The next season of "Game of Thrones" still doesn't have an official premiere date. Now it has an even bigger level of uncertainty attached, as George R.R. Martin has revealed that his next book won't be done in time to be published before "GoT" season 6 debuts — which means, for the first time, the show will be able to spoil the books, instead of the other way around.

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Credit: Amazon

Nazis, spanking, and atonement: Every episode of 'Transparent' season 2, reviewed

A look back at a tumultous year for the Pfefferman clan

We're approaching the end of 2015, which is one of the few times on the calendar, even in a year that's seen a whopping 409 original scripted series air at one point or another, where there's not a lot going on in the TV business. So I'm mostly spending these next couple of weeks watching 2016 screeners. But I did promise, when I published my interview with "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway, that I'd be back soon with brief thoughts on each episode of season 2, and it's belatedly time for that, with lots of spoilers coming up just as soon as I love the flavor of lost lesbian wedding dream cake...

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<p>The Knick</p>

The Knick

Credit: Cinemax

Review: Did Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen just end 'The Knick'?

A botched surgery and an ambiguous statement leave the hospital drama's future a mystery

"The Knick" just ended its second season in a way suggesting it could very easily be the series finale, but maybe it won't be. Spoilers for the finale, plus Cinemax's statement on where things stand for the show's potential future, and a few thoughts on season 2 as a whole, coming up just as soon as I can't look at encased meats the same way anymore...

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<p>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</p>

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Credit: Disney

'Star Wars,' 'Creed,' and when your sequel is really a remake

J.J. Abrams and company got to play mix-and-match with the best parts of the original trilogy

This morning, I went to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," and wound up having many of the same feelings I did when I saw "Creed" earlier this month. I'm going to get into exactly why, along with many spoilers for "Star Wars" (you're pretty much safe on "Creed" spoilers), coming up just as soon as I'm a big deal in the Resistance...

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<p>The Leftovers, You&#39;re the Worst, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt</p>

The Leftovers, You're the Worst, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Credit: HBO/FXX/Netflix

Naked lip syncs, karaoke in Hell, and more: TV's best musical moments of 2015

Great uses of songs on 'Mad Men,' 'Broad City,' 'Mr. Robot' & a lot more

'Tis the season to be list-making, and while the rest of Team HitFix was brainstorming a list of the year's best musical moments in movies, they asked me to pitch in a couple of TV scenes. Without even thinking hard, I'd given them a half-dozen, and knew there were plenty of other obvious ones. So I told them to finish up the movie list (which you can read here), and set off to think of more TV moments.

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