<p>The Magicians &amp; Lucifer</p>

The Magicians & Lucifer

Credit: Syfy/FOX

'Lucifer' & 'The Magicians' make big changes from the books, but only one wisely

A straightforward adaptation isn't automatically a good one, but 'Lucifer' has no reason to exist

Let's talk some more about adaptations.

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<p>The X-Files</p>

The X-Files

Credit: FOX

Let's talk about that not-so-great 'X-Files' premiere

What did everybody think of the first new episode in 14 years?

"The X-Files" is back with a six-episode miniseries. I posted a review of the first three episodes last week, and I have a few specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I have to, in the year 2016, use a search engine to get to a website I've previously visited on this computer...

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<p>Mad Dogs</p>

Mad Dogs

Credit: Amazon

Review: How long can the nightmarish vacation of Amazon's 'Mad Dogs' last?

Steve Zahn, Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli, and Ben Chaplin just want to get out of Belize alive

(This post has no significant spoilers for "Mad Dogs," even though it's informed by a viewing of the entire first season. The comments section is a place where it's okay to discuss the full plot if you've finished it, but I'll be doing a separate post on Monday touching on a few developments from later in the season.)

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Credit: Warner Bros.

Ask Alan: Which TV characters changed the most from their introduction?

What does it mean when an actor is a producer on their show? And how has the job of a TV critic changed?

As promised, we're back in my Jersey office, and back on a Friday schedule for this week's Ask Alan. In today's show, I talk about characters, like Ross from "Friends," who changed a lot from their initial characterization; about what it means when you see the star of your favorite show listed among its executive producers; and about the ways in which my job as a TV critic has become more like it was when I started doing this 20 years ago.

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<p>The X-Files</p>

The X-Files

Credit: FOX

The truth is right here: 'The X-Files' revival has a lot of problems (Review)

The Darin Morgan-scripted third episode is great, but the premiere is a disaster

"Do you miss it at all? The X-Files?"

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Credit: FOX

Review: Jake and Holt get the mumps on a hilariously stupid 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

'Nine Days' is far from the show's most highbrow installment, but that's okay sometimes

A review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I eat potato chips on my hunger strike...

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Credit: FX

Zach Galifianakis: 'I have no idea' if FX comedy 'Baskets' will work

What will be the audience for the clown comedy he made with Louis CK?

"Baskets" is such an oddity that even its co-creator and star, Zach Galifianakis, isn't sure if it will work.

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<p>Legends of Tomorrow</p>

Legends of Tomorrow

Credit: CW

Review: Too many capes? Atom, Firestorm & more team up in 'Legends of Tomorrow'

Okay, so Atom, Firestorm, Captain Cold, and company are in a show together. Now what?

Late in Thursday night's premiere of "Legends of Tomorrow," a character wonders if this motley collection of DC Comics heroes and villains have been brought together for a time-traveling adventure less because they're the legends of the new CW drama's title than because they're unimportant enough in the grand scheme of things that they won't be missed in their absence.

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<p>Jessica Jones</p>

Jessica Jones

Credit: Netflix

Netflix renews 'Jessica Jones,' sets 'Kimmy Schmidt,' 'Orange' premiere dates

It's Netflix's day at the Television Critics Association press tour, which of course means lots of announcements:

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<p>The Americans</p>

The Americans

Credit: FX

'The Americans' season 4 has a premiere date, and a cool poster

"The Americans" season 4 finally has a premiere date, as well as a cool, blue-tinged new poster.

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