<p>Empire</p>

Empire

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Review: 'Empire' is dirty, soapy hip-hop fun for Terrence Howard

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Howard and Taraji P. Henson liven up some familiar melodrama

FOX's new "Empire" is the kind of unapologetic melodrama that can go to commercial with Taraji P. Henson pronouncing, "I'm here to get what's mine!," followed by a melodramatic musical sting. It's from Lee Daniels, who co-created it with Emmy-winning writer (and sometime-actor) Danny Strong, so it ain't subtle. And yet... the scene I found myself enjoying the most in the pilot episode (it airs tomorrow night at 9) is a relatively quiet one, where Henson's Cookie and Terrence Howard's Lucious are swapping stories from their time as a couple. He's now a Jay-Z-esque hip-hop mogul, and she's just out of prison and, again, here to get what's hers, and both would like nothing more than to absolutely destroy the other — but even as they're swapping barbs and holding metaphorical knives behind their backs, it's clear that they still enjoy each other's company on some level, and that the attraction they had decades earlier hasn't completely been extinguished.

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<p>Togetherness</p>

Togetherness

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 263

Dan and Alan also talk about the new seasons of 'Girls' & 'Shameless'

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to 2015, boys and girls! Time for our first Firewall & Iceberg Podcast of the new year, and the last one before press tour starts tomorrow. I'll be getting into town on Friday, which means odds are very good for at least one in-person podcast, and there's even a chance — please curb your excitement — for some kind of one-shot revival of the video show with us in the same studio. But before all the LA-based shenanigans began, we had a lot of things to talk about, including the debut of four new shows and the return of two of our Sunday favorites.

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<p>Banshee</p>

Banshee

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Review: Too much is just right for 'Banshee' season 3

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Cinemax drama lays on the gratuitious violence and plot twists with aplomb

As a drama, "Banshee" is preposterous. It is ludicrous. It regularly defies laws of both plausibility and physics, and there's usually at least one moment per episode where I have to pause the action because I can't stop laughing at how ridiculous it all is.

And that is why I've come to love it.

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<p>Gotham</p>

Gotham

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Review: 'Gotham' - 'Rogues' Gallery'

Jim investigates a crime at his new job, Selina and Ivy find a place to crash, and Penguin learns a lesson

A quick review of tonight's "Gotham" — and thoughts on future reviewing plans for the show — coming up just as soon as I believe a giant bullfrog lives in my abdomen, controlling my thoughts...

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<p>Girls</p>

Girls

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HBO renews 'Girls' for season 5

Lena Dunham comedy's fourth season debuts this Sunday

Days before the premiere of the fourth season of "Girls," HBO has ordered a fifth.

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<p>Agent Carter</p>

Agent Carter

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Review: 'Marvel's Agent Carter' swings into the big band era

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Hayley Atwell a treat in TV spin-off of 'Captain America: The First Avenger'

One of the smartest things Marvel has done with its movie output is to let each film exist as its own entity. There are callbacks to previous films, and hints about future ones, but you don't have to have seen "Thor" to appreciate "Iron Man 3" (or vice versa), and the movies represent many different genres, sometimes even within an individual series, like how "Captain America: The First Avenger" is a retro war movie, while "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is a paranoid spy thriller.

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<p>Terry Crews on Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Terry Crews on Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Beach House'

Captain Holt tags along to the squad's weekend beach retreat

A review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I hate a whole new genre of music...

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<p>Galavant</p>

Galavant

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Series premiere talkback - 'Galavant'

What did everybody think of ABC's new musical comedy?

I posted my review of ABC's "Galavant" on Friday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched tonight's two episodes, what did you think? Did you enjoy the songs? (And find yourself humming along as they repeated?) Did you like Galavant himself? Laugh at King Richard? Were you amused by John Stamos as Jean Hamm? And will you watch again?

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<p>Galavant</p>

Galavant

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Review: ABC's 'Galavant' has catchy songs, off-key comedy

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A musical fairy tale from the "Tangled" team

A couple of seasons ago, ABC debuted a show called "The Neighbors" where the pilot seemed less like a sitcom than a practical joke ABC boss Paul Lee was perpetrating on TV critics and the audience at large: We're ABC, and we can schedule anything we want after "Modern Family"(*) and have it do okay! Even a sitcom about aliens named after famous athletes!

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Most anticipated returning TV shows of 2015: 'Americans,' 'Mad Men' and more
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Most anticipated returning TV shows of 2015: 'Americans,' 'Mad Men' and more

Get ready to say goodbye to 'Mad Men,' 'Parks and Recreation' & more

Get ready to spend a lot of 2015 saying goodbye to long-running TV shows. In a TV season that's already had series finales for "Boardwalk Empire," "Sons of Anarchy" and "The Newsroom," the next few months will bring to an end some all-time classics ("Mad Men," "Parks and Recreation"), some shows that could achieve greatness at times ("Justified," "Parenthood," "Cougar Town," "Nurse Jackie"), former pop culture sensations ("Glee," "Two and a Half Men"), and even some shows that flew under the radar but had an awful lot of fun doing so ("Strike Back"), among others.

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