<p>Lee Pace in Halt and Catch Fire</p>

Lee Pace in Halt and Catch Fire

Credit: AMC

AMC is booting up 'Halt and Catch Fire' season 3 on a new night

By the end of its second season, AMC's Halt and Catch Fire had become one of TV's very best dramas, and the critical reception, coupled with some financial incentives for AMC (which also owns the show), spared it from falling down the Brilliant-But-Canceled rabbit hole. A third season was ordered, and AMC finally announced the premiere date today.

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<p>Jessica Jones, Powers, and Luke Cage</p>

Jessica Jones, Powers, and Luke Cage

Credit: Netflix/Sony

Jessica Jones' creator on the biggest change from comics to her Netflix show

'It's insanely flattering' to see so many of his characters on TV now

After Greg Berlanti and Geoff Johns, few creative types have had as big an influence over the current state of superhero TV than Brian Michael Bendis. Netflix's current line of Marvel Comics shows may as well be called the Bendis Cinematic Universe, since in the comics he co-created Jessica Jones, promoted Luke Cage from Marvel's C-list into the vital character he is today, and wrote one of the definitive modern Daredevil runs. (He also put Iron Fist into the Avengers, though it remains to be seen what comics influences his upcoming Netflix show will draw upon.) He's also co-creator of Powers, a comic about human cops who investigate murders tied to superheroes and villains, and an executive producer of the TV version, which is in the midst of its second season on the PlayStation Network. And during an appearance at the ATX Television Festival earlier this month, Bendis let slip that Cinemax is developing his comic book Scarlet, about a young woman from Portland who starts a violent revolution against what she feels is a corrupt American society.

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<p>Person of Interest</p>

Person of Interest

Credit: CBS

Review: 'Person of Interest' goes out with a bang with 'Return 0'

A belated look at the cyberpunk thriller's series finale

Belated thoughts on last week's Person of Interest series finale (which aired during my vacation) coming up just as soon as I've learned the secret of life and then forgotten it...

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<p>Game of Thrones</p>

Game of Thrones

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Was 'The Winds of Winter' opening the best 'Game of Thrones' sequence ever?

There was an awful lot to unpack in last night's Game of Thrones season finale, which I wrote about at length last night, so Roth Cornet and I dug into all of it in our final GoT Fandemonium chat of the season, starting with my assertion — which admittedly may be a victim of recency bias — that the opening segment in King's Landing was the single best thing the series has ever done. (The video, as usual, is embedded at the top and bottom of this post.)

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<p>Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep</p>

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep

Credit: HBO

Here's what comes next after last night's surprising 'Veep' finale

Showrunner David Mandel explains where Selina goes now

Last night's Veep season-ender went in such an unexpected direction that it had me wondering if this wasn't the second week in a row where a pay cable series aired a surprise series finale.

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<p>Lena Headey in Game of Thrones</p>

Lena Headey in Game of Thrones

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Game of Thrones' paints its masterpiece with 'The Winds of Winter'

Cersei seeks revenge, Dany's army grows, and Jon gets a new title

A review of tonight's Game of Thrones season finale coming up just as soon as I examine the contents of this delicious meat pie...

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<p>Veep</p>

Veep

Credit: HBO

Review: After that 'Veep' finale, what happens next?

Humiliations galore for Selina Meyer
A review of tonight's Veep coming up just as soon as I'm selling a young adult fiction novel about an alternate timeline...

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<p>Silicon Valley</p>

Silicon Valley

Credit: HBO

Season finale review: 'Silicon Valley' tries to take advantage of 'The Uptick'

Can Richard and Erlich save Pied Piper?

A review of tonight's Silicon Valley finale coming up just as soon as I know 400 Satanists in Boston...

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Beyond 'Veep': The greatest big sitcom ensembles of all time

Beyond 'Veep': The greatest big sitcom ensembles of all time

From 'Cheers' to Selina Meyer, the big casts where every member truly counted.

Among the reasons Veep has stayed so vital at its advanced sitcom age is its big and talented and versatile cast. Between the 10 regulars and all the recurring players, the show never runs out of amusing combinations of people to put in a room together to see what will happen.

The fun of watching that group made me think back to other sitcoms with particularly large — at least 7 regular castmembers for the bulk of the run — ensembles, which I talk about in the video embedded at the top and bottom of this post.

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<p>Roadies</p>

Roadies

Credit: Showtime
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Review: Can Cameron Crowe recapture 'Almost Famous' magic with 'Roadies'?

Crowe and the creator of 'My So-Called Life' head to Showtime with Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino

In one of the many famous lines of dialogue Cameron Crowe has written, Dorothy Boyd says of Jerry Maguire, "I love him for the man he wants to be, and I love him for the man that he almost is."

Dorothy is a dreamer, like most of Crowe's heroes and heroines — and, at this stage of his career, like many of his fans. We love Crowe for the storyteller he's trying to be, and almost is, even though we'd have to go all the way back to 2000's Almost Famous for a scripted project where Crowe actually lived up to his full potential as writer and director. With the likes of Elizabethtown and We Bought a Zoo, Crowe fans would look for even the faintest signs of the man who had given us Jeff Spicoli, Lloyd Dobler, Rod Tidwell, Penny Lane, and so many more, and hope for better the next time out. By the time we got to last year's Aloha, even the most die-hard Crowe cultists couldn't really defend — or explain — his latest work, even as they hoped he could at some point rekindle his '80s/'90s groove.

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