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Deaths on 'Tyrant'

Thursday, 21 July 2016 08:58

SPOILER ALERT: This post includes spoilers for Wednesday's episode of "Tyrant" on FX. You've been warned.

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There are TV shows where it's clear the creators had a road map ("Penny Dreadful," "Babylon 5") and TV series where it's clear they were making it up as they went along ("Lost"). After the first three episodes of its third season, it's pretty clear FX's "Tyrant" falls in the latter category.

After all, why introduce the military leader bastard son Rami (Keon Alexander) of Jamal (Ashraf Barhom), only to kill Rami off with no ramifications? No one seemed to care when he died because it happened at the same time Molly and Emma came under attack. Rami seemed like he might become a major player when he was introduced in season two but after spending all that time establishing his character, to see him go down with no repercussions is disappointing. Did the actor become unavailable? Or did the writers just not have a place for him once they decided to kill Jamal?

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Post-Gazette online features editor Sharon Eberson and media writer Maria Sciullo join me to discuss the 2016 Emmy nominations, Netflix's "Stranger Things" and USA's "Mr. Robot."

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There's a lot shaking this week in children's television, including our exclusive preview video of PBS's "Odd Squad: The Movie" (8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 1, WQED-TV) from the South Side's Fred Rogers Company and Disney Channel's premiere of its first Latina princess show, the "Sofia the First" spin-off, "Elena of Avalor" (7 p.m. Friday, Disney Channel).

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Working realism into HBO's 'Ballers'

Monday, 18 July 2016 08:26

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- “Ballers” (10 p.m. Sunday, HBO) returned for its second season over the weekend as it continues to explore the relationship between football star turned financial manager Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) and his clients.

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Post-Gazette online features editor Sharon Eberson and media writer Maria Sciullo join me to discuss "The Night Of," "The Great British Baking Show" and summer TV viewing habits.

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'Mr. Robot' reboots for season two

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 07:23

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SPOILER ALERT for season one of "Mr. Robot” (10 tonight, USA): When the series returns for its second season this week, the show will deal with the fallout of cyber-security engineer Elliot (Rami Malek, pictured above) discovering that hacker Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) is not real but Elliot’s delusion.

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TV review: 'Mr. Robot' season two

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 17:35

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USA Network's "Mr. Robot," returning with a two-episode premiere Wednesday at 10 p.m., is less a show to watch than it is a series to marinate in and ruminate upon.

As much as I admired the show for its audacity in its first season, I didn't always follow what was going on, which was somewhat intentional since lead character Elliot doesn't always know what's real and what isn't. After a season of that, it's easier to accept season two of "Mr. Robot," which comes off as less confusing but just as beautifully produced.

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Children on the autism spectrum have been showcased in prime-time dramas before – most notably on NBC’s “Parenthood” – but usually as secondary characters. British import “The A-Word” (10 p.m. Wednesday, SundanceTV) puts a child on the spectrum front-and-center in a warm-hearted series that capably captures the worries of parents reacting to recognizable symptoms of autism.

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