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At Midnight Is A Good Time

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A scene from @Midnight Show

One new show I’ve been digging this winter is @Midnight on Comedy Central. It is shown at Midnight (natch) after The Colbert Report and is hosted by hot Internet star Chris Hardwick. It’s a ‘game show’ made of a panel of three comedians riffing on whatever pop culture thing is found on the Internet the day of the show. While I know the game part of the show is bogus, I have a great time watching it. It’s reminds me of hanging with my friends and shooting the breeze.
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No I Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne

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Andrew Mayne

Andrew Mayne is a magician, illusion designer and filmmaker. He has worked for Penn & Teller and the Amazing Randi. He has a new show on A&E titled ‘Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne‘. I normally like magic shows but for some reason Mayne’s show rubs me the wrong way. The way the show is shot and edited actually makes the illusions seem fake or staged.
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Intelligence Is A Popcorn Action Spy Show

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Josh Holloway and Meghan Ory in a scene from the pilot of ‘Intelligence’

Tuesday night I got to watch the pilot episode of Intelligence on CBS. This was one of the mid-season shows I’ve been waiting to start and now that it is here, I enjoyed it. It reminded me of the classic The Six Million Dollar Man show from back in the 1970s. Although the main character in this new show doesn’t have super human strength, one of the plot lines is the guy dealing with the technology he has in his brain. You should check it out if you can.
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Most Cable Channels Are Worthless

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logo for Rehab Addicy on DIY channelCable TV is expensive. Most standard packages include hundreds of channels but you have to ask yourself, are those channels worth it. The current pricing scheme the industry uses means your hundred dollar payment supports a lot of filler material that seem to me to be only a video version of radio – something you turn on for background noise when cleaning the house or changing the oil in your car. Most cable channels aren’t worth your time or expense.
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New TV Season About How I Thought It Would Be

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The Cannon giving his grandson bad advice

We are a month into the new television season and it’s going about how I expected it. Some of the shows I didn’t care for I didn’t like and some got canceled right away and the ones I thought I would like, I did. There were a couple of new shows that I feel broke out from the crowd and one still to be seen.
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Sleepy Hollow: Entertaining Craziness

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Katia Winter, Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, and Orlando Jones from ‘Sleepy Hollow’ (2013)

Monday night, FOX debuted the new show ‘Sleepy Hollow’. They bill it as a mystery-adventure drama but comes off as an entertaining crazy-fest mixing the supernatural and historical events. Don’t mistake this for anything more than a free-for-all rather than a serious alternative history show. I don’t normally watch or enjoy supernatural based shows but this one I could watch again just to see how off the rails it gets. It isn’t a waste of time, yet.
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Two Fox Comedies Debuted. One Is Better Than The Other

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Logo for the FOX NetworkTuesday night had the premiere of two new comedies on FOX. ‘Dads’ and ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ won’t the set the TV world on fire but in my view they weren’t terrible. It is tough to judge a new show based only on the first episode, but I thought Brooklyn Nine-Nine was slightly better. I do think both shows have promise.
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Under The Dome Is WTF Television

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poster for Under the DomeOne of the TV shows I’ve been watching this summer is ‘Under the Dome’ on CBS. The show has grown on me as it shrugs off the usual tropes of series television. It is one part dystopian drama and one part supernatural mystery. It has been creating many ‘WTF’ moments for me in its first season even though I don’t think the show has much of a long term life after the novelty wears off.
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