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ABC's 'Black Box': The craziest, least-crazy show on TV

Oh boy. Guys, I do not know what to do with Black Box, ABC’s new medical drama. (Yes, the show is about neither airplanes nor experimental theater; yes, its protagonist’s last name is “Black”; yes, this is a titling convention that must be stopped immediately.)

When its logical left brain is in control, Black Box is an utterly conventional, thoroughly dull entry in the over-saturated “Insufferable Genius” genre. But when the show’s crazy right brain takes over, it’s a jaw-dropping, over-the-top campfest with true potential to fill the Smash-sized hole in your (read: my) heart.

Neither version is good, per se, but one is at least interesting. Which, though, will prevail in the long run? Let’s examine the show’s chart (medical reference!) to find out. READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation' finale ending: What did you think?

[SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this story until you have watched tonight's season finale of Parks and Recreation.]

So… that happened. Or will happen three years from now. READ FULL STORY

'Bad Teacher' review: Ari Graynor deserves better

I had high hopes for Bad Teacher, an adaptation of the perfectly okay 2011 Cameron Diaz movie, because of its star Ari Graynor. She was such an original mess — blowsy and sloppy and cool all at the same time — in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and the new CBS show that premieres on Thursday seemed like the perfect vehicle for her talents. And while she is well-suited to the role, the show is not yet worthy of her — or her fine supporting cast’s — talents. READ FULL STORY

David Alan Grier introduces his new book, 'How to Tell Black People Apart,' on 'Kimmel' -- VIDEO

In an attempt to promote his new show, Bad Teacher, David Alan Grier paid Jimmy Kimmel a little visit last night. But before they discussed the series, Grier wanted to take a moment to promote a new passion project of his — an educational book he’d written. (Well, not really. But just go with it.)

Inspired by that horrible interview where Samuel L. Jackson was mistaken for Laurence Fishburne, Grier wrote How to Tell Black People Apart.

That’s right: Grier has developed a method by which everyone can finally tell the difference between Kanye West and Puff Daddy. It’s a book that “will help you discriminate without discriminating.”

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Stephen Colbert stops by 'The Daily Show' to say goodbye -- VIDEO

Stephen Colbert stopped by Jon Stewart’s show Wednesday to tell the Daily Show host what we already knew: He’s leaving The Colbert Report.

Why? Because “it’s become clear to me that I’ve won television,” Colbert told Stewart before blowing kisses to a cheering audience.

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'Arrow' recap: Mama knows best

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched the April 23 episode of Arrow, stop reading now! Seriously. Stop. You’ll regret it. Don’t even glance down a little bit. I mean it.

Wow. Just wow. For some reason, it never occurred to me that Slade would re-enact Ollie’s island choice with Thea and Moira, but it made perfect sense. That being said, his decision to do it with the world’s biggest sword — that appeared as if from nowhere — was interesting, but that doesn’t matter right now. No matter how it happened, Moira is dead, and I’m heartbroken. She sacrificed herself for her children, and my heart is still pounding. Before it stops beating altogether, let’s rehash what just happened: READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan': And the eliminated contestant is...

Dalton Ross won’t be in this week to serve up your usual dose of Survivor recap pandemonium, but luckily for us all, there wasn’t too much pandemonium to be had this week. [SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read on unless you’ve already watched tonight’s episode of Survivor: Cagayan.] READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' workout plan will give you Kingslayer abs

Don’t let the completely engrossing saga of Game of Thrones make you a couch potato for the next seven weeks. The folks over at TotalBeauty.com have come up with a great way to stay in shape while you watch Daenerys liberate slaves and Tyrion sit in jail.

From the looks of this workout, there will be plenty of lunges in your future — and thankfully, you didn’t start during last week’s episode or else Jaime and Cersei would have had you lunging double-time.

Check out the fitness routine below: READ FULL STORY

'Nashville' joins proud tradition of unorthodox clip shows: 5 more that stand out

So it’s come to this: A Nashville clip show.

Kinda. On Wednesday, instead of another soapy installment of country-fried drama, ABC will air an hourlong “On the Record Music Special” — during which Nashville cast members will “take the stage to perform show favorites then sit down in the Bluebird Café for acoustic performances and an intimate look at the songwriting process with the songwriters themselves.”

In other words, this is Nashville‘s spin on one of television’s oldest, most reliable hole-pluggers and money-savers: the clip show. Like clip shows of old, this one will be centered on previously-seen material (every song to be performed has already appeared on Nashville); unlike, say, that episode of Friends where Ross and Rachel contemplate their relationship on the even of his wedding to Emily, the Nashville special won’t simply intersperse a few new scenes with a bunch of old ones and call it a day. Which got me thinking: Which other series have found ways to invigorate the clip show formula, adhering to its basic rules while presenting something innovative and exciting? The five best answers I could come up with:

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'John From Cincinnati' is not on HBO Go or Amazon Prime, and it should be

So HBO is coming to Amazon. This is good news, I think, insofar as anything that makes the great shows of the HBO Renaissance available to more people is good news. I’m a TV obsessive of a certain age — definition of “a certain age” freely covering anyone who remembers when “TV is better than movies” was an argument that you had to make, when TV-on-DVD was the technological forefront, and when the notion of “downloading” a TV show didn’t seem needlessly wasteful of valuable hard drive space. READ FULL STORY

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