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V.24 No.13 | 3/26/2015

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Sometimes Dead Is Better

“iZombie” on The CW

The CW enlists crime-solving dead people for “iZombie.”
V.24 No.12 | 3/19/2015

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Game & Watch

“Powers” on PlayStation Network

SonyPlaystation gets in on the TV game with superhero series “Powers.”
V.24 No.4 | 1/22/2015

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Nazi TV

“The Man in the High Castle” on Amazon

Amazon Studios explores Philip K. Dick’s alternate America in “The Man in the High Castle.”
V.23 No.17 | 4/24/2014

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True Story

“Fargo” on FX

Coen brothers hit hits the small screen with FX’s “Fargo.”
V.22 No.28 | 7/11/2013

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Major Dome-O

“Under the Dome” on CBS

In a season filled with reruns, reality shows, sub-par Canadian dramas and concert specials, CBS brings a much-welcome change with “Under the Dome,” based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name.
V.22 No.17 | 4/25/2013

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Television is Dead

“Zombieland” on Amazon

Network television took another hard hit to the family jewels when Netflix started cranking out original series (“House of Cards,” “Hemlock Grove,” the upcoming “Arrested Development”). Now Amazon is getting in on the action as well, producing an entire network’s worth of shows without so much as a television in sight. Is television dead as a medium? Hard to say just yet. But there are now plenty of other places—besides your television set—to watch bad TV.

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V.22 No.13 | 3/28/2013

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Check In

“Bates Motel” on A&E

Unbeknownst to all but the most dedicated of TV viewers, NBC tried making a TV series out of director Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho in 1987. That aborted version of “Bates Motel” starred Bud Cort (Harold and Maude) as Norman Bates’ roommate at the lunatic asylum, who gets out and reopens his kill-crazy pal’s old roadside haunt. For better or worse (mostly the former), the pilot movie (still unavailable on DVD) never got picked up for a full series. Now A&E is trying again, rebooting writer Robert Bloch’s familiar oedipal plotline as a weekly cable series.

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