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Sunday October 27th, 2013

Splitting the Final Season: ‘Breaking Bad’ Did It, ‘Mad Men’ Is Doing It, But Is It a Good Thing to Do?

By Rachel Bennett
Contributor

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As AMC’s Breaking Bad slowly fades into TV history, the cable network still has one crown jewel in Mad Men. However, AMC won’t have its hold on the drama much longer, as Mad Men‘s final season is just around the corner — or is it?

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Wednesday February 6th, 2013

The Top 10 TV Pilots Of The Last 10 Years

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

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Last week’s pilot of NBC’s “Jekyll and Hyde” drama Do No Harm premiered to disastrously low ratings.

Although The Office and the series finale of the beloved 30 Rock would seem like promising lead-ins for any show, audiences apparently unified in switching their TV sets off at 10 p.m.

Do No Harm, starring Steven Pasquale as a bipolar doctor, posted the lowest ratings ever for a broadcast scripted series premiere during the regular season, raking in a 0.9 rating in the key demo. Adding to its list of accomplishments, it was also the least-watched drama in TV history among total viewers, drawing only 3.1 million viewers.

Of course, it had some tough competition, namely CBS’s Elementary and ABC’s Scandal. However, it’s likely the pilot’s performance will bury the series after just one week on the tube.

Do No Harm’s performance got us thinking: What are some of the best pilots in recent memory? Here’s a list of the 10 best pilots of the past decade:

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Sunday January 27th, 2013

Why ‘The Good Wife’ Can, And Should, Take A Risk This Season

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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CBS’s The Good Wife is undoubtedly one of the best series on TV, but its fourth season has been a little … off.

Most of this is due to the storyline featuring Kalinda’s (Archie Panjabi) husband, Nick (Marc Warren), which gave us insight into a character that was best left a mystery.

Creators Robert King and Michelle King quickly realized the err of their ways regarding the plot, ending it sooner than later as a result of unfavorable reactions.

“Some characters you actually don’t want to see that much backstory. We’re adjusting,” Robert King said in October. “No matter where we went, this was not a place where the audience wanted to go … We’re not complete dilettantes when it comes to storytelling. When your audience is either a) falling asleep or b) provoked, you kind of want to continue the story you’re telling, but pace it up a bit and finish the story earlier than you thought originally.”

Since the The Good Wife returned Jan. 6 and gotten rid of Nick, it’s improved, but some critics are still taking issue with the drama.

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Tuesday January 22nd, 2013

Deserving And Early Emmy Award Prospects For A Perfect World

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

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The nominees of last year’s 64th Primetime Emmy Awards were filled with critical darlings, obvious snubs and a few fresh faces.

While the freshman class of nominees didn’t make a huge splash — unless your name is Homeland (Showtime) or the one-shot Game Change (HBO) — it did show the Academy is willing to recognize some breakout talent.

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards won’t air until Sept. 22 on CBS, and the nominations won’t be announced until July 18, but it’s not too soon to consider potential nominees.

This season’s TV has already offered up some amazing performances, and the competition for the prized golden statues is sure to be heated. Unfortunately, for series that aren’t as popular as other shows or air their seasons long before the voting period, great performances can get overlooked.

Here’s a look at some fantastic performances we’ve seen so far on TV this year — ones I hope the Emmys won’t soon forget.

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Thursday January 3rd, 2013

The Top 13 Most Anticipated TV Series of 2013

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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Now that 2012 is behind us, it’s time to look forward to what 2013 has to offer.

Specifically, what TV should we check out this year? When taking into account new and returning shows, there’s a lot to choose from — and it’s a little overwhelming.

After careful consideration, I’ve chosen 13 series, new and old, that I can’t wait to check out. Take a look below that the top 13 most anticipated TV series of 2013, and let me know what you think!

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Sunday December 16th, 2012

He Said, She Said: Golden Globe Nominations

By Rachel Bennett & Carson Blackwelder
Television Editor & Columnist, Television Contributor

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With the Emmys behind us, it’s time to focus on the Golden Globes.

The 2013 Golden Globe nominations were announced Thursday to much surprise and some bewilderment, as occurs with most award shows. The ceremony will take place Jan. 13 and will be hosted by the dream team of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

We here at ScottFeinberg.com loved some of the nominations, but we’re still shaking our heads over some people and shows that are missing. Take a look at our thoughts on the Golden Globes below:
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Friday December 7th, 2012

TV Rewind: ‘Breaking Bad’ Grabs Guild Noms, ‘The Killing’ Scribes Return, Sterling ‘Girls’ Trailer Hits The Web

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements, and gossip!

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TOP STORIES

• The 2013 Writers Guild Awards nominees are out, with AMC’s Breaking Bad emerging as the most-nominated program. The drama received five nominations (You know what this means).

• AMC’s The Killing appears to be officially coming back, as showrunner Veena Sud as well as executive producers Nicole Yorkin and Dawn Prestwich are writing the third season.

• Oh boy, am I excited for the new season of HBO’s Girls ever since the first trailer debuted online.

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Saturday October 27th, 2012

Can The Pace of TV Shows Ever Be Too Fast?

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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Despite all of the amazing shows on Sunday nights, the evening is about one series for me: Showtime’s Homeland.

Come 10 p.m., I’m glued to my TV screen — especially this week, after [SPOILER ALERT] the CIA detained Brody (Damian Lewis) in the last episode.

This twist came much sooner than expected, which made it so great. In fact, many of this season’s events arrived earlier than most series would attempt to execute them: Saul (Mandy Patinkin) finding Brody’s confession tape, Jessica (Morena Baccarin) discovering Brody’s a Muslim and kicking him out of the house, and Carrie (Claire Danes) telling Brody she loved him.

The second series of the hit drama is only four episodes into its 12-episode season, and a season’s worth of material has already been told. Could Saul have not found Brody’s confession until the middle of the season? Yes. Could Carrie and Brody have kept using each other for information for a few more episodes? Yes. Could Homeland have waited until the finale to capture Brody? Yes.

In fact, most shows follow such a pace, but Homeland is turning a program’s progression — and audience’s expectations — on their heads.

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Wednesday October 24th, 2012

The Top 10 Supporting Characters On TV Now (And the 5 Best From Series On Hiatus)

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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Of all the top 10 lists I compiled so far, this one is undoubtedly the most difficult for me.

Choosing the best supporting characters on TV is not an easy task because there are too many fantastic second-hand roles out there. Writers no longer just focus on the lead. Instead, they’re learning to flesh out the supporting players to make series even better, and in several cases, these parts and the actors who fill them steal every scene.

This list, however, is more about the characters than the actors — these roles are already so colorful on the page that you can’t ignore them.

But as I said, I stressed over this list, so I couldn’t limit it to just 10. Here are the 10 best characters on TV right now and the five best from series on hiatus:

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Monday September 24th, 2012

EMMYS 2012: 7 Lessons to Take Away from the Ceremony

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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The 64th Primetime Emmys have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t stopped thinking, over-analyzing, cursing and celebrating them.

If you checked out the live-blog moderated by TV contributor Carson Blackwelder and myself, then you know we were equally surprised (Damian Lewis of Showtime’s Homeland) and bored by the winners (ABC’s Modern Family) Sunday night.

After taking some time to reflect on the ceremony, here are seven takeaways from the awards:

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