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The CW's New Shows, From Best to ... Second Best Only two new shows and neither one is bad

The CW is not a large network. Co-owned by CBS and Warner Bros., its target viewers are the teens and twentysomethings who play Minecraft, watch Netflix, work at odd hours…

September 19, 2014, 8:32 PM EDT

NBC's New Fall Shows, From Best to Worst One home run, two that just might make it and a couple of disasters

Last season, for the first time in a long time, NBC was on top. Much of that was due to The Voice, flagship drama The Blacklist and shows that struck…

September 19, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

CBS' New Fall Shows, Ranked From Best to Worst Everything is solid, but some are more solid than others

Today in our week-long roundup of new shows on broadcast, we're looking at CBS, the place to go for young people committing crimes. There are networks that, faced with changing times…

September 18, 2014, 7:16 AM EDT

The New Shows on Fox, Rated From Best to Worst One is great. Some are fixable. One is doomed

Continuing our week-long rundown of broadcast TV's latest and greatest offerings, we now look to Fox. And Fox is in some trouble. The network lost a huge chunk of its audience…

September 16, 2014, 9:48 PM EDT

ABC's New Fall Shows, Rated From Best to Worst A few nice surprises, a few stinkers and one sure-fire hit

Every day between now and Friday, we'll lay out our predictions and opinions on a broadcast network's fall slate, starting today with ABC. ABC finished third in the demo last year (it will always…

September 16, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

ISIS' Sinister Media Strategy, and How the West Is Fighting Back Branding terrorism in the digital age

Here's an ugly truth: ISIS has a really effective brand strategy. Al Qaeda terrorists had a manifesto that claimed to represent the common man (the name means "The Base") and…

September 10, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

Twitter Top 10: Packers-Seahawks Brawl Owns Social Media But Cowboys and 'Niners fans talked more smack

The Seattle Seahawks paddled the Green Bay Packers Thursday evening as the nation watched in horror on NBC, and that ruled the Twittersphere the week of Sept. 1. Though, fans…

September 9, 2014, 7:12 AM EDT

Kids Are Watching the Weirdest Stuff on TV—and It's Not Always From Kids' Networks Telenovelas are among the highest-rated deliverers of kids 6-11

The kids market is a place where fierce competition rages between otherwise cuddly characters like Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse (yes, both are still around, albeit in newer, hipper incarnations),…

September 8, 2014, 10:38 PM EDT

State Department Trolls ISIS With Horrifically Violent Anti-Recruitment Video Part of ongoing 'Think again' effort

The U.S. Department of State has come up with a novel way to deal with the Internet-savvy recruitment strategy undertaken by the terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS). Troll them on YouTube. In…

September 4, 2014, 1:28 PM EDT

Netflix Sides With Government-Run Broadband Providers Asks FCC to allow for 'limitless bandwidth'

Netflix filed a startling comment with the FCC today: the company wants the Telecommunications Act amended to allow for "a pro-consumer policy of limitless bandwidth," or to put it plainly,…

September 3, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

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