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Sam Thielman

Five Shows Premiering This Winter That You Need to See

Good stuff from CBS to Amazon

Another new year, another bumper crop of slots on your DVR waiting to be filled with shows that haven't been canceled or started to smell funny after a few episodes.…

The Long, Strange, Impossible Journey That Brought Archer to Television

Creator Adam Reed's story is as odd and surprising as any given episode

Really, the best way to get a gig that eventually lands you in the driver's seat of the funniest show on TV is to walk into Turner headquarters in Atlanta…

The Colbert Report Is Dead. Long Live Stephen Colbert

His act will never be the same, but it was never the same to begin with

In his second night as host of The Colbert Report, Oct. 18, 2005, Stephen Colbert made a joke that wasn't really a joke. Over the course of the show's run,…

5 Ways Television Changed Dramatically in 2014

For ratings, reality TV and streaming, it was a wild year

Television advertising has been a pretty conservative marketplace: You buy Nielsen ratings, you make 30-second advertisements and sometimes you buy product placement. But the sudden ascent of non-Nielsen-rated content has created…

As Coke Exits American Idol After 13 Seasons, an Iconic Show's Future Looks Grim

Viewership is a fraction of its 2006 prime

If American Idol was in rough shape before (which it was), it's looking at an even bleaker future now that Coca-Cola has publicly said it won't be supporting the reality…

The 10 Best New TV Shows of the Year

Unearthing 2014's surprising, satirical and sublimely dark gems

At the end of every great TV series—The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, The Wire, 30 Rock—somebody usually jumps to declare the Golden Age of Television at an end, and somehow that…

Will Dish's AutoHop Die by Inches After the CBS Deal?

Network gets to abstain from ad-skipping software

Maybe the most interesting facet of CBS' deal with Dish Network, finally reached on Saturday morning after CBS was blacked out on the company's systems Friday evening, is its exemption…

Presenting the Winners of the Television Hot List

It was a big year for HBO

NBC's Peter Pan Didn't Even Come Close to The Sound of Music

A 2.3 in the demo isn't bad, but it still loses the night

Though what seemed like all of Twitter live-hated NBC's broadcast of the Peter Pan stage play, starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken, it was still better than a typical Tuesday…

Comcast Tells FCC It's the Victim and Netflix Is the Villain

Cable giant says streaming service slowed itself and pays only 'trivial' access fees

Comcast is tired of Netflix, that's for sure. The cable giant had to answer a number of difficult questions from the Federal Communications Commission last week after Netflix objected in the…

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