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Uncivil discourse: Michelle Wolf comes out swinging with ‘The Break’

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Michelle Wolf is having a good summer. The comedian and former writer for “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “The Daily Show” has quickly emerged as…

Her story: Hannah Gadsby wants us to feel the tension

By JIM SABATASO Correspondent Amid the glut of standup specials out there these days, it takes a lot for one to stand out from the pack. Hannah Gadsby may not…

Family drama: ‘Arrested Development’ nearly returns to form in season 5

By JIM SABATASO Correspondent It’s impossible to talk about “Arrested Development” without talking about Jeffrey Tambor. Under normal circumstances, that would be a good thing. As the corrupt, womanizing jailbird…

A short season of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ is not short on laughs

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Sometimes less is more. That’s the case for the new season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” The Netflix series, which premiered the first six episodes of its…

Farewell, comrade: ‘The Americans’ ends its mission on a solemn note

By JIM SABATASO Correspondent When “The Americans” premiered in 2013, it was a thrilling drama that recalled a bygone time when Soviet spies still meddled in domestic affairs and plotted…

Uncanceled: Should all TV shows be saved?

By JIM SABATASO Correspondent Black Friday, the annual mid-May purge of TV shows ahead of network upfront fall-schedule previews for advertisers, is always a painful ordeal. This year it was…

Island hopping: ‘Archer’ reinvents itself again in season 9

By JIM SABATASO Correspondent Recently, I wrote about how TV series become less enjoyable as they age. As writers run out of original ideas, they tend to recycle or rehash…

Stand-up guy: John Mulaney gets big laughs in ‘Kid Gorgeous’

By JIM SABATASO Correspondent Even if you don’t know John Mulaney, you’ve probably seen his work. From 2008 to 2013, he was a writer on “Saturday Night Live” where, among…

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is essential TV for our cultural moment

Jim Sabataso Correspondent Watching “The Handmaid’s Tale” I often find myself contemplating how a society could let things get that out of hand. I remind myself it’s a work of…

Mind games: ‘Legion’ will expand your consciousness

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Where do I even begin with “Legion”? The FX series, based on the Marvel Comics X-Men character of the same name, is a dense, mind-bending and…