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Out of time: NBC’s ‘Timeless’ is a work in progress

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Imagine you possessed a time machine. What would you do with such power? Would you kill Hitler? Save JFK? Invest in Microsoft? And what would be…

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Something to say: ‘Speechless’ is ABC’s latest sitcom win

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent ABC has a knack for family sitcoms. Starting with “Modern Family,” the network has rolled out a string of shows that have largely succeeded with audiences…

Last man standing: ABC’s ‘Designated Survivor’ is a lukewarm political thriller

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent In the U.S. government, the designated survivor is the cabinet-level individual selected to not attend the president’s annual state of the union address. The rationale is,…

Good, not great: ‘The Good Place’ has potential to be a clever network comedy

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Let’s dip our toes back into mainstream network television this week with a look at “The Good Place,” NBC’s new sitcom from “Parks and Recreation” and…

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Family matters: “One Mississippi” mixes laughter and tears

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Dramedy? Tragi-comedy? Sad-com? There’s no good name for the class of half-hour scripted series that have dominated the television landscape over the last several years. “Louie,”…

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Southern exposure: ‘Atlanta’ is standout fall premier

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Donald Glover is a busy guy. Since being hired as a writer on “30 Rock” at the age of 21, he’s been on the move. He’s…

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Action Johnson: ‘Jean Claude Van Johnson’ is an unexpected surprise

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I’m wrapping up Amazon Pilot Season coverage this week with “Jean Claude Van Johnson,” the unexpectedly entertaining new action-comedy starring Jean Claude Van Damme. I’ll admit,…

Love letters: ‘I Love Dick’ is a heady exploration of desire

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent My roundup of Amazon Pilot Season continues this week with “I Love Dick,” a new half-hour series from “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway. The series, based on…

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Spoon!: ‘The Tick’ returns on Amazon Prime

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Long before “The Venture Bros.”’s dark deconstruction the superhero genre, “The Tick” satirized the cape-and-cowl set with absurdist delight. Now, the big blue goon is back,…

‘BoJack Horseman’ gets melancholy in season 3

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent Part showbiz satire, part meditation on the human condition, “BoJack Horseman” is a dense, funny and poignant show that deftly manages massive tonal shifts and hefty…