CityBeat - Television http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-235-1-television.html <![CDATA[FXX Revisits Sprinfield's First Family - ]]> Get reacquainted with Marge, Homer, Bart, Lisa and the whole Springfield clan during FXX’s “Every Simpsons Ever” 12-day marathon, which continues through Monday night at midnight.]]> <![CDATA[Goodbye to "Bad Things" and Bon Temps - ]]> With two buzzed-about awards shows coming up this week — Sunday’s VMAs and the Emmys on Monday — this space would typically be dedicated to one of those. In a selfish but necessary decision, I must instead turn to True Blood, which ends its seventh and final season this week.]]> <![CDATA[The Many Faces of Chris Lilley - ]]> Chris Lilley is a master of disguise. The Aussie multi-hyphenate creates, writes, directs and stars in mockumentary-style comedies in which he plays a collection of diverse characters — sometimes all at once. ]]> <![CDATA[The First 'Knick' Is the Deepest - ]]>

While The Knick is a drama, written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, its basis is in true medical history with the earliest surgeons at the start of the 20th century. Director Steven Soderbergh paints a beautifully grotesque picture of New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital, with imagery that leaves viewers covering their eyes … only to peek through their fingers.

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<![CDATA[HBO Expands Summer Doc Series For Year-Round Films - ]]>

Sometimes a true story is far more fascinating than anything Hollywood could dream up. If you’re a fan of interesting documentaries and you’ve already conquered Netflix’s detailed doc genre list, tune into HBO on Monday nights. The network has expanded its popular summer documentary series to a year-round schedule of entertaining, thought-provoking programming.

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<![CDATA[Jonah and Kumail Bring L.A. Live Show to Comedy Central - ]]>

For the past four years, comedians Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani have hosted a weekly show from NerdMelt, a small space in the back of Los Angeles comic book shop Meltdown. Launched by Chris Hardwick (creator of blog/podcast-turned-digital entertainment network The Nerdist; Talking Dead host) — NerdMelt may not be your typical L.A. comedy club.

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<![CDATA[Two New Relationship Comedies Hit FX - ]]> The ups and downs of dating and marriage have long lent themselves to comedic entertainment. From I Love Lucy to Married with Children, it’s fun to watch couples navigate their quirks.]]> <![CDATA[We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby - television, Masters of Sex, Brew Dogs, Wilfred, The Bridge, Welcome to Sweden, Working the Engels, True Blood, Ray Donovan, The Leftovers, The Strain, Nathan For You ]]>

Sex may still be considered a taboo topic in America today, but 60 years ago many were completely in the dark about what was going on “down there.” Researchers Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson pushed to relate activity between the legs to activity between the ears with the science of sex.

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<![CDATA[‘Nathan For You’ and the Sacha Baron Cohen Dilemma - ]]>

Prank shows are nothing new. Candid Camera spanned seven decades, Punk’d targeted celebs and now even Betty White has a prank show for old people called Off Their Rockers. Nathan For You (10:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Comedy Central) is pegged as a prank show or parody of the dime-a-dozen business-rescue programs on today, but it’s actually much more.

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<![CDATA[The Other 98 Percent - ]]>

The haunting trailer for The Leftovers (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. Sunday, HBO) sets the scene perfectly: A busy mom, on the phone, secures her fussy infant son in his car seat before buckling up and heading home. As she details the day’s schedule on the phone, the baby cries in the background.

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<![CDATA[The End of a Campy, Sexy Vampire Era - ]]>

What started as a fun, hot addition to the YA vampire lit craze with a killer concept — the invention of synthetic blood sparks a population of vampires “coming out of the coffin” to mix with the humans they no longer have to feed on to survive — has become quite the crazy train of otherworldly drama.

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<![CDATA[Streaming Series For Your Binge-Watch List - ]]>

With Netflix’s recent premiere taking over blogs, social media and, likely, your computer or TV screen, Orange Is the New Black just might mean streaming is the new TV.

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<![CDATA[(Orange Is the New) Black Friday - ]]>

Jenji Kohan’s dark comedic take on the true story of Piper Kerman’s stint in a federal women’s prison was a runaway hit on Netflix in its 2013 debut. Now Orange Is the New Black is back (full season on Netflix Friday) with another 13 funny, disturbing and thought-provoking episodes.

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<![CDATA[New AMC Drama Explores '80s Wild West of Tech - ]]> While HBO pokes fun at modern day tech start-ups in Silicon Valley, AMC’s newest drama gives viewers a look at the early-1980s “Silicon Prairie” with Halt and Catch Fire.]]> <![CDATA[What the Heart Wants - ]]> This Sunday, HBO offers another look at the early AIDS crisis, also based on true events. The Normal Heart, adapted from Larry Kramer’s semi-autobiographical Tony Award-winning play, explores the social, medical and political responses to an unknown disease attacking the gay population in early-’80s New York City.]]> <![CDATA[Summer TV Preview - ]]> The long-awaited summer is upon us, and with it comes new series and seasons of shows worth checking out between beach vacations and barbecues.]]> <![CDATA['Louie' Is Back in the New York Groove - ]]> After nearly two years off the air, Louie C.K. is back on the small screen, presenting another season of brilliant dark humor with Louie (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Monday, FX).]]> <![CDATA['Daily Show' Alumni Land Big Solo Projects - ]]> The Daily Show has propelled more comics to fame than just host Jon Stewart. Steve Carell, Ed Helms, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver (OK, a lot of white guys) and many others sparked their careers with regular appearances on Comedy Central’s “fake news” show ]]> <![CDATA['Silicon Valley' Delivers Smart Nerd Humor - ]]> Move over, Sheldon. The Big Bang Theory may have helped popularize or mainstream “nerd culture,” but Silicon Valley keeps it real with sharp wit, spot-on tech references and just a touch of social awkwardness — the makings of any true geek.]]> <![CDATA[Breaking 'Mad' - ]]> It’s the beginning of the end for Don Draper, the ’60s and another quality AMC drama as Mad Men (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. Sunday) embarks on the first half of its final chapter. ]]>