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Final Exit

Mary Kills People goes dark; The Handmaid's Tale goes darker.

Robot Roll Call!

Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns; Fargo spins another frozen fable.

Idiot Proof

Idiotsitter and Better Call Saul return; The Gorburger Show tweaks the talk.

Locked-Up Abroad

Prison Break returns for another escape; Brockmire hits the strike zone.
Return: Make that Prison Break: Resurrection, because the "dead" Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) is actually alive in another prison—this time in Yemen, like that matters.

What a Drag

RuPaul's Drag Race returns to make America great again; Harlots hooks historically.
RuPaul's Drag Race moves from niche network Logo to the slightly more mainstream VH1. What does this mean?

Ham Fist

Marvel's Iron Fist packs little punch; Into the Badlands delivers the kung-fu action.
Of all the Netflix/Marvel adaptations, I was most looking forward to Iron Fist, one of my favorite comic-book titles from back in the day.

Couples, Retreat

Love returns for another shot at commitment; Trial & Error is only the latter.
Love Friday, March 10 (Netflix) Season Premiere: In its 2016 debut season, Judd Apatow's Love received wildly mixed reviews from real people and TV critics (who, it should always be noted, are not real people) alike. I was on the positive side—but, then again, I also liked Will Arnett's universally despised Netflix baby Flaked, so there's obviously something wrong with me. Love birds Micky (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus (Paul Rust) still aren't exactly right, either, but they're giving the committed-relationship thing a go with predictably messy/hilarious/sad results.

Time Wasters

Making History re-resets America; Time After Time ticks away.
the current TV season's glut of time-travel shows finally lightens up with Making History, even though the timeline-twisting consequences are no less dire.

Bad Hombres

The Blacklist: Redemption spies hard; Taken is a piss-poor prequel.
fans are asking, "How's this spinoff going to work?" while casual viewers are curious to know, "How many encoded tattoos can she fit on her body?"

Baby, One Meh Time

Britney Ever After is cheap and unnecessary; Billions is back.
As a musical artist, Britney Spears made a decent pop icon. She barely contributed to the writing of any her own music, and her singing is at maybe a semi-pro karaoke level. Her perpetual "comebacks" and attempts at being "edgy" are as laughable as they are tiresome.

Goodbye, Girls

Lena Dunham's Girls begins the end; the robots return in Humans.
Season Premiere: Yes, Girls creator/star Lena Dunham has made some astoundingly stupid statements on social media—isn't that what it's for?—but she's also cranked out a half-dozen solid seasons of an HBO series, so she's far more than just a "privileged snowflake."

Comics Relief

Powerless lives on the DC Comics fringe; Santa Clarita Diet is delicious.

Series Debut: Rebooted before it even premiered: Powerless, which exists somewhere within the DC Comics universe, was originally a deadpan workplace comedy à la The Office, about an insurance firm that handled cases of civilians affected by superhero-vs.-supervillain battles—real catastrophic damage.

Archie, Darkly

Riverdale delivers twisted teen noir; iBoy installs a vigilante upgrade.
The gang's all here, including a ripped-but-sensitive Archie (K.J. Apa), a mysterious Jughead (Cole Sprouse), a jittery Betty (Lili Reinhart), a seductive Veronica (Camila Mendes) and an ambitious Pussycats-fronting Josie (Ashleigh Murray), and they all arrive as surprisingly fleshed-out characters.

Double-Down Clown

Baskets is still weird and wonderful; Beaches ... why?
Aspiring artiste Chip Baskets (Galifianakis) flunks out of a prestigious French clown academy and returns home to uncultured Bakersfield to become a crestfallen rodeo clown.

Dinner Pests

My Kitchen Rules is half-baked; Homeland and Teachers return.
This is what the "celebrity" competition show has come to: a cook-off.

Crazy Cool

Crazyhead reinvigorates the demon dramedy; Tom Hardy is Taboo.
When 20-something Bristolian Amy (Cara Theobold) discovers she's a "seer" who can recognize the demon-possessed hiding among us, she forms an at-first-unlikely alliance with fellow seer-turned-hunter Raquel (Susan Wokoma); much ass-whipping and sass-quipping ensue.

Stay Tuned

Kicking off 2017 with 17 new TV series.
(Sunday, Jan. 1, Fox) Broke lowlife Mickey (Kaitlin Olson, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) gets stuck raising the kids of her just-incarcerated rich sister.

TV Done Right

16 of the best shows of 2016.
These 16 shows are binge-worthy alternatives to holiday family time—Merry Xmas!

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