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Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015
Now with a decent amount of episodes under its belt, we can see that what Larry Wilmore is failing to emphasize is the show's greatest strength: himself.

Filling in the same timeslot as Stephen Colbert is no easy task, although Larry Wilmore, an accomplished TV veteran who gained notoriety in recent years as The Daily Show‘s “Senior Black Correspondent”, doesn’t seem like he’s nervous one bit. Although it was obvious from the onset that Wilmore was more interested in using the Daily Show‘s format for his building blocks instead of the more personality-driven Colbert Report, it seems that there would be no way for him to shake off the undue scrutiny of creating a new show of this kind.


This has proven to be the case, since Wilmore cannot avoid the shadow cast by John Oliver’s monstrous success with HBO’s Last Week Tonight, which expanded Stewart’s trademark “desk monologue” format out into probing, long-form discussions that never once talked down to their audience, using humor and research to educate and inform while never going as far as to cross the partisan divide. From this, it’s easy to see that Stewart’s acolytes have adapted his formula to fit their own needs. Up to this point, all of them were succeeding.


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Monday, Feb 9, 2015
If you missed “music's biggest night”, or just want to relive it, here are all of the performances.

In recent years, the Grammys have prided themselves on offering unique performances, to the point that the original purpose of the ceremony, to hand out awards, often gets lost in the midst. Only nine awards were presented during the three and a half hour long live broadcast, and winners often found themselves cued off of the stage by ominous music. But amongst the 23 live performances there were plenty of debuts, unlikely duets, special guests, and even a few surprises.


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Monday, Feb 9, 2015
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. struck gold with its "Winter Soldier Moment", but Gotham is fooling itself if it thinks it can merely replicate that show's success.

Aimed at giving the caped crusader the Smallville-esque treatment, the Gotham series follows Jim Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) early days in the Gotham Police Department as he investigates the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne.


Despite a promising pilot episode, the first season of Gotham quickly fell off track in terms of quality—not to mention far short of the potential its source material bestows. It’s never been outright terrible, but the series’ habit of repeating its critical storytelling missteps is wearing out the patience and enthusiasm of many viewers. What’s more, the pattern bears a frustrating similarity to the growing pains that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. went through in its first season.


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Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015
PopMatters presents the easiest place to see all of the new Super Bowl ads of 2015.

It’s been estimated that half of all Super Bowl viewers, a potential audience of over 50 million viewers, are only watching for the new commercials. If you happened to miss the big game, or just missed a potentially interesting ad while getting out some more snacks, here’s your chance to catch up. We’ve embedded all the night’s new ads (with the exception of a few movie trailers that have already been online for weeks) and arranged them in order of the biggest trends.


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Monday, Feb 2, 2015
After unprecedented hype, was the big game truly a big deal?

Last year’s game was the most watched television event of all time, so it’s not surprising that Super Bowl XLIX was heavily hyped. For weeks, it seemed as if the national news media could speak of nothing else but the anticipation for and the expectations of the event. Now that everything has been said and done, was it even worth watching? Read on and find out.


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