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Monday, Nov 3, 2014
by Tish Wells / McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT)
The 1970s have become trendy again on TV.

In BBC America’s six-episode series The Game (Wednesday, 10 p.m. ET), the gray days of the Cold War, the fear of possible nuclear elimination by the Soviet Union is alive and well in the UK, and MI-5, the domestic counter-intelligence agency, is tasked with preventing it.


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Friday, Aug 29, 2014
The work of Dr. Susan Robinson forms the focus of Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's intelligent, conscientious documentary, After Tiller, premiering on PBS' POV series on September 1.

“Of course you don’t want an abortion. Nobody wants an abortion.”


Dr. Susan Robinson provides abortions, in particular, for women in their third trimesters who, for any number of reasons, need to end their pregnancies. Robinson is one of four such providers in the US who do this work, work they once did with Dr. George Tiller and work they now continue to do, after his 2009 murder in his church in Wichita. The work, and more importantly, the people who choose to do it, form the focus of Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s intelligent, conscientious documentary, After Tiller, premiering on PBS’ POV series on September 1.


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Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014
Get a taste of Fall 2014's new shows on Wednesday evenings, with a little analysis on their odds for renewal.

Wednesday nights will be tough for all of the the new series on the major networks this fall. The schedule is full of old favorites that viewers will have to be persuaded to stop watching in order to try something new. The key question here is obvious: are any of these new shows worthy of your time?


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Thursday, Aug 14, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
The one and only Joseph Arthur posted a tribute to comedy genius Robin Williams on his YouTube yesterday. Enjoy.


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Friday, Aug 8, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Enter for your chance to win a copy of the voluminous The Wonder Years: Complete Series, which includes the classic coming-of-age dramedy in its entirety, along with a whole host of extras.

If you’re feeling nostalgic—and, if you’re a fan of The Wonder Years, you probably are—then now is the perfect time to dive back in to the classic late ‘80’s dramedy, which is now being given a deluxe box set edition. The DVD comes with a true embarrassment of riches, spanning two notebooks, each featuring detailed episode information and production photos, as well as a replica yearbook embellished with signatures from cast members, behind-the-scenes photos and classic show memorabilia, and liner notes penned by Fred Savage, series creators Neal Marlens and Carol Black, and executive producer Bob Brush.


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