Modern Family resolves its love triangle, and finds comfort in familiarity

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After spending much of last week’s episode indulging in rather meaningless storylines, this week’s episode of Modern Family, “Torn Between Two Lovers,” gets back to one of the season’s predominant bits of conflict, which is the love triangle developing between Haley, her boyfriend Arvin, and her old and incredibly…

ABC moves forward with NYPD Blue sequel series about Sipowicz's son 

In what seems a little like the TV equivalent of releasing an album of “new” music shortly after a musician’s death, ABC has begun developing a pilot for an NYPD Blue sequel series just over six months after the death of NYPD Blue co-creator Steven Bochco. This comes from Variety, which says the new show will revolve…

Laurie Metcalf takes the lead in ABC's first look at The Conners 

The Roseanne-less Roseanne spin-off The Conners is staying weirdly mum on plot details, but a new teaser posted to the show’s Twitter account offers a teensy peek into whatever ABC is cooking up. The good news? It’s heavy on the weary, neurotic Aunt Jackie, played here by the hilarious (and Oscar-nominated) Laurie…

Roseanne Barr claims her character will die from an "opioid overdose" on The Conners

During a recent interview on YouTube show Walk Away (via Entertainment Weekly), Roseanne Barr claimed that her Roseanne character is going to die off-screen from “an opioid overdose” on ABC’s rebooted revival show The Conners. Barr called the decision “cynical and horrible,” noting that she had decided to introduce a…

How did Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. go from pop-culture behemoth to scrappy underdog? 

In 100 Episodes, The A.V. Club examines the shows that made it to that number, considering both how they advanced and reflected the medium and what contributed to their popularity and/or longevity. This entry covers Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., which has run for five seasons and 11o episodes from 2013 to now,…

Everything about ABC's Roseanne spin-off The Conners is TOP SECRET for some reason

When ABC decided to reboot its Roseanne revival without its eponymous lead (who had been fired for being racist on Twitter), the path seemed pretty straightforward: Just do everything exactly the same as they would’ve had Roseanne Barr not been fired, but replace everything she would’ve said with someone else saying…

Reject ABC’s Proposal, reality TV for those who find The Bachelor too intellectual

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“What you are about to see has never been attempted before on television.” With this baldfaced lie, ex-NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer kicks off a reality TV show where a bunch of women reveal their personalities (and bodies) to a guy hidden behind a wall whom they know nothing about, and hope he’ll propose to them.…

Kenya Barris to ABC: "You hired a monster and then you asked why the monster was killing villagers"

It continues to feel a bit like ABC somehow dodged a bullet—albeit, one it had, first, carefully aimed at its own big dumb head—with this whole Roseanne situation, as critics, fans, and even members of their own corporate family express their vague relief that the network was willing to cancel its most successful…

ABC is still quietly trying to brainstorm ways to do Roseanne without Roseanne

Ever since ABC found itself in the unenviable position of canceling the most-watched scripted series on network TV—admittedly, through its own willingness to let a Twitter-equipped scorpion go crawling around on its back, just waiting to poison the entire enterprise with one more-honest-than-usual tweet—there’s been a…