If it isn’t love, then The New Edition Story is still pretty entertaining

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BET’s The New Edition Story is a long-awaited revisiting of the Boston group’s legacy, though the “long-awaited” part may only strike a chord if you’re well versed in your R&B offshoots history. Time hasn’t been unkind to the group—Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, and Johnny Gill…

Empire is back, along with its constant threat of becoming a good show

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The conventional wisdom—according to me, anyway—was that Empire would dramatically deflate in the second portion of its bifurcated second season. The storytelling in the first 10 of this season’s 18 episodes was so rudderless and incoherent, I thought surely there was no way Empire could recover from a nearly…

Serayah promoted to Empire series regular, will probably still share stage

The second season of Fox’s Empire will be all about “new music, new money, new power,” but that doesn’t mean that the show (or label) is scrapping all of its current artists. Deadline reports that Serayah, who plays singer Tiana Brown, has been promoted to series regular for season two. Tiana collaborated with and…

Empire: “Die But Once”/“Who I Am”

This insane commercial is shrill, awful, and an affront to basic decency, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It popped into my head as I watched “Die But Once” and “Who I Am” due to how frequently I was typing the phrase “so much stuff” in my notes. One would need an ample army of Stuffies in which to stuff all…

Empire: “Sins Of The Father”

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What is this Empire, where did it come from, and where has it been hiding for all these weeks? The Empire of “Sins Of The Father” bears a resemblance to the show’s past six episodes, but it’s a fundamentally different show. “Sins” is focused, well-paced, and suspenseful. It’s intricate and deliberate instead of being…