ABC Family declares family passé—Freeform be coming for “Becomers”

After a period of soul-searching that unearthed some difficult truths about identity and the long-term viability of TV cancer patients not named Walter White, ABC Family has decided it’s leaving the “Family” behind. Beginning January 2016, the network once known as Fox Family (and The Family Channel before that, and…

Breaking Bad and beyond: TV series finales that satisfied

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

So… what’s good?: 26 current TV series worth binge-watching this weekend

“So what’s good?” is the question those who watch a lot of TV for a living are asked perhaps more often than any other. But with the proliferation of networks and streaming services offering exciting and intriguing programming, it’s harder and harder to keep up with all the good TV out there. For purposes of this…

The cast of Bunheads taped a sad, choreographed farewell to their show and fans

A good portion of the cast of Bunheads came together earlier this month to say goodbye to their long-maligned but much beloved ABC family show and to tape a danceable farewell message for fans. The result, available over on Buzzfeed's site, is nothing short of heartbreaking. While Sutton Foster, Kelly Bishop, and Emma…

Television Critics Association likes lots of shows but especially Breaking Bad

The Television Critics Association cast its net wide with its awards this year, awarding no particular program twice and voting for two different comedy series as the year’s best, thanks to a tie. The top award—Program of the Year—went to AMC’s Breaking Bad for the first half of its final season, while the award for…

Strike up “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”: Bunheads has been canceled

Looks like ABC Family will let it end that way: After months of deliberation, the network has opted to cancel freshman drama Bunheads. “We took extra time to try and find ways to bring the series back for another season, but in the end it simply wasn’t possible,” said an ABC Family spokesperson quoted by The Hollywood…

So You Think You Can Dance: “Top 20 Perform; 2 Are Eliminated”

Good thing Nigel Lythgoe’s Twitter handle is under his name at the start of this episode, because fans need to bombard @dizzyfeet with tweets letting Nigel know that his choice to have eliminations at the start of this week’s episode is the worst decision in So You Think You Can Dance history. (Yes, even worse than…