TV

Roseanne’s new script

Television | ABC’s reboot of Roseanne may be ideologically muddled, but it honestly explores America’s cultural divides
by Megan Basham
Posted 4/12/18, 01:16 pm

It’s hard to separate hype from content with ABC’s enormously successful revival of Roseanne. The show’s ratings are, as President Donald Trump might say, yuuuuge, with 27 million viewing the first episode.

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Misdirected morals

Television | NBC series Rise rails against the ‘repression’ of adolescent sexual identity
by Laura Finch
Posted 3/29/18, 02:53 pm

Has Hollywood ever given us an unsympathetic high-school English teacher? Viewers of the NBC drama Rise will find themselves wishing to root for the show’s central character, Lou Mazzuchelli, an English teacher taking charge of his small-town high school’s theater program. But sympathetic or not, Lou leads this drama in the wrong direction.

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Police and the people

Television | Netflix documentary series Flint Town reveals a city in need
by Bob Brown
Posted 3/15/18, 01:12 pm

The media spotlight on Flint, Mich., during its water crisis largely dimmed after visiting presidential candidates delivered their promises to residents and departed. The new Netflix documentary series Flint Town renews attention for the beleaguered city, focusing not on the water crisis, but on police-community relations.

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