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A pair of very different Cold Wars

By Paula Hendrickson  Contributor  There’s a good reason FX is one of the most-viewed channels on my TV. The basic cable network boasts some of television’s best dramas. Whether it’s the disturbingly dark Taboo which aired its season finale…

Tube Talk: Checkout time at Bates Motel

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor Norman (Freddie Highmore) may have killed off his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) last season on Bates Motel, but that doesn’t mean Farmiga’s out of a job. Prominently featured in the creepy promos for the shows…

Tube Talk: New and improved

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor Mid-season is finally here, folks, and it’s about time. While you’re probably busy catching up with returning series like Scandal – which kicked off its sixth season last week – or Syfy’s The Expanse, there…

Tube Talk: TV’s new favorite family

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor One television show kept coming up in conversations over the holidays. NBC’s breakout hit drama, This Is Us. I was hooked from the start. The pilot episode’s big twist (which contains so many clues that upon…

Tube Talk: Rectifying Rectify

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor I’m not going to lie. I’ve been a Comcast cable subscriber for a long time. The service is usually good, but the rates keep skyrocketing. (A big reason for that? The exorbitant licensing fees they have to…

Tube Talk: Musical madness

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor Yes. Musicals. Again. (And I haven’t even reminded you to watch The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend since last season. I fully expect you already are watching every episode.) For the past few years, NBC has aired a…

Tube Talk: Indie TV strikes again

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor Public access television, YouTube, and other streaming services have opened up viable opportunities for motivated writer-producers to get their shows seen even if they don’t have connections at a production…

Tube Talk: The Deadersons live on

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor If you’re not already familiar with the locally produced sitcom, The Deadersons, you haven’t been playing close attention to the area’s pop culture scene – or this column. If you haven’t yet viewed the show…

Tube Talk: Make time for musical TV

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor This is a good TV week for fans of musical theater. Fox’s revamp of the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show is the latest musical to get an all-star, big-budget TV remake treatment, and PBS is airing a…

Tube Talk: Make time for Timeless

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor Rockford native Shawn Ryan is perhaps best know for creating The Shield, the ground-breaking drama series that helped put FX on the map in 2002. If you’ve watched Terriers, Lie To Me, The Unit, The Chicago…

Tube Talk: Documentary Now!

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor Maybe I’m in the minority, but I love watching documentaries. Whether they explore a specific topic or focus on interesting individuals, I love how documentaries introduce viewers to people, times, places,…

Tube Talk: Factual political coverage

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor There comes a time in every presidential election where party rhetoric and PAC-funded attack ads really start to frustrate open-minded voters who prefer facts over hyperbole so they can make informed…