''The Flash,'' ''How to Get Away With Murder,'' ''Transparent,'' and more on Jeff Jensen and Melissa Maerz's short list
''Grim heroes and deranged monsters. Black magic and bloody horror. Such is the sensationalistic stuff of contemporary pop culture and Victorian England's penny dreadfuls, lurid adventure serials published on cheap paper.''
''24: Live Another Day a reanimation of Kiefer Sutherland's thriller, which clocked out four years ago shambles back sadder than most. Despite the high-grade action, the premiere is more a showcase for everything that was bad about 24 than a reminder of everything that was good.''
''For the women of Orphan Black, the world is an open prison, and self-determination is a tenuous contract with the Powers That Be, who view them only as property. Some take this raw deal to survive.''
''Can Don Draper change himself for the better? What does fulfillment look like for the flawed strivers of Mad Men? Do they even believe in progress for themselves? Do you? The premiere episode of the drama's two-part final season asks these questions in various ways, accenting them with thematically rich references and motifs.''
''Change has come to Veep, HBO's political satire and TV's current gold standard for salty comedy. But should you believe in it? Season 3 finds calamity-prone VP Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) prepping a campaign to replace the scandal-smeared, never-seen POTUS.''