No need to ship: 'Supergirl' is putting Alex in a relationship with a woman

Love is love.
No need to ship: 'Supergirl' is putting Alex in a relationship with a woman
Credit: The CW

Some really cool stuff happened on Supergirl last night. Melissa Benoist was adorably perfect in the role, as usual, and guest star Lynda Carter made a big impact with her surprisingly (to me, anyway) small part. But LGBTQ+ representation took center stage.

First off, how about that twirl?

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Review: Sundance's amazing 'Rectify' begins its final season

As Daniel adjusts to life in a new city, we get the story after the story, after the story
<p>Rectify</p>

Rectify

Credit: Sundance

By any semblance of conventional narrative logic, the third season finale of Rectify should have been the end of the series, period. Though it didn't resolve every one of the show's outstanding questions — chief among them whether Daniel Holden (Aden Young) actually committed the murder of his high school girlfriend Hannah, for which he spent two decades on Death Row before being released due to new DNA evidence — it sent Daniel away from his mother Janet's home in Georgia to a halfway house in Nashville to begin the next phase of his life, and it left the rest of his family in a place where they seemed ready to start healing after his unexpected return from prison tore all their lives asunder. In a traditional drama, the shot of Daniel saying goodbye to Janet (J. Smith-Cameron) and closing the door of the halfway house would have been the last we ever saw of him, like how The Truman Show never followed Truman outside of the dome.

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Review: 'Timeless' meets James Bond by way of Indiana Jones

'Party at Castle Varlar' begins laying the foundation for the show to have a long run
<p>Timeless</p>

Timeless

Credit: NBC

A few thoughts on tonight's Timeless coming up just as soon as you get me lederhosen in the next five minutes...

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Why I'm breaking up with 'The Walking Dead'

Sorry AMC. It's not me, it's you.
The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere
Credit: AMC

Last year, The Walking Dead strained the patience of fans with one ratings gimmick after another. First, there was the incredulous Dumpster incident where Glenn survived (because zombies never go for the face?), then there was Daryl getting shot with his own crossbow. And finally, the coup de grâce, the cliffhanger of “Who did Negan kill?” that gave audiences 202 days to both speculate on the victim’s identity and become desensitized to the inevitability. Things became so dire that HitFix’s own Alan Sepinwall washed his hands of the show completely.

WARNING: SPOILERS FROM SEASON 7 OF THE WALKING DEAD BEYOND THIS POINT.

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'Jessica Jones' hiring all-female directors for Season 2 is helping to even the score

I just say what I want.
'Jessica Jones' hiring all-female directors for Season 2 is helping to even the score
Credit: Marvel/Netflix

The latest report from the Directors' Guild of America shows that directing jobs for the 2015-2016 TV season went to predominantly white men. Female directors increased only 1% from the previous year's report. That's achingly slow progress which is why news of Netflix's Jessica Jones hiring all women to direct the Marvel's next season is such great news.

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Supergirl is VERY excited to meet President Wonder Woman (so are we)

This is truly WONDERful.
Supergirl is VERY excited to meet President Wonder Woman (so are we)
Credit: The CW

Wonder Woman Lynda Carter makes her big debut as the United States' President tonight on The CW's Supergirl. A preview clip features her entrance and Melissa Benoist's adorable reaction to her.

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Review: Amazon's 'Goliath' fails to deliver a strong closing argument

After a promising start, the David E. Kelley/Billy Bob Thornton legal drama fell apart
<p>William Hurt in Goliath</p>

William Hurt in Goliath

Credit: Amazon

You may recall that I was pretty happy with Amazon's new legal drama Goliath — particularly for Billy Bob Thornton's lead performance and the most restrained writing by David E. Kelley in this century — but that was after seeing six of the season's eight episodes on screeners. Having now finished the other two, I had some additional thoughts — with full spoilers for the whole season — coming up just as soon as I click at you for a while...

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Review: The 'Westworld' robots search for answers in 'Dissonance Theory'

A more playful, cohesive, and satisfying episode
<p>Ed Harris in Westworld</p>

Ed Harris in Westworld

Credit: HBO

A review of tonight's Westworld coming up just as soon as I need one match, one pistol, and one idiot...

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Reviewing every 'Black Mirror' episode from the new Netflix season

Breaking down Nosedive, San Junipero, and more
<p>Black Mirror, San Junipero</p>

Black Mirror, San Junipero

Credit: Netflix

I had some concerns with the new made-for-Netflix season of Black Mirror, which I outlined in my review earlier this week. Netflix released the new season earlier today, which means at least some of you have had a chance to watch all six episodes (the rest of you can bookmark this for later reading), which means I can get more specific — with full spoilers — about each episode, coming up just as soon as I call Mom... 

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Ask Alan: Is the huge 'Westworld' cast a problem?

What the best new time travel show? And should 'Law & Order' get a past for recycling actors?
Ask Alan: Is the huge 'Westworld' cast a problem?

Happy Friday, everybody! It's a four-question Ask Alan this week, though the fourth one is more or less me calling the bluff of my friend Libby Hill. In terms of actual questions, I get into the glut of time travel series, figure if HBO precedent offers Westworld some insight about how to juggle its enormous cast of characters, and revisit the matter of shows recycling actors in new roles, but through a specific Law & Order/Homicide crossover lens.

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