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June 25, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* TYRANT. 10 tonight, FX. TV AND THE Mideast: It's complicated. Not even Hollywood's most successful writers can solve the problems of a region that dominates international news while supplying show business with a steady stream of fanatical villains with hard-to-remember names and harder-to-explain motives. So points to FX's new "Tyrant" for trying a different tack by putting us on a plane with Bassam "Barry" Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) and taking us home to meet his folks. And what folks they are: Barry's dad, Khaled (Nasser Faris)
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January 12, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
In Chozen , the FX animated comedy series about a gay ex-con rapper that premieres at 10:30 Monday night, an obtuse MC is performing a crude song full of drug references and racial stereotypes before a dinner theater gathering of the Philippines Family Association. The performance, which includes the band's manager appearing on stage in a Chinese dragon headdress, does not go over well anywhere except in the minds of the performer and his multicultural crew. Afterward, the manager, who doubles as a paparazzo sleaze, cheerily announces, "A few more shows, a couple of demos, and we'll be on the road to the Grammys.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2013
* THE AMERICANS. 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX.   IF ANYONE can bring back high-waisted jeans, it's Keri Russell. But the former "Felicity" star will have an even tougher assignment Wednesday as she returns to television in FX's new spy drama "The Americans": To make viewers identify, at least a little, with the aims of the KGB in the waning years of the Cold War. Inspired by the case of 10 Russian sleeper agents exposed by the FBI in 2010,...
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January 7, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* BEING MARY JANE. 10 p.m. tomorrow, BET. * JUSTIFIED. 10 p.m. tomorrow, FX. * KILLER WOMEN. 10 p.m. tomorrow, 6ABC.   WITH ABC's "Scandal" vacationing at an undisclosed location until Feb. 27, some of us are experiencing Olivia Pope withdrawal. But before we start looking for drama in our own lives - surely we know someone who's been a trained assassin or a presidential mistress? - it's worth considering "Being Mary Jane," a new BET drama from Mara Brock Akil ("Girlfriends," "The Game")
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June 17, 2015 | By Ellen Gray, Daily News Staff Writer
* TYRANT. 10 tonight, FX. * PROOF. 10 tonight, TNT. WHAT IF Sonny, not Michael, had been the more interesting Corleone brother? We'll never know how that version of "The Godfather" might have turned out, but FX's "Tyrant" seems ready to explore the idea. The Mideast drama returns for a second season tonight with its Michael equivalent, Barry Al Fayeed (Adam Rayner), imprisoned and awaiting execution for trying to overthrow his older brother Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) in hopes of setting fictional Abbudin on a path to democracy.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2011 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Columnist
You've never seen anything like American Horror Story on TV before. And you may not want to see it now. But fans of the horror genre - not the splatter trash of the Saw or Chainsaw Massacre series, but the creepy, psychological, and, yes, sexy, gory stuff of classics like Rosemary's Baby or The Shining - won't be disappointed. FX, still No. 1 on basic cable for challenging, edgy material, has teamed up again with Nip/Tuck's Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck on Horror Story, which premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. The pair, also responsible for Fox's Glee, have a tendency to start strongly and then get a little lost, but that needn't concern us here, since we're at the beginning, and Horror Story is as gripping as anything on TV. You may find yourself looking for something to grip when the doll (or are they real?
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
FORGIVE Mexican actor Demian Bichir for pointing out the obvious metaphor in the title of his new TV series "The Bridge," but someone had to do it. "We need bridges more than walls, you know what I mean?" Bichir said about the immigration and border-security debate currently occupying the U.S. Congress. Bichir stars as Detective Marco Ruiz in the FX drama, opposite Diane Kruger, who plays his counterpart in the U.S. It premiered last night. The pair is forced to work together after a body is found on the bridge connecting Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.
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March 22, 1993 | By Vernon Loeb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Francis X. McManus, 68, a retired chemist at Sun Chemical Corp., died Thursday while visiting a son in Spring Valley, Calif. Mr. McManus was born in South Philadelphia and grew up near St. Monica's Roman Catholic Church, at 17th and Ritner Streets. He graduated from Bok Technical High School and served in the Navy during World War II. After Mr. McManus returned home after the war, he began a 40-year career at Sun Chemical, where he mixed inks and paints. He was one of the first residents of a new suburban community just north of the city, Levittown.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* THE BRIDGE. 10 tonight, FX. * CAMP. 10 tonight, NBC10. * ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Streaming on Netflix beginning tomorrow.   A BODY found bisected on the border between the United States and Mexico touches off something bigger than a jurisdictional dispute in "The Bridge," an addictive new drama premiering Wednesday on FX. Adapted by Penn grad Meredith Stiehm ("Cold Case," "Homeland") and Elwood Reid from a Scandinavian series, "The Bridge" isn't so much about the span that connects Juarez and El Paso as it is about the disconnect between the two cities, one ranked among the world's deadliest, the other with fewer than two dozen murders most years.
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March 28, 2012 | Ellen Gray
Chris Rock will produce a late-night show for FX this summer, the cable network announced Wednesday. Six episodes have been ordered of the so-far-untitled show starring comedian W. Kamau Bell , a founding member of the group Laughter Against the Machine. Bell, according to FX, "will dissect politics, pop culture, race, religion, the media and sex in a weekly half- hour. " The Fox-owned cable channel earlier announced that its new late-night show with Russell Brand, "Strangely Uplifting," will premiere June 28, on the same night as Charlie Sheen's new sitcom, "Anger Management.
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June 5, 2016
There's a signature Philly image in the opening titles of FX's The Americans , and if you already know what it is, your eye is better than mine. Every week, the Rocky statue has flashed by, paired with a Soviet-era image, and though I think I'd been subliminally aware of it, I didn't get around to asking FX until last week whether what I thought I was seeing was really there. Turns out that statue, commissioned by Sylvester Stallone for his 1982 movie Rocky III , was added to the 1980s-set drama's title sequence at the beginning of last season to accommodate more actors' names in the opening credits.
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May 29, 2016
FX is giving Reagan-era Russian spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) a final two seasons to win one for the U.S.S.R. in The Americans . The show currently runs at 10 p.m. Wednesdays.
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_ THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA. 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, WHYY12. Thinking about a summer road trip? PBS is rerunning Ken Burns' series on the vacation spots in which we all own a share. _ TURN: WASHINGTON'S SPIES. 10 p.m. Monday, AMC. Abe (Jamie Bell) gets an unpleasant lesson in cleaning up after himself. In Philadelphia, future traitor Benedict Arnold (Owain Yeoman) runs afoul of the rules as he tries to decorate the new home in which he hopes to welcome his future wife, Peggy Shippen (Ksenia Solo)
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April 17, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
The Black Dahlia Murder Melodic death-metal band that, like James Ellroy's 1987 novel The Black Dahlia , takes their name from the lurid killing of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles in 1947. Touring behind their new album, Abysmal , with Fallujah and Disentomb. Sunday at Voltage Lounge . Archer Speaking of L.A. noir: Season Seven of Adam Reed's still-hilarious animated TV series is underway with the espionage agency formerly known as ISIS, led by bumbling superspy Sterling Archer, reconfigured as a private investigative firm caught in a mystery involving a familiar-looking body floating in a Hollywood swimming pool.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2016
_ MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES. 9 p.m. Monday, HBO. Documentary profile of the late, frequently controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (below) takes its title from a quote by the (also late) Sen. Jesse Helms, who wasn't a fan. _ AMERICAN IDOL: FINALE WEEK. 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Fox29. The singing contest that was once such a ratings juggernaut other networks referred to it as the "Deathstar" ends its 15-season run with a Tuesday- night retrospective, followed by a two-night finale.
NEWS
March 14, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TELEVISION CRITIC
FX's The Americans , which returns at 10 p.m. Wednesday for a fourth season, is about many things: deception, divided loyalties, U.S.-Soviet relations in the 1980s, and the maybe slightly less volatile relations between married spies Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell). But it's also about wigs. "Wigs! Beards! Mustaches! Yes!" executive producer Joel Fields said when I raised the hairy issue of how the Jenningses disguise themselves. Fields, who runs The Americans with creator Joe Weisberg, said he loves spotting a stranger on the set, "getting two paces past them and realizing, 'Wait a second . . . 'That's Matthew,' [or]
NEWS
March 13, 2016
The Americans Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX.
NEWS
March 13, 2016
* AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. 8 p.m. Sunday and 9 p.m. Monday, Lifetime. Fans of British mysteries might not expect to find the U.S. premiere of a newly adapted Agatha Christie classic on Lifetime. But here it is, spread over two nights and featuring a terrific cast - including Miranda Richardson and Sam Neill - as the people mysteriously brought together in an island mansion. A new comedy stars Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld ) and Carrie Preston (The Good Wife) as a couple ready to revel in their empty nest when their daughters (Miranda Cosgrove and Mia Serafino)
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December 12, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'Serial' drops season 2 Serial fans, your time has come. On Thursday, Sarah Koenig 's insanely addictive podcast returned for its much-awaited second season. This year, Koenig and Co. focus on controversial soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl , who left his Afghani base in 2009 and spent five years in Taliban captivity. In 2014, he was released in exchange for five Taliban fighters, a move immediately criticized over rumors that Bergdahl was a traitor who switched sides. Bergdahl claims he was a young, egotistical soldier who wanted to alert commanders about leadership problems in his platoon that could endanger his comrades in arms.
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October 13, 2015 | Ellen Gray, Daily News Television Critic
FARGO . 10 tonight, FX. Jean Smart likes to pick her spots. Even the cold ones. She's seen only briefly tonight in the Season 2 premiere of FX's "Fargo," but her role as Floyd Gerhardt, the matriarch of a North Dakota crime family, will prove pivotal enough to justify the months the actress spent earlier this year filming in Calgary. "Yeah, it was cold," said Smart, shivering again during an interview in August, at a Beverly Hills hotel where the air conditioning was set to "Fargo" levels.
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