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Friday's Netflix menu offers disparate premieres in the mind-bending Maniac and the straight ahead Good Cop

Netflix strives to be both distinctly different and cookie-cutter conventional with its wealth of new series.

Mission accomplished with Maniac, reviewed here, and The Good Cop, reviewed here.
Ed Bark

Saturday Night Live goes to the Emmys

Monday night’s 70th annual prime-time Emmy awards ceremony had a decidedly Saturday Night Live feel to it. Let us count the ways, literally, in our recap on the Network News & Reviews page.

Plus, NBC sneak-previews the new comedy series I Feel Bad with back-to-back episodes following the Wednesday, Sept. 19th season finale of America’s Got Talent. Our review is here.

Also, NBC5 anchor/reporter Cory Smith now knows where he’s going after his departure was announced earlier this summer. Details are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page, where we also look at Fox4’s ill-considered tweet about the killing of Botham Jean in his apartment by a Dallas police officer.

All the latest D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshots” also can be found by scrolling through the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Reviewing Hulu's The First and Netflix's Norm Macdonald Has a Show

Both start streaming on Friday, Sept. 14th, and we’re on it.

Our review of Hulu’s The First, starring Sean Penn, is right here. And a look at Netflix’s Norm Macdonald Has a Show -- plus the self-inflicted baggage he carried into it -- is also on the Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

Cowboys' ratings droop; Leslie Moonves is dropped

The Dallas Cowboys sourly began their regular season Sunday with a dull-edged 16-8 loss at Carolina. And it got worse for owner Jerry Jones’ bottom line when the game’s D-FW Nielsen ratings fell well below those for the previous two season-openers. All the details are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, Leslie Moonves has been ousted as the CBS Corporation’s longtime potentate after allegations of sexual predation by at least a dozen women. Our commentary is here.
Ed Bark

No joke: Jim Carrey takes a page from Mr. Rogers in Showtime's bold Kidding

Jim Carrey may finally have the award-winning role of a lifetime in Showtime’s Kidding, which premieres on Sunday, Sept. 9th. Our review is here. At the other end of the quality spectrum, Fox sneak-previews the loud, broad and stereotypical Rel, also this Sunday.

Also, D-FW’s CBS11 takes a double hit when the husband-wife team of Dan Haggerty and Cristin Severance head West to join a new station. All the details are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, Tribune Media Company is canceling Morning Dose TV, which is produced by D-FW’s CW33 and has been syndicated to several other Tribune-owned stations.

And in case you missed them, we also have reviews of FX’s Mayans MC and USA network’s The Purge, both of which premiered earlier this week.
Ed Bark