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She lived like she was dying ... and found she wasn't


When you hear the plot for the new CW series, you might grimace: A young woman lives zestfully, because she has terminal cancer ... then learns she's not dying, after all.

Yes, that could have been clumsy and cheesy; surprisingly, it's not. "Life Sentence" (9 p.m. Wednesdays, starting March 7) skillfully mixes humor and pain, thanks to sharp writing and the luminous presence of Lucy Hale. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Black Lighting arrives as a much-needed superhero


Here's another interesting story I sent ti papers from the TV Critics Association sessions.

By Mike Hughes

PASADENA, Cal. -- In
the old days, comic-book heroes had simple TV lives.

They were quite
super, kind of spider-y and bat-like and hulky. They beat up bad
guys.

CW fills its week with super women


Oveshadowed by bigger (much bigger) networks, it's hard for CW to get noticed. It tries hard, with superheroes and, at times, super women. Now its season starts Monday (Oct. 9); here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

After giving the big
networks a two-week head start, little CW is ready for its season.

TV's biggest surprise romance? We'll say it's Jughead and Betty


TV critics are supposed to be immune to any surprise. We've seen the Red Wedding on "Game of Thrones," the fictional election on "Scandal," the real one on the news. Still, my biggest surprise came last Thursday (March 2), when Jughead and Betty had a warm kiss. This week (March 9), they're dating and happy; here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

On the superhero shows -- change, change ... plus gay character, musical numbers, more


(The final day of the Television Critics Association session has brought a flood of news about superhero shows. For other stories from these session, look at the previous blogs ... and keep an eye out for future ones. Meanwhile, here's the story I sent to papers.)

By Mike Hughes

There's mad variety to this "MadTV" cast


By Mike Hughes

LOS ANGELES -- Chances are, Carlie
Craig and Jeremy Howard won't be competing for the same roles.

He's black, she's
blonde. He's 6-foot-2 (“6-3 on a good day”), she's 5-foot. He's a
well-sculpted 250 pounds, she's less than half that.

For superheroes, it's now a team project


If you like comid-book superheroes -- hey, who wouldn't? -- then these are good times. We have Avengers and Guardians and now Legends, in an ambitious new show that starts Thursday (Jan, 21). Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

PASADENA -- At
first, the superheroes invaded our screens one at a time.

There was Superman,
Spider-Man, Batman, Hulk; each got his own movie or TV show or both.

Suddenly, Mondays are the promised land for unique (and good) TV


 

In recent weeks, I've been telling about lots of new TV shows, some of them pretty good and some not. But what about shows that are REALLY good and really different? We finally have them, all on one overcrowded night, That's Mondays, beginning Oct. 12, when "Fargo" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" debut and "Jane the Virgin" returns. Here's the story I sent to papers:

"Jane the Virgin" is ready for our attention


One of the happier storieas from the first half of the TV season is the emergence of "Jane the Virgin" as a smart, funny. All it needs now is an audience. The show returns Monday (Jan. 19) form a month of reruns; here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

LOS ANGELES -- At
first, “Jane the Virgin” descended into anonymity – the sort of
dark depths only a CW show can see.

Surviving the spotlight at 15; Megan and Mary have been there


When "Anne of Green Gables" arrived, teen-aged Megan Follows was startlingly good. More startling was the way she often avoided big-time films and TV afterward, instead doing Shakespeare and Ibsen and such.

Now -- 30 years after being cast as Anne -- she's back on TV in "Reign," which starts Thursday (Oct. 17). I have mixed feelings about the show, but not about Follows. Here's the story I sent to papers: