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13 Times ABC Show Titles Made Us Say WTF

Courteney Cox, John Cho

What's in a name? A lot when it comes to show titles. Naming a show isn't easy. You want to be brief but convey what the show is about, catchy but not cliché, original but not too out-there, inviting but not alienating. The last one sounds like a no-brainer, but tell that to ABC. For a network nicknamed the Alphabet, it has been the worst title offender in recent years. (But hey, they are into irony.)

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Ask Matt: Orange and the Emmys, Leftovers, Last Ship, View Shake-Up, and More

Christopher Eccleston, Justin Theroux

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: With Emmy nominations coming up, I had a few questions about Orange Is the New Black. What effect if any do you think Season 2 airing just around the time of Emmy voting will have on the show? Thankfully, Season 2 seems to have lived up to its predecessor in the eyes of the critics (I thought the season overall might have even been better than the first), and performances by cast members like Uzo Aduba (Suzanne "Crazy Eyes") and Samira Wiley (Poussey) blew me out of the water, but if the season didn't live up to expectations, could it have possibly hurt the show in the nominations process this year as well as next? And do you think the fantastic performances by Aduba and Wiley this season could potentially help them as they try to get nominated for their work on the first season? — Kevin

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Ask Matt: Game of Thrones, Enlisted, Mindy, Salem, Good Wife

Iain Glen, Ian McElhinney, Emilia Clarke.

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Question: I love Game of Thrones. I think it is so ambitious, unique, well-acted and produced. My one issue is the time allotted for the ever-engrossing and expanding cast. If they follow the books at all, the cast would grow even more. How successful does a show have to be for HBO to consider making either more episodes per season or having longer episodes per season? It's not network TV so they don't have commercial considerations to fight against. Every year and week anymore, it seems like GOT is breaking some record in viewers. Always the most pirated show. Don't have a clue about DVD sales. Just seems to me that we are starting to and will continue to lose something from this show by only getting five minutes with each character. It's like by the time I'm really enjoying it, the episode is ending. Is adding to episode orders or time something that is possible or discussed? Would be such a shame if they didn't continue on a brilliant adaptation. And I would think this show makes HBO money and a lot of it. If it didn't, I would understand how my idea would be the stuff of grumpkins. — Trenton

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What's in the Black Box? A Mind-Numbing Dance

Kelly Reilly

A gifted, bipolar woman struggles to stay on her meds to function in her high-demand job and has a thing for jazz. If Black Box sounds like HomelandKelly Reilly doesn't know it.

"I've only seen a little bit of Homeland. I think I saw an episode of Season 2. I really can't compare them," Reilly tells TVGuide.com. "I know it's a great show, but I don't really know what they're doing there. I just don't want to do a generic bipolar person. Catherine is not [Carrie Mathison]."

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No one will ever confuse the two. As ABC's omnipresent ads have already burned into your, er brain, Reilly's Dr. Catherine Black is a famed ...
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Thursday Review: Bad Teacher, Black Box, Hulu's Moone Boy

Ari Graynor

A week ago, I was raving about FX's inspired reinvention of Fargo from movie to TV series. But this week, we get a cautionary reminder that there are movies that just shouldn't be adapted for TV. Case in point: CBS's head-of-no-class version of 2011's Bad Teacher (Thursday, 9:30/8:30c) that flunks basic lessons of chemistry — starting with... read more

ABC Sets Summer Premiere Dates

Andi Dorfman

ABC has announced its summer lineup, including the premiere of The BacheloretteBachelor in ParadiseMistresses, and new shows Rising Star and The Quest.

With a heavy reality TV lineup, ABC plans to launch The Quest, an adventure series from the Lord of the Rings producers, on Thursday, June 19. Singing competition show Rising Star will bow on Sunday, June 22. As previously announced, The Bachelorette returns on May 19 with the series' latest spin-off, Bachelor in Paradise, debuting Monday, August 4.

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ABC Announces a Thor-S.H.I.E.L.D. Crossover, Confirms Casting for Agent Carter

Jaimie Alexander

ABC's partnership with Marvel is continuing at a good pace. On Friday's Television Critics Association winter TV previews, ABC entertainment head Paul Lee announced that the character of Lady Sif from the Thor films will cross over to Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. read more

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