In the end, Donald Trump took the conventional route. For one night, the Apprentice host-turned-contender chose to dance not with the fractured rhetoric that brought him, instead embracing that despised machine - the teleprompter - he once said presidential candidates shouldn't be allowed.
It's hard to beat a political convention for comedy. Even professional comedians have struggled this week to keep up with the Republicans in Cleveland, who gave us Melania Trump feeding Michelle Obama lines to a cheering crowd, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rounding up angry villagers for jury duty and Dr. Ben Carson playing Six Degrees of Satan with Hillary Clinton.
If you haven't seen the first season of USA's Mr. Robot and want to experience last summer's most surprising show for yourself, you might want to stop reading now and go to Amazon Prime, where all 10 episodes are available. When you return, we can struggle together with What It All Meant and talk about the new season.
Doctor Thorne Julian Fellowes loves a good thwarted romance, especially one involving money and class. So it's no surprise that the Downton Abbey creator is also a fan of Anthony Trollope, whose 1858 novel Doctor Thorne Fellowes recently adapted, in four parts, for Amazon's streaming service.
Ellen Gray is the television critic for the Daily News and the Inquirer, and has written about TV since 1994. Her mind will go blank if you ask her to name her favorite show, because she has so many, but she would love to hear about yours.
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