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The Best and Worst of TV, 2016

As the upfronts loom, a look back at what worked this season ... and what didn't.

From Campaign US: On the heels of the fall 2016 primetime network scheduling announcements, let’s take a moment to assess the best and the worst of what the broadcasters — on any platform — offered this past season. As always, there was plenty of drama and comedy, though not all of it was intentional. See you at the festivities in New York next week!

The Best
1. Political coverage
Say what you want about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the rest of the supporting cast, this year’s gonzo political race has delivered huge ratings for news networks and talk shows. The jaw-dropping spectacle of Trump/Sanders vs. the Establishment has proved more addictive than any scripted series. And the fracas will only grow as Election Day approaches. It’s the best news Fox, CNN, MSNBC and the network news divisions have heard in years.

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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