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    IS TV THE NEW CINEMA? From 'Scandal' to 'House of Cards,' Pundits Continue the Debate

    There was an odd discussion on a recent Charlie Rose show, seemingly about TV as an art form, although technology and business models took up too much air time. These were the subjects the men on the panel (David Carr, Terence Winter, Josh Sapan, Rose himself) seemed most comfortable talking about....

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    Why Jon Seda's Cheery Carpetbagger Could Turn Out to Be the Most Interesting Character in the Final Season of 'Treme'

    David Simon and Eric Overmyer's New Orleans drama "Treme" returned to air last night with a lilt in its step and no particular sense of urgency, despite having only five episodes to close out its sprawling narrative about a city in recovery after a devastating natural disaster and the many man-made ...

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    'Almost Human': How J.J. Abrams' Latest TV Drama Plays Like the TV Spinoff of a Sci-Fi Blockbuster That Doesn't Exist

    It seems like every week another frustrated filmmaker declares the death of the studio film, or at least a significant chunk of it that doesn't involve superheroes, and insists television is now where it's at, citing "Breaking Bad" or "Homeland" as examples of superior small screen storytelling.

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    'Boardwalk Empire' Ends Its Season With Its Characters a Little (or a Lot) Worse Off Than When It Began

    Another year, another bloody conclusion. But instead of a massacre, last night's season closer of "Boardwalk Empire" served as a kind of mournful echo of "Margate Sands," the episode that ended the previous season in an orgy of mass murder and score settling.

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    Recap: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 4 Finale “Farewell Daddy Blues”

    “After today I’m not making plans,” Atlantic City kingpin Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) says on the phone. If only he really knew how true that might be. He’s evidently retiring and telling his Florida business partner and occasional lover Sally Wheat (Patricia Arquette) that after he wraps up loos...

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    Review: 'Doctor Who: Day Of The Doctor' Is A Fitting & Hugely Enjoyable 50th Anniversary Tribute

    Writing for a pop culture institution like long-running British sci-fi series "Doctor Who," you're bound to feel a certain degree of pressure. Generations of children (of any age) have grown up on the series, it's now bigger than ever, with a growing audience in the U.S, and capable of making headli...

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    WATCH: Josh Hutcherson Catches Fire on SNL, Five Highlights

    'Hunger Games' star Josh Hutcherson's easy appeal played well as an SNL host.

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    Preview: HBO's Medical Comedy 'Getting On' Delivers A Healthy Dose Of Humor & Heart

    The patience, sanity, selflessness and complete lack of vanity required to be a nurse is something that can't be stressed enough. And while medical dramas have shown medical staff to be (personally and emotionally complicated) life saving heroes, the medical sitcom is surprisingly still fairly fresh...

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    HBO's Dysfunctional Eldercare Comedy 'Getting On' Can't Equal the British Series on Which It's Based

    Here's the thing about the original "Getting On," the BBC Four series on which HBO's new comedy of the same name is based: It's one of the most highly unlikely excellent shows I've seen.

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    Recap: Things Slow Down A Bit For 'American Horror Story: Coven' Episode 7, 'The Dead'

    Over the past few weeks, "American Horror Story: Coven" has piled on the craziness, to the point that the show occasionally felt overwhelming, like a giant toppling tower of racist, flesh-eating zombies that are also possessed and on fire. Mercifully, this week's episode, "The Dead," written by co-c...

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  • Louie
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    next episode: Tuesday, June 10th @ 10PM
  • Veep
    next episode: Sunday, June 8th @ 10PM