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    What IS the Correct Way to Watch 'The Wire'?

    "The Wire" creator David Simon caused an uproar among followers of his work -- a little Baltimore crime drama that's regularly declared one of the greatest television shows of all time -- when he revealed in an interview with the New York Times' ArtsBeat blog yesterd...

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    'This American Life' is Producing an HBO Series, 'Thrillsville'

    No, it's not going to be like the two seasons "This American Life" spent as a TV series on Showtime, revisiting stories from the radio show and exploring new ones. Variety is reporting that HBO is working with Rob Thomas, Ira Glass and Owen Wilson to develop a segment from a 2010 radio...

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    In the Oscar-Nominated 'God is the Bigger Elvis,' a Starlet Trades In Her Fame for a Habit

    Dolores Hart was an actress whose career was on the rise and who was engaged to marry an adoring fiance when she chose to enter the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut and begin an existence as a Benedictine nun. Directed by Rebecca Cammisa (of 2009's "Which Way Home"), th...

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    HBO's 'Game of Thrones' Second Season Opener Breaks Series Record

    While "Luck" took a bad turn for HBO, the cabler is cheering the numbers on "Game of Thrones." The eagerly anticipated second season opener broke the series record for viewers: 3.86 million tuned in, beating last season's June finale (3.04 million), per Nielsen estimates.

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    The Welcome Return of 'Game of Thrones' Proves Story Can Be Enough

    Writing about "Boardwalk Empire" last fall at Time, James Poniewozik made what I thought was a great point about the series and its place in the pantheon of Quality Television. "It’s a very good show with fantastic performances that does great work on a scene-by-scene basis. But...

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    'Game of Thrones' Season 2 Intro and Review: What You Need to Know

    The trick is not minding that HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is so complicated and crowded with characters that there’s no way to remember them all, or to hold the shape of the whole story in your mind.

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    Watch: Trailering HBO's 'The Newsroom,' Aaron Sorkin's (Triumphant?) Return to TV

    Aaron Sorkin's been nominated for one Oscar ("Moneyball") and won another ("The Social Network") in the years since the demise of the misfire that was "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." And now here's "The Newsroom," which premieres June 24th on HBO, mar...

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    Review: HBO's Fantasy Epic 'Game Of Thrones' Returns For A Satisfying Sophomore Season

    Ever since HBO changed the landscape of television dramas back in the late 90s, a dozen other networks have stepped up to try to follow in their footsteps with their own challenging, original programming. So how does the pay cable network stay ahead of the pack? By taking risks that no other ne...

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    Is The New York Times Being Unfair to 'Game of Thrones'?

    Superheroes, robots, vampires and wizards dominate the big screen box office, fantasy fiction's all over the bestseller lists -- geeks, like it or not, have inherited the world (of popular culture), and you'd think this would mean the dismissal of a property just because it's genre would...

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    Hard 'Luck': Why HBO's Horseracing Drama is Still Worth Seeking Out

    Watching the outstanding season (and series) finale of "Luck," which went out quietly on Sunday night while the country turned its attention to "Mad Men," it was hard not wonder if the show would have found more of a following if the rest of it had been like its ending.

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