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    Watch: Glitzy Promo Teasers for 'Mad Men' Season Six and Soderbergh's 'Behind the Candelabra'

    Two glitzy teasers have landed: One for the much-anticipated sixth season of "Mad Men," promising the "affair of the year," and one for Steven Soderbergh's made-for-TV HBO film "Behind the Candelabra."

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    Now and Then: 'Enlightened' and the Perfect TV Ending

    Saying farewell to a beloved series is tough going, so I was gratified to have "Enlightened" do it for me. Even if its cancellation isn't yet assured, "Agent of Change," the second season's finale, felt like a goodbye nonetheless -- and a perfect one at that.

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    Steven Soderbergh's 'Behind The Candelabra' Hits HBO May 26th, Plus Extended Trailer For 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3

    Though streaming giant Netflix has the cable network in its crosshairs, it still has a long way to go before it reaches the heights and grandeur of HBO. The network stands above all else on the small screen when it comes to programming, though many rival networks are starting to catch up. Over the w...

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    'Girls' Recap 8: OCD and AA in an Episode That's All Over the Place

    “It’s Back” works hard to juggle four different storylines. Two are successful, and two are cringe-inducingly out of left field.

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    Louis C.K. Returns to HBO with Exclusive Hour-Long Standup 'Oh My God'

    Three-time Emmy winner Louis C.K. is doing his fourth stand-up special for HBO on April 13. "Louis C.K.: Oh My God" is an hour-long exclusive presentation of an all-new performance before a live audience at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix.

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    Review: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Stoppard and HBO's Dreamy 'Parade's End'

    In Part 3 of HBO’s lyrical, nuanced, romantic and tough-minded World War I era series, Parade’s End, the aloof Sylvia Tietjens says of her aristocratic husband, “Christopher is the last decent man in England. How dare they put their knives into him – he’s mine.&rdq...

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    'Girls' Recap 7: In 'Video Games,' Ben Mendelsohn Guest Stars as Jessa's Flaky Father

    In Season One’s “The Return,” we see Hannah and her parents in their natural Horvath habitat, Michigan. In Season Two’s “It’s About Time,” we’re offered a brief glimpse of Jersey girl incognito Marnie’s passive-aggressive relationship with her mother. In this week’s episode, “Video Games,” we’re int...

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    'Girls' Recap 6: The 'Boys' Aren't in Kansas Anymore, Toto

    One of the things I’ve admired about this season of “Girls” is that it has no obligation to regularly check in with each of the four “leads” of the show. Instead, certain characters are more central in certain episodes, in an organic way, while supporting characters are given a surprising amount of ...

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    ‘Girls’ Recap 5: ‘One Man’s Trash’ a Two-Hander for Dunham and Guest Star Patrick Wilson

    In “One Man’s Trash,” Joshua (Patrick Wilson), a handsome, disgruntled neighborhood man, confronts Grumpy’s manager Ray about trash from the café that’s being foisted into his personal garbage bins. Hannah follows Joshua back to his gorgeous Willamsburg brownston...

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    The 'Girls' Episode That Leaves the 'Girls' Behind

    Every now and then on ‘Girls,’ Hannah leaves her girlfriends and her search for success and rent behind, and we see deeper aspects of her character – revelations for both Hannah and for us. Last season it was a road trip to her parents and the hometown she has outgrown. This ...

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