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    The 16 Best And Worst TV Series Finales

    The world is still debating the relative merits and detractions of the final episode of Vince Gilligan's meth-world saga "Breaking Bad," with some quarters feeling that the finale was a little too cleanly told while others were filled with the sense of contentment from knowing that the final hour wa...

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    Top Five Cable and Broadcast Finales of All Time: Who's Number One?

    The water cooler lives. For all the hoopla surrounding the "Breaking Bad" finale, it was neither the most-watched cable finale, nor did it come near the sheer numbers generated by the top broadcast finales. (Our analysis here, roundup here.) Variety helpfully put together a list of the top TV fin...

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    'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner Explains How He Created Don Draper And Other Behind-the-Scenes Secrets At New Museum Event

    10 highlights from the New Museum's "Visionaries Series: 'Mad Men's Matthew Weiner."

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    The Good Wives: Isn't It Time to Give a Rest to the Character of the TV Antihero's Disapproving Spouse?

    It's true that as the "golden age" of television has introduced us to a broadening range of complicated, challenging, genuine antiheroes -- your Tony Sopranos, Nucky Thompsons and Walter Whites -- it has also provided another now practically standard quality drama type.

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    How the Burdens of Being Tony Soprano Wore on James Gandolfini, and Other Stories from Television's Third Golden Age

    Check out an excerpt from Brett Martin's new book "Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad," now available from Penguin Press.

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    David Chase Eulogizes James Gandolfini: 'I tried to write a traditional eulogy, but it came out like bad TV'

    James Gandolfini's funeral was held this morning at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York. Among the mourners were his "Sopranos" castmates as well as the show's creator, David Chase, who offered a eulogy for his friend and colleague.

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    Remembering James Gandolfini: 10 Great Roles

    When James Gandolfini passed away yesterday at the age of 51, he left behind a storied acting career dominated by an iconic TV role but also including plenty of notable films under great directors like Spike Jonze and the Coen brothers. In honor of Gandolfini's work on the small and big screens, we ...

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    What Are the Best Written TV Shows of All Time? The WGA Announces Its Top 101 Picks

    Following up on their 2006 list of the 101 Greatest Screenplays, the Writers Guild of America have decided to celebrate the highest level of quality in the television medium by announcing its list of the 101 Best Written TV Series.

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    Discuss: Is 'The Sopranos' The Best Written Show Of All Time? The WGA Thinks So

    You've heard it time and again over the past few years or so, but we're living in a pretty great time for television. While of course HBO and AMC are leading the charge, with a fantastic slate of original programming, bringing talent and budgets that give big screen movies a run for their money, eve...

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    20 Years of TV: How HBO Paved the Way for Television to Be Taken Seriously

    Any look at the artistic renaissance in television would be incomplete without HBO. From its start in 1972, its status as a premium cable channel afforded HBO permission to say those famous seven words you can't say on standard TV, as well as more graphic violence and nudity.

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