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    Despite Growing Competition, Is There Still Room For One More Black TV Network?

    While I'm certainly pleased to see growing competition in the black TV network space encourage chiefs of these networks to invest in new, preferably scripted original dramas and comedies, and while I've previously teased about the increase in the number of new black TV networks in recent years, I st...

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    TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Next Time, Larry David Should Play the Cop

    The new Larry David comedy "Clear History," a feature-length one-off that he wrote and stars in, settles into an amiable groove early on and is consistently enjoyable. Which is not to say that it breaks any new ground. It's firmly in the reliable comic sub-genre of the know-it-all who is his own wor...

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    Interview: Inside The 'Breaking Bad' Writers Room With Writer/Producer George Mastras

    On Sunday, "Breaking Bad" returned for the first of its final 8 episodes. Anticipation for the premiere was at an all-time high, reviews were ecstatic (read ours here) and ratings were 5 times higher than when the series first debuted back in 2008. To celebrate the final curtain closing on this high...

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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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    5 Best Bets on TV This Week: Americans in Bed and in Polyamorous Relationships

    Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including the just returned "Breaking Bad," "True Blood," "The Newsroom," "Low Winter Sun," "Dexter," "Ray Donovan" and more, but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days o...

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    The Rubes Are Wise To You: How Reality TV Stars Took On The TCAs

    The most complicatedly electrifying moment on my TCA summer press tour was when the Angry Ginger cried. The Angry Ginger, aka CopperCab, is a young man from Georgia whose real name is Michael Kittrell, and who became YouTube famous for a video rant entitled "GINGERS DO HAVE SOULS!!"

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    The 5 Best Episodes Of 'Breaking Bad'

    This Sunday sees the beginning of the end of an era. Because on Sunday, AMC will premiere the first of the final eight episodes of "Breaking Bad," which over the last five-and-a-bit years has firmly taken its place among the pantheon of TV drama, winning an ever-growing following, rave reviews and f...

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    TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Crime Pays (VIDEO)

    Look at almost anybody's list of TV's best and most durable recent dramas and, a large percentage of them, from "The Wire" to "Breaking Bad, are likely to be crime dramas. That means different things on different shows: "The Killing" plays by the rules of a procedural whodunit, while "Breaking Bad" ...

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    5 Best Bets on TV This Week: A Larry David HBO Movie, a Sundance Drama and a British Mystery Series

    Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including "True Blood," "The Newsroom," "Low Winter Sun," "Dexter," "Ray Donovan" and more, but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week.

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