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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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    Growing Up Is Hard To Do: 'Spaced' and How Edgar Wright Blended Twentysomething Malaise With Genre Mashups

    American fans of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were left salivating for years until Summer 2008 when they finally got a proper DVD release of their first collaboration, "Spaced," a near-perfect collection of 14 episodes that sowed the seeds of what was to come from the trio on the big scre...

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    Growing Up Is Hard To Do: 'My So-Called Life' and What Angela Chase's Romance With Jordan Catalano Said About First Love

    It's a rare thing indeed, when a series being canceled provides it with the ideal possible ending. "My So-Called Life," despite low ratings due to being in a doomed time slot, could still possibly have returned for a second season had the cast (principally lead Claire Danes) and creative talent not ...

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    Growing Up Is Hard To Do: 'The Brady Bunch' and How Greg Brady Taught Himself a Lesson About 'Exact Words'

    Few people would characterize "The Brady Bunch" as a complex portrayal of adolescence. The episodes adhered to a standard family sitcom formula: the kids engaged in a bit of mischief, believed they control the situation and have fooled their parents, only later to learn from the experience.

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    TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: The Mikkelsen Brothers and the New Global Face(s) of Television

    American TV has imported so many storylines and so many performers in recent years that the trend has become almost a running gag among observers of the medium -- and for observers of movies, too, now that both Superman and Batman are both Brits. An explanation occasionally offered is that manly men...

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    Growing Up Is Hard To Do: 'Freaks and Geeks' and the Moment Lindsay Weir Realized She'd Outgrown the Mathletes

    In the late '90s there was no shortage of television teenagers grappling with identity. On the multi-year mentorships of "Boy Meets World" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," that meant learning how to be a responsible grown-up, how to prioritize and sacrifice and do the right thing.

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    TV Mavens, Check Out 'The Writers' Room,' Hosted by Jim Rash (VIDEO PREVIEW)

    This is my idea of a good time: a smart TV series about my fave TV shows and the writers who write them. So far I've seen three half-hour episodes (presented by The Sundance Channel and Entertainment Weekly). Each show features Oscar-winning screenwriter Jim Rash ("The Descendants")-- who also acts ...

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    On 'Breaking Bad' Regrets, When Walt Turned Bad and a Surprising Guest Role: 10 Highlights From Vince Gilligan's MoMI Talks With Charlie Rose

    Last week, the Museum of the Moving Image unveiled a new exhibit entitled "From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White's Transformation in ‘Breaking Bad'," featuring props and costumes from the award-winning, hit show. To celebrate the opening, the museum hosted a talk last night with show creator Vinc...

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    Growing Up Is Hard To Do: 'The O.C.' and How Ryan Atwood Learned to Let Himself Be Taken Care Of

    "Welcome to the O.C., bitch!" The five-word declaration is one that shall forever live in pop culture infamy since it hit the airwaves a decade ago in the pilot episode of "The O.C.," the first series by showrunner wunderkind Josh Schwartz (who'd go on to co-create "Chuck" and "Gossip Girl").

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    5 Best Bets on TV This Week: Nina Davenport Documents Her Single Motherhood, Jim Rash Delves Into the Writing Process

    Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including "True Blood," "The Newsroom," "Copper," "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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