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    Showtime's Smart New Series 'Masters of Sex' Looks at the Dramas and Mysteries of Researching Human Sexuality

    Check out our review of "Masters of Sex," the new Showtime period drama starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real life pioneers of research into human sexual response William Masters and Virginia Johnson.

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    Review: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Demands Inside Marvel Knowledge (TRAILER)

    The show assumes a fair amount of inside Marvel knowledge on the part of its viewers, which at this point is not much of a stretch. But all the elaborate backstories being spun out don't always promote comprehension. The target audience, one suspects, will have little trouble keeping up.

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    Humiliations and Los Angeles Loneliness in Stephen Merchant's New HBO Comedy Series 'Hello Ladies'

    Stephen Merchant's new HBO series "Hello Ladies," premiering Sunday, September 29th, is the kind of thing you watch with your hands over your eyes -- at least if you have the kind of complicated relationship with cringe humor that I do.

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    TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: As We Head Toward the 'Breaking Bad' Finale, We Are Jesse (VIDEO)

    On Sunday's episode of AMC's self-referential chat show "Talking Bad," actor Matt Jones observed that his character, Badger, a slacker/stoner member of Jesse Pinkman's drug crew, had been kept around on "Breaking Bad," along with his pal Skinny Pete (Charles Baker), mostly to remind us where Jessie ...

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    Can the Small Screen Provide Anna Faris and Malin Akerman With the Comedic Platforms They Deserve?

    Once they're past the window in which they can play The Girl, actresses often get lost in the mainstream Hollywood system -- roles for adult women remain thin on the ground, especially as studios move away from making mid-budget movies toward turning out fewer, bigger blockbusters than invariably sk...

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    Walter White Prepares to Meet His Destiny In The Powerful Penultimate Episode of 'Breaking Bad'

    Check out our recap/review of "Granite State," the September 22nd (penultimate) episode of "Breaking Bad."

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    Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4, Episode 3, 'Acres of Diamonds'

    Another day, another chess piece episode of "Boardwalk Empire," a writing epidemic/phenomenon endemic to long form television of late and arguably one that affected last night's penultimate episode of "Breaking Bad" as well. A bridge building type of narrative, the worst example of "chess piece" wri...

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    Recap: Table Is Set For The Finale In 'Breaking Bad' Season 5, Episode 15 'Granite State'

    What happens to a king when he no longer has a kingdom to rule? That's the central question in "Granite State," the penultimate episode to "Breaking Bad" that after some truly heart racing episodes from the rest of the season, is intriguingly subdued. It puts in the center a dying Walter White (Brya...

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    Despite Her Best Efforts, Still Not a Dainty Ingenue: On the Return of Mindy Kaling's 'The Mindy Project'

    We are in an interesting era rife with self-lacerating television heroines, ones who don't look like or act like your typical leading ladies and who directly confront that fact on screen by shouldering criticism and humiliation, some of it self-generated.

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    Recap: Aaron Sorkin Finally Gets It Right With The Season 2 Finale Of 'The Newsroom'

    Before diving in, a bit of a disclaimer and/or explanation is in order. Thanks to TIFF taking me away from the television for a couple of weeks, followed by some bungling couriers and concluding in massive fatigue upon returning from Toronto, "The Newsroom" slipped off the immediate radar. And a sho...

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