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    Nina Davenport Chronicles Her Decision to Have a Baby on Her Own in HBO's 'First Comes Love'

    When Nina Davenport, the "Operation Filmmaker" director whose new personal doc, "First Comes Love," premieres on HBO tonight at 9pm, gives birth to her son Jasper at age 41, she does so surrounded by an amusingly large group of friends, including the father of the baby. "I didn't expect the hospital...

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    Is Emily the New Pauline?

    The great TV critic Emily Nussbaum, in "The New Yorker," talks back to Brett Martin, author of the widely reviewed and excellent new book "Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘The Wire’ to ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Breaking Bad.'"

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Season 2, Episode 2 'The Genoa Tip'

    If last week's premiere was the small pebble, rolling down the mountain of the second season of "The Newsroom," you can start seeing the eventual massive snowball forming with the second episode. This new approach from Aaron Sorkin, with one large news story anchoring the narrative, is an interestin...

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    Emmy Nomination or Not, Sci-Fi Throwback 'Orphan Black' is Worth Checking Out on DVD

    "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany didn't receive a nomination for lead actress in a drama series this morning when the 2013 Emmy Awards were announced. It's a shame if not a surprise.

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    TV Is the New Cinema: But It's Still Waiting for Its Close-Up

    A highly readable new book promises to anatomize the shifts in entertainment technology and in the culture in the cable era that gave rise to the 21st Century's most lionized form of "art television": the 12-episode, novelistically textured premium cable serial. Brett Martin's "Difficult Men: Behind...

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Season 2 Episode 1, 'The First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All The Lawyers'

    After a rocky first season, both compelling and cringe-worthy in equal doses, and sometimes all at the same time, Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" is back for a second season and it has undergone some significant retooling. The writers' room was given a shakeup, and even as production got underway, Sor...

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    'The Newsroom' 2.1 Review: "First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers" (TRAILER)

    The second season of Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama series "The Newsroom" promises to be every bit as entertaining as its first -- if not more so, due to a unifying structural choice that takes fuller advantage of novelistic narrative freedom of post-"Sopranos" cable drama.

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    An Improved 'The Newsroom' Returns for a Second Season That's Lower on Shrillness, Higher on Fallibility

    Early in this second season of "The Newsroom," "News Night" anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) googles his own name, with the addition of "hate," and turns up a list of sites dedicated to how awful the show's doughty hero is.

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    Review: 'Life's Too Short' Gives A Bittersweet Ending To An Overlooked Series

    After Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's groundbreaking "The Office," followed by the equally well received "Extras," it seemed that audiences began to cool on that particular brand of comedy. Rooted in vain, unlikeable, ambitious and curiously sympathetic characters, it's not clear where public o...

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    FX's New Drama 'The Bridge' Sets a Typical Serial Killer Story Against a Terrific Border Town Backdrop

    TV has its true procedurals, its "Law & Order" and "CSI" variants, but for many other series crime-solving is just a kind of narrative scaffolding, there to support what's fundamentally a drama about interesting characters or communities. The long and short cases in "Justified" can be involving, but...

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