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    In Women in Prison Dramedy 'Orange is the New Black,' Netflix Has Its Strongest Original Series to Date

    There's been a lot of discussion about how binge-viewing, DVRs and on demand availability have changed the way we approach television, how it's allowed for more complex, serialized storytelling, how episodes no longer have the same obligation to keep new or sporadic viewers in mind.

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    Mary Harron Offers a Warped Take on the Typical Hollywood Tragedy Format in Lifetime's 'Anna Nicole'

    Anna Nicole Smith went from a Texas teen mom to a stripper to the much younger wife of an octogenarian billionaire to a model/reality star to dead due to a lethal combination of prescription pills, all before the age of 40. It's the kind of life that makes her an ideal subject for a Lifetime movie, ...

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    Emmy Pick: 'Orphan Black' Chameleon Tatiana Maslany

    An awards-season backlash seems be developing against the underdog BBC America clone conspiracy drama "Orphan Black," even though the frontlash for this absorbing Canadian production is still gathering steam. Naysayers are suggesting that the elaborately plotted show is too coyly fond of it’s own co...

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    Showtime's New Drama 'Ray Donovan' Takes on the Dark Side of Hollywood With Unusual Nuance

    Los Angeles is such an easy and often undefended target for broad satire that it can be perversely difficult to portray in fiction, getting lost in stereotypes of image obsession, inescapable show business involvements, eternal traffic and compulsive fixations on healthy living.

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    CBS's 'Under the Dome' Has the Feel of a 'Twilight Zone' Episode Writ Large

    Stephen King's 2009 novel "Under the Dome" is a 1000+ page behemoth about what befalls Chester's Mill, one of King's favored small Maine towns, when it's suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a giant, transparent dome.

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    'Mad Men' Ends Its Season With Don Being Forced to Confront His Unhappy Past and His Uncertain Future

    Check out our recap and review for "In Care Of," the June 23, 2013 episode (and sixth season finale) of "Mad Men."

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    'Wilfred' Returns With More Dark Comedy About Man's Best Friend as a Possible Sign of Mental Illness

    You can find Elijah Wood in theaters this weekend playing a compulsive killer of young women in Franck Khalfoun's remake of "Maniac," offering a physically dissimilar and more angsty take on the crazed character originally dreamed up by Joe Spinell. But on the small screen he's playing a very differ...

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    Is 'Mad Men' Recent Addition Bob Benson Just a Newer Version of Don Draper?

    Check out our recap and review of "The Quality of Mercy," the June 16th, 2013 episode of "Mad Men."

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    'Game of Thrones' 3.10 Recap and Review - 'Mhysa'

    No more shrieking reaction videos on YouTube until at least 2014, as "Game of Thrones" ends season three on a forward-looking note.

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    An In Flagrante Discovery and a Meaningful Knee Touch Bring Some Awkwardness to 'Mad Men'

    Check out our review and recap of "Favors," the June 9 episode of "Mad Men."

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