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    'Newsroom' Review and Recap 2.7: The Slap (SPOILERS)

    When the season began, with talk of a lawsuit and of the need to immediately retract a huge story -- a claim that U.S. troops had committed a war crime by using sarin gas on civilians -- it appeared that institutional bias was indeed likely to be a culprit, the slant view of liberal journalists who ...

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    TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Losing Faith in 'True Blood'

    Having just completed its 6th season, "True Blood" seems to be taking a cue from "The Walking Dead," working out a dismal strategy for the near future. You can understand why they might be tempted. AMC's zombie apocalypse melodrama got a huge ratings spike over the past two seasons by dropping a lot...

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    How 'Orange is the New Black' Became One of the Year's Best Shows By Turning a Fish-Out-of-Water Tale on Its Head

    Netflix doesn't release numbers, so there's no way for an outsider to officially gauge how its original series have done so far, but in "Orange is the New Black" the streaming service indisputably has its first homegrown cultural phenomenon.

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom,' Season 2, Episode 6 'One Step Too Many'

    Yes, I know — I missed an episode last week. A dual combo of screeners not arriving in time and a brief vacation keeping me away from the television led to that one getting missed out on, but really, not much happened in season two's fifth episode "Will McAvoy's News Night." Oddly enough, for such a...

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    Recap: 'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 10 'Buried'

    "I am the danger," Walter White chillingly intoned in season four's "Cornered," but with dynamics having severely shifted since, Heisenberg may not be the most unpredictable wildcard in the show, or that Hank (Dean Norris) now faces. Racing down to the final episode, once again "Breaking Bad" is fir...

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    On a Tense 'Breaking Bad,' Sides Are Chosen, Stakes Are Raised and Scrooge McDuck Gets a Salute

    Check out our review for "Buried," the August 18th, 2013 episode of "Breaking Bad."

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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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    'Breaking Bad' Premiere Review and Roundup: 'Blood Money' Kicks Off Fast-Paced Countdown to the End, Breaks Show Ratings Record

    With eight episodes left, "Blood Money," the final season premiere of AMC's "Breaking Bad," moves faster than entire seasons of this brilliant series. Some huge developments unfold along the way, including a scene fans have been waiting for since the first episode.

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    Review: 'Breaking Bad' Season Premiere Promises All Bad Things Must Come To An End

    Tonight "Breaking Bad" returned for the first of its final eight episodes which will bring the highly acclaimed series to its conclusion. Though the show has been on hiatus since last September, if you're like me, you've spent the last couple of weeks re-immersing yourself in the show, revisiting th...

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    'Breaking Bad' Sets Us on Walt's Road to Hell -- The Only Question is How He'll Get There

    Check out our recap of "Blood Money," the August 11th, 2013 mid-season premiere of "Breaking Bad."

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