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    How Idris Elba's 'Luther' Puts Us in the Mindset of a Renegade Detective

    "Luther" is a series about righteous indignation. Yes, it's a police drama, a dark (sometimes ludicrously so) crime saga set in a moody London with a greater and grimmer murder rate to equal that of other bleak procedurals.

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    TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'Breaking Bad' and 'Low Winter Sun' Updates, Mark Strong on Brit Actors in U.S. Series (SPOILERS)

    The big TV news this week was a breathtaking episode of "Breaking Bad" (AMC) that delivered huge surprises that were, at the same time, perfectly plausible. This is a mark of great storytelling, the ability to jolt us with startling developments we couldn't have anticipated that now seem inevitable....

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    ESPN's 'Branded' Examines the Double Standards of Sex Appeal and Skill Applied to Female Athletes

    Premiering tonight, August 27th at 8pm on ESPN, "Branded" is the final installment of the sports network's women-directed and women-focused documentary series "Nine for IX." It's also the film that most sharply confronts the conflicted place occupied by female athletes in the media today.

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    Review: Documentary On Sports Broadcaster Marty ‘Glickman,’ Executive Produced By Martin Scorsese

    When the credits roll on James L. Freedman’s “Glickman” it may be somewhat of a surprise to see Martin Scorsese’s name as an executive producer. Why would the legendary filmmaker have anything to do with a documentary about a sports broadcaster? Well, it’s for the simple reason that the groundbreaki...

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    On 'Breaking Bad,' Walt Proves He May Not Always Be a Great Liar, But He's a Dedicated One

    Check out our recap/review of "Confessions," the August 25th, 2013 episode of "Breaking Bad."

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Season 2, Episode 7 'Red Team III'

    We've been pretty hard on "The Newsroom" this season, to the dismay of some readers, but it's simply because the show hasn't lived up to expectations. If the first season was rocky, there was lots of promise, much of which has evaporated over the course of the last six episodes, with Aaron Sorkin's ...

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    Recap: Breaking Bad, Season 5, Episode 11 'Confessions'

    "My name is Walter Hartwell White. I live at 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104. This is my confession." These are words no one would have thought they'd ever hear come out of the words of the mouth of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), but it sets up one of the most astonishing plot t...

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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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