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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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    Was the Second Season of 'The Newsroom' Better Off Following a Fictional Story Than Real Ones?

    The second season of Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama "The Newsroom," which wrapped last night with an episode entitled "Election Night, Part II," continued to weave in the real news stories the show has used as guideposts along its rerunning of recent history -- the Mitt Romney campaign, the execution of T...

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    Rotten Tomatoes Launches TV Zone, to Give Fresh or Rotten Ratings to TV Shows

    Rotten Tomatoes is now going to expand its "Fresh" or "Rotten" ratings to TV shows. Starting September 17, the critic aggregate site will launch "TV Zone," where Tomatometer scores can be found for television series' seasons (but not by individual episode).

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    Recap: ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ Season 4, Episode 2, ‘Resignation’

    The point has been made, “Boardwalk Empire” can be a deliberately paced show, but on tonight's episode “Resignation,” it appears at least one of the fourth season’s key elements is in place. That would be Dr. Valentin Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright), the brewing antagonist, whose striking demeanor and dec...

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    Recap: Harrowing 'Breaking Bad' Season 5, Episode 14 'Ozymandias'

    "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" goes the poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, and not only does it serve as the title of this week's episode, it also was the foundation of one of the more tantalizing teasers that was released before the start of the final s...

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    In a Breathtaking, Brutal Episode, 'Breaking Bad' Reveals Walt at His Most Monstrous

    Check out our recap/review of "Ozymandias," the September 15th, 2013 episode of "Breaking Bad."

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    Ricky Gervais Tries to Play Nice in His New Netflix Series 'Derek'

    Check out our review of "Derek," the new series from Ricky Gervais now streaming on Netflix.

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    Toronto Review: Sean Durkin and Tony Grisoni's Miniseries 'Southcliffe' is an Exquisitely Made, Punishing Portrayal of a Mass Shooting

    "Southcliffe," director Sean Durkin's follow-up to his acclaimed 2011 debut "Martha Marcy May Marlene," has been screening at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, though it's not actually a film.

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    TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season Premiere, Nussbaum TV Game, Johnson Directs 'Breaking Bad'

    The season premiere of "Boardwalk Empire" was as lush and well-acted -- and as weirdly uncompelling -- as ever. Perhaps we've watched too many period gangster dramas, at this point, to be easily enthralled by a show that takes a staunchly traditionalist approach to the genre.

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