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    TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'Breaking Bad' Goes Out with Neat Freak White at the Helm; Do the Suits Smell Blood?

    It is now work like "Breaking Bad," rather than the white elephant CGI films that play in theaters, that furnishes our touchstones and defining metaphors. And if this really is the '60s and '70s, we have to thinking about how it might end. If the Third Golden Age of Television began because the suit...

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    Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4, Episode 4 ‘All In’

    It’s difficult (futile?) to write a “Boardwalk Empire” in the face of the “Breaking Bad” finale, one of the most talked-about, pored-over and beloved shows in recent TV memory. And ironically, “Boardwalk Empire” had its best episode this season so far last night. While a bulk of the show was still c...

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    'Breaking Bad' Finale Divides Critics: Just Right or Too Neat? (REVIEW ROUNDUP)

    As with anything hotly -- nay, insanely -- anticipated, the "Breaking Bad" finale was bound to divide critical opinion. Some found it the perfect cap to the series, while others took issue with its too-neat wrap-up of plot. A roundup of reviews below.

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    'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner Explains How He Created Don Draper And Other Behind-the-Scenes Secrets At New Museum Event

    10 highlights from the New Museum's "Visionaries Series: 'Mad Men's Matthew Weiner."

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    Recap: 'Breaking Bad' Bids A Wobbly Farewell In Finale Season 5, Episode 16 'Felina'

    And so "Breaking Bad" ends roughly where the season five began, with Walt celebrating his 52nd birthday and seemingly having all of his wishes come true. To say that excitement has been feverish coming into "Felina" would be an understatement, and expectations have been sky high for creator Vince Gi...

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    In the 'Breaking Bad' Finale, Walter White's Saga Reaches a Satisfying End, But Leaves the Right Questions Unanswered

    In its final episode, written and directed by Vince Gilligan as only he could do it, the show toyed with audience sympathies and played into many fan predictions while expertly working around them.

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    WATCH: Best Skits from SNL Season Premiere with Tina Fey and Aaron Paul

    Last night's "Saturday Night Live" introduced the 39th season with longtime SNL veteran Tina Fey hosting, alongside musical guest Arcade Fire and Aaron Paul from "Breaking Bad" in a handful of playful cameos.

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    Preview: Stephen Merchant's Uneven, Unfunny HBO Comedy 'Hello Ladies'

    After working together as writers, producers and stars of TV hits "The Office," "Extras," the underrated "Life's Too Short" and "An Idiot Abroad," the undeniably, comedically potent duo of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant has decided to split up for their latest TV ventures. Earlier this month, Ne...

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    Showtime's Smart New Series 'Masters of Sex' Looks at the Dramas and Mysteries of Researching Human Sexuality

    Check out our review of "Masters of Sex," the new Showtime period drama starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real life pioneers of research into human sexual response William Masters and Virginia Johnson.

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    Review: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Demands Inside Marvel Knowledge (TRAILER)

    The show assumes a fair amount of inside Marvel knowledge on the part of its viewers, which at this point is not much of a stretch. But all the elaborate backstories being spun out don't always promote comprehension. The target audience, one suspects, will have little trouble keeping up.

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