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    'Homeland' Kicks Off Its Second Season With Carrie Getting Her Groove Back

    When we last left "Homeland" heroine Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), she was shattered by her investigation into former Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), a rescued POW turned possible terrorist.

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    Recap: Nucky & Gyp Rosetti Seemed Poised For A Showdown In ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Episode 3 'Bone For Tuna'

    While the opening two episodes of season three of “Boardwalk Empire” have been characteristically languid, the drama of this season seems to be finally coalescing; albeit still at a rather leisurely pace. But the character-driven show has always been more interested in the arcs and perso...

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    'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 2: A Deep Specificity of Culture

    Decades ago, I'd heard that Eric Overmeyer and the wonderful actress Ellen McElduff had begun living part-time in her native Louisiana. This is obviously well before Katrina, but even then, New Orleans was in need of support. Cajun culture was having its brief moment in the sun, but the city and sta...

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    Recap: 'Louie' Closes Off Its Third Season With A Pair Of Classics

    In a very fine article on the always excellent AV Club this week, Todd Van Der Werff argues that "Louie" isn't just a strong contender for the best comedy on TV right now, but also the first show since "Seinfeld" and "The Simpsons" to genuinely move the form forward. Whether it becomes a touchstone ...

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    'Louie' Wraps Up a Season of Highs and Lows With a Spur-of-the-Moment Trip Abroad

    After the giddily happy-sad ending of the ambitious "Late Night" arc that took up the previous three episodes of "Louie," it was inevitable that last night's actual season finale, "New Year's Eve," felt a little anticlimactic. It even started at what for so many...

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    'Last Resort': How a 'Pre-Apocalypse' Drama Can Be More Alarming Than Going Right to the End of the World

    Premiering tonight, Thursday, September 27th on ABC at 8pm (though it's been available for streaming online for the past two weeks), the military series "Last Resort" isn't just the most promising new broadcast network drama of the season, its quietly the most alarming. While ...

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    Why Everyone Should Be Watching 'Homeland'

    Showtime's Emmy winner for Best Drama returns Sunday for its second season. Fans can spend a few days pondering last season's stunning finale, but for newcomers it's time to play catch up. Because everyone should be watching "Homeland": it's the most astute piece of film or television to come out of...

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    Like 'Girls,' 'The Mindy Project' Offers a Challenge to the Typical Leading Lady

    Like Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling is the kind of actress you used to see unjustly relegated to the role of the sidekick, the funny best friend. She doesn't look like the type of leading lady common to the romantic comedies with which her character is so enamored.

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    Why 'Treme' is the Greatest Show You Can Never Get Your Friends to Watch

    "Treme" has from the beginning defied easy descriptions and hooks. Like co-creator David Simon's best known series "The Wire," "Treme" is about a place more than it is about any one character or main story -- but unlike that crime drama, it doesn't start with something as surface approachable as the...

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    Recap: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 3, Episode 2 -- 'Spaghetti And Coffee' -- Is More Slow Bridge Building

    If “Resolution,” the opening episode of “Boardwalk Empire” Season 3, was like the sleepy morning after awakening from the violent and explosive ending of Season 2, the unremarkable episode two of Season 3, “Spaghetti And Coffee,” was still in rebuilding mode; slowly setting up the events that will e...

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