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    Sundance Channel's 'Get to Work' Explores a Boot Camp for the Chronically Unemployed

    "Get to Work," the new Sundance Channel unscripted series premiering tonight, August 13th, at 10:30pm, would make for an interesting pairing with Marc Levin's doc "Hard Times: Lost on Long Island," which premiered on HBO last month. With unemployment so commonly being express...

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    Recap: 'Breaking Bad' Episode 5 'Dead Freight' Will Leave You Speechless

    The opening teaser on “Breaking Bad” has proved to be one of the most elastic and effective storytelling devices used on the show. First utilized in the pilot, the opening plunged viewers into what appeared to be Walter White’s desperate final moments before spending the rest of th...

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Blends The Sublime & The Ridiculous As It Tackles Casey Anthony & Anthony Weiner

    Not to get too Will McAvoy about it, but one of the things we lament about the level of discourse on the internet is the way in which people seem to be more and more allergic to the very idea of nuance. We seem to live in a world where things can only ever be awesome or sucky, rotten or fresh. Certa...

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    'Dead Freight': On 'Breaking Bad' and Its Treatment of Children in Trouble

    There's no way the train job in "Dead Freight," last night's episode of "Breaking Bad," was going to go as planned. Nothing on the show ever goes just as planned, and once Vaminos Pest employee Todd (Jesse Plemons) admiringly told a preening Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) that "You guy...

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    'The Newsroom' Episode 8 Review and Recap: 'The Blackout Part 1' Lights Up the Season

    While the newsroom staffers attempted to stop a ratings plummet, "The Newsroom" halted its season-long plummet with a smart, strong episode. And welcome back, Mackenzie. We like you so much better with a brain.

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    Is 'Hell on Wheels' Worth Adding to Your DVR Line-up in Its New Season?

    It should to be said that "Hell on Wheels," AMC's Western drama set just after the Civil War and due to return for a second season kicking off this Sunday, August 12th at 9pm, is no "Deadwood."

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    When Louis C. K. Confronted Marc Maron on 'Louie'

    The final sequence of "Ikea/Piano Lesson," last night's "Louie," felt if not quite on par with still certainly akin to the great, uncomfortable episode last season in which Louie (and Louis C.K.) sat down to talk to "Dane Cook" (and Dane Cook) about the accusat...

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    Recap: 'Louie' Finds Its Funny Bone Again With Help From Robin Williams, Sarah Silverman & Marc Maron

    We've talked about this before, but one of the things that makes "Louie" so unique is that it's a half-hour comedy (from a stand-up comedian, no less) that's quite happy to go an episode without making you laugh. Sometimes the stand-up inserts will add a few gags, but some of the most memorable epis...

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Break Bin Laden's Death In Irritating, Manipulative Low For The Series

    Later on today, the first trailer for "Zero Dark Thirty," the film by "The Hurt Locker" helmer Kathryn Bigelow that focuses on the hunt for, and successful assassination of, Osama Bin Laden, and which stars Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Edgar...

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    'Breaking Bad' Says Happy Birthday to Walter White and Goodbye to His Marriage

    "Clear sailing from here on out, I promise."        --Walter White (Bryan Cranston)

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