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    DVD Review: Missing ‘House Of Cards’? Excellent ‘Borgen’ Season 1 Will Keep You Satisfied

    If it isn’t already happening, Danish television is about to have a moment. AMC’s remake of the “The Killing” was canceled, swiftly brought back, and is now shooting its third season. HBO is in the midst of remaking the popular series “The Bridge” and NBC already snagged the rights to the political...

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    SXSW 2013: ‘Bates Motel’ Preview a Few Cuts Under Its Pre-‘Psycho’ Potential

    “Who’s gonna rent a room in the rape/murder hotel?” smokin’ hot Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) rhetorically asks her introverted son Norman (Freddie Highmore) after a grizzly scene has just unfolded in their creaky house. Based on the first episode of “Bates Motel,” which was unveiled March 11 at SXSW, ...

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    Recap: Charlie & Marnie Spin Their Wheels As The Jim & Pam Of 'Girls' In Subpar Outing

    How do you solve a problem like Marnie? If you're a writer for "Girls," it's currently a difficult one to puzzle out. The idea of having her and Hannah switch roles, with Marnie's life falling apart while her (former) best friend begins to have a taste of success, is a great one. And bringing to lig...

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    Mitch Hurwitz Says 'Arrested Development' Has No Movie Deal Yet & Will Arnett Says Enjoy What's Coming For Now

    Before news of a fourth season of “Arrested Development” came out, there was the fervent anticipation of an ensemble film. Now that the new season is almost upon us, the film still remains the more talked-about prize. Creator Mitch Hurwitz, Jeffrey Tambor and Will Arnett came to SXSW over the weeken...

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    Now and Then: 'Enlightened' and the Perfect TV Ending

    Saying farewell to a beloved series is tough going, so I was gratified to have "Enlightened" do it for me. Even if its cancellation isn't yet assured, "Agent of Change," the second season's finale, felt like a goodbye nonetheless -- and a perfect one at that.

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    Hannah Deals With OCD and Marnie Just Wants to Sing on 'Girls'

    The article below contains spoilers for "It's Back," the March 3rd, 2013 episode of "Girls."

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    Recap: The Gang Returns In 'Girls' As Dreams & Disorder Take Center Stage

    After three episodes of detours, following the travails of Hannah (Lena Dunham), Ray (Alex Karpovsky) and Adam (Adam Driver), and the for-the-moment departed Jessa (Jemima Kirke), "Girls" gets the gang back together for yet another strong episode in which some of our favorite supporting players get ...

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    'Girls' Recap 8: OCD and AA in an Episode That's All Over the Place

    “It’s Back” works hard to juggle four different storylines. Two are successful, and two are cringe-inducingly out of left field.

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    Recap: 'Parade's End' Brings Dense Miniseries To A Quiet Close In Finale

    As my colleagues have written in their recaps of the first four episodes of "Parade's End," there is much to admire in the five-part miniseries. From the dense, multi-threaded and layered script from Tom Stoppard, to the sumptuous direction from Susanna White and a cluster of great performances from...

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    Recap: 'Parade's End' Goes To War With One Outstanding Episode, And One Middling One

    When we left off with part two of "Parade's End," war had arrived, with Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the trenches, and his wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) seemingly finding religion. Part three of the show stayed mostly away from the front, picking up with Christopher waking in a milita...

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