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    'Treme' Returns; How It's Not Just 'The Wire' with Music

    Now that "Treme" is starting its third season, you would think people would realize this is not "The Wire" with music. Yes, there are a lot of black people in this show, just like in "The Wire." And, as in the earlier show, some of those black people have rich and rewarding friendships with whites.....

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    'Louie' Ends a Fantastic Arc by Showing That Sometimes It's Enough to Go the Distance

    "Late Show Part 3," which aired last night and wrapped up a three-episode arc, showed that it was the journey, not the destination that was important to the show.

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    Is J.J. Abrams' New NBC Series 'Revolution' a Sign of Apocalypse Fatigue?

    The best thing that NBC's new sci-fi drama "Revolution, which premiered last night, has going for it is the way it's found to be both futuristic and old-timey. The show is set 15 years after our present has devolved into anarchy following the lights going out and all technology ceasing ...

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    Damn It Feels Good To Be Half a Gangster: 'Boardwalk Empire' Returns With a Growing Gap Between Bootlegging and Respectability

    "You can't be half a gangster," Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) told his caretaker, mentor and surrogate father figure Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) back in the first episode of "Boardwalk Empire," "not anymore."

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    Review & Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 3 Opening Episode 'Resolution'

    Season 2 of the Terence Winter (“The Sopranos”) created, Martin Scorsese-exec-produced "Boardwalk Empire" ended in a spectacularly bloody and vengeful fashion that left many viewers in mourning (spoilers will follow for those who have not seen the show).

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    'Louie' Gets In Touch With the Lynchian Side of Show Business in 'Late Show Part 2'

    To Louis C.K., the business side of comedy obviously has some Lynchian aspects -- so much so that when he's told to report to an executive in New York who'll train him "Late Show Part 2," the man, Jack Dall, is actually played by David Lynch.

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    Recap: 'Louie' Gets An Unlikely Talk-Show Sensei

    With apologies, it's been a little while since we checked in in "Louie" -- we were partly interrupted by festival-related travels and because the show took last week off, presumably because it would have clashed with Barack Obama's speech at the DNC. Or the VMAs. Happily, over the past weeks, Louis ...

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    Ladies, Please: 'Bomb Girls' Follows the Dramas of Women Working in a Munitions Factory During World War II

    Like most period dramas on television, the Canadian series "Bomb Girls" (which premiered on ReelzChannel last night and airs Tuesdays at 10pm) doesn't inhabit its timeframe so much as it wears it like a habit. Set during World War II at a Toronto factory that manufactures bombs, i...

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    Now and Then: NBC's Big Miss, 'The New Normal,' Could Learn a Thing or Two from 'Sleepwalk With Me'

    I look forward to each fall's slate of network comedies with roughly the same relish as I do a dental procedure. There are exceptions — "Modern Family" and "30 Rock," though they've struggled to stay fresh, started strong — but episodic comedy is hard to get right. Which is why I was surprised to fi...

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    Encore's 'The Crimson Petal and the White' Is Not Your Parents' Period Drama

    Adapted from Michel Faber's 2002 novel of the same name, the British miniseries "The Crimson Petal and the White" (airing on Encore tonight, September 10th, at 8pm and tomorrow at the same time) features characters in the grip of Victorian repression but is itself gleefully earthy and ...

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