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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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    Recap: Heartstopping 'Breaking Bad' Midpoint Finale 'Gliding Over All' Is The Season's Best Episode

    Heading into this week’s mid-season finale, we wondered how “Breaking Bad” might try to top last week’s devastating “Say My Name,” which saw fan favorite Mike Ehrmantraut murdered at the hands of the show’s (once) protagonist Walt. Actor Dean Norris slyly teased that this week’s episode would contai...

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Closes Up Its First Season With An Underwhelming Season Finale

    And so here we come to the end. "The Newsroom" arrived nine weeks ago with high expectations -- the return to TV of Aaron Sorkin, the man behind one of the best network TV series ever, "The West Wing," and a fairly fresh-minted Oscar winner for his screenplay for "The Social Network." The pilot was ...

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    'Breaking Bad' Shows Us That Walt's Idea of Winning is for Everyone Else to Lose

    "When I'm out, I'm out."      --Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks)

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    'The Newsroom' Season 1 Finale: 'The Greater Fool' Rushes In, Can't Help Falling in Love

    Though not a strong episode, the season finale of "The Newsroom" was weirdly likeable by virtue of its commitment to sheer rom-com craziness. Because that is, for better or worse, what the show boils down to: A large serving of romance, with a side of news.

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    'Louie,' Women and the Unsuccessful Adventures of Chloe Sevigny, Girl Detective

    What kind of bookstore is Louie frequenting that's so filled with increasingly out-there responses to the manic pixie dream girl? In "Looking for Liz/Lilly Changes," last night's "Louie," Louis C.K.'s character finds himself dreaming of Liz, the vibrant, unstable woma...

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    Recap: 'Louie' Goes 'Looking For Liz' With Chloë Sevigny In A Mixed Bag Of An Episode

    To say that the third season of "Louie" has taken a more serialized approach would be an exaggeration, but both thematically and narratively, Louis C.K's used a little more continuity than usual across the episodes. Indeed, last week's season high -- with a more stand-alone approach -- was almost th...

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    The Winning Weirdness of 'Bunheads': The Case for Amy Sherman-Palladino's Charming Dramedy

    When the news came down the transom a few days ago that "Bunheads," the new show from "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, had received a back-order pickup for more episodes on ABC Family, fans like yours truly breathed a sigh of relief and wonderment. While positi...

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    On 'Breaking Bad,' Everyone Wants Out of the Meth Game But Walter White

    "Everybody wins," Walter White (Bryan Cranston) insists at the end of "Buyout," last night's episode of "Breaking Bad." He's about to propose a plan that the credits roll on before we can hear, but it seems safe to assume that everybody will not win, because not...

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Holds A Mock Debate, Hits New Lows

    On TV at least, it feels like one of the major problems with Aaron Sorkin's writing, both on "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip" and "The Newsroom," is that it seems like he'd still rather be writing "The West Wing." It's understandable. For one, he was unceremoniously fired from that show at the end of...

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