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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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    Recap: Everybody Wins In 'Buyout,' Another Terrific 'Breaking Bad' Episode

    This week’s episode of "Breaking Bad" begins with a funereal tone, and with good reason. After pulling off their methylamine heist successfully last week, the crew’s victory was immediately marred by the murder of a witness who just happened to be a young boy. In a haunting wordless opening Walt, Mi...

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    'The Newsroom' Episode 9 Review and Recap: 'The Blackout Part 2' -- Whither the Mock Debate?

    Sunday's all-new episode of "The Newsroom" was a moderate letdown from last week's strong episode, with promises of a mock debate barely materializing. But Sloan, the best thing about the Sorkin-scripted show, did get in a great one-liner: "Me? FUCK you."

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    In Its Second Season, 'Boss' Remains the Darkest Political Drama on Air

    "Veep," "Political Animals," "Scandal" -- if you were to take a measure simply from scripted TV, our view of politics has become cynical indeed (and not without justification). But none of them can top Starz drama "Boss," the second season of which starts...

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    Recap: 'Louie' Flees His Daddy Issues In Strangest Episode Of The Season So Far

    If there's been a theme of the third season of "Louie" so far (although it's been less present in the last couple of episodes), it's "manning up." Louie's girlfriend accused of him of not having the courage to break up with her, he was eviscerated by Melissa Leo for refusing to go down on her, he ha...

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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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