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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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    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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