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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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    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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