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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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    Is 'Hell on Wheels' Worth Adding to Your DVR Line-up in Its New Season?

    It should to be said that "Hell on Wheels," AMC's Western drama set just after the Civil War and due to return for a second season kicking off this Sunday, August 12th at 9pm, is no "Deadwood."

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    When Louis C. K. Confronted Marc Maron on 'Louie'

    The final sequence of "Ikea/Piano Lesson," last night's "Louie," felt if not quite on par with still certainly akin to the great, uncomfortable episode last season in which Louie (and Louis C.K.) sat down to talk to "Dane Cook" (and Dane Cook) about the accusat...

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    Recap: 'Louie' Finds Its Funny Bone Again With Help From Robin Williams, Sarah Silverman & Marc Maron

    We've talked about this before, but one of the things that makes "Louie" so unique is that it's a half-hour comedy (from a stand-up comedian, no less) that's quite happy to go an episode without making you laugh. Sometimes the stand-up inserts will add a few gags, but some of the most memorable epis...

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Break Bin Laden's Death In Irritating, Manipulative Low For The Series

    Later on today, the first trailer for "Zero Dark Thirty," the film by "The Hurt Locker" helmer Kathryn Bigelow that focuses on the hunt for, and successful assassination of, Osama Bin Laden, and which stars Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Edgar...

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    'Breaking Bad' Says Happy Birthday to Walter White and Goodbye to His Marriage

    "Clear sailing from here on out, I promise."        --Walter White (Bryan Cranston)

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    'The Newsroom' Episode 7 Review and Recap: '5/1' Somehow Makes the Death of bin Laden Uninteresting

    Sunday night's all-new episode of "The Newsroom," the weakest of the season, dealt with the death of Osama bin Laden by Navy SEALs, and the death of a potentially compelling 50 minutes of television by never-ending filler.

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Continues Its Uptick By Letting Its Characters Fail

    At the close of our recap of last week's "The Newsroom" episode, we wrote of protagonist Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), that we thought "he'd actually be more sympathetic if he actually made a mistake and had to deal with the consequences. In fact, the show would be helped enormously if they made some ...

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    Recap: Walt Learns About Overhead In 'Breaking Bad' Episode 3 'Hazard Pay'

    If the first two episodes of “Breaking Bad”’s thus far excellent fifth season were mostly concerned with tying up loose ends from last season while setting the stage for the next phase of the story, episode 3 titled “Hazard Pay,” begins moving forward in earnest. The breakneck pacing is likely a res...

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