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    BREAKING BAD RECAP 2: MADRIGAL

    The most striking aspect of tonight’s episode was our introduction to German mega-company Madrigal Elektromoteren (and, of course, the short-order introduction and elimination of suit Herr Schuler, who was clearly complicit in the late Mr. Fring’s meth empire, though we don’t quite know yet to what ...

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    FALLING SKIES RECAP 6: MOLON LABE

    Here's where we start to hope. Here's where we begin fervently, passionately hoping that two outstanding back-to-back episodes of "Falling Skies" make a trend, possibly the shape of things to come.

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    Incestuous Undertones and Infidelity: Ovation's 'Bouquet of Barbed Wire'

    Class, masculine competition, buried pasts and father-daughter dynamics make up a luridly dark arrangement in the three-part UK miniseries "Bouquet of Barbed Wire," the first episode of which airs on Ovation this Saturday, July 21 at 10m ET/7pm PT.

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    POLITICAL ANIMALS: Purple Haze

    When we first see former first lady, former presidential candidate, and soon-to-be secretary of state Elaine Barrish Hammond, played by Sigourney Weaver, in "Political Animals," she is onstage giving a concession speech, dressed in a purple disco jumpsuit. “Postpartisan purple,” observes a friend wh...

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    Is the New Villain on 'Breaking Bad' Walter White Himself?

    From its outset, "Breaking Bad" has been all consequences. Nothing happens that doesn't reverberate through the show's claustrophobic universe and set off new and sometimes disastrous events.

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    TRUE BLOOD RECAP 6: HOPELESS

    Tonight’s meh "True Blood" was proof double-O positive of the Law of Fives. Seriously, if physicists applied themselves, I trust they’d find the Law of Fives almost as immutable as the Law of Gravity, and not nearly as funny.

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    'The Newsroom' Episode 4 Review and Recap: 'I'll Try to Fix You' or Take You Down

    In Sunday's all-new episode of "The Newsroom," defamation is the vicious, attractive stranger at the party, waiting for someone to take the bait.

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    Review: Tabloid Journalism, Media Tricks & A Coldplay Montage...Yes, It's 'The Newsroom'

    There is perhaps no better encapsulation of the many flaws and tremendous promise that Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" contains than "I'll Try To Fix You." The last of the first batch of episodes sent to press, as the credits roll, it's easy to see why advance reviews were all over the map, because th...

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    THE NEWSROOM RECAP 4: I'LL TRY TO FIX YOU

    One of the reasons I wish "The Newsroom" spent more time following its characters as they report stories is that there’s a thesis floating through the show about what happens when people apply the methods they use in journalism to their personal lives.

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    BREAKING BAD RECAP 1: LIVE FREE OR DIE

    In the months since the explosive Season 4 finale of "Breaking Bad," and Walt's certainly premature declaration of victory, we've had a long time to ponder what exactly he meant by saying, "I won."

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