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    Recap: An Uneasy Alliance Forms In Typically Strong 'Breaking Bad' Episode 'Madrigal'

    Instead of dispensing the final 16 episodes of “Breaking Bad" at once, Vince Gilligan and co. decided it would be better to split them up over 2 shorter mini-seasons to give the writers the best chance at finishing the story in a satisfying way. So far, that decision seems to be payi...

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    Future Drug Kingpin Walt Gets His Team Together on 'Breaking Bad'

    The cold opens of "Breaking Bad" are the series' stylistic sandbox, the place in which it makes its wildest and most distinctive gestures -- time slips forward or backward, we get a narcocorrido inspired by our protagonist's career choices or peek into the miserable day-t...

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Halts Its Death Plunge With Its Least Terrible Episode Since The Pilot

    So far "The Newsroom" has had two major problems, sitting on top of a whole bunch of minor ones. Firstly, Aaron Sorkin's often-questionable approach to female characters has reached something of a zenith here. His shows have often featured strong powerful women undone by their love lives, but the le...

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    THE NEWSROOM RECAP 5: AMEN

    It’s amazing that a man, and the show that celebrates him, can recognize any news when they spot it, given how much time Will and "The Newsroom" spend in a self-regarding set of funhouse mirrors that seem to reflect only the most flattering version of Will back to him.

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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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