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    Downton Abbey: Does Mary Get Matthew, And Will Patton Oswalt Tweet?

    It took a costume drama about nose-in-the-air aristocrats to give PBS pop-culture traction. But just before New Year’s, there was Patton Oswalt catching up with season 1 and  practically swooning as he Tweeted with arch wit but no irony, “Oh DOWNTON ABBEY, how have I only just ...

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    Dominic West As A Serial Killer in "Appropriate Adult"

    No one wants to sympathize with a serial killer, yet real life has shown us how often they charm their victims. Dominic West eerily walks that line between seductive and repellent in Sundance Channel’s sharp psychological thriller Appropriate Adult (a film premiering Saturday at 10 PM ET)...

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    TV Review: Gus Van Sant (!) Directs Kelsey Grammer in "Boss"

    It’s one thing to know where the bodies are buried and another to know how to use that information. The best dramas about political thugs - and they are a fascinating breed - show us the behind-the scenes payoffs, blackmail schemes and turns of the screw that a politico uses to wield his ...

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    The Govt. Can’t Help You, And Other Lessons From "The Walking Dead"

    If you look closely into the herd of zombies stumbling through a school parking lot in next week’s episode of The Walking Dead, you’ll see one wearing a FEMA jacket – a mordant, apparently trivial detail that actually reveals one of the series’ major truths: The Governme...

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    On Amy Poehler's "Parks and Rec": Gotcha Journalism and Birthers

    It’s a Sarah Palin paranoid-fantasy come true, just in time to ride the wave of her not-running-for-president announcement. On the next episode of Parks and Recreation, when Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) promotes her new book on the local Pawnee television show, she becomes the victim of gotcha journal...

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    Hugh Laurie Goes to Prison: "House" Season Premiere

    After crashing his car through Cuddy's window at the end of last season, House apparently landed in prison because that's where we find him at the start of tonight's season premiere. (Last season Thirteen was just out of prison, this year House; would you want a hospital where all the docs are ex-co...

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    Ryan Murphy's Stunning, Campier-Than-Glee "American Horror Story"

    Sex, ghosts, murder and old movies create a post-modern, post-Gothic swirl in FX’s stunning new series American Horror Story. Co-created by Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck ) and Brad Falchuk (Murphy's co-creator on Glee), the story of a damaged family and a haunted house is more macabre than Nip/Tuck and has...

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    Boardwalk Empire Returns, With Nucky and Margaret The New Tony and Carmela

    Near the start of tonight’s season premiere of Boardwalk Empire, there is a guns-blazing Ku Klux Klan attack on the bootleg warehouse of Chalky White, Atlantic City boss Nucky Thompson’s ironically named black cohort. Nucky’s luck gets worse from there.

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    The Jackie Kennedy Interviews: Snark Becomes Her

    Here is the great lesson of the newly unsealed Jacqueline Kennedy oral history tapes: Jackie said some snarky things. And her biting, often witty remarks have actually burnished and freshened up her image. Doesn’t it make her seem more real, likable, shrewd and contemporary to have called Indira Gan...

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    Review: Worst. Emmys. Ever? (UPDATED with Video)

    By my count there were about five entertaining minutes out of three hours on last night’s Emmy show. I admit, I’m math challenged so I may be off by a minute or two, but I promise, no more than that.

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