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    'The Newsroom' Episode 3 Review and Recap: The Morning After 'The 112th Congress,' a Silent Waiting Game Erupts

    In a canny bit of Sorkin script engineering, the "News Night" team tackles Tea Party politics for six straight months with nary a peep from the 44th floor. But as with Jane Fonda's silent lioness Leona Lansing, a period of quiet comes before the roar.

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    Melissa Leo's Bawdy Turn as a 'Louie' Blind Date

    It's not that anyone necessarily doubted Melissa Leo could be funny, it's just that the Oscar-winning actress hasn't really needed to be -- her recent career's been defined by roles that have been fierce ("The Fighter"), frightening ("Red State"), warm ("Trem...

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    Recap: Academy Award-Winner Melissa Leo Steals The Show In An Outstanding Episode Of 'Louie'

    Plenty of movie stars, from Alec Baldwin to Dustin Hoffman, have been making their way onto regular TV gigs without the thought of harming their sheen of late, but even bigger names can also crop up for guest spots on shows, which allow them to upend their image, gain a little street credit, pay bac...

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    LONGMIRE RECAP 4: DOG SOLDIER

    There’s an important development in this week’s "Longmire," though it’s not immediately apparent. For the first time, Walt Longmire hits the barriers of what the law can do, and he is willing to work outside the law for justice.

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    THE NEWSROOM RECAP 2: NEWSROOM 2.0

    For Aaron Sorkin’s characters, doing your job and falling in love are often inseparable processes.

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    FALLING SKIES RECAP 3: YOUNG BLOODS

    This week's Falling Skies gave us some very earned emotional release. Like almost every episode, the action sequences were kick-ass, but the heart of the episode this week was in its emotional moments. While some of the set-up leading into the key dramatic sequences was schmaltzy, and some ...

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    TRUE BLOOD RECAP 4: WE'LL MEET AGAIN

    Alan Ball’s a believer. Now on his last season as the major domo of "True Blood," he continues to see no reason at all why Big Themes and literary stuff can’t coexist with camp, bodice ripper romance, Hammer gore camp and a Ken-Russell-esque free-for-all approach to fantastic filmmaking.

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    'The Newsroom' Episode 2 Review and Recap: 'News Night 2.0,' One Strange Step for Womankind

    Best laid plans go awry as the newsroom staffers attempt an upgraded show, and as "The Newsroom" writer Aaron Sorkin gives us female characters with some serious mood swings.

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    Review: 'Granito: How To Nail A Dictator' A Remarkable Tale About The Quest For Justice

    We're living in something of a golden era of documentary filmmaking. Whether on the big screen, and more frequently on cable -- where a plethora of specialty channels offer a variety of outlets -- documentaries can more easily reach an audience than ever before. But are they making an impact? It see...

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    'Louie' and the Pursuit of Happiness in the New Season of Louis C.K.'s Series

    "Louie" continues to grow in strange and wonderful ways its third season (starting tonight, June 28th, on FX at 10:30pm) -- both the title character and the show itself. When it began in 2010, the series felt like a collection of strikingly realized scenes lifted right out of Louis C.K....

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