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    Brand New Spy and Cult Classic Alias Play Spy Game--by Different Rules

    In this week’s “Now and Then” column, Matt Brennan takes a look at two players in the small-screen spy game, the new Sky 1/Hulu comedy Spy and J.J. Abrams breakout cult hit, Alias.

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    Strike Back Strikes Back

    The recently-renewed Cinemax action series Strike Back, about a globe-trotting, London-based Tactical Intelligence unit known as Section 20, begins a series of re-runs on the channel Friday night at 10 pm. Second chances don't come often, in this life. Seize this one with both hands.

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    KCET To Air Corwin Doc

    KCET is airing a special broadcast of Les Guthman's must-see 1996 feature docu, Corwin on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m., followed by a show about the 1938 radio drama The Plot to Overthrow Christmas, in tribute to the late great radio pioneer Norman Corwin, who passed away last week at 101. Corwin lef...

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    Media Watch: Isaacson's Steve Jobs Biography, Reviews, 60 Minutes Profile

    Clearly, we can't learn enough about the late Steve Jobs, so his official biographer Walter Isaacson's new book Steve Jobs--over 600 pages--which is published today, two and half weeks after his death, should help to feed our hunger for more details about the fascinating co-founder of Apple. Here's ...

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    Strike Back, Episode 10 – Season Finale (Spoilers)

    David Chute wants you to hoist a few in honor of Strike Back, and it's not just an excuse to drink: this short-spoken Cinemax show actually has a lot to say.The first question for the fans is: Does it add up? Did it make sense? And then: How do we feel about the way the surviving Section 20 team mem...

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    The Walking Dead 2.1 – Darkness Visible

    David Chute leaves Atlantic City behind to re-locate in Atlanta and follow the post-zombie-apocalypse refugees on the road to Fort Bening.It isn’t the most original show on television. In fact, the post-apocalyptic survival epic The Walking Dead could be written off, if you were so inclined, as a mash up of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and its sequels and Stephen King’s The Stand, as a plague of flesh-eating zombies gnaws the human race down to a bloody stump, to a close-knit band of hardy survivors. (Romero is the Bram Stoker of the flesh-eating-zombie sub-genre.) Feature films from The Day of The Triffids to Children of Men and ...

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    Strike Back Episode 9 – Fear is Beautiful (Spoilers)

    David Chute finds surprising beauty in television's best action drama.Director Daniel Percival has no need for 3-D. He can define a space with the parallax of a brief dolly shot. His staging of an incursion into a mammoth bunker complex under a forest in Chechnya adds a sweep of operatic grandeur to the penultimate ninth episode of Strike Back, the twisty action and drama series recently renewed by Cinemax. After a blast cuts off their escape, Section 20 comrades Scott and Stonebridge are forced go deeper and deeper into the earth, through claustrophobically narrowing staircases and oozing tunnels, until the complex opens out into a series of...

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    TV Projects In The Works: Kids Are All Right, Underground Gambling, Diamond Trading, Nuclear Bomb

    Movies and moviemakers are heading in increasing numbers to the small screen. Here's a smattering of recently announced in-the-works TV projects, from HBO's The Kids Are All Right spin-off to a diamond-trading drama at AMC. Some look more promising than others, and many will never see the light of d...

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    Fans Rejoice: HBO Orders Season 3 of Boardwalk Empire

    Boardwalk Empire has been given the greenlight by HBO for Season 3. HBO programming president Michael Lombardo says that after the first season: "I was eager to see what Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese and the rest of their stellar team had in store, and they continue to surpass our highest expectatio...

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    Behind The Scenes on AMC's The Walking Dead, Season 2: Zombies, Blood and Gore

    Check out photographer David Strick's behind-the-scenes photos from the Atlanta set of AMC's The Walking Dead Season 2, which debuts October 16. Don't be put off by the zombies--as adapted for cable by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) season one of The Walking Dead was one of the best-writt...

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