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    The Revolution Was Televised: The Conversation

    I worked with HitFix.com television critic Alan Sepinwall at the Star-Ledger of Newark for nine years, 1997-2006. We shared the TV beat together throughout that period, writing reviews and features, and collaborating on a daily column of news and notes titled "All TV."

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    An Irresistible Mix: Smart Meets Soapy in 'The Hour'

    When smart meets soapy, the results can be delicious and addictive television – as long as the show proudly owns its soap opera qualities (that’s one of the secrets of Downton Abbey) and integrates them into the drama (the gap between soap and preaching is what dooms The Newsroom.) ...

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    'Being Elmo' Subject Kevin Clash Under Fire for Third Underage Sex Scandal in Two Weeks

    Despite taking a leave of absence that eventually led to his official resignation after being accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage boy, the subject of last year's Sundance award-winning documentary "Being Elmo," Kevin Clash --  known by most of the world a...

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    TV Impressions: SNL Host Anne Hathaway Does Katie Holmes, Damian Lewis Does Barack Obama

    In her third turn hosting Saturday Night Live for the third time, Anne Hathaway gleamed - first in a (actually gorgeously carried off) "Les Misérables" parody, and then in a completely uncanny turn as Katie Holmes (linked below). "Les Misérables" premieres December 25, 2012.

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    Anne Hathaway and SNL Do Homeland

    Someone at SNL really likes Homeland (don’t we all?) Last week, in their hurricane press-conference sketch, Mayor Michael Bloomberg explained to Spanish-speaking New Yorkers that white people were cranky because they were missing Homeland. This week, Anne Hathaway was at the center of a sketch...

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    Latinobuzz: Famous Latin American Filmmakers Document Stories of Real Life Heroes Who Are Making the World a Better Place

    National Geographic Channel, together with Coca-Cola Latin America, has announced the launch of documentary series “Viviendo Positivamente” (Living Positively). The series premiered in 19 countries across Latin America on Nov. 6, 2012.

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    Returning to St. Eligius: ST. ELSEWHERE, 30 Years Later, Part 2

    Your ears didn’t deceive you. In the clip above, Dr. Wayne Fiscus (Howie Mandel) takes a verbal walk down Memory Lane as his residency at St. Eligius comes to a close in the final episode of "St. Elsewhere"’s six-year run and says it lasted “three years.”

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    Mike Bloomberg, Chris Christie and Some Jersey Hand Gestures (SNL Video)

    I wonder how this will play outside New York and New Jersey, but if you’ve been watching Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s press briefings you know that his sign language interpreter has become a minor celebrity. SNL’s cold open did a brilliant take on Bloomberg and New Jersey Governo...

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    Daniel Day-Who? Louis C.K. Does Lincoln

    What if Louis C.K. had been cast in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln instead of Daniel Day-Lewis? Or, as SNL had it, what if the character of Lincoln merged with the character from his television series Louie -- stand-up comic, acerbic observer of life, and in this case emancipator of slaves and pre...

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    The David Letterman Show Must Go On, with Denzel Washington and No Audience (VIDEO)

    There's something to be said for making a silk purse out of a sow's ear. David Letterman, Paul Schaffer and a "skeleton crew" put on a low-tech show with hand-held cards but no teleprompter and no studio audience the afternoon Hurricane Sandy hit Manhattan, and it was terrific. Den...

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