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    'Girls,' Season 2: Where Does Lena Dunham End and Hannah Begin?

    With the ultra-sharp new season of Girls,  I finally understand – though I don’t agree with – the Lena Dunham backlash. For all I know, in real life she’s perfectly likable. But her character, Hannah, is the most squirm-inducing character on television. Hannah’s...

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    'Downton Abbey,' The Middle Class and Money ('Ya Gotta Spend It on Somethin' ')

    Season 3 of Downton Abbey – as soapy, dramatic and witheringly funny as ever, and at times shatteringly sad – begins in the spring of 1920, and everything now has a whiff of the modern. Daisy the kitchen maid rides a bike through the village, Mary and Matthew are planning their wedd...

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    Weekend Recap: Director Interviews with Stone and Coppola, January Releases, and More Best of 2012

    Weekend Recap: Director Interviews with Stone and Coppola, January Releases, and More Best of 2012

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    Compare Jimmy Fallon, Billy Crystal, and Jerry Seinfeld's 'Who's on First' to the Abbott and Costello Original [Video]

    Jimmy Fallon, Billy Crystal, and Jerry Seinfeld revive the classic Abbott and Costello banter about a baseball team with whacky monikers - and they pull it off! As expected, Who is on first, What is on second base, and I Don't Know is on third. Check out the video below along with the classic.

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    Cast of 'Downton Abbey' Does 'Breaking Bad' on 'Colbert Report'

    Much of the cast of Downton Abbey  -- including Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern, but not Magge Smith or Michelle Dockery -- has been in New York promoting the Jan. 6th premiere of the new season, and they have faced a flood of uninteresting questions. But if the low point was Savannah Gu...

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    Charlotte Rampling and Michelle Dockery Go Spying in Sundance Channel's 'Restless'

    Once a spy, always a spy – that’s the premise of the sleekly entertaining and wonderfully (if sometimes implausibly) cast thriller Restless. The two-part period piece on Sundance Channel (Part 1 premieres tonight, Part 2 next Friday) offers a double-whammy of time periods. The story...

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    Weekend Recap: Coppola's 'Charles Swan' Trailer, Jon Hamm's Next Comedy, and 'Homeland's Damian Lewis Sings 'White Wedding'

    - The trailer for Roman Coppola's high-style comedy "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" (here and below) features Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman sporting a major Afro. It's clear that working with Wes Anderson has had a strong influence on Coppola'...

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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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