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MAY
25
2 MOS

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 7: 'Waterloo'

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 7: 'Waterloo'

What an incredible and formidable "midseason" finale "Waterloo" was on Mad Men. Yet it was also a tiny bit flawed at the end (understandably), and it comes in a week where two other series had absolutely magnificent episodes. So what do you say to that?

"We're living in amazing times." That's what you say.

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MAY
21
2 MOS

'The Normal Heart': TV Review

'The Normal Heart': TV Review

You might wonder what a film version of Larry Kramer's acclaimed, Tony-winning play The Normal Heart – which first premiered in 1985 and was then revived on Broadway in 2011 – could really add to the story, or even why HBO decided to greenlight it.

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MAY
20
2 MOS

The Power Rankings! Too Much Greatness! Elite 11 Goes Hardcore! Also: Flux!

The Power Rankings! Too Much Greatness! Elite 11 Goes Hardcore! Also: Flux!

Can I say it one more time for emphasis? OK, here goes: We're living in amazing times. This is a damned solid Elite 11 and it basically leaves no room for hackery (unless it's my own). So many great shows, so little room to allow someone to sneak in on appeal. Of course, we're heading into finale territory for some of these shows, so no doubt the coming weeks will have more flux, But right now, top to bottom, this is muscle on bone, people. Every show here is getting it done.

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MAY
20
2 MOS

'Gang Related': TV Review

'Gang Related': TV Review

Sometimes a stubborn, little, not very good, but not terrible television series will come along and make things difficult. You want to look away, but in a moment of charity you reason that the show might work if only it's tweaked a certain way. You see hope and potential in the sloppy execution and slightly off writing. On extremely rare occasions, the second or third episode rewards your faith, and a good show grows from the rubble.

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MAY
18
2 MOS

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 6: 'The Strategy'

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 6: 'The Strategy'

Let's get this out front right away: Don't read too much into next week's midseason finale of Mad Men. We're only halfway home -- no real conclusions can be reached yet. And if that's true, then it's especially true of Sunday's penultimate episode, "The Strategy."

There were some story-arc movements but nothing that will be as definitively change-inducing as those in the last half of the last seven episodes.

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MAY
12
3 MOS

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 5: 'The Runaways'

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 5: 'The Runaways'

What a strange season of Mad Men it's been so far. Most of the characters haven't been acting like themselves, and this very theme -- beginning with Don and Freddie Rumsen's Cyrano act -- was directly addressed in the first episode. Now, in the fifth episode, we get a shocking but strangely welcome reason for why Ginsberg hasn't been making sense since the very first scene he was in.

He's nuts.

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MAY
12
3 MOS

TV Upfronts Live: Tim Goodman Tweets the Presentations

TV Upfronts Live: Tim Goodman Tweets the Presentations

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MAY
11
3 MOS

Rosemary's Baby: TV Review

Rosemary's Baby: TV Review

Pray for Rosemary’s baby, indeed.

That was the tagline to Roman Polanski’s famous and acclaimed 1968 film, based on the book by Ira Levin, but it might as well be a warning about NBC’s ill-conceived miniseries remake.

Oh, this one’s tagline is “Fear is born,” which in many ways tells you all you need to know about their difference -- hey, watch out for that anvil.

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MAY
9
3 MOS

Failure Analysis: The Upfronts Cycle of Death

Failure Analysis: The Upfronts Cycle of Death

Once the National Football League pushed its lengthy but popular hot air balloon known as the NFL Draft into May, it aligned rather nicely with television’s upfronts presentation – or at least the time before the dog and pony show when all the news about pilot pick-ups and show cancelations leak into the press and bog down Twitter.

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MAY
8
3 MOS

Penny Dreadful: TV Review

Penny Dreadful: TV Review

The world doesn’t need another psychosexual horror story, but if John Logan has an idea that revolves around classic characters like Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and Van Helsing mixing with entirely new entities in Victorian London, we'll have to make room.

STORY: Showtime's Monster Drama 'Penny Dreadful' Will Explore Modern Themes -- Plus Watch the First Trailer

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MAY
6
3 MOS

The Power Rankings! Are Here! Return of the King! Flux! Tears! Laughter!

The Power Rankings! Are Here! Return of the King! Flux! Tears! Laughter!

I know what you're thinking and yes, as a matter of fact, it's annoying. "Hey, the Power Rankings! are supposed to be out on Monday, not Tuesday. You suck!"

Why do you lash out? Why do you hate? Let me tell you something: the Power Rankings! answer to no god. They appear as they wish or as the world allows them. And the world is often full of time-sucking distractions, like Drinko de Mayo and deadlines. And appointments that can't be skipped. I forgot to pay my rent as well. Happy now?

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MAY
5
3 MOS

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 4: 'The Monolith'

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 4: 'The Monolith'

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has shown that he has no problems tackling death as a metaphor -- which should come as no surprise in a series based on one man's existential crisis -- and he has allowed his writers to tap into that device with equal consistency. In "The Monolith," an episode replete with references to death, the emphasis was actually to look beyond death, to triumph against the odds.

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MAY
2
3 MOS

24: Live Another Day: TV Review

24: Live Another Day: TV Review

Four years after it went off the air – and after its fictional main character, Jack Bauer, disappeared into the ether – the anti-terrorism drama 24 is back for what promises to be more pulse-pounding action and, let's be clear on this, a whole lot of ludicrous behavior.

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MAY
1
3 MOS

Louie: TV Review

Louie: TV Review

Somewhere along the way during its three-season run, FX's brilliant comedy Louie ceased to really be a comedy as we know it.

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