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MAY
12
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'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
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TV Upfronts Live: Tim Goodman Tweets the Presentations

TV Upfronts Live: Tim Goodman Tweets the Presentations

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MAY
11
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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
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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
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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
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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
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'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
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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
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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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APR
28
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Craig Ferguson Doesn't Surprise With 'Late Late Show' Exit — Now What? (Analysis)

Craig Ferguson Doesn't Surprise With 'Late Late Show' Exit — Now What? (Analysis)

There was no surprise in the announcement that Craig Ferguson and CBS are parting ways, which is the prettiest of all ways to spin it. These things are important because good people did good work – that would be Ferguson – at a network good enough to give an opportunity to someone very much from the outside.

But it's not a surprise because, well, CBS already had a chance to give Ferguson a vote of confidence in the 12:30 a.m. slot and failed to act on it – which was, in itself, a way of acting on it.

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APR
28
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The Power Rankings! A New King Is Crowned! There Is Blood on the Floor! Plus, Newbies!

The Power Rankings! A New King Is Crowned! There Is Blood on the Floor! Plus, Newbies!

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/game-thrones-writer-unpleasant-scenes-699232The world is put to right as the Power Rankings! return to Mondays, as a reflection of what happened in the last week, ending on Sunday. They are also a reflection of a certain someone's mood and whether a show he liked was good, bad or gods-awful.

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APR
28
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'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 3, 'Field Trip'

'Mad Men' Deconstruction: Ep. 3, 'Field Trip'

If six was nine indeed.

The Jimi Hendrix song "If 6 Was 9" closed out a Mad Men episode where the world seemed very much out of kilter -- almost nobody was happy with what they were doing in life -- and Don Draper said one very small thing that proved that he knew exactly what he was going to do with his life despite all that has happened previously.

"OK."

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APR
27
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John Oliver's 'Last Week Tonight' Is Funny But Too Fast for Its Own Good (Analysis)

John Oliver's 'Last Week Tonight' Is Funny But Too Fast for Its Own Good (Analysis)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver had its debut on HBO on Sunday and though one show, or even one month of shows, would still be too small of a sample size to judge, one thing was clear: He wasn't going to waste any time.

Even at a commercial-free 30 minutes, Last Week Tonight felt rushed and jam-packed with information, heightened by Oliver's tendency to get excited and/or yell. Those are all good traits (and, historically, pretty funny traits of his), but the entire concept might work better at an hour so he could at least breathe.

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APR
22
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Black Box: TV Review

Black Box: TV Review

There is an unbearable lightness of being thing going on with ABC’s latest drama, Black Box. And I don’t mean that in relation to the book or the movie of the same name, each with its own certain grace and greatness. No, I mean that Black Box is truly unbearable in its wispy, vacuous, pretentious way.

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