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Turn: TV Review

Turn: TV Review

Having series so great or so popular that nobody seems to notice how much you flounder when they're not on is a luxury (or is it a mystery?) that AMC must be praying doesn’t go away anytime soon.

Its latest series, the Revolutionary War spy drama Turn, may eventually transform into something worth talking about, but the 90-minute premiere seems so intent on setting up Something Really Big For Later that it forgets to be compelling in the moment.

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David Letterman Goes Out On His Terms -- And the Timing Is Right

David Letterman Goes Out On His Terms -- And the Timing Is Right

I have two letters from David Letterman, both delivered over a span of years and both in response to pretty much the same idea voiced in columns I'd written: He's brilliant, and let's not forget him.  I guess this will be the third such column, also written a number of years after the last.

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Mad Men: TV Review

Mad Men: TV Review

Mad Men creator and writer Matthew Weiner has always kicked off new seasons with brilliant, memorable episodes. This time is no different, as Mad Men starts the beginning of the end, airing the first of its final 14 episodes on April 13.

In "Time Zones," Weiner densely packs storylines on top of each other, some with intriguing twists, others hinting at the possibility of new directions, change, dread, weirdness and reinvention.

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Game of Thrones: TV Review

Game of Thrones: TV Review

HBO’s sprawling, epic fantasy drama hit Game of Thrones returns for its fourth season on April 6, and the one thing fans will realize – as they do every year – is just how many plates are spinning in this series.

It’s incredibly impressive.

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'Walking Dead': Revisiting the Final Scene

'Walking Dead': Revisiting the Final Scene

[Warning: Spoilers ahead for the season finale of The Walking Dead.]

As someone who hasn't read the Walking Dead comic books -- just as I haven’t read George R.R. Martin’s books that form the basis for Game of Thrones -- I take in all the information simply as it’s doled out, without being privy to older nonshow references or working with the knowledge of what’s ahead.

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Lady Gaga to Perform on 'Late Show' for First Time

Lady Gaga to Perform on 'Late Show' for First Time

Lady Gaga is returning to the Late Show.

The singer, who last appeared on the CBS late-night talk show in May 2011 as a guest only, will perform for the first time on Wednesday, April 2, at 11:35 p.m.

During her last appearance on Late Show, host David Letterman ran down a list of rumors surrounding Gaga, prompting her to tear up the piece of paper and eat it.

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Surviving Jack: TV Review

Surviving Jack: TV Review

First things first: Surviving Jack, Fox's latest comedy, is funnier than you probably think it will be. It features Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit), proving he's both adept and surprisingly nimble at this whole comedy thing. And it also presents writer and series creator Justin Halpern ($#*! My Dad Says) with a sitcom do-over. It also has a voiceover narration (sigh).

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First Look At 'Moone Boy' Season Two Trailer From Hulu (Exclusive Video)

First Look At 'Moone Boy' Season Two Trailer From Hulu (Exclusive Video)

Completely out of nowhere, Moone Boy became my favorite comedy of 2013 -- ending up in the No. 1 year-end slot. I started to evangelize its coming-of-age goodness to anybody who would listen and went out of my way to sell it hard to both John Landgraf of FX and Ted Sarandos of Netflix.

STORY: 'Grey's Anatomy' Poised to Tell 'Bubble Boy' Story

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Everything We Know We Learned From Television: Vol. 13

Everything We Know We Learned From Television: Vol. 13

► At one point in its existence, How I Met Your Mother was one of my favorite comedies. Certainly one of my top three or four network comedies and, without any doubt, my favorite CBS comedy (which are, if you follow anything I write, not really my thing, with the laugh track).

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'Mad Men,' 'Game of Thrones': The No-Spoiler Guide to Spoilers

 'Mad Men,' 'Game of Thrones': The No-Spoiler Guide to Spoilers

Every year Mad Men creator Matt Weiner gets mocked by critics for his overprotective (sometimes outlandish) pleas that we omit certain details from our reviews. He considers them spoilers. Of course, everyone considers everything a spoiler these days, so it's hard to fault a showrunner known for being obsessive about everything for continuing that habit when dealing with the press. Were Mad Men lousy, we wouldn't be having this discussion. But it's still one of the best shows on television, so it matters.

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'The Walking Dead' -- How Sunday's Episode Showed Its Greatness

'The Walking Dead' -- How Sunday's Episode Showed Its Greatness

[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead, "The Grove."]

Sunday night's "The Grove," penned by executive producer/writer Scott M. Gimple, is one of the best episodes The Walking Dead has ever done. And it got to the heart of why the drama works on so many levels other than just being a show about zombies -- and why it should be taken more seriously as a top-tier drama.

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Crisis: TV Review

Crisis: TV Review

Nothing derails a hostage drama more quickly than not caring about the fate of the hostages, which happens rather early in NBC’s limp Crisis, airing Sunday at 10.

At least in CBS’s droning, ultimately not very thrilling Hostages, there were good actors everywhere you turned, and periodically some strong writing.

Not much of either happen in Crisis, except for the presence of Gillian Anderson, who makes you wonder aloud why she took the job (particularly after she was so great in The Fall).

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'True Detective' Was Ultimately About the Journey, Not the Finale

'True Detective' Was Ultimately About the Journey, Not the Finale

This column contains spoilers to the season finale of True Detective. Watch before reading.

It's likely that wherever you fell on the spectrum about the need for, the execution of and the overall satisfaction surrounding the final mystery in HBO's terrific True Detective, depended on what show you were watching.

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Silicon Valley: TV Review

Silicon Valley: TV Review

It's not exactly clear whether HBO ever intended to create a comedy brand wrapped around super creative, not very popular niche shows. It's probably more likely that it wanted two or four other shows in the vein of Sex and the City -- or even Entourage. Hell, at this point, it might even go for another Curb Your Enthusiasm (or, barring that, just a firm commitment from Larry David to make another season of Curb).

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