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Video: How Is "The Borgias" Like "The Godfather"?

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  • March 30, 2011 9:04 AM
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Was it Fredo Corleone who said "Happy families are all alike?" Maybe I'm misremembering.

Watch Edie Falco's Droll Nurse Jackie: New, Full Episode

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  • March 29, 2011 2:41 AM
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For two seasons, the heroine of Nurse Jackie has been pulling off the near-impossible: crushing pills and snorting them in the hospital bathroom, juggling her husband and her pharmacist (how convenient! ) boyfriend, all without getting caught. And Edie Falco has done something just as miraculous: kept us on Jackie’s side while she has selfishly used everyone who loves her.

Watch United States of Tara, with Eddie Izzard: New, Full Episode

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  • March 29, 2011 2:40 AM
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I’ve dipped in and out of United States of Tara for the last two seasons, always feeling that the heroine's multiple personalities - the gun-toting biker guy, the teenaged slut, the happy homemaker – were too often an excuse for stunt acting. But Toni Collette did win an Emmy, and the show has its passionate fans.

DVD: "Upstairs, Downstairs," the Series Everyone Steals From

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  • March 28, 2011 8:41 AM
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Before there was Gosford Park or the recent hit series Downton Abbey, there was Upstairs, Downstairs, the 1970’s series that created the template for masters and servants mingling on screen, wearing fussy Edwardian clothes, getting into all sorts of scandalous adventures, from a servant with dirty gloves (the horror!) to stolen babies, suicide, illegitimate children, adulterous affairs. All those scandals and more are in Upstairs, Downstairs. Jean Marsh, who played the maid Rose (photo above), and Eileen Atkins – yes, the actress – created the series’ inspired formula, which many others have shamelessly borrowed.

Review: Jeremy Irons and Those Seductive, Scheming, Irresistible Borgias

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  • March 28, 2011 4:37 AM
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Amid all the lust, murder, backstabbing and love in Neil Jordan’s sumptuously shot, elegantly written miniseries The Borgias, the most memorable scene may be the one with the monkey. Rodrigo Borgia, played with sublime smoothness and depth by Jeremy Irons, has recently become Pope, and his son and consigliere, Cesare, arrives at a banquet for cardinals with a tiny monkey on his shoulder. The Borgias pass this off as an eccentricity, but that monkey is a food taster, and in the poisonous court of Pope Alexander VI not likely to have a long life.
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Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara: Watch New, Full Episodes Here Tonight

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  • March 28, 2011 1:00 AM
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The third seasons of the droll, terrific Nurse Jackie, with Edie Falco as a nurse juggling husband, boyfriend and drug addiction, and United States of Tara, with Toni Collette as a woman struggling to keep her multiple personalities in check, begin tonight on Showtime. Come back after 10:30 ET and I'll have the full season-premiere episodes posted here. Both series are as good as ever.

Review: Singing, Dancing Daniel Radcliffe Outshines Retro “How to Succeed”

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  • March 27, 2011 11:59 AM
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Determined to prove that he’s more than Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe keeps turning up on Broadway in image-shattering roles - that makes sense – in shows that are dated and backward looking. That is the baffling part.

Video: New Sneak Peak at Tonight's Stunning "Mildred Pierce"

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  • March 27, 2011 1:00 AM
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Kate Winslet gives an amazing performance in Todd Haynes' Mildred Pierce as a woman who uses her mind, indulges her sexual desires, yet can't begin to cope with her venal, betraying daughter.

Video: Preview the "Shameless" Season Finale

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  • March 26, 2011 1:30 AM
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Shameless, with the flawless William H. Macy as a hugely flawed layabout father of six, wraps up its season on Sunday. When it began, it was overshadowed by Showtime's smart Matt LeBlanc comedy Episodes, but If you haven't kept up with Shameless you've missed how strongly this American version of the British series has come into its own. This droll comedy has created a unique identity for each member of the Gallagher family, whose affection is matched only by their capacity for cheating the government and stealing from the rich (or less poor).

Video: Aaron Sorkin on 30 Rock

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  • March 25, 2011 7:00 AM
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Aaron Sorkin hasn't always seemed like a guy ready to make fun of himself; you'd expect the writer of "You can't handle the truth!" to take himself very seriously. But while picking up the Oscar and other awards for The Social Network he seemed looser than ever. Here he does a terrific little self-referential cameo on 30 Rock, playing himself as a writer scrambling for work because the profession is dying.
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