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Caryn James

An Irresistible Mix: Smart Meets Soapy in 'The Hour'

  • By Caryn James
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  • November 28, 2012 8:45 AM
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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.) The Hour, beginning its second season on BBC America, gets that formula, and if anything tips toward the lurid with its new episodes.  

Ghostbuster at Downton Abbey: 'The Awakening' (Review)

  • By Caryn James
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  • August 16, 2012 9:25 AM
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If you approach 'The Awakening' as I did, a fan of Dominic West from 'The Wire' (gritty West) and 'The Hour' (dashing West)  -- well, we’ll always have 'The Wire' and 'The Hour.' He is is so underused that he barely gets to raise an eyebrow in 'The Awakening,' a modest, watchable but pedestrian ghost story set just after World War I.

Dominic West As A Serial Killer in "Appropriate Adult"

  • By Caryn James
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  • December 6, 2011 8:55 AM
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No one wants to sympathize with a serial killer, yet real life has shown us how often they charm their victims. Dominic West eerily walks that line between seductive and repellent in Sundance Channel’s sharp psychological thriller Appropriate Adult (a film premiering Saturday at 10 PM ET). West plays the real-life Fred West (happily for him, no relation) who tortured and killed at least a dozen women over more than a decade, including one of his own daughters. Sometimes he had an accomplice – his wife.

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