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    ESPN's 'This Is What They Want': A Doc Portrait of a Great Tennis Player and a Notorious Jerk

    At best an occasional and half-hearted follower of tennis (which is still more than I can say for most other sports), I had never heard of Jimmy Connors before seeing "This is What They Want," the new "30 for 30" doc airing on ESPN tonight at 8pm.

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    Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4, Episode 8 ‘The Old Ship Of Zion’

    Yes, “Boardwalk Empire” takes a long time to coalesce, but we’ll admit, when its early chess piece moves begin to fall into place, and you can see the forest for the trees on the board, boy does it get good. In tonight’s absorbing episode, Nucky Thompson’s (Steve Buscemi) latest booze shipment from ...

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    WATCH: Edward Norton Leads a Fantastic Wes Anderson Parody and Other SNL Highlights (VIDEO)

    Unexpectedly, Edward Norton hosted last night's episode of Saturday Night Live, a welcome guest. Norton showed off his self-deprecating side as well as his gift for impressions, including Ian McKellen and two Woodys-- Allen and Harrelson.

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    Coming Back From the Dead, French-Style, in Sundance Channel's New Series 'The Returned'

    "The Returned," a French drama premiering on October 31st at 9pm on Sundance Channel and airing on subsequent Thursdays, is about the dead coming back to life, but it's not a horror series, not really.

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    Recap: Mother/Daughter Relationships Get Complicated In 'American Horror Story: Coven' Episode 'The Replacements'

    Many of the critics of "American Horror Story: Coven" claim that its rococo stylization is both unnecessary and over-the-top. Tonight's episode, "The Replacements," certainly won't silence those critics, although it might prove that, at the very least, when the show's runaway outrageousness is corra...

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    Review: The Feel-Good 'CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story' Gets An 'A-'

    I definitely listen to more Pebbles than TLC in 2013. The beloved girl group took over my developing years, oversaturated the radio, and wore me the hell out. Plus, I really only love their first two albums, Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip and CrazySexyCool. Still, I was super hype to see VH1 and the ...

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    TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'Homeland' Takes Off, Leaving Clueless Critics in the Dust

    Some of the people who are watching "Homeland" (Showtime) seem to have little experience watching or reading twisty thrillers, and very little appreciation of the genre's spicy pleasures. The twist revealed at the end of episode four of "Homeland" was a high point for the series, exactly the sort of...

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    Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4, Episode 7 ‘William Wilson’

    There are traitors in our midst and they are myriad. Named after the Edgar Allen Poe poem that appears in William Thompson’s (Ben Rosenfield) college lecture, “Boardwalk Empire” episode “William Wilson” centers thematically on duplicity, doppelgangers, and those who are not what they appear to be.

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    Review: Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Other Drama - 'Dancing On The Edge' Of Invisibility (Premiered 10/19)

    “I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie extoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to ...

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    Recap: Things Get Stitched Together In 'American Horror Story: Coven' Episode 2, 'Boy Parts'

    If there's a downside to the spin-the-wheel, anything goes anthologized approach Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have taken with "American Horror Story," it's that the first episode of each new season has to cover serious ground. That initial episode has to act as a pilot of sorts to the whole new show...

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