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The Subversive Hotness of 'Veep's Selina Meyer

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 17, 2014 4:00 PM
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  • 3 Comments
"Veep's" Julia Louis-Dreyfus is better dressed, and better-looking, than any female politician is allowed to be. That's a feature, not a bug.

FX's 'Married,' With Judy Greer and Nat Faxon, Could Find Just the Right Balance of Bitter and Sweet

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 16, 2014 4:58 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Middled-aged marrieds and sexed-up twentysomethings look for love in FX's new "Married" and "You're the Worst"

In 'Live Another Day' Finale, The Clock Runs Out on '24'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 14, 2014 10:00 PM
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  • 19 Comments
As "24's" final (for now) half-day comes to a close, the show feels like it's asking to be put out of its misery.

FX's 'The Strain' Is a Steaming Pile of Hot, Delicious Garbage

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 10, 2014 11:33 AM
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  • 10 Comments
Guillermo del Toro's FX vampire show is terrible — and enormously enjoyable.

Halle Berry's "Extant" on CBS: So Far, More a Sizzle Reel Than a Show

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 9, 2014 3:51 PM
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  • 0 Comments
The real mystery of "Extant" isn't how Halle Berry's astronaut got pregnant alone in space, but whether it's worth watching past the first episode.

'Louie's' Pamela Adlon Says Calling That Controversial Scene Rape Is "Nuts"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 2, 2014 2:05 PM
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  • 0 Comments
'Louie's producer and the co-star of a controversial arc says the show doesn't aim to get laughs so much as provoke feelings.

'Community' Will Return for a Sixth Season. Is That a Blessing or a Curse?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 1, 2014 11:41 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Even some of "Community's" fans wonder if another season is for the best, and critics worry about a future in which fans clamor for more of what they already love.

Why Doesn't 'Orange Is the New Black' Deal With Men in Prison? Because It's Not About Them

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 30, 2014 10:43 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Criticizing "Orange Is the New Black" for failing to represent the reality of male prisoners not only misses the point, but fails to consider what kind of show it is in the first place.

'The Leftovers' Is a Promising Show You Shouldn't Watch Right Away

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 27, 2014 3:05 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Amy Brenneman in HBO's "The Leftovers"
There's greatness in HBO's "The Leftovers." But if you watch Sunday's first episode, you may not stick around long enough to see it.

Guess Which Book-Reader Favorite Character Won't Be Appearing on 'Game of Thrones' After All?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 25, 2014 12:27 PM
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  • 10 Comments
Okay, you probably guessed.