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"A Sad Penis Does Not Help the Comedy": John Oliver on Picking the Right Junk for the Job

  • By Sam Adams
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  • May 14, 2014 12:39 PM
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How the host of "Last Week With Jon Oliver" picked the perfect genitals for an instantly infamous bit.

Louis C.K. Cedes the Spotlight But Keeps Control in "So Did the Fat Lady"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • May 13, 2014 12:05 PM
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Louis C.K. hands the mic to Sarah Baker's self-described "fat girl," but he's still calling the shots.

Dan Harmon on a Sixth "Community" Season: "Eh."

  • By Sam Adams
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  • May 12, 2014 10:57 AM
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  • 3 Comments
"Community's" creator speaks out about the possibility of finding a new home for the cult-but-canceled NBC sitcom, and his response may not be what fans were hoping for.

"'Community' Won": Mourning the Death of TV's Most Improbable Show

  • By Sam Adams
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  • May 9, 2014 6:05 PM
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  • 5 Comments
A lot of shows have come to an end in the last few days, but critics have been writing "Community's" obituary for years.

Why "Louie" Is the Most Innovative Show on TV

  • By Sam Adams
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  • May 6, 2014 4:06 PM
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By stepping away from the industrial model that makes all TV shows feel the same, Louis CK is radically changing the face of the medium.
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Got Questions About "The Sopranos'" Ending? Fine. Just Don't Ask David Chase

  • By Sam Adams
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  • May 1, 2014 5:31 PM
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  • 7 Comments
David Chase's latest public appearance was once again sidelined by people asking if Tony got whacked. But one thing's for certain: If he wanted us to know, we'd know.

Can "24: Live Another Day" Turn Back the Clock?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • May 1, 2014 3:03 PM
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How does Jack Bauer fit into the world of drone bombers and Wikileaks -- and, more importantly, the era of Netflix and binge-watching?

What's Happening to the Women of "Mad Men"?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 30, 2014 2:21 PM
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  • 8 Comments
Are both Peggy Olson and Betty Draper Francis headed in the wrong direction?
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Why, Don, Why? Don Draper Makes a Deal With the Devil in "Mad Men's" "Field Trip"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 29, 2014 11:17 AM
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"Mad Men" doesn't often do shock, but there's no other word for the decision Don Draper made at the end of "Field Trip." Here's how critics made sense of it.
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"Last Week Tonight": A Comic Al-Jazeera America or "The Daily Show" With F-Bombs?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 28, 2014 4:43 PM
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The first episode of Jon Oliver's HBO show finds him copying the bits of "The Daily Show" that work and adding a few new tricks of his own.