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Hannah Horvath from GIRLS Is the Last Thing the Iowa Writers' Workshop Needs

By sending Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) off to Iowa City for two years at the Writer's Workshop, HBO's "Girls" is giving not just the Workshop but the discipline of creative writing in general exactly what it doesn't need: a bad rap.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • March 31, 2014 3:54 AM
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13 Ways in Which RED RIDING Can Satisfy Your Jones for TRUE DETECTIVE

So how are you going to quench that thirst for a tall glass of hardboiled noir topped with a side order of pedophile rings, smothered in police corruption until Season 2 of "True Detective"—if there is one? Try "Red Riding," based on David Peace’s books, "The Red-Riding Quartet."
  • By Jennifer L. Knox
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  • March 10, 2014 1:17 PM
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“No redneck is this creative”: TRUE DETECTIVE and the Horror of Folk Art

Now and then a television series comes along that seems to define its own, unique genre: think of Twin Peaks, The X Files, The Singing Detective. Now think of "True Detective," which might be described as the first Cult Ritual Serial Killer Southern Gothic Weird Procedural.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • February 24, 2014 3:43 AM
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In Memory: Sid Caesar and YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS

“Your Show of Shows” was a 90-minute, comedy/variety program that ran on NBC from 1950 to 1954 and featured Isaac Sidney Caesar—Sid, to you and me—as its star. Caesar was an intimidating, strong-shouldered force who could also be a face-contorting wiseass.
  • By Craig D. Lindsey
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  • February 23, 2014 8:44 PM
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On THE BLACKLIST: Why James Spader Is the Perfect Star for the Increasingly Unreal Medium of Television

The television medium, and the act of watching television, have always been remarkably surreal, and they only grow more so by the day. It stands to reason that James Spader, a shocking presence on "The Practice" and "Boston Legal" in the past, and a rousing presence in NBC's "The Blacklist," would be its ideal actor.
  • By Max Winter
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  • February 12, 2014 3:51 AM
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You Got the Miley You Paid For, America

If indeed Miley Cyrus has offended or done damage with her straight-from-the-playbook youth rebellion, I'm more insulted by those who are insulted than by the one purportedly doing the insulting.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • October 10, 2013 9:00 AM
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Turning 40 with the Help of THE ROCKFORD FILES

I had a particularly virulent strain of strep throat, or maybe mono. I could barely speak or swallow, and the pain was excruciating. The antibiotics weren’t helping and neither were fistfuls of ibuprofen. I was too dazed to read. I was forty years old. I had one comfort: my iPad, Netflix, and James Garner in "The Rockford Files."
  • By Joshua Corey
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  • September 25, 2013 9:10 AM
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Press Play Hosts Dear Television: Letter # 4: Ghosts of Emmys Past

Like Prom, which everyone tries to repress in their own way, substituting for The Awkward Thing Itself the Cheesy-But-Tolerable photo structured by pose and the theme and the big corsage, the Emmys telecast is both forever nostalgic and forever erasing last year’s failure to live up to its own myth as entertainment.
  • By Lili Loofbourow
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  • September 20, 2013 9:12 AM
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Press Play Hosts Dear Television: Letter # 3: In Praise of the Haven't-Seens

You might not remember the Miniseries/Movie section from last year if you, like so many, stopped watching at that point. Most Emmy viewers have seen at least some scenes of "Modern Family" or "Two and a Half Men." But what percentage of them have watched, say, "Phil Spector" or "Behind The Candelabra"?
  • By Jane Hu
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  • September 19, 2013 9:10 AM
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Press Play Hosts Dear Television: Letter # 2: The Emmys Anti-Prom Continues

Here’s the thing about the Emmys: it doesn’t matter who wins so much as how we talk about it.
  • By Dear Television
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  • September 18, 2013 9:10 AM
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