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    Before 'Girls': A Television History of the Single Woman in the City

    This weekend, Lena Dunham's highly anticipated new series "Girls" officially debuts on HBO. And if early reviews have anything to say about it, the show should quickly become an imperative addition to a long-cherished television genre: the single woman (or women) trying to make it in t...

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    5 Shows in Which Actors Play Worse Versions of Themselves

    Plenty of television shows have their stars, often comedians, playing fictionalized versions of themselves -- it's the simplest way to translate a stand-up act or other public persona to a scripted situation, from "The Jack Benny Show" to "The Cosby Show" to "Everybody L...

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    Is It Time To Give Up the 'TV's Like a Novel' Comparison? Not Yet.

    It's been four years since "The Wire" ended, and we're still arguing about it. Creator David Simon launched the most recent volley of debates with an interview with the New York Times pinned, theoretically, to Richard Price's new crime series "NYC-22." But the focus q...

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    HBO Renews 'Game of Thrones': Should You Know What's Going On?

    As "Game of Throne" watchers scratch their heads and reach for explanations of who's who, HBO has renewed the popular fantasy epic for a third season. Season Two of the series based on George R.R. Martin's bestsellers premiered April 1 to record ratings for the series--the first episode has already ...

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    Killer Improvements: 5 Ways 'Dexter' Can Learn From 'Justified'

    Tonight, the FX drama "Justified" finishes its third season, which has placed US Marshall Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) against the likes of Kentucky’s most dangerous (and often insane) criminals. "Justified," which was created by Graham Yost and based on an Elmore Leona...

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    No, No, No: 'Nurse Jackie' Finally Heads to Rehab

    One of the most enjoyable aspects of Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" has also turned into the show's biggest burden as it's gone into multiple seasons, kicking off its fourth this past Sunday. It's that the title character (played with both verve and abrasiveness by Edie Falco), a no-nonsense nurse who's ...

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    Wounded and Willing Prey: 'Mad Men' Goes Dark

    "Mystery Date," last night's episode of "Mad Men," closed with The Crystals controversial ode to love and abuse "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)," a fitting theme song for an episode all about the dark things that lurk in the night or in our own subconsciou...

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    Five Ways In Which Ike Evans of 'Magic City' Is Like Don Draper

    If "Magic City," the new drama kicking off tonight, April 6th, at 10pm on Starz, had started back in the fall, it would have been grouped in with "The Playboy Club" and "Pan Am" as similarly hollow-ringing, a pretty period piece consciously following in the steps of &qu...

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    What IS the Correct Way to Watch 'The Wire'?

    "The Wire" creator David Simon caused an uproar among followers of his work -- a little Baltimore crime drama that's regularly declared one of the greatest television shows of all time -- when he revealed in an interview with the New York Times' ArtsBeat blog yesterd...

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    'Paranormal Activity' Director Oren Peli Talks About Creating the New ABC Show 'The River'

    Four years ago, Oren Peli's cheap found-footage horror movie "Paranormal Activity" seemingly came out of nowhere to leave a mark on mainstream American cinema. The Israeli-born filmmaker's debut put Peli on the map as a new voice in a genre suffering from homogenization due to endless "Saw" sequels....

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