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Review: Tabloid Journalism, Media Tricks & A Coldplay Montage...Yes, It's 'The Newsroom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2012 11:00 PM
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There is perhaps no better encapsulation of the many flaws and tremendous promise that Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" contains than "I'll Try To Fix You." The last of the first batch of episodes sent to press, as the credits roll, it's easy to see why advance reviews were all over the map, because the show itself is an unwieldy mess of liberal politics, sitcom comedy, media commentary and genuinely affecting drama. And all of those thing swirl together in what is perhaps the most representative episode of the show so far.

Get To Know The 14 New Additions To The Cast Of Season Three Of 'Game Of Thrones'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 15, 2012 11:16 AM
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"Game Of Thrones" already has one of the most expansive and impressive casts in the history of television. Essentially picking up the slack that "Harry Potter" left in terms of propping up the British acting industry, the show hasn't just made stars (with names like Richard Madden, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke coming to serious Hollywood attention), but also given great showcases to veteran character actors -- people like Donald Sumpter, Stephen Dillane and Liam Cunningham have given show-stealing turns over the last two seasons.

Review: 'Breaking Bad' Is Back With Potent Season 5 Opener 'Live Free Or Die'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 15, 2012 10:12 AM
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In four years “Breaking Bad” has become one of the most acclaimed series not just on television today, but of all time. Throughout its 46 episodes we’ve seen Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a mild mannered chemistry teacher turned crystal meth dealer, begin his transformation “from Mr. Chips into Scarface” as creator Vince Gilligan has been quoted as saying. While the show and its star are roundly celebrated today, back in 2008 when the series began, the actor was originally much more of a question mark.

Watch: 'Dexter' Resolves Its Cliffhanger In Clip Of First Two Minutes Of Season Seven Opener

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 13, 2012 1:41 PM
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As piss-poor as "Dexter" has been for most of the last couple of seasons, the show did at least leave off Season Six with a killer cliffhanger, one the show had been building towards since the opening. Just as our friendly neighborhood forensic scientist/serial killer puts the killing blow into the season's big bad, Travis Marshall (Colin Hanks), his adopted sister Debra (who had earlier realized that she was in love with him; don't ask...) walked in on him.

Dame Diana Rigg Joins Season 3 Of HBO's 'Game Of Thrones'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 13, 2012 1:26 PM
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The cult of "Game Of Thrones" grows ever stronger. Initially anticipated principally by fans of George R.R. Martin's books, the HBO series has won over more and more viewers since debuting last April, including many who would never have dreamed that they'd become hopelessly addicted to a fantasy series. And in part, it's thanks to the terrific cast, featuring a mix of veteran character actors (including the Emmy-winning Peter Dinklage), and bright new talent; every role has seemingly been cast impeccably, with a depth to its ensemble that few shows since "The Wire" can match.

Recap: 'Louie' Has A Brief Encounter In Miami In A Gentle, Slight Episode

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 13, 2012 10:56 AM
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"Louie" does something that really no other comedy show on TV would, or could do -- it's not afraid to not be funny. While loosely fitting into the half-hour sitcom format, Louis C.K.'s long since thrown off those shackles, both formally and in terms of the need to actually make you laugh. After all, he's one of the most critically acclaimed and successful stand-ups of his generation, and as such, doesn't exactly need that simple, immediate validation, and some of the best episodes of the show to date -- last season's sublime "Duckling," for instance -- had barely a chuckle to be found, without feeling lacking. This week's installment, "Miami," wasn't quite in that top tier, but was another demonstration that he's trying things that no one else is coming close to.

Johnny Depp To Reprise 'Edward Scissorhands' For 'Family Guy' Appearance

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 12, 2012 1:41 PM
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While he's been one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood over the past decade or so, when Johnny Depp commits to a role -- he really goes all in. Sure he probably took his paycheck for "The Tourist" with shame, but he's capable of standing out within the blockbuster fluff of films like the recent "Dark Shadows" and pretty much all of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, and is even up for some righteous self parody on shows like Ricky Gervais' "Life's Too Short" and a particularly violent homage wink to the show that helped garner him his initial notoriety in this year's "21 Jump Street." Though for those who long for the early days of Depp -- especially when his work with director Tim Burton was of the more satisfying variety -- then you're in for a treat.

New 'Arrested Development' Episodes Begin Shooting In 4 Weeks

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 11, 2012 12:15 PM
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Too good to be true? Nope, it's happening. The long-awaited return of the cult sitcom "Arrested Development" is right around the corner. Or at least, production is about to start, and no, this isn't a pipe dream or wishful thinking. "Taken at AD mission control, today! All systems are go. Filming for the new episodes starts in four weeks. Woo!," Jason Bateman tweeted last night, posting a photo of himself, producer/narrator Ron Howard and series creator Mitch Hurwitz.

'Game Change' & 'The Campaign' Director Jay Roach Stays Political, Will Direct HBO's 'K Blows Top' Starring Paul Giamatti

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2012 2:31 PM
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Does the idea of Paul Giamatti playing Nikita Khrushchev sound vaguely familiar? Then you might have a very good memory. First announced way back in 2010, this Cold War drama has been brewing over at HBO and now it looks like it's finally building some steam.

Watch: Teaser Trailers For 'Sons Of Anarchy' Season 5 & 'Dexter' Season 7

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • July 10, 2012 9:43 AM
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With the fifth and final season of "Breaking Bad" nearing its premiere next week, FX and Showtime don't want anyone to forget about September, when they will be releasing the fifth and seventh season of "Sons of Anarchy" and "Dexter," respectively. New teasers for both shows have just been released.

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