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Review: 'One Nation Under Dog' A Heartbreaking Look At America's Relationship With Canines

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2012 11:58 AM
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In the realm of relationships between humans and animals, there are few as rewarding or profound as that between man and dog. It's difficult to describe to those who've never had a pet, but a dog will give its loyalty and love wholly and without question. They see us at our best and worst, often remaining by our sides through moves, break-ups, marriages, deaths and more -- ever faithful, ever loving. Once a dog takes root in your life, that presence is one that benefits both and when it ends, that void can be as deep as losing a friend or family member, simply because, they are your friend and family. But unfortunately, America's relationship with canines is a troubled one, with overfilled shelters, puppy mills and abuse still rampant, leading to something of a crisis with millions of dogs put down each year. "One Nation Under Dog: Stories Of Fear, Loss & Betrayal" presents a triptych of stories, looking at these issues from various angles and coming to the conclusion that we need to do more to the animals that give us so much.

Watch: New Trailers For Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom' & 'Breaking Bad' Season 5

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 18, 2012 8:39 AM
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If you’re getting sick of the deluge of studio fare this summer, cable may provide a much needed reprieve, and new teasers from two highly-anticipated shows -- one about the inner-workings of a cable news network and the other following the ongoing adventures of high school teacher turned meth dealer -- have arrived.

Review: Hannah Winds Up Right Back Where She Started In Solid Season Finale For 'Girls'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2012 10:30 PM
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Suddenly, everything has changed. That might be the recurring theme of "Girls" across its first season, one that has seen Hannah (Lena Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) navigate their early '20s and the curveballs that come with it. As we've said time and again, Lena Dunham's focus on character, combined with a willingness to allow them to be unlikeable, wrong, selfish or simply unsure -- as one tends to be at that pre-adulthood age -- has afforded the show a real resonance that belies its standard sitcom set up. Besides a couple mid-season episodes that wobbled, Dunham's instincts have proven right more often than not, with "Girls" delivering unexpected big laughs and tender moments in the unlikeliest places. And so it's fitting that the season finale reorients the lives of everyone. Well, almost.

Fingers Crossed: A 'Bored To Death' Movie Might Happen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2012 6:36 PM
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While we're generally fans of the kind of programming HBO tends to support, their decision to cancel "Bored To Death" at the end of last year was heartbreaking. While the show was not a huge hit, over three excellent seasons it developed a cult following and was one of the funniest, wittiest shows on television. And the show didn't go quietly into the night either -- a minor online campaign started up to try and persuade HBO to keep the show going. And it looks like they've been listening.

Sam Worthington To Co-Produce & Possibly Star In Miniseries About Battle Of Gallipoli

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 14, 2012 11:39 AM
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Sam Worthington has kinda fallen off the map after breaking out in "Avatar," with a few indies ("The Debt," "Man On A Ledge") and the whole 'Clash Of The Titans' thing not exactly raising his profile -- though the latter probably bought him a new house or two. He does have a '70s surfing-drama, "Drift," on the way, but it looks like he's now getting behind a project closer to home, signing up to co-produce and possibly star in a cable miniseries depicting the WWI Battle Of Gallipoli that teamed Australia, New Zealand and British forces to capture Istanbul.

HBO Orders Pilot For Cold War Spy Drama 'The Missionary' With Aaron Paul; 'Weeds' Finished After Season 8

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2012 4:32 PM
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With the clock now running down on AMC's "Breaking Bad" with two season left to go, the future for actor Aaron Paul is a bit uncertain. Will he make the leap to the big screen? Earlier this year he earned very strong notices for his turn in the alcoholism drama "Smashed" which was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics, but aside from that, the actor hasn't been making too many big moves, though he has roles in indies "Decoding Annie Parker" and "Quad" coming up. But HBO is hoping they'll be able to snare him for a new series that will certainly be something a bit different for the actor, who until now we mostly associate with dealing meth and being able to say "bitch" rather colorfully.

The Playlist's Picks: Best TV Shows Of The 2011/2012 Season

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 13, 2012 2:52 PM
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While the summer is an excuse for the movie studios to roll out their biggest offerings, television executives are much more afraid of warm weather, leaving the television dial mostly as a wasteland of repeats and reality shows. As such, the TV season essentially gets underway in September, and runs through to May (with cable dramas occasionally moving the goalposts a little either way -- "Breaking Bad" starts in July, "The Newsroom" next week).

TV Dial: Portia De Rossi Is Lily Munster; 'Dexter' Puts Yvonne Strahovski On The Block & Joseph Fiennes Joins 'American Horror Story'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 13, 2012 12:47 PM
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Television news is running rampant as networks are locking down their pilot orders and getting their returning series in shape before the fall, so let’s see if we can nail these down, shall we?

Andy Samberg Goes 'Cuckoo' For BBC Plus 6 Clips From 'That's My Boy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 12, 2012 5:31 PM
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Yes, Andy Samberg has left "Saturday Night Live" joining Kristen Wiig in waving goodbye to the iconic sketch comedy show, which should make for a radically different program when it returns in September. And while we'll miss the SNL Digital Shorts (though, we guess he'll team up with this Lonely Island boys to do some special ones from time to time) it looks like Samberg is ready to spread his wings a bit. He already hit Sundance in January with "Celeste And Jesse Forever," a relationship dramedy that's a bit different than we're used to seeing from him and now he's crossing the pond for his next television effort.

Showtime Picks Up 'Masters Of Sex' With Michael Sheen & Lizzy Caplan

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 12, 2012 1:45 PM
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After losing Paul Bettany to his flighty scheduling before replacing him with the equally incredible Michael Sheen, there was little to be heard about Showtime's latest pilot, “The Masters of Sex,” which also starred Lizzy Caplan in a lead role. However, just as one was beginning to believe a “The Corrections”-esque denial had taken place, news comes today that the network has picked the hour-long show up for a full season run, in addition to another family drama with Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan.”

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