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Recap: Aaron Sorkin Finally Gets It Right With The Season 2 Finale Of 'The Newsroom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2013 10:04 AM
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Before diving in, a bit of a disclaimer and/or explanation is in order. Thanks to TIFF taking me away from the television for a couple of weeks, followed by some bungling couriers and concluding in massive fatigue upon returning from Toronto, "The Newsroom" slipped off the immediate radar. And a show you might have heard of called "Breaking Bad" took priority over the weekend. But with Walter White's latest adventures concluded for now, I finally got a chance to catch up with the last two episodes of "The Newsroom."

AMC Launching 'The Walking Dead' Spin-Off Series In 2015

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2013 12:54 PM
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AMC clearly knows which side their bread is buttered on, and who is spreading. Even with "Breaking Bad" coming to an end in two weeks, they've already greenlit a prequel series, centered around sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman. And now, the network's other smash success show is also expanding, with AMC clearly taking a page from their major studio counterparts.

Recap: ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ Season 4, Episode 2, ‘Resignation’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 16, 2013 11:02 AM
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The point has been made, “Boardwalk Empire” can be a deliberately paced show, but on tonight's episode “Resignation,” it appears at least one of the fourth season’s key elements is in place. That would be Dr. Valentin Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright), the brewing antagonist, whose striking demeanor and decisive words cut to the core of every character. Narcisse, at the very least, would make a worthy adversary for any character on this show.

Recap: Harrowing 'Breaking Bad' Season 5, Episode 14 'Ozymandias'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2013 10:06 AM
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"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" goes the poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, and not only does it serve as the title of this week's episode, it also was the foundation of one of the more tantalizing teasers that was released before the start of the final season of "Breaking Bad." The entire brief poem evokes the imagery of a man surveying his crumbled empire, and by end of "Ozymandias," everything that Walter White has built up and battled for is obliterated, until even he says farewell to his own name and life.

Ben Affleck To Executive Produce & Direct Pilot For Boston-Set Crime Drama 'The Middle Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2013 7:38 PM
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You can take the kid out of Boston, but you can't take Boston out of the kid. No matter where his career goes, it seems Ben Affleck will always be drawn to stories set in the city where he was raised. His next directorial effort, "Live By Night," will tackle the Prohibition era in Beantown, and even though his dance card is filling up with roles in David Fincher's "Gone Girl" and a tiny, indie no has heard of called "Superman Vs. Batman," Affleck isn't slowing down a moment and is taking a look at a small screen project.

Watch: 2 Clips From First Episode Of 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2013 11:27 AM
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As word of a brand new, "Harry Potter"-inspired film series dropped this morning, it's reminder that studios are continuing to seek ways to build on existing properties, because you make your money investing in stuff people already know, instead of trying to launch something new. And so we come to "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." which sees the Marvel-verse expanding on the small screen, and with the show to kick off in a just a couple weeks, some new peeks have arrived.

J.K. Rowling Writing New 'Harry Potter' Inspired Film Series Based On 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2013 9:50 AM
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While the exact size of the money truck Warner Bros. has driven up the doorstep of author J.K. Rowling has yet to be revealed, it looks like the adventures of Harry Potter will be continuing. Kind of. While not a direct prequel or sequel, or even involving the character at all, it seems the studio is confident that just the mere mention of Hogwarts will get people checking out their latest venture. And they're probably right.

The Saul Goodman Spinoff Gets Greenlit By AMC & Will Be A ‘Breaking Bad’ Prequel

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 11, 2013 4:37 PM
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Saul Goodman Spin-off
Confirming that there is still something good left in the universe, AMC has officially given the green light to a new series based around the Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) character from their insanely popular crime drama "Breaking Bad." The one-hour comedic drama will serve as a prequel to the events of "Breaking Bad," and has been given the tentative title "Better Call Saul." "Breaking Bad" mastermind Vince Gilligan and writer/producer Peter Gould, who created the character for a season 2 episode of the show, will serve as show-runners. While the thoughts of failed spin-offs are running through our head ("After M*A*S*H" anyone?), we can't help but get excited about the prospect of this series.

Recap: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 4 Opener ‘New York Sour’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 9, 2013 9:50 AM
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Shows that exist on a single premise—how long can one man’s reign last—can only live on so far. Even Walter White’s saga from chemist to crystal meth kingpin is coming to a close in a few short weeks. But Walt’s rise and transformation from cancer patient to monster was never linear and began as a quiet secret. This path was never supposed to be in the cards for Walter. Fate intervened, it happened and we waited from season to season just how deep he would go and how far his soul would be corrupted. And then he became Heisenberg and there was no turning back. HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” has an entirely different premise built on greed and power with men who started out being greedy and power-hungry.

Recap: 'Breaking Bad,' Season Five, Episode 13 'To'hajiilee'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 9, 2013 9:30 AM
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Breaking Bad
Last week's episode, the sublimely conflicted "Rabid Dogs," ended with a pair of calls: Jesse (Aaron Paul), consumed with paranoia, dialed Walt (Bryan Cranston) with a promise: he'd be coming for him where it really mattered. Moments later, Walt, made a call of his own, to Todd (Jesse Plemons), informing him that the services of his skuzzy Uncle Jack (Michael Bowen), co-architect of last season's massive prison murder, would be needed once more. This week's "To'hajiilee," written by longtime "Breaking Bad" principle George Mastras (who penned last season's crackerjack "Dead Freight" episode), picked up on the other side of one of those calls.

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