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Because I Say So: Another Great Trailer For 'Breaking Bad' Season 5

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 10, 2012 9:01 AM
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This Sunday sees the premiere of the first half of the final season of “Breaking Bad,” and we’re fucking stoked. AMC has released a new promo that has small spoilers, especially if you haven’t caught up on the fourth season -- and if you haven’t, why are you reading this?

Third Seasons Of 'Boardwalk Empire' & 'Treme' Set September Premiere Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 4:19 PM
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So you might be in the midst of "The Newsroom" and preparing yourself for "Breaking Bad" this weekend, but if you're worried about the lack of anything to watch on the small screen once those shows wrap up this summer, HBO has got you covered, with the third seasons of two acclaimed shows guaranteed to make sure that imprint on your couch doesn't lose its shape.

Heisenberg Is Back: 3 Minute Behind-The-Scenes Preview For 'Breaking Bad' Season 5

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 12:54 PM
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Is there any duo on a television drama right now as electrifying and compelling as Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul)? With "Breaking Bad" heading into the first half of its final, fifth season -- with the first episode to premiere to at Comic-Con on Saturday -- what the future holds for both of them is anybody's guess. But it's going to be hella entertaining to find out. And duh, there are spoilers below.

Review: 'Hard Times: Lost On Long Island' A Narrow, Insubstantial Look At Unemployment

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 10:02 AM
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The latest employment numbers in the United States came out on Friday, and they weren't great. In the month of June, a paltry 80,000 new jobs were created, with the national unemployment figure standing at 8.2%, more or less highlighting an economy that has made uncertainty the only thing you can reliably count on. There is a lot to talk about when it comes to those who are struggling to find work in the current landscape, but as you might tell by the title of Cannes- and Emmy-winning director Marc Levin's "Hard Times: Long On Long Island," his focus is on a very narrow and select group of people looking for work. And while the decision to try and sharpen the narrative makes sense from the perspective of wrangling such a wide-reaching subject, in execution, the documentary winds up touching on a number of relevant issues, but develops very few of them.

Review: Conspiracies Of The Heart, Ballot Box & Office Swirl In Wildly Uneven 'The Newsroom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2012 11:00 PM
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For those who have barely tolerated the (at times) strident idealism of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," the opening the season's third episode "The 112th Congress" may severely test your patience. The show opens with a clip of the (now former) National Coordinator for Counterterrorism for the FBI Richard A. Clarke, apologizing in 2004 to the American people, for the failures of himself and the government in being able to stop the attacks of 9/11. And in a brutal segue, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) uses that moment to preface his own apology to his viewers for failing to "successfully inform and educate the American electorate."

Recap: Academy Award-Winner Melissa Leo Steals The Show In An Outstanding Episode Of 'Louie'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 6, 2012 10:00 AM
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Plenty of movie stars, from Alec Baldwin to Dustin Hoffman, have been making their way onto regular TV gigs without the thought of harming their sheen of late, but even bigger names can also crop up for guest spots on shows, which allow them to upend their image, gain a little street credit, pay back some favors, or just have a little fun.

10 TV Stars Who Deserve Emmy Nominations (But Probably Won't Get Them)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 5, 2012 12:02 PM
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We're still months and months away from the Oscars, but the other awards ceremony of the moving image is starting to sneak up; two weeks from today, the nominations for the Primetime Emmys, the biggest awards honoring television comedies, dramas, miniseries and movies, will be announced, ahead of the ceremony itself in September. Given the stars that the small screen attracts these days, it's just as glitzy as the Academy Awards, and given that we're living in what's generally deemed to be something of a golden age of television, there are more good shows on the air than could possibly be honored in a single ceremony. Someone's going to miss out.

David Tennant Returns To TV With 'Broadchurch,' Lee Daniels' 'Butler' Adds Colman Domingo & Susan Sarandon Goes To 'Hell & Back'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 5, 2012 9:37 AM
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Former "Doctor Who" star David Tennant will return to the small screen starring in eight-part drama "Broadchurch" alongside Olivia Colman and Vicky McClure. The story centers on the media circus that descends on a small coastal community after the murder of a young boy. The project is being produced by Kudos Film & Television who are responsible for programs such as "Life On Mars," and "Law And Order: UK." "Broadchurch" will begin shooting in mid-August and later air on BBC Four. [Deadline]

Danny McBride & Jody Hill Reveal Why 'Eastbound & Down' Is Back And What To Expect In Season 4

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 3, 2012 6:38 PM
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In case you missed the news last night, HBO has ordered up a fourth season of "Eastbound & Down." That's right, the show that everyone expected was over and done with this spring -- including creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill -- is now back, with eight more episodes to come. The announcement was a surprise for everyone, but according to a very candid McBride, he's just glad to have another shot at the show, which it seems he felt was slightly compromised in the third season, in terms of everything they wanted to delve into with Kenny Fucking Powers.

Clark Duke Headed To 'The Office'; Mark Pellington Directing ABC Pilot 'Red Widow'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 3, 2012 5:25 PM
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Is there any show that is more shambled, barely wheezing and in a shell of its former self than "The Office"? After Steve Carell exited the show (which was already wobbling in its last season with him), it seems the writers and showrunners had no idea what to do, flailing about as the comedy got much more broad, and the focus shifted away from the absurd mundane workaday life at Dunder Mifflin, into the corporate shenanigans at Sabre -- and all this while trying to establish Rainn Wilson as the show's next breakout star (plans to spin off Dwight Schrute into his own show, "The Farm," seem ill-advised at best). Anyway, long story short, they need some new life and they are pinning the hopes on some young talent.

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