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DVD Review: Uneven 'Borgen' Season 3 Still Satisfies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2014 5:00 PM
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While the novelty factor of "Borgen" is that it's a drama about the fictional female leader of Denmark, what has made the show must-watch TV across two seasons has been its sharp writing and terrific characters, populating a textured world of ethical choices and moral complexity in a constantly shifting political sphere. Which makes it all the more a shame that the third and final season doesn't quite hit the high bar that has been set. An increase of cheap melodrama comes at the expense of nuance, while domestic squabbles get as much play as media and political developments. But all that said, the show's peaks are still some of the best television around, as the second half the third season makes up for a bumpy start.

Casting: Jessica Alba Is 'Barely Lethal,' 'The Hunger Games' Finds Annie Cresta & More

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 27, 2013 5:38 PM
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Former Sue Storm Jessica Alba has signed on to play the villain in "Barely Lethal," an action-comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld as a teenage assassin and with producers including Brett Ratner's Rat Entertainment. Joining a cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Alba will play a former associate in pursuit of Steinfeld's lead.

DVD Review: ‘Borgen’ Season 2 Is A Reminder That This Is Still The Best Show You're Not Watching

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 11:59 AM
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There is no doubt that right now, viewers have a feast of great programming on American television. It seems that just as one season of a show comes to an end, another must-watch season of something else begins, and that's not counting whatever you still have pending on your DVR or in your Netflix account waiting for any other moment of spare time you might have. But if you still have room in your calendar for one more show, make sure it's "Borgen." As we noted in our review of season one, which arrived on DVD this spring, you're not going to find anything as smart, well written and wholly involving on your dial. And just in time for your summer weekend binge viewing sessions, when a thunderstorm rolls in or its too hot to move off the couch, season two has arrived and confirms "Borgen" is hands down the best show you're not watching.

DVD Review: Missing ‘House Of Cards’? Excellent ‘Borgen’ Season 1 Will Keep You Satisfied

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2013 9:58 AM
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If it isn’t already happening, Danish television is about to have a moment. AMC’s remake of the “The Killing” was canceled, swiftly brought back, and is now shooting its third season. HBO is in the midst of remaking the popular series “The Bridge” and NBC already snagged the rights to the political drama “Borgen.” It’s arguably the hottest of the three shows at the moment -- Stephen King named it as the best television he watched 2012 (the aforementioned Danish shows above made the top ten as well) -- and coming in the wake of Netflix’s tremendously well received “House Of Cards,” those looking to slake their thirst on political drama would be highly recommended to track down “Borgen,” which is arguably even more dense and layered than David Fincher and Kevin Spacey’s program.

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