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'Downton Abbey' Is Back: A Preview and Review (SEASON FOUR CLIPS)

A guilty pleasure for many of us, frothy Brit soap opera "Downton Abbey" is back stateside January 5 on PBS (months after it's been seen by the lucky folks in the UK). This is the series that left our jaws agape as it killed off in the finale not just one but two key characters. Here's how Julian Fellowes picked up the pieces.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 31, 2013 1:04 PM
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Peter Capaldi: "His Name is the Doctor"

During a global simulcast on Christmas day, an understandably flustered-looking Peter Capaldi (potty-mouthed Malcolm Tucker from "The Thick of It") took over what can no longer be righteously referred to as the "title role" on the long-running BBC series "Doctor Who."
  • By David Chute
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  • December 26, 2013 1:57 PM
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WATCH: Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake's Cheery Saturday Night Live

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake brought their dynamic duo schtick to SNL this week and did well by simply infusing some of old- school lifeblood into the show.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 22, 2013 12:37 PM
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Best of the Week: Top Ten Tom Hanks Performances, Talking Original Score Contenders, 'Wolf of Wall Street' and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • December 21, 2013 1:44 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Shocking 'Homeland' Season Three Finale Admits Failure (SPOILERS)

The shocking "Homeland" season three finale was an admission of failure. They couldn't make it work so they're tossing it out and starting over.
  • By David Chute
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  • December 16, 2013 4:11 PM
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WATCH: Highlights from a Very John Goodman Christmas SNL (VIDEO)

Not even John Goodman's jovial versatility and past hosting experience (this is his 13th time around) could revive this paltry set of sketches.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 15, 2013 12:04 PM
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Best of the Week: TOH! Top Tens, State of the Oscar Race, Why Paul Schrader May Not Open His Ballot and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
  • By TOH!
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  • December 14, 2013 1:13 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: LA Noir Crime Drama 'Mob City' Casts a Spell

Genre virtuoso Frank Darabont's "Mob City" is crime drama as a form of popular fantasy, a brooding cops and mobster saga built around a dark love story.
  • By David Chute
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  • December 10, 2013 4:24 PM
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WATCH: Highlights from Paul Rudd vs. One Direction SNL Showdown; Wiig Steals Show (VIDEO)

Paul Rudd hosted Saturday Night Live this week for the third time, doing battle with musical guest One Direction, posing for Michelangelo, and playing a mid-life crisis Santa.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 8, 2013 2:17 PM
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IS TV THE NEW CINEMA? From 'Scandal' to 'House of Cards,' Pundits Continue the Debate

There was an odd discussion on a recent Charlie Rose show, seemingly about TV as an art form, although technology and business models took up too much air time. These were the subjects the men on the panel (David Carr, Terence Winter, Josh Sapan, Rose himself) seemed most comfortable talking about. New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum was the only participant who stayed on topic.
  • By David Chute
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  • December 3, 2013 3:48 PM
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