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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'Breaking Bad' Goes Out with Neat Freak White at the Helm; Do the Suits Smell Blood?

It is now work like "Breaking Bad," rather than the white elephant CGI films that play in theaters, that furnishes our touchstones and defining metaphors. And if this really is the '60s and '70s, we have to thinking about how it might end. If the Third Golden Age of Television began because the suits didn't see any obvious way to "monetize" (lovely word) the wacky things the creators were doing, can the end be far behind now that they've tasted blood?
  • By David Chute
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  • September 30, 2013 3:35 PM
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'Breaking Bad' Finale Divides Critics: Just Right or Too Neat? (REVIEW ROUNDUP)

As with anything hotly -- nay, insanely -- anticipated, the "Breaking Bad" finale was bound to divide critical opinion. Some found it the perfect cap to the series, while others took issue with its too-neat wrap-up of plot. A roundup of reviews below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 30, 2013 12:26 PM
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WATCH: Best Skits from SNL Season Premiere with Tina Fey and Aaron Paul

Last night's "Saturday Night Live" introduced the 39th season with longtime SNL veteran Tina Fey hosting, alongside musical guest Arcade Fire and Aaron Paul from "Breaking Bad" in a handful of playful cameos.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 29, 2013 12:58 PM
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Best of the Week: NYFF Begins, TOH! Ranks the Coens, Interviews with Oscar Isaac, Dane DeHaan and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 28, 2013 4:18 PM
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Oprah Winfrey Network Takes TV Rights to 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

The Oprah Winfrey Network has secured TV rights to "Lee Daniels' The Butler," which had a boffo theatrical release in August via the Weinstein Company, and recently passed the $100 million mark. The film stars Forest Whitaker as longtime White House butler Cecil Gaines, and Winfrey as his wife. Both have generated Oscar buzz for their performances.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 26, 2013 2:57 PM
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HBO Renews 'Boardwalk Empire' for a Fifth Season

Even though Emmy-winning "Boardwalk Empire" got off to a soft start in its the fourth-season debut on Sept. 8 (TOH review here), HBO has renewed Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese and Tim Van Patten's '20s period gangster series or a fifth season said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 26, 2013 2:17 PM
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Review: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Demands Inside Marvel Knowledge (TRAILER)

The show assumes a fair amount of inside Marvel knowledge on the part of its viewers, which at this point is not much of a stretch. But all the elaborate backstories being spun out don't always promote comprehension. The target audience, one suspects, will have little trouble keeping up.
  • By David Chute
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  • September 25, 2013 2:47 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: As We Head Toward the 'Breaking Bad' Finale, We Are Jesse (VIDEO)

On Sunday's episode of AMC's self-referential chat show "Talking Bad," actor Matt Jones observed that his character, Badger, a slacker/stoner member of Jesse Pinkman's drug crew, had been kept around on "Breaking Bad," along with his pal Skinny Pete (Charles Baker), mostly to remind us where Jessie came from. "Badger and Skinny Pete," Jones said, "represent what Jesse was. And if Jesse never met Walt and they never cooked together, he'd still be us."
  • By David Chute
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  • September 24, 2013 6:23 PM
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Emmy Wrap Up and Winners

"This just in: no one in America is winning their Emmy office pool," said host Neil Patrick Harris. "Surprises galore."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 22, 2013 11:11 PM
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Emmy Video: Neil Patrick Harris Opener and Merritt Wever's Brief Acceptance

Neil Patrick Harris had his past super hosting jobs to top Sunday night. Here's how he handled the 2013 Emmy Awards opener.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 22, 2013 9:11 PM
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