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'Breaking Bad' Premiere Review and Roundup: 'Blood Money' Kicks Off Fast-Paced Countdown to the End, Breaks Show Ratings Record

With eight episodes left, "Blood Money," the final season premiere of AMC's "Breaking Bad," moves faster than entire seasons of this brilliant series. Some huge developments unfold along the way, including a scene fans have been waiting for since the first episode.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 12, 2013 4:08 PM
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Best of the Week: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler,' Falls Festivals in Gear, Interviews with Brie Larson, David Gordon Green, Neill Blomkamp and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 9, 2013 5:02 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Crime Pays (VIDEO)

Look at almost anybody's list of TV's best and most durable recent dramas and, a large percentage of them, from "The Wire" to "Breaking Bad, are likely to be crime dramas. That means different things on different shows: "The Killing" plays by the rules of a procedural whodunit, while "Breaking Bad" follows the trajectory of classic noir as defined, if memory serves, by novelist Megan Abbott: "Starts bad, gets worse."
  • By David Chute
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  • August 6, 2013 4:14 PM
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Inside the TCA Awards 2013: 'Breaking Bad' and Louis C.K. Accept "shitty piece of plastic"

At this year's Television Critics Association Awards, AMC's "Breaking Bad" and Louis C.K. of FX's "Louie" once again proved to be the favorites, but newcomers such as Tatiana Maslany of "Orphan Black" received prizes as well.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 4, 2013 4:15 PM
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Peter "Who"? Meet Peter Capaldi, the 12th Doctor (UPDATE)

The producers of "Doctor Who" announced their choice of Peter Capaldi Sunday on a live TV special on BBC One and BBC America -- the 12th actor to portray the Time Lord with two hearts in the world's longest-running scripted television series. But London's bookies already knew.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 4, 2013 2:38 PM
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Best of the Week: Oscars Heating Up, TV Is the New Cinema, Paramount's Digital Future and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
  • By TOH!
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  • August 2, 2013 12:42 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: The Mikkelsen Brothers and the New Global Face(s) of Television

American TV has imported so many storylines and so many performers in recent years that the trend has become almost a running gag among observers of the medium -- and for observers of movies, too, now that both Superman and Batman are both Brits. An explanation occasionally offered is that manly men in the classic heroic mold are few and far between among recessive American thespians. When an impressively forceful and confident leading man you've never heard of turns up on a show, such as Robert Taylor on A&E's solid contemporary Western procedural "Longmire," it's a matter of course now that he will turn out to be from somewhere else.
  • By David Chute
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  • July 31, 2013 7:04 AM
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TV Mavens, Check Out 'The Writers' Room,' Hosted by Jim Rash (VIDEO PREVIEW)

This is my idea of a good time: a smart TV series about my fave TV shows and the writers who write them. So far I've seen three half-hour episodes (presented by The Sundance Channel and Entertainment Weekly). Each show features Oscar-winning screenwriter Jim Rash ("The Descendants")-- who also acts on "Community" and wrote, directed and stars in summer hit "The Way, Way Back"-- gently interviewing the showrunner and various writers and usually one star of a hit show. They talk shop, and luckily Rash--who is sharp, funny and curious--has a good sense of how to get entertaining intel out of these gifted people.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2013 9:35 PM
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'Breaking Bad' Creator Gilligan Claims “Most folks will dig the ending;” AMC Unveils Two New Series

AMC is ramping up production of original series, ordering two new shows in one cycle for the first time in its history, even as it bids goodbye to “Breaking Bad,” the series that followed “Mad Men” to help launch its remarkable run of acclaimed cable hits.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • July 26, 2013 8:53 PM
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Best of the Week: Comic-Con Wrap, TIFF and Venice Lineups Unfold, Cate Blanchett Video Interview and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
  • By TOH!
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  • July 26, 2013 1:33 PM
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