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For Don Draper's Backstory, 'Mad Men' Creator Weiner Researched Captains of Industry

The latest episode of "Mad Men" ("The Quality of Mercy") is all about alpha males protecting their territory--in this case, the ad execs in the newly merged agency Sterling Cooper & Partners. Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is undermining and challenging new partner Ted Chaough (Kevin Rahm), who is clearly infatuated with Draper's blossoming one-time protege Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), while Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) is trying to dominate upstart Bob Benson (James Wolk).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 21, 2013 3:45 PM
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Emmy Watch: Noah Emmerich Talks TV vs. Movies, 'The Americans'

Actor Noah Emmerich is best-known for his serious film work, from Todd Field's "Little Children" and Peter Weir's "The Truman Show" to Gavin O'Connor's "Pride and Glory." Perhaps because of that film he keeps getting calls to play Irish cops, even though he's a New York Jew, he told me. (His brother Toby Emmerich runs New Line Cinema.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 19, 2013 3:37 PM
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Watch: First Full Episode of Showtime's New Series 'Ray Donovan,' Starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight

Showtime's new original series, "Ray Donovan," debuts on June 30 following the series finale of "Dexter." But the cabler is giving you the option of watching the first episode right now. The show stars Liev Schreiber as a fixer for L.A.'s upper class whose life is thrown into turmoil when his father (Jon Voight) is released from prison.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 18, 2013 12:29 PM
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Critics' Choice Television Award Winners Include 'Game of Thrones,' 'Behind the Candelabra,' Michael Douglas, Elisabeth Moss and More

The winners of the third annual Critics' Choice Television Awards have been announced, following a star-studded gala on June 10. AMC's "Breaking Bad" and HBO's "Game of Thrones" tied for Best Drama Series, while "The Big Bang Theory" won for Best Comedy Series. Elizabeth Moss won a deserved Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series award for "Top of the Lake"; Michael Douglas took the Actor award in that category for Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra" (which also took Best Movie or Mini-series). Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 11, 2013 12:02 PM
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'Game of Thrones' Season Three Finale Nabs Series' Second-Highest Ratings; Surpasses Viewership of 'True Blood'

Fans weren't scared off after last week's bloody "Red Wedding" episode. HBO's "Game of Thrones" scored its second-highest viewership to date for the June 9 finale episode of the series' third season. An estimated 5.4 million GOT fans tuned in for the first telecast, which is up a whopping 30% from last year's finale.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 10, 2013 3:14 PM
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'Game of Thrones' 3.10 Recap and Review - 'Mhysa'

No more shrieking reaction videos on YouTube until at least 2014, as "Game of Thrones" ends season three on a forward-looking note.
  • By David Chute
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  • June 10, 2013 2:18 PM
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Trailer Watch: Netflix's Summer Series 'Orange Is the New Black'

Check out the first trailer for Netflix's newest original programming foray, "Orange is the New Black." The series stars Taylor Schilling ("The Lucky One") as a Brooklynite whose life of yuppie perfection gets a serious wakeup call when she has to do time in a women's federal prison. Watch below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • June 6, 2013 1:58 PM
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J.J. Abrams to Develop 'Twilight Zone' Maestro Rod Serling's Final Screenplay

J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot banner has finalized a deal with the estate of Rod Serling, sci-fi screenwriter and "Twilight Zone" host, to develop a series based on Serling's unproduced screenplay, "The Stops Along the Way." The script is reportedly the writer's final completed work before his death in 1975. The few bits of gleaned information on it, via Serling's widow, describe it as "a little bit of fantasy, a little bit of imagination... [it] takes place over a long period of time."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 5, 2013 3:35 PM
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HBO's Summer Documentary Series Kicks Off June 10, Includes 'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,' 'Love, Marilyn' and More

Starting June 10, HBO kicks off its summer documentary series, where ten weeks of non-fiction films air on Monday nights. Included in the program are buzzy festival titles like Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin's "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," Liz Garbus' "Love Marilyn" and Lucy Walker's "The Crash Reel." Full list below, with summaries of each film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 5, 2013 12:21 PM
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Settling the Myth that Women Don't Like 'Game of Thrones'

Wired's out to settle a myth about HBO's "Game of Thrones": That women don't like the show. This assumption by some reviewers has now been debunked by statistical data. Women actually make up about 42% of the show's audience.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2013 2:43 PM
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