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How HBO's 'Looking' Went from Boring to Brilliant

"Looking" began like most blind dates: awkwardly. It made introductions and exchanged pleasantries, but it was unsure of itself, and of us. With time, though, it eased up and leaned in close, becoming one of the best new series of the year. [SPOILERS below if you're not up to date.]
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • March 10, 2014 2:03 PM
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SXSW Episodic: Previewing Supernatural Chiller 'Penny Dreadful'

One of the more inspired aspects of this year’s SXSW is the newly added Episodic program, a showcase previewing yet-to-debut TV series. Episodic original content has clearly been undergoing a revolution. Indeed, the conversations surrounding small-screen content often eclipse what’s being said about big-screen fare. While, say, Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake” and Sean Durkin’s “Southcliffe” debuted as one-offs in the festival world, expect this new sort of collective programming to catch on -- and fast -- at other major fests.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 10, 2014 1:27 AM
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Your Guide to Everything You Need to Know and Watch Before Tonight's 'True Detective' Finale

At last, it is finally upon us. The eighth episode, and season finale, of HBO's morbid southern gothic "True Detective" airs tonight. Was all that internet head-scratching, endless theorizing and obsessive close-reading in vain? Who is The Yellow King? Do we even care anymore?
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 9, 2014 2:21 PM
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Best of the Week: Awards Season Wrap, SXSW Preview, 'Nymphomaniac' on VOD and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 8, 2014 9:00 AM
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The Trippy First Poster for 'Mad Men' Season 7 Will Melt Your Brain (TRAILER)

Let the speculation begin. AMC has unsheathed the tantalizing first poster for the final season of "Mad Men," set to premiere on April 13 -- and it's a visual bacchanalia indeed! Stir up those martinis, because it's time to start obsessing again.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 7, 2014 2:15 PM
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WATCH: Four Teasers Arrive for Steven Soderbergh's 'The Knick' -- and They're Bloody Enticing

While Steven Soderbergh may be retired from the big screen, he's been hard at work directing all ten episodes of original series "The Knick," starring Clive Owen. Four tantalizing, blood-laced teasers have arrived for the show, which puts a turn-of-the-century spin on the medical drama genre. Check it all out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2014 2:27 PM
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A Southerner's Defense of Bayou Gothic 'True Detective'

Emily Nussbaum may be my favorite critic working today -- her New Yorker column is my North Star of trusted opinion in the televisual wilderness. But she gets "True Detective" wrong, wrong, wrong.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • February 27, 2014 3:56 PM
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WATCH the Intriguing First Trailer for FX's New Series 'Fargo,' Based on the Coens' Classic

Set to premiere April 15, FX's new series "Fargo" has its first teaser, and it features Billy Bob Thornton. Watch the intriguingly oblique trailer below.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 26, 2014 4:00 PM
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Seth Meyers Has Solid 'Late Night' Debut, Ronan Farrow Misfires on MSNBC -- Critics Weigh In

Two entertainment shows debuted this week with high-profile hosts. Seth Meyers took the reins from Jimmy Fallon as the new "Late Night" host, while Ronan Farrow kicked off his daytime news show on MSNBC, "Ronan Farrow Daily." Meyers has fared generally fine with reviewers, if some have the same criticism for him as they did new "Tonight Show" heir Fallon -- he's playing it too safe. But Farrow's getting less praise.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 25, 2014 2:19 PM
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Lena Dunham to Make SNL Hosting Debut on March 8

Add "SNL host" to Lena Dunham's long list of accomplishments. The "Girls" creator and star is set to host the show on March 8.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 25, 2014 1:07 PM
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