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'The Walking Dead' Finale Review and Recap: Movies vs. TV

The structure of tonight’s "The Walking Dead" finale is indicative of where the show is right now: struggling to come back to television.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • March 18, 2012 11:16 PM
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'Game of Thrones' Covers EW; Season Two Will Be Sexier, Bloodier and 'Not Just for Nerds'

"Game of Thrones" is EW's next cover story (on newsstands March 16). The series' second season debuts on HBO April 1. EW promises that this season will be sexier, bloodier, more epic -- and not "just for nerds anymore"!
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 15, 2012 1:27 PM
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'The Walking Dead' Review: Killing Them Softly

Ever since the decision was made to keep him alive in the "Walking Dead" (rather than allow Carl to kill him as he did in the first volume of the comic), the question the writers never seemed to answer was, “What can we do with Shane?”
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • March 12, 2012 1:00 AM
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Hamm, Hendricks, Slattery, Moss & Weiner Talk 'Mad Men' Season Five with EW

EW's scoop on "Mad Men" season five arrives in the next issue (on newsstands March 9). Here's a peek at the goods from cast members Elizabeth Moss, Jon Hamm, John Slattery, Christina Hendricks and show creator Matthew Weiner. The two-hour season premiere airs on AMC March 25.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 8, 2012 1:55 PM
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Netflix and MRC Hit Fincher Reality with 'House of Cards'

Surprise. In a much ballyhooed deal that was too good to be true, Netflix and MRC (Media Rights Capital) outbid HBO to stream and finance, respectively, the $100-million production "House of Cards," an American remake of the 1990 hit Brit TV series about a politician's rise to the top. Now on the verge of production, reality intervenes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 7, 2012 6:28 PM
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Media Watch: Netflix in Cable Talks, Epix and ABC Family Launch Streaming Apps

Digital Viewing Transition: The Rise of Netflix
Netflix is talking cable partnerships. Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings has "quietly met" with some of the largest cable companies in the U.S. according to Reuters. These meetings have prompted rumors that certain cable channels might add movie streaming to their services. It's possible, writes TechCrunch, that within the year cable subscribers could have Netflix access from their cable boxes. Cable is what Netflix needs to survive. Meanwhile, ABC Family and Epix have launched their own streaming applications for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch users. As paidContent writes, this is in direct competition with Epix and ABC Family's distribution agreements with Netflix and Hulu. After Starz stopped supplying Netflix with titles, Epix became one of Netflix's most crucial suppliers.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 7, 2012 1:55 PM
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Watch 'Game of Thrones' Season 2 Teaser: Behind The Scenes, On Location, Cast Interviews

Can't wait for "Game of Thrones" Season Two? Check out the teaser and a slew of clips from the HBO series below (Season Two premieres April 1).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 6, 2012 3:28 PM
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'The Walking Dead' Episode 4 Review: 'Judge, Jury, Executioner'

Perhaps it's because it originally set its own bar too high: “The Walking Dead” was so good out of the gate, such a great mixture of genre and sophistication, that its current episodes feel like a come-down.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • March 5, 2012 1:02 AM
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NBC's 'Smash' is Great Fun for Musical Fans; But Will It Survive?

The best new TV show of the season is on network television, and may not survive there. NBC's musical soap "Smash" is yet another case of a well-mounted show that is too smart to be populist and too expensive not to be.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2012 1:43 PM
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HBO Backs Mann & Frankham's 'Witness': Doc Series Follows War Combat Photographers

HBO has lined up a new doc series "Witness" from "Luck" filmmaker Michael Mann; he and David Frankham will produce. The series will follow young war combat photographers as they go into conflict zones throughout Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2012 5:26 PM
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