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'Mad Men' Episode 3 Review and Recap: Reading 60s 'Tea Leaves'

In Sunday night's all-new episode of "Mad Men," Betty returns, Peggy makes a new hire and Don gathers no moss at a Rolling Stones concert. Spoilers ahead!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 2, 2012 12:49 PM
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'Mad Men' Season 5 Opener 'A Little Kiss': Review and Recap, Premiere Sets Record

After an 18-month hiatus, "Mad Men" is back with electric car windows, tacky polyester and even a bit of health consciousness. ("Please, no smoking.") Spoilers ahead!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 26, 2012 2:44 PM
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Jon Hamm Keeps it Classy with 'Mad Men' Cast on Today Show

Jon Hamm and Co. keep it classy on the Today show. He and his "Mad Men" co-stars and creator discuss the return the show for season five, their seventeen month break, and Hamm's recent comments about reality train-wreck television. He politely stands by his comments about Kim Kardashian being a "fucking idiot" and our culture rewarding her for it.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 4:56 PM
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It's 1965 for Newsweek's Retro 'Mad Men' Issue, Complete with Sexist Ads

Newsweek went back to 1965 for its retro issue featuring a cover story on "Mad Men," returning to AMC March 25. The magazine's "Mad Men" story was written by Eleanor Clift, who recalls her early days at Newsweek back in the 1960s. She recalls, "Women weren’t supposed to be openly ambitious in the ’60s...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 4:38 PM
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'The Walking Dead' and Women: Bring On Andrea and Michonne

For various scheduling reasons (Oscars, Sundance, SXSW), I wound up watching the final five episodes of "The Walking Dead" Season Two on Sunday, including the finale (review here). One of the things I hate about even the best reality television, from "Survivor" and "Project Runway" to "Top Chef" and "American Idol," is how poorly the women fare.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2012 3:33 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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'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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TV Watch: Betty Is Back With a Vengeance in New 'Mad Men' Teaser

Filling out their "Mad Men Is Back" campaign, AMC launched a "Betty Is Back" teaser. In just thirty seconds, the spot highlights moments of Betty's pearl-clutching, martini-swilling, child-slapping, cigarette-puffing style.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 22, 2012 12:23 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Darabont's 'L.A. Noir' at TNT; AMC Moving Ahead with 'Goodfellas' Prequel Series

Frank Darabont, writer-director of "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile," as well as AMC's "The Walking Dead" (from which he got fired), is putting together another TV series (and one that will compete with AMC, no less). John Bunton's "L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America's Most Seductive City," is the inspiration for the series, for which he'll write and direct the pilot for TNT. The show will be set in the 1940s and 50s, and will follow the clash between corrupt law enforcement and mobster Mickey Cohen's gang.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 3:30 PM
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