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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season Premiere, Nussbaum TV Game, Johnson Directs 'Breaking Bad'

The season premiere of "Boardwalk Empire" was as lush and well-acted -- and as weirdly uncompelling -- as ever. Perhaps we've watched too many period gangster dramas, at this point, to be easily enthralled by a show that takes a staunchly traditionalist approach to the genre.
  • By David Chute
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  • September 10, 2013 4:32 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'Breaking Bad' and 'Low Winter Sun' Updates, Mark Strong on Brit Actors in U.S. Series (SPOILERS)

The big TV news this week was a breathtaking episode of "Breaking Bad" (AMC) that delivered huge surprises that were, at the same time, perfectly plausible. This is a mark of great storytelling, the ability to jolt us with startling developments we couldn't have anticipated that now seem inevitable. We thought we had a pretty good sense of the possible denouements the show could be aiming for. But now, once again, just a few hours from the finale, all bets seem to be off again.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 27, 2013 4:19 PM
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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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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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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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TV Stars Make Movies: Jon Hamm Goes Disney, Whither Hendricks, Moss, Cranston?

Don Draper has gone Disney. With the news of Jon Hamm starring in Disney's "Million Dollar Arm," which centers on the true story of one man's Mumbai discovery of the next pitching sensation in baseball, we take a look at four TV stars who are primarily known for one role -- and what their big-screen prospects are.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 30, 2013 3:16 PM
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Zou Bisou Bisou! Best Pop Culture Quotes from 2012 [Videos]

"Argo fuck yourself," and other soundbites from the year, are compiled in Vulture's 2012's Most Memorable Pop Culture Quotes. Also included are Lena Dunham's shakey assertion in "Girls" that she's "at least a voice of a generation," and Megan Draper's "Zou bisou bisou" crooning from "Mad Men."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2012 12:58 PM
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AMC Offers Dish Subscribers 'Breaking Bad' Premiere Live Stream in Wake of Contract Expiration

Dish recently dropped AMC, and the cable network wants satellite subscribers to know what they're missing: On July 15, the highly anticipated "Breaking Bad" 5th season premiere will stream for Dish customers on AMC's website.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 12, 2012 2:41 PM
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