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Get Ready for HBO’s Tech Comedy ‘Silicon Valley’ -- It's One of the Best New Series of 2014

The characters in Mike Judge’s new HBO comedy “Silicon Valley” may have little idea how to get their tech startup off the ground and running, but they certainly have what it takes to be at the center of a smart, laugh-out-loud series that could emerge as one of the strongest shows of 2014.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 26, 2014 2:27 PM
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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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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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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: Lena Dunham Talks 'Girls,' Female 'Ishtar' Remake, Getting Fired from 'Mildred Pierce' on Grantland (VIDEO)

I could listen to Lena Dunham talk pop culture all day. This hour-long appearance with Grantland's Bill Simmons is worth checking out.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 20, 2014 6:37 PM
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Death Looms in 'Game of Thrones' Season Four Trailer, Plus Watch Behind-the-Scenes Featurette (VIDEOS)

Watch a new trailer for the fourth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones," premiering April 7, plus geek out over a 15-minute behind-the-scenes featurette of the beloved series' latest.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 17, 2014 1:43 PM
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Lena Dunham's Forthcoming Book 'Not That Kind of Girl' Gets a Cover

Though Hannah Horvath's career on "Girls" may be dead-ending, Lena Dunham's most certainly is not. Via an Instagram selfie, the showrunner/writer/actress/director/author/etc. revealed the cover of her upcoming book of essays, an advice tome entitled "Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 11, 2014 4:38 PM
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Sundance Review: 'CAPTIVATED: The Trials of Pamela Smart' an Incisive Look at When TV Killed the Justice System

Post-O.J. Simpson, we know that mass media coverage of a case can seriously affect its outcome. But in 1990, when attractive young Pamela Smart was on trial for persuading three teen boys to shoot her husband, and her case became the first televised trial in history, this was all unmined territory.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 18, 2014 12:26 AM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Skip 'Helix,' Watch 'Sherlock,' 'Girls' Nudity Debate & More 'True Detective'

Cumberbitches protest lack of nudity on "Sherlock."
  • By David Chute
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  • January 14, 2014 5:44 PM
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HBO Makes News at TV Critics Panel

HBO brought a raft of star power to the opening day of the winter Television Critics Press Tour (TCA) Thursday afternoon, presenting Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, stars of the brooding Louisiana-set crime series “True Detective,” which premieres Sunday, along with Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Taylor Kitsch from the cast of HBO movie “The Normal Heart” and quite a few others.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 9, 2014 10:05 PM
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