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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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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: The Mikkelsen Brothers and the New Global Face(s) of Television

American TV has imported so many storylines and so many performers in recent years that the trend has become almost a running gag among observers of the medium -- and for observers of movies, too, now that both Superman and Batman are both Brits. An explanation occasionally offered is that manly men in the classic heroic mold are few and far between among recessive American thespians. When an impressively forceful and confident leading man you've never heard of turns up on a show, such as Robert Taylor on A&E's solid contemporary Western procedural "Longmire," it's a matter of course now that he will turn out to be from somewhere else.
  • By David Chute
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  • July 31, 2013 7:04 AM
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Netflix Picks Up 'The Killing' Season Three for Streaming, Connects with Facebook

Netflix has picked up exclusive streaming rights for the third season of the FOX TV mystery series "The Killing" after three months, which is a much shorter window than usual. And on Tuesday, the streaming service announced a new integration with Facebook that will make it even easier for people to find the Netflix content they want. It will allow Netflix to connect its U.S. subscribers to their Facebook friends to see what they’re watching.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 14, 2013 3:18 PM
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AMC's 'The Killing' Rises From the Dead for Lower Budget Third Season

Six months after AMC's "The Killing" was killed off following its second season, the cable network has renewed the show for a third season. Stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman are both set to return to the series.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 16, 2013 1:09 PM
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