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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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WATCH: 'Good Wife' Star Josh Charles Explains Surprise Career Move on Letterman (SPOILER ALERT)

"Good Wife" actor Josh Charles dropped by Letterman last night to discuss his dramatic exit from "The Good Wife" after six years. Like Dan Stevens of "Downton Abbey," this is how an actor generates buzz for their career beyond the show for which they're best known.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 25, 2014 3:22 PM
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How Netflix Is Setting the New Norm in TV Watching: The Viewer Is In Control

Netflix released the second season of "House of Cards" on Friday February 14, 2014. All thirteen episodes were immediately available. My wife and I viewed 5 of them in one afternoon. We plan to complete the season within the next week (or not). Like other Netflix subscribers we choose how and when we watch the new season.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • February 19, 2014 1:21 PM
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Showtime Splashes Down at TV Critics Panel with Climate Change Doc; Star-Studded New Shows Unveiled

Heat, drought and catastrophe conspired to provide a perfect entrance for Arnold Schwarzenegger when he showed up at TCA on Thursday to promote Showtime's epic documentary on climate change, "The Years of Living Dangerously." The pay cabler also unveiled previews of new shows "Penny Dreadful," "The Affair," "Happyish," and the return of "Episodes."
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 17, 2014 1:11 PM
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Lady Gaga on SNL Scores Highest Ratings of the Season (Plus, Watch the Episode's 5 Best Sketches) UPDATED

UPDATED: Lady Gaga's gig as host and musical guest on the November 16 SNL has catapulted the episode to the highest ratings of the season.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 18, 2013 12:54 PM
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WATCH: Kerry Washington Shines in An Otherwise Dull SNL

Though the quality of the writing wavered and often plummeted, Kerry Washington sailed, charming her way through several goofy characters on last night's SNL.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 3, 2013 5:44 PM
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WATCH: Edward Norton Leads a Fantastic Wes Anderson Parody and Other SNL Highlights (VIDEO)

Unexpectedly, Edward Norton hosted last night's episode of Saturday Night Live, a welcome guest. Norton showed off his self-deprecating side as well as his gift for impressions, including Ian McKellen and two Woodys-- Allen and Harrelson.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 27, 2013 12:10 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'Breaking Bad' Goes Out with Neat Freak White at the Helm; Do the Suits Smell Blood?

It is now work like "Breaking Bad," rather than the white elephant CGI films that play in theaters, that furnishes our touchstones and defining metaphors. And if this really is the '60s and '70s, we have to thinking about how it might end. If the Third Golden Age of Television began because the suits didn't see any obvious way to "monetize" (lovely word) the wacky things the creators were doing, can the end be far behind now that they've tasted blood?
  • By David Chute
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  • September 30, 2013 3:35 PM
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Welcome Back: 'Foyle's War'

September 15, on Masterpiece Mystery, former Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle will begin a new war. If a television series can win the lottery, “Foyle’s War,” the British series about a policeman solving crimes against the backdrop of the Second World War, has won not once but twice.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • September 8, 2013 6:34 AM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Losing Faith in 'True Blood'

Having just completed its 6th season, "True Blood" seems to be taking a cue from "The Walking Dead," working out a dismal strategy for the near future. You can understand why they might be tempted. AMC's zombie apocalypse melodrama got a huge ratings spike over the past two seasons by dropping a lot of the slow-paced interpersonal drama and reframing itself a relatively straightforward horror/action series, delivering an exploding head or a crowbar to the eye every few minutes.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 21, 2013 7:45 PM
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