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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: As We Head Toward the 'Breaking Bad' Finale, We Are Jesse (VIDEO)

On Sunday's episode of AMC's self-referential chat show "Talking Bad," actor Matt Jones observed that his character, Badger, a slacker/stoner member of Jesse Pinkman's drug crew, had been kept around on "Breaking Bad," along with his pal Skinny Pete (Charles Baker), mostly to remind us where Jessie came from. "Badger and Skinny Pete," Jones said, "represent what Jesse was. And if Jesse never met Walt and they never cooked together, he'd still be us."
  • By David Chute
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  • September 24, 2013 6:23 PM
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Rotten Tomatoes Launches TV Zone, to Give Fresh or Rotten Ratings to TV Shows

Rotten Tomatoes is now going to expand its "Fresh" or "Rotten" ratings to TV shows. Starting September 17, the critic aggregate site will launch "TV Zone," where Tomatometer scores can be found for television series' seasons (but not by individual episode).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 16, 2013 2:03 PM
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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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Best of the Week: Telluride Wraps with 'Salinger' Doc and Tributes, TIFF Kicks Off with Assange Biopic and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • September 8, 2013 7:35 AM
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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 - Meat & Potatoes

The satisfying contemporary Western procedural "Longmire" (A&E), from the novels of Craig Johnson, managed to squeeze a second season-ending cliffhanger out of the very same underlying mystery it turned to last year, the questions surrounding the death of the title character's beloved wife. If 'hangers are mandatory, you make use of what you've got.
  • By David Chute
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  • September 4, 2013 1:29 PM
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Best of the Week: Telluride and Venice in Full Swing, Gilliam's 'Zero Theorem,' Ranking the Films of Wong Kar-Wai and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 31, 2013 1:35 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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'Newsroom' Review and Recap 2.7: The Slap (SPOILERS)

When the season began, with talk of a lawsuit and of the need to immediately retract a huge story -- a claim that U.S. troops had committed a war crime by using sarin gas on civilians -- it appeared that institutional bias was indeed likely to be a culprit, the slant view of liberal journalists who see what they believe and assume the worst about the military. Now look what we actually got.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 25, 2013 10:00 PM
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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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