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Emmy Video: Neil Patrick Harris Opener and Merritt Wever's Brief Acceptance

Neil Patrick Harris had his past super hosting jobs to top Sunday night. Here's how he handled the 2013 Emmy Awards opener.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 22, 2013 9:11 PM
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WATCH: Charming 'Daily Show' Host John Oliver on Charlie Rose -- "My Responsibility Was Not to Destroy the Machine in 3 Months"

A star is born. Brit John Oliver has scored good reviews as he's filled in over the summer on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show." (Stewart has been occupied directing his first feature, "Rosewater.") On the August 12 airing of "Charlie Rose," Oliver came off as humble and self-effacing as he explained the inner workings of the show, the well-running machine -- "finely tuned by Stewart" -- and how it gets to be a finished project every week.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 15, 2013 1:09 PM
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Keri Russell On Jane Austen, Russian Spies, and Why She Can't Be Wonder Woman

Central to "Austenland"'s success is actress Keri Russell, who at 37 is having a fabulous year. She is in her prime, as Miss Jean Brodie would say.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2013 1:28 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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'Orange is the New Black' Meets 'Orphan Black' in 'Orphan is the New Black' Mash-Up

Here is an amusing collision of two fantastic female-centric new series--Netflix's "Orange is the New Black," and BBC America's "Orphan Black."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 5, 2013 8:00 AM
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Peter "Who"? Meet Peter Capaldi, the 12th Doctor (UPDATE)

The producers of "Doctor Who" announced their choice of Peter Capaldi Sunday on a live TV special on BBC One and BBC America -- the 12th actor to portray the Time Lord with two hearts in the world's longest-running scripted television series. But London's bookies already knew.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 4, 2013 2:38 PM
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WATCH TRAILER: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season Four Starts September 8

Check out the new trailer for "Boardwalk Empire," as Season Four of the gorgeously mounted Martin Scorsese/Terrence Winter Prohibition era gangster series gets underway on September 8 on HBO.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2013 4:12 PM
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Watch: First Full Episode of Showtime's New Series 'Ray Donovan,' Starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight

Showtime's new original series, "Ray Donovan," debuts on June 30 following the series finale of "Dexter." But the cabler is giving you the option of watching the first episode right now. The show stars Liev Schreiber as a fixer for L.A.'s upper class whose life is thrown into turmoil when his father (Jon Voight) is released from prison.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 18, 2013 12:29 PM
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'Now You See Me' Star Jesse Eisenberg vs. Romina Puga: "You are the Carrot Top of interviewers" (VIDEO)

Jesse Eisenberg joins the long list of movie stars who snap under the tedium of back-to-back junket interviews. For whatever reason (if it worked for Mila Kunis?), he decides to give Romina Puga a hard time; the interview is edited, so we don't know what other stuff she left out. But fair to say this gave me the biggest laugh I've had in a while.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2013 8:52 PM
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'Game of Thrones' Episode 9 Reaction Video

A number of knowing videographers knew what was coming and taped their pals watching "Game of Thrones" Episode 9, with dramatic results, especially among the women. Don't watch if you haven't seen it yet.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2013 8:26 PM
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