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WATCH: Maslany is Back in New 'Orphan Black' Season Two Extended Trailer

Will the real Sarah please stand up? Breakout actress Tatiana Maslany is back in Season Two of BBC America's much-lauded cloning thriller “Orphan Black" (April 19). We have the trailer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 10, 2014 6:24 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'True Detective' Finale: It's Classic Noir, People

Many critics of HBO's 'True Detective,' which aired its finale Sunday night, don't understand that Nic Pizzolatto is riffing on established genre perameters.
  • By David Chute
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  • March 10, 2014 3:16 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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SXSW Episodic: Previewing Supernatural Chiller 'Penny Dreadful'

One of the more inspired aspects of this year’s SXSW is the newly added Episodic program, a showcase previewing yet-to-debut TV series. Episodic original content has clearly been undergoing a revolution. Indeed, the conversations surrounding small-screen content often eclipse what’s being said about big-screen fare. While, say, Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake” and Sean Durkin’s “Southcliffe” debuted as one-offs in the festival world, expect this new sort of collective programming to catch on -- and fast -- at other major fests.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 10, 2014 1:27 AM
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WATCH: Four Teasers Arrive for Steven Soderbergh's 'The Knick' -- and They're Bloody Enticing

While Steven Soderbergh may be retired from the big screen, he's been hard at work directing all ten episodes of original series "The Knick," starring Clive Owen. Four tantalizing, blood-laced teasers have arrived for the show, which puts a turn-of-the-century spin on the medical drama genre. Check it all out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2014 2:27 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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Seth Meyers Has Solid 'Late Night' Debut, Ronan Farrow Misfires on MSNBC -- Critics Weigh In

Two entertainment shows debuted this week with high-profile hosts. Seth Meyers took the reins from Jimmy Fallon as the new "Late Night" host, while Ronan Farrow kicked off his daytime news show on MSNBC, "Ronan Farrow Daily." Meyers has fared generally fine with reviewers, if some have the same criticism for him as they did new "Tonight Show" heir Fallon -- he's playing it too safe. But Farrow's getting less praise.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 25, 2014 2:19 PM
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'Network' Meets the Future, as Olbermann Takes on Itzkoff

On Sunday, New York Times culture writer Dave Itzkoff will be interviewed at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image about his hot-off-the-presses (-and-tablet-download) “Mad As Hell: The Making of ‘Network’ and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies,” about the baroque construction project that was the Sidney Lumet classic of 1976, based on Paddy Chayefsky’s dystopian vision of what the TV news business was going to become, and largely has.
  • By John Anderson
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  • February 20, 2014 3:44 PM
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'House of Cards' UPDATE: 2% of Netflix Subscribers Watched Entire New Season Over First Weekend

UPDATE: "House of Cards" seems to have had a rise to power that even Frank Underwood would envy. The second season of the hot Netflix original series hooked 2% of Netflix subscribers into binge-watching the entire series over its February 14 opening weekend. Per Variety, this could be as many as 634,000 viewers.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2014 3:04 PM
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Oscar-Nominated 'Gravity' Composer Steven Price Also Scoring Alfonso Cuaron's NBC Series 'Believe'

Oscar nominated "Gravity" composer Steven Price has reteamed with Best Director nominee Alfonso Cuaron for NBC's "Believe," the supernatural show Cuaron created and is exec producing, and for which he helmed and wrote the pilot.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2014 2:18 PM
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